ABOUT THE JALISCO PHILHARMONIC AND MAESTRO MARCO PARISOTTO
Parisotto´s [presence on the podium] confirmed that his recent appointment as Music Director of the Jalisco Philharmonic was the perfect decision, and that the ensemble has achieved an extraordinary sound: the best, perhaps, in the last 50 years.
Hail to Good Taste
…Marco Parisotto gets the highest notes for the purity of the execution and the quality of sound that the orchestra is producing…the orchestra was impeccable and reached the summit of excellence in the Canzonetta, coloured and harmonized to perfection by the wind section…
...If the performance was notable in the program´s central work, the orchestra´s interpretation of Mendelssohn...was outstanding… Excellent phrasing and a splendid use of dynamic contrasts...the second movement was a feast of sound in which the cellos, in particular, bedazzled. Superb. It was an "Italian" that will be long remembered.
• The concert was sublime…unforgettable...electrifying!
• Congratulations to the OFJ, yesterday´s concert was intense and beautiful! One of the best concerts I have ever been to!
• Brilliant? Superb!!
• Simply extraordinary!! A magnificent interpretation from both the soloist and the orchestra! Thank you for the concerts.
FACEBOOK COMMENTS FROM THE OFJ AUDIENCE
Marco Parisotto´s formidable musical power radiated... rendered with a fearsome energy and evocative force which literally left one shaking. What a performance! Better yet, this is the signature of an artist who stands among the greatest.
This conductor belongs to the greatest. Not since the debuts of Chailly and Rattle have I been so impressed.
Another master stroke, the account of Strauss´ Till Eulenspiegel proved the conductor´s artistry. Parisotto knows his way, mounts the Montreal Symphony Orchestra like a proud horseman and guides it to destination with a sense of marvel.
In my long career I´ve heard The Rite of Spring at least 50 times with most of the major orchestras and conductors. Starting with Pierre Monteux[...] Karajan, Boulez, Bernstein[...] Well! Marco Parisotto held me spellbound from one end to the other. He succeeded in realizing a performance that was masterful both musically and technically... It was indeed a commanding Rite[...]
Marco Parisotto could take on the world... I heard Parisotto…last Saturday at Koerner Hall. To say I was surprised is putting it mildly. Everything about Parisotto´s exacting and fluid style on the podium suggested a major international talent.
Marco Parisotto, Music Director
The Jalisco Philharmonic (Filarmónica de Jalisco) is one of Mexico´s most exciting and important orchestras. With a long history of symphonic as well as operatic tradition, it is celebrating 100 years in 2015. It was founded in Guadalajara (State of Jalisco) by one of the country´s outstanding composer-conductors, Maestro José Rolón. At the initiative of Maestro Rolón, one century ago, a group of musicians from Jalisco began to perform symphonic and chamber music concerts for the Guadalajara public, establishing a strong point of departure for the Filarmónica de Jalisco, known in its earlier stages as the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guadalajara.
An exciting new era for the Filarmónica de Jalisco began in January 2014, after a rigorous and historically important selection process, with the nomination of Marco Parisotto, one of the most distinguished conductors on the international music scene.
Throughout its illustrious history, the Filarmónica de Jalisco has served as the instrument of choice for some of the greatest Mexican composers, including Manuel M. Ponce, Carlos Chavez, Blas Galindo, José Pablo Moncayo, Miguel Bernal Jimenez, and Julián Carrillo, to present and conduct their own compositions - works which represent the very essence of Mexico´s symphonic repertoire.
Famed soloists and guest conductors throughout the orchestra´s illustrious history have included such luminaries as Claudio Arrau, Henryk Szerying, Mstislav Rostropovich, Jorge Bolet, Nicanor Zabaleta, Arthur Rubenstein, Ruggiero Ricci, Aram Khatchaturian, James Galway, Alfred Brendel, Bernard Flavigny, Jean-Pierre Rampal, Narciso Yepez, Jörg Demus, Paul Badura-Skoda, Gary Karr, Joaquín Achúcarro, Lilya Zilberstein and countless others as Charles Dutoit, Neeme Jaarvi, Johannes Moser, Markus Groh, Matt Haimovitz, Alexei Volodin, Nikolai Khozyainov, Rosa Torres Pardo, Jenő Jandó, José Maria Gallardo del Rey, Christopher Hinterhuber, Ernst Ottensamer, Gergely Bogányi, Marius Patyra, Daniel Müller-Schott and Ingolf Turban. Great singers that have shared the stage with the Jalisco Philharmonic have included, among many others, such legendary voices as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Sherril Milnes, Ramón Vinay, Francisco Araiza, Justino Diaz, Katia Ricarelli, and more recently Rolando Villazón, Jane Eaglen, Juan Diego Florez, Kurt Rydl, Richard Margison, Ramón Vargas, Amber Wagner, Maija Kovalevska, Giancarlo Monsalve, Maria Katzarava and José Maria Lo Monaco.
A tour through the archives reveals some of the salient points of its remarkable history:
Between 1915 and 1924, the Orchestra operated under a board of directors of the Concerts Society; the Orchestra was funded almost entirely by the private sector with a small subsidy from the State Government. The Orchestra´s support stopped in 1923, but the musicians continued working to prevent the orchestra from disappearing and convinced the Governor at that time, José Guadalupe Zuno, to provide economic support. In this period, and until 1939, the orchestra continued operating in large part thanks to the dedication of Don Pedro Gonzalez Peña, cellist and friend of the family to one of Jalisco´s most prominent musicians, violinist and composer Higinio Ruvalcaba.
In February 1942, during the celebration of the 400th anniversary of the founding of Guadalajara, Maestro Leslie Hodge was invited to become the orchestra´s Music Director but his commitments at the time did not allow this. He promised to return, however, at the end of World War II. This offer prompted the Association of Friends of Music to ask Governor Marcelino García Barragán to guarantee the continuation of the orchestra.
In 1950, the newly-formed Conciertos Guadalajara A.C. took over control of the orchestra, supported by state and municipal government subsidies as well as private donors. In 1971, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Guadalajara became a subsidiary of the Department of Fine Arts of the State of Jalisco, achieving renown as a flexible and versatile orchestra. Its artistic directors included Leslie Hodge, Abel Eisenberg, Helmut Goldman, the great Eduardo Mata, Kenneth Klein, Hugo Jan Huss, and Francisco Orozco.
The transition from the previous Orquesta Sinfónica de Guadalajara to the Orquesta Filarmónica de Jalisco (Jalisco Philharmonic) came about in 1988 when the orchestra was then given the mission to promote symphonic music throughout the State. Music directors of the Filarmónica de Jalisco, begun under Manuel de Elias, have included José Guadalupe Flores, Guillermo Salvador, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Hector Guzmán, Alondra de la Parra and currently, Marco Parisotto.
The Jalisco Philharmonic today enjoys full support from the State of Jalisco. It is one of Mexico´s foremost arts organization and, under its present Music Director, Marco Parisotto, it continues to draw a tremendous following and devoted audiences.