Editor’s Note: This is the first post in a new series, Great Music in Medellín, by contributor Larry Rose in which he’ll announce and review classical, jazz, dance and other cultural happenings in Medellín.
XX International Season of Zarzuela, and the Opera de la Ciudad de Medellin present “The Legend of a Kiss”
8 p.m., Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6
Zarzuela is folk “opera,” a musical theater style loaded with gorgeous melodies, great singing and grand choruses, both folksy and classical at the same time.
The Zarzuela form started in Spain at the “Thorns,” the Zarzuela Palace in Madrid in the Eighteenth Century. The most famous product of Zarzuela is the world renowned tenor, Placido Domingo, who has recorded several best selling Zarzuela albums.
La Orquestra Filharmonica de Medellin presents Richard Strauss, “The Alpine Symphony”, Op. 64, from 1915.
6 p.m., Saturday, June 7
Strauss is famous for his operas such as the great favorite, “Der Rosenkavalier” and his tone poems which are symphonic sketches such as “Thus Spake Zarathustra” (the theme from the film “2001”), and “ A Hero’s Life”.
The Alpine Symphony is another tone poem in which he paints a picture in 22 scenes of the Alps from pre-dawn to the following night. Listening to his works is always thrilling due to his powers of orchestration.
This piece, because of the large numbers of musicians needed to perform it, is rarely heard in the concert hall.
The 5th University Jazz Festival
8 p.m., Wednesday, June 11 through Friday, June 13
Three nights of this wonderful display of the talents of our university students playing Jazz. Wednesday night is Big Band Night presented by the EAFIT band, while the next two nights features three groups from the USA and three from Medellín.
The Jerusalem Chamber Festival Ensemble
6 p.m., Saturday, June 14
A program of chamber quartets and piano quintets by Mozart, Schnittke, Webern and Schumann.
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