December 11, 2013
Classical music and ballet this week in BA
NAT’L SYMPHONY & SERGIO TIEMPO. The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional plays again next Friday at 8pm at the Auditorio de Belgrano. As usual, this is a free-admittance concert. It will be conducted by Facundo Agudín (born in Buenos Aires, but now living in Europe), with pianist Sergio Tiempo as guest soloist.
Their programme, once again, is quite eclectic. They will start with Variaciones Enigmáticas, by Juan Carlos Zorzi, a local composer and conductor who died in 1999. Then Mr. Tiempo will play Franz Liszt’s Piano Concerto No. 1, premièred by the author in 1855 under Hector Berlioz’s baton. In the second part, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will play the Suite from Stravinsky’s The Firebird.
Tickets must be picked at the venue the day of the concert, a few hours in advance.
EARLY MUSIC AT SAN IGNACIO. A very special Early Music concert will be held on Tuesday at the Iglesia de San Ignacio, the oldest building in Buenos Aires and one of the few colonial churches here.
Opening the 8th edition of the Festival de Música Antigua de Buenos Aires (held yearly at this venue), the Coro del Centro del Conocimiento (Posadas), the Orquesta Barroca Paraguay and many guest musicians will perform a reconstruction of a Vespers office for Saint Ignatius’ festivity, as it might have been celebrated and sung in the Jesuit Missions around 1750.
Since churches were looted and sometimes burned in the siege following the expulsion of the Jesuit Order from all Spanish territories in 1767, the repertory from the Guarany missions was thought to be missing.
Some 50 years ago, however, many sheets of music turned up in Bolivia, in the missions of Chiquitos and Moxos.
The finding made it possible to reconstruct part of the repertory performed in those villages, mainly sacred music — masses, vespers, motets and processional music.
This concert will be conducted by Gabriel Garrido, one of the best-known specialists in Latin American Baroque Music.
An innovation will be introduced on this occasion: the programme will be performed by many musicians, as research has proved was the case in the Jesuit missions.
There are many good ensembles performing this music, but they all have few members because a big and orchestra are too expensive. Tuesday’s concert will be a great chance to enjoy this music in all its glory. The concert starts at 8pm. For the first time in this series, admittance will be free. Not to be missed!
URUGUAY NAT’L BALLET. In their first visit to Buenos Aires, the Ballet Nacional del Uruguay will perform a ballet gala on Tuesday at 8.30pm at the Teatro Colón. The group, under Julio Bocca’s direction, will dance In the Middle Somewhat Elevated, choreographed by William Forsythe; the Pas de deux de l’Esclave from The Corsaire, coreographed by Anna-Marie Holmes; Without Words, by Nacho Duato; and Sinfonietta, by Jirí Kylián, set to music by Janacek.
The Ballet Nacional del Uruguay, one of the most traditional companies from Latin America, is celebrating its 78th anniversary. Mr. Bocca has been working with them since 2010, maintaining and even improving the company’s standards of excellence.
Tickets ($40 and up) are on sale at the theatre’s box office, Tucumán 1155.