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Latin twist to great musical classics

THE pride of orchestral performing in Columbia, the Bogot°§ Philharmonic will soon make its China debut in Shanghai with a program designed to delight local audiences, Nie Xin reports.

The Latin Grammy Awards winner Bogot°§?Philharmonic Orchestra from Columbia will debut in China at Shanghai Oriental Art Center with the New Year Concert "Latin Grammy Impressions" on December 27.

Regarded as the "Emerald of Latin Classic Music," the orchestra which has over 42 years of playing history will present some of the highlights of world classical music.

The Israeli-born maestro Lior Shambadal, who is principal conductor of Berlin Symphony Orchestra and art director of the Bogot°§?Philharmonic Orchestra, will conduct the upcoming concert in Shanghai.

"The program has been arranged to bring the best to audiences in Shanghai," says Ricardo Jaramillo Gonz°§lez, the orchestra's executive director.

It will include Rimsky Korsakoff's "Spanish Fiesta," Bizet's four interludes from "Carmen," Tschaikowsky's "Suite from Nutcracker" (including "Le Chinois"), Astor Piazzolla's "Tangazo," Jose Maria Asins' "Feria de Manizales Passodoble," Lucho Bermudez's "Tolu Gaita," Alex Tobar's "Kalamary" (Colombian Themes by Lucho Bermudez) and Johann Strauss's "Waltz" and "Polka."

"The orchestra founded in 1967 is the pride of Bogot°§?and currently consists of 97 musicians," says Gonz°§lez. "It's one of the few Latin American orchestras that have presented performances of most of the complete works of composers such as Mahler, Bruckner and Bartok."

It has received international recognition in the form of the Latin Grammy Award for its 40th anniversary commemorative recording "La Orquesta Filarmonica de Bogot°§ es Colombia" ("The Bogot°§ Philharmonic Orchestra is Colombia").

This clearly shows the impact at the national and international levels of one of the orchestra's policies that it has implemented since the beginning: dissemination of the traditional Colombian musical repertoire through symphonic arrangements.

The Latin Grammy Award for the best instrumental album has undoubtedly focused international attention on the orchestra and the city.

The orchestra?has currently been nominated for the Nuestra Tierra Colombian awards for its interpretation of the song "Colombia Tierra Querida" in the category of Best Folkloric Interpretation of the Year, in which it is competing against Orlando "El Cholo" Valderrama.?

The orchestra won a double platinum disc from sales of its collection "La Orquesta Filarm?nica de Bogot°§ es Colombia" in December last year.

This followed the platinum disc it received in December 2007 and is the first such achievement by a symphony orchestra in Colombia.

The orchestra?has also undertaken other activities including live concerts, radio and television programs, didactic programs, competitions for young soloists, a number of CDs and audiovisual materials.

It also has a music library that serves the musical community at the national level as well as a collection of concerts that it has recorded and broadcast over the past 30 years.

Throughout its history, the orchestra has performed great works from the universal musical repertoire and has been the forum in which conductors, composers and, of course, musicians have been able to develop their careers.

A wide range of Colombian and international soloists have performed with the philharmonic, enabling Bogot°§'s audiences to familiarize themselves and enjoy the great works of the symphonic repertoire throughout these 42 years.?

Shambadal, one of his generation's most recognized conductors, is constantly invited to conduct orchestras throughout the world with which he has frequently recorded since January this year.

With maestro Shambadal, the orchestra continues to fulfill its mission of disseminating and fostering the joy of symphonic music among the audiences of Bogot°§.?

Born in Tel Aviv in 1950, Shambadal studied viola, trombone, composition and conducting in his hometown.

He was a founder of the "Acustic 7/11" ensemble and of "M?Bsica Nova."

"Maestro Shambadal's musical proposal for this phase of the orchestra is innovative and offers a fresh artistic and musical vision that embodies a new methodology for presenting concerts," says Gonz°§lez.

It involves diverse themes based on pedagogy and a musical offering for residents of Colombia's capital city that takes into account their tastes and the appropriate selection of venues for presenting the repertoire.

Date: December 27, 7pm

Venue: Shanghai Oriental Art Center, 425 Dingxiang Rd, Pudong

Ticket: 80-880 yuan

Tel: 962-388, 6272-1976, 6854-1234, 5410-6122


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