Weekend to be a musical one, thanks to young performers

The weekend will be a musical one, thanks in part to the young people in the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical.

A big show is tonight and Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar when the Orquesta Sinfónica Intermedia and the Coro Juvenil of the Instituto Nacional de la Música put on their version of “Fantasía,” the famous Disney movie. There is no movie, but the musical works are on the program.

They include Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” by Paul Dukas, “Night on Bald Mountain” by Modest Mussorgsky and Beethoven’s Sixth Symphony.

In addition the juvenile chorus will present works suitable for the Christmas season. The presentation is designed to attract more persons to this type of music, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud said. So admission is just 3,000 colons or about $6.

Saturday and Sunday the show will be in the Plaza de la Democracia on Cuesta de Mora in San José. The Bandas Nacionales will celebrate their 165th anniversary with music from 1845 to the present. Both shows are at 4:30 p.m., and the Sunday show precedes the drawing of the Christmas gordo lottery. Also performing will be Swing en 4 and Coro Surá.

San Ramón
Centro Cultural e Histórico José Figueres Ferrer in San Ramón will be the setting Saturday or a Christmas recital by the community’s Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical chorus. Also performing are the choruses of the Universidad de Costa Rica and the Escuela Musical Jesús Watson in Abangares. This also is the event when prizes will be awarded in the local contest for household nativity scenes or portales. Admission is free.

Miramar and Puntarenas
In Miramar de Montes de Oro at 2 p.m. the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical de Puntarenas will offer baroque, classical, romantic, Costa Rican and Christmas works, At 6 p.m. the show is repeated at the Plaza del Pacifico in Puntarenas.

Also involved are students from schools of music from Cóbano, Paquera, Pochote, as well as Puntarenas and Montes de Oro.

The Banda de Cartago will be offering a Christmas concert at Plaza de la Independencia Sunday at 11 a.m.

Ciudad Colón and Alajuela
Today the Fuerza Pública is offering a Christmas fiesta for hundreds of children in Alajuela and in Ciudad Colón. The Ciudad Colón event is at 2 p.m. adjacent to the Casa de la Cultura there. The Alajuela fiesta is at 3 p.m. in Parque Central de Alajuela.

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