The municipality of Santa Ana will kick-off the XII Festival Internacional de Música Barroca at Centenaria Iglesia Parroquia de Santa Ana tonight. Inauguration will be held at the Centenaria Iglesia Parroquia de Santa Ana at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas, the French Embassy and the Alliance Française. The opening concert will introduce “Aires de cortes Franceses, Ingles e Italianos,” performed by a trio made up of the French countertenor Thierry Grégoire, Brazilian Ronaldo Lopes, who plays a theorbo, and Russian bass violinist Elena Andreyev.
“Baroque was a very prolific time, and in Costa Rica that genre isn’t played too much, so with this festival we are giving a space for this music,” said Jorge Acevedo, director of the international festival.
The festival, that ends Nov. 6, brings to life the music of certain famed Baroque composers and musicians such as Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Marc Antoine Charpentier, Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi and many more artists. There are performances every night.
Baroque is a period and style that began in the 1600s known for it’s excessive embellishments and complexity in music, art, drama, and anything that appealed to the senses.
The revival of the classical genre of music brings various musicians from around the world to perform on different nights at one of the four locations. The Spanish Embassy, French Embassy, and Swiss Embassy helped bring artists from their countries. The other venues include the Alliance Française in San José, Auditorio Casa Municipal de la Cultura at the Escuela Municipal de Artes Integradas in Santa Ana, and the Sanctuario Nacional Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles in Cartago.
The Centenaria Iglesia Parroquia de Santa Ana has a conducive environment because it has the classical style of architecture and art inside of the building that it made it a beautiful place for the inauguration, said Acevedo.
Because the festival is held at churches the event will be free of charge.
Those interested in the full lineup for the festival can visit http://www.emaicr.com.