Youth orchestra will have its debut this weekend in two places

Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical photo Orchestra students practice for the debut.

The nation’s juvenile orchestra, made up of students from 9 to 14, makes its appearance Saturday in San Ramón and Sunday in El Guarco, Cartago.

This is a project of the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical and includes students form 30 of the system’s music schools.

The young musicians have been preparing their presentation in San Ramón.

The correct name is the Orquesta Nacional Infantil Carmen Lyra. The orchestra fills a gap for students this age. In its fifth year is the Orquesta Sinfónica Manuel María Gutiérrez for older youngsters.

Carmen Lyra is a pen name for María Isabel Carvajal Quesada, a famous 20th century Costa Rican writer and teacher. She also wrote children’s books, which is why her name was chosen for the orchestra. She died in 1949, but her literary works still are very much alive.

The Saturday performance will be at 6 p.m. in the Centro Pastoral San Ramón.  The Sunday performance will be a matinee at 1 p.m. in the El Guarco Catholic church. The program ranges from the popular, such as the “Star Wars” theme and the theme from the “Pink Panther,” to the  randenburg Symphony and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5, said the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

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