Orchestra program this weekend features Finnish violinist

U.S. conductor  Carl St. Clair will again lead the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The concerts Friday night and Sunday morning will be the seventh of the season for the orchestra.

Soloist will be Finnish violinist  Elina Vähälä with a presentation of popular works of  Beethoven and  Tchaikovsky.

The program includes “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, Opus 61” by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The  Pyotr Ilyich  Tchaikovsky work is “Symphony No. 6 ‘Pathetique.’ Opus 74.”

This will be the third time that St. Clair has directed the orchestra. He is director of the Symphonic Orchestra of the Pacific in California and is a former student of Leonard Bernstein.

He also has an extensive resume working with many of the major U.S. orchestras.

As always, the Friday performance will be at 8 p.m. and the Sunday performance will be at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.

Ticket prices range from 4,000 to 17,000 colons, that is from $8 to $34.

Ms. Vähälä first appeared professionally with the  Lahti Symphony in her home country when she was just 12. This is the first time that she has been in Costa Rica.

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