U.S. conductor to again direct symphony orchestra Friday

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional  plans a special performance Friday at 8 p.m. in the Museo de los Niños  Auditorio Nacional.

The guest conductor is John Nelson, who is a U.S. citizen and born in Costa Rica.  He directed the orchestra here in May. Nelson has wide experience as a director at many of the world’s great orchestras.

The program for Friday is the “Leonore No. 3” by Ludwig van Beethoven and   Johannes Brahms’ “Symphony No. 1.”

The Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud quoted Nelson saying that he picked the Beethoven piece because it is an opera in 15 minutes about a prisoner and his eventual liberty. He also was reported to say that the Brahms piece is one of the composer’s best works.  Brahms spent 14 years composing it, according to his biography.

Admission is 10,000 colons with discounts for seniors and students.

The so-called special season of the orchestra will have two more dates. And Nelson will be the conductor.

One will be Sept. 5 in the  Iglesia San Juan Bautista de Tibás at 7 p.m.. The next day the second concert is at the Teatro de Bellas Artes, of the Universidad de Costa Rica at 10 a.m. Both are free and open to the public, the ministry said.

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