Expats have a full weekend of diverse activitie

The weekend will be an active one with concerts, a benefit auction, the festival of the spheres in Osa and even a protest march against hydro projects.

Anyone who cannot find an event where they can participate, can go to Parque la Sabana where kites are for sale because the winds are expected to continue through the weekend.

Orquesta Sinfónica

The second Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional concert of the season is tonight and Sunday morning. Guest conductor Christoph Campestrini of Austria will debut here.

An invited violinist is Andrés Cárdenes of Cuba. He will interpret “First Concierto for Violin and Orchestra, Opus 26” by the German composer Max Bruch.

One of the works is “Vals Leda” by Costa Rican composer Julio Fonseca. Also on the program is “Concierto for Orchestra” by Hungarian composer Béla Bartók

The concert tonight is at 8 p.m., and the Sunday performance is at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar on Avenida Segunda north of San Jose’s Parque Central. Tickets range from 5,000 colons to 15,000 colons, about $10 to $30, with 50 percent discounts for students and seniors.

The orchestra and guests will have an open rehearsal today at 9 a.m.. Also planned is a performance for the Festival Internacional de las Artes 2014 Thursday in the Teatro Nacional. Other performances are next Friday in Cartago and April 10 in Palmares.

Campestrini, the invited conductor, studied in the Juilliard School of Music and Yale University. He directed the Vancouver Symphonic, the National Arts Centre Orchestra in Ottawa, both in Canada, and the Rochester, New York, Philharmonic, as well as orchestras in Europe.

Cárdenes, the violinist, has appeared with more than 100 orchestras and played with the orchestra here in November.

Coranado performance

Also tonight is a performance of the Banda de Conciertos de San José under the direction of U.S. conductor Thomas Verrier. at 7 p.m. in the Coronado Catholic church.  Fergus McWilliam, a native of Scotland who now is with the Berlin, Germany, Philharmonic, is the French horn soloist.
McWilliams also will be presenting master classes to students in the Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical.

Black Sabbath auction

Although the event has not been well promoted, the British Embassy is sponsoring an auction of musical instruments used by the group Black Sabbath as well as art work by 15 Costa Ricans. The auction is tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Hard Rock Cafe, Heredia.

The Sistema Nacional de Educación Musical will benefit from the auction, and young rock musicians from the public program will accompany the auction.

The musical articles have been autographed by such musicians as Tony Iommi, the Black Sabbath guitarist,  Terence “Geezer” Butler, the band’s bassist, and John Michael “Ozzy” Osbourne, the band’s vocalist.

Festival of the spheres

In Osa de Puntarenas the annual Festival de las Esferas is taking place through Sunday. The festival has an archaeological theme centered around the giant stone balls that date from pre-Columbian times.

But there are modern activities, too, like  skateboarding, clowns,theater, movies, mountain bike races and vendor booths. Events are in Parque Central in Palmar Sur, Sierpe and at the Finca 6 archaeological museum. More information is HERE!

Barva festival

Barva de Heredia is having a festival through Sunday featuring mascaradas, those giant papier mâché figures, and brass bands. Dancing, and all sorts of entertainment are promised.

Folklore in Cartago

The Centro de las Artes de Tecnológico de Costa Rica begins the three-day XXI Festival Nacional de Folclor Tierra y Cosecha tonight.  The event is dedicated to the memory of Rafael Elizondo, an associate of the folklore company for 25 years.

The free event that features a number of folklore
groups is at the university’s campus in Cartago. The festival opens with a street parade at 4:30 p.m. today. There also will be workshops for swing, flamenco and Afro-Limonesnse dances. Also planned are marimba concerts.

Capital park events continue

Enamorate de tu Ciudad is back in the capital’s parks Saturday, as it is every week. Vendor booths, tables for games, music, art, guided tours of the museums, art and dance workshops, circus art and even poems are featured from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  See www.enamoratedetuciudad.com.

Hydro power protest

For the politically involved, the organization  Movimiento Ríos Vivos will stage a hike along the Río Chirripó-Pacífico Sunday beginning at the Catholic church in Miraflores

The group organized in the Valle de El General, which includes Buenos Aires and Pérez Zeledón, to express concern over the estimated 14 private hydro power projects that are planned for local rivers.  The hike will terminate at one of the power plant sites.

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