Orchestra’s permanent director debuts tonight

Carl St. Clair debuts tonight as the permanent director of the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional. The U.S. director has appeared as a guest, but this is his first set of performances as the regular conductor. He has a long relationship with Costa Rica.

The orchestra plays tonight at 8 p.m. and again Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. French pianist David Kadouch is the featured soloist.

The program includes works by Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Bernstein. The performance also is the start of the orchestra’s season.

St. Clair was named in September to direct the orchestra. Officials here began seeking a new director in 2011. The orchestra has been without a permanent leader since Chosei Komatsu left in 2010. Basically all the invited conductors who led the orchestra since then were being considered for the permanent post.

St. Clair projects an exuberant personality when he conducts. In the past he has opened the concerts with the playing of the Costa Rican national anthem.

Music of Argentina and México will be presented Saturday at the weekly Enamorate de tu Ciudad program that takes over the city parks. The group La sin hueso & Gabo Garrobo will perform in Parque Morazán at 3:30 p.m.  Music of Patagonia and Veracruz is promised.

The  concert band of the culture ministry will perform Sunday at 10 a.m. in Alajuela’s Parque Central.

And the concert band of Heredia will perform also Sunday in the Parque Central of Barva.

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