Symphony features three directors and eight works

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional presents its first concert of the season tonight with an incredible eight works. The director, Carl St. Clair, will share the podium with two former directors, Irwin Hoffman and Gerald Brown. The symphony is celebrating its 75th year.

There is one Costa Rican work. That is “Variaciones para orquesta,” composed by Benjamín Gutiérrez Saénz.

The rest mostly are 19th century classics. On the program is “Overture to The Italian Girl in Algiers” by Gioachino Rossini, the 1813 work the composer created when he was just 21.

Also on the program is “Romance for Violin and Orchestra No. 2 in F major, Op. 50” by Ludwig van Beethoven and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky’s “Romeo and Juliet.”

Leonard Bernstein composed an operetta in 1974 based on the Voltaire book “Candide.” The orchestra is scheduled to play the overture.

Then there is the work “Havanaise in E major” that Camille Saint-Saëns composed for a Cuban musician in 1887.

The final works are Maurice Ravel’s “Pavane for a Dead Princess” and “Capriccio Espagnol” by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.

The concert in the Teatro Nacional begins at 8 p.m. The concert is repeated Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Admission ranges from 4,000 to 18,000 colons with 50 percent discounts for senior citizens with the ciudadanos de oro card and students.

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