Bands have big roles this week

The Banda de San José will present a concert of religious music tonight at 6:30 in the Catedral Metropolitana.

The Banda de Guanacaste also will perform tonight at 7 o’clock in the Nicoya Catholic church.

The municipal bands have major roles during Semana Santa, the Ministerio de Cutura y Juventud noted.

The local bands participate in many of the religious processions. Residents of  Alajuela, Heredia, Liberia and Puntarenas will see their local concert bands participating in the traditional procession for the burial of Jesus Christ Friday afternoon.

There also are processions in some communities Friday morning, and every parish will participate in a procession of resurrection Sunday morning. The  Banda de Guanacaste will march in Liberia that day, the ministry said.

Costa Rica has its own funeral march that was composed in 1882. It is “El duelo de la Patria,” written by Rafael Chaves. Most bands play this during the religious processions Friday.

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