Costa Rican composition to be featured at orchestra performances

Álvaro González will perform the world premier of the  “Concierto para violonchelo y orquesta,” composed by Carlos Escalante, also a Costa Rican, for the fifth concert of the season by the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

González  also will perform the “Chant du ménéstral” for cello and orchestra by  Aleksandr Glazunov, an announcement said.

The orchestra performances will be Friday at 8 p.m. and repeated Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.  Irwin Hoffman will conduct.

Also on the program is “Russian Easter Festival,” composed by  Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov.

González, who is member of the orchestra, has performed previously as a soloist and holds the Premio Nacional de la Música.

González, was a student in the juvenile program of the  Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, and he played a solo when he was 17. Then in 1982 he went to Israel to the University of Tel-Aviv and was in several youth orchestras that made extensive tours.

He has taught at festivals in the United States and France.
He also is a member of the Cuarteto UNA at the Universidad Nacional in Heredia, where he also is director of the university orchestra.

Admission ranges from 4,000 to 18,000 colons, and there is a 50 percent discount for students and seniors.chello052815

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