This weekend is perfect for the lovers of music

Expats this weekend can enjoy cheese, traditional dancing, a full orchestra and even  calypso.


The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional presents its seventh concert of the season Friday and Sunday with works by Bach, Shostakóvich and Ives.

The featured performer is José Aurelio Castillo Pereira, the first violinist. He is a former professor at the University de Costa Rica and now is a professor at the Instituto Nacional de Música. He has been concertmaster of the orchestra since 1984, according to a summary of the program.

One scheduled work is the fourth interlude of “Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk” by Dmitri Shostakóvich. The opera nearly had the composer shipped off to the Gulag. Joseph Stalin walked out of a performance because of its strong emotional content. Also planned is  Shostakóvich’s “Tenth Symphony.”

“The Unanswered Question” by Charles Ives, also on the program, deals with the meaning of life.

The Johann Sebastian Bach composition, performed by Castillo, is “Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042.”

The performances, as usual, are tonight at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional. Carl St. Clair is the director.

Tickets range from 4,000 to 18,000 colons,  $7.60 to about $34, with half off for students and seniors. They can be purchased at the theater or online HERE!


The Limón Calypsonians Association y el Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud debut a new album Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Casa de
la Cultura de  Limón. This is “Return of Calypso: calypso082115cantos y sonidos del Caribe costarricense.”

The free event features a host of calypso groups. Calypso has been designated an intangible cultural heritage of the country.

The album contains original composition of Calypso Limonense, said the ministry. Some 20 artists are featured.

Traditional dance

The II Festival Nacional e Internacional de Folclore begins this afternoon in Ciudad Quesada. The big event is Saturday in the Centro Nacional de la Cultura in San José east of Parque España.

The festival attracts a number of local dance groups, and also visitors from México, Colombia, El Salvador and Perú, according to the sponsor, the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

A complete report was published Wednesday.


The cheese festival, Domingo Cultural Quesero, also has a full program of music, dance, cooking workshops, traditional games and even visits to a dairy farm Sunday.

The hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the community’s salón comunal in Santa Cruz de Turrialba.


Also Sunday the Banda de Conciertos de Cartago plans a free concert at 11 a.m. at the municipal building with a program of waltzes and polkas. Also on the program is “Baile de las crinolinas” by Cartago compose Julio Mata Oreamuno.

Furry friend

Those who are not music fans can drop by the Wal-Mart in Heredia Saturday where the Asociación Animales de Asís will be running an animal adoption fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The Teatro Nacional also is preparing for the  XXI Festival Internacional de Guitarras that will take place a week from this weekend.


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