Expats have their choice of weekend activities

Expats have a variety of events to enjoy for the weekend. They range from an orchestra performance of “The Firebird” to an Indian market at the Museo Nacional.

There also is poetry.

Symphony orchestra

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional is brining in reinforcements for the weekend concerts because Igor Stravinsky’s “The Firebird” is on the program.

The orchestra said it was adding 15 musicians for the piece, which first was performed as a ballet in 1910.

The orchestra will premier  “Preciosa y el aire, para dos guitarras y orquesta sinfónica” by Edín Solís, a Costa Rican composer. A summary said that the new piece was inspired by a poem by the Spanish literary figure Federico García Lorca.

The Costa Rican David Calderón and the Cuban Rosa Matos will be the invited guitarists for the work.

This is the ninth concert of the season for the orchestra, and the director will be the Austrian Christoph Campestrini.

As usual the first performance will be tonight at 8 p.m. with a second performance Sunday at 10:30 a.m., both in the Teatro Nacional.

Indian market and art exposition

To celebrate the Día de las Culturas the Museo Nacional plans Feria Chietón Morén to offer crafts and art work from the various native communities. The event is Sunday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. It also is a companion to a new exhibit of 46 contemporary works inspired by pre-Columbian art. The show is called Muestra Mayinca: tiestos de una cultura. A tiesto is a pot perhaps best translated here as melting pot.

Chietón and morén are Boruca words that mean a fair deal, according to the museum announcement.

The museum is promising crafts and art

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at practice

Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional at practice

works. The Huetare are to display basketry from  Quitirrisí. The Brunca will have cotton textiles and those famous diabilto masks. The  Chorotega will bring the ceramics with a 3,000-year tradition from San Vicente de Nicoya.

The museum said that the Ngöbe from the southern border will have textiles and cacao along with bows and arrows. The Teribe will display their work with gourds as will the Maleku. The Cabécare are expected to bring their fiber animal figures, and the BriBri are to display textiles and handiwork, said the museum.

Food will be on sale, served native style, from  Quitirrisí de Mora and from Tucurrique, said the museum.

The art show, which will be inaugurated Sunday at 11 a.m., is scheduled to run until January.

Poetry festival

The 14th edition of the  Festival Internacional de Poesía Costa Rica begins Saturday for a 10-day run.

Some 16 well-known foreign poets and many frm Costa Rica will participate. The inauguration will be at 7 p.m. in the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar. During the week that follows there will be events all over the country. The locations are HERE.

There also is a weekend festival in Bolívar de San Ramón with dancing and popular music.

All of the events have the support of the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

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