Orchestra and Scout 5/10K are on the weekend menu

This weekend expats can get healthier, be serenaded and probably get wet.

The music is tonight at the Teatro Nacional with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional and the Coro Sinfónico Nacional.  The program includes a stately piece by a Costa Rican composer and works of Germans Johann Sebastian Bach and Felix Mendelssohn.

The Grupo Guia y Scout San Ramón holds a five- and 10-kilometer race Sunday starting at 7:30 a.m. More than 600 runners are expected. The organization is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

For those not running, the orchestra repeats its concert Sunday at 10:30 a.m., also in the Teatro Nacional.

The weather report seems to be more of the same for the weekend. The Instituto Meteorológico Nacional said that high morning temperatures once again will cause evaporation and that the water will return as midday downpours. The Weather Underground, A.M. Costa Rica’s weather service, predicts the same through at least next Wednesday.

In fact, those attending the concert tonight at Teatro Nacional would be wise to bring umbrellas because rain is expected to last though the evening.

Any outdoor activities Saturday need to be in the morning, based on the forecast of some 15 millimeters starting around midday.

Grupo Guia y Scout San Ramón probably will be wrapped up before afternoon rains Sunday.

The race is being called Siempre Listos,  “be prepared,” the international Scout motto, which means a member is always in a state of readiness in mind and body to do his or her duty, according to an announcement by the organization.

Proceeds from race registrations will be used to build the first scouting center in the greater San Ramón area, it said.

Juan Carlos Villalobos Jimenez, president of the scouting board of directors, said in the announcement that the municipality has donated land and that the new center will foster a sense of belonging to the 150 male and female members of the scouting community.

The race begins in front of the Parque Central in San Ramón. A list of registration locations can be found on the race Facebook page HERE!

For those who feel up to it, the scouts promise a zumba session after the race.

The orchestra has three invited singers for the two concerts. Sopranos are Abigail Santos Villalobos of Puerto Rico and María Marta López of Costa Rica. The U.S. tenor Timothy Bentch also has been invited.

The Costa Rican composer is Benjamín Gutiérrez, whose 1961 work is “Pavana para cuerdas.” A pavane is slow processional music that has its roots in the Renaissance.

The Bach work is the “Wedding Cantata BWV202.” The Mendelssohn  composition is Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, Op. 52, which will require the efforts of the chorus under the direction of Marcela Lizano. The orchestra is directed by John Nelson.

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