Sports and music liven up the agenda for the weekend

Expats have plenty of activities to enjoy this weekend. They include the symphony orchestra, national sports day Sunday and even an American-style football game Saturday.

The only requirement is to wear a hat and bring plenty of sunblock to some events.

The orchestra

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional features works by Costa Rican composers in its performances tonight and Sunday morning.

Vinicio Meza, who plays the clarinet in the orchestra, composed “Episodios para fagot y orquesta,” which features the bassoon. Featured soloist will be Carlos Ocampo, also a member of the orchestra.

Sergio Delgado, 23, has his debut as a composer with the work “Preludio Fantás Tico.”

This is the second concert of the season for the orchestra, which will be under the direction of Costa Rican Alejandro Gutiérrez for the two performances.

The Centro Nacional de la Música said that 30 children from the Orquesta por la Vida from the Hospital Nacional de Niños will participate in the Sunday 10:30 a.m. performance. The concert tonight is at 8 p.m.

Also on the program is “Ciranda” or “Cirandinha” by the famous Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. This is a work inspired by a children’s song and will be presented for the first time in Costa Rica, said the orchestra.

Also planned is “Symphony No. 6” by Ludwig van Beethoven. This also is known as the “Pastoral Symphony.”

The performances are in the Teatro Nacional with ticket prices ranging from 4,000 to 18,000 colons with discounts for students and seniors.

American football

The Toros Football Club meets the Bulldogs Football Association in a game Saturday that might decide the national championship.

The American football teams met once before this year and the Bulldogs prevailed by one

Sergio Delgado's work that will debut.

Sergio Delgado’s work that will debut.

point, 27 to 26. A loss to the undefeated Bulldogs would put the Toros out of contention for the championship.

The game is at 2 p.m. in Estadio Ernesto Rohrmoser in Pavas. There is a 2,000-colon admission.

Aperitivo Musical

The program Aperitivo Musical will be inaugurated Saturday at 4 p.m. In the foyer of the Teatro Nacional with the group Sonsax.

The group dominated by saxophones plans a Latin program ranging from cha cha to mambo to calypso. The group was formed at the  Escuela de Artes Musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica Escuela de Artes Musicales de la Universidad de Costa Rica.

The theater plans two such programs a month.

Alajuela art workshops

The Museo Histórico Cultural Juan Santamaría and the Asociación Costarricense de Artistas Visuales will host 20 artists Saturday starting at 9 a.m. in workshops featuring various types of creativity.

The event is in advance of the Día Mundial del Arte 2016, which is April 15.

Sports day

Parque la Sabana is a busy place on weekends, but this Sunday is the Día Nacional del Deporte. So the Instituto Costarricense del Deporte y la Recreación has scheduled events and exhibitions ranging from horseback riding to cheerleading and lacrosse.

The day begins with a skating competition at 8 a.m., and then there are dozens of events and presentations all over the park. Similar activities are supposed to take place at the central parks in the capitals of other cantons, said the sports institute. More information is HERE!

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