Weekend features orchestra and dancers

Symphony orchestra performances and free movies are mixing with some dancing in the streets for this upcoming weekend.

The Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional will start its outdoor performances in Alajuela and Cartago. The program is expected to include Costa Rican music as well as rock n’roll and orchestral works of Johannes Brahms and Alexander Borodin, according to the Centro Nacional de la Música.

The Suite Doble duo is partnering with the orchestra for these performances along with musician Carlos Guzmán and singer Ivette Ortiz. The shows will begin tonight at 7 p.m. at the Polideportivo de Cartago and on Sunday at 5 p.m. in the City Mall of Alajuela. The concerts are free and open to the public.

“The aim is to unite the Costa Rican family by means of a musical show,” said Alejandro Gutiérrez, Guest Director, “They will offer the color of Spanish music, the virtuosity of Russian music, the passion of arias Operas, and of course the best of the big national groups Suite Doble, in addition to the traditional music in the style of Carlos Guzmán.”

Meanwhile, the Chepe Danza hits the streets of San José today with their own unique creation that may include participation from the audience.

The series of performances will be at eight locations such as Parque Central and the Paseo de los Estudiantes in Barrio Chino. The performers are members of the Compañía Nacional de Danza and have been preparing their performances at their home base in the Teatro de la Danza.

Each show will last around 45 minutes, organizers said. The dance styles will include interpretative dances in which the performers expect their audience to contemplate the story.

Some will be more abstract in character, but all will offer the opportunity for spectators to interact with the cast, organizers said.

The first performance titled “UNO” will start today at 5 p.m. on Avenida 4 on the south end of the Parque Central in San José. More performances will also be held at noon on Paseo Colón during the Domingos familiares sin humo, or the smoke-free Sundays hosted by the municipality.

That event will also continue this Sunday promoting smoke-free spaces in the capital with recreational and physical activities geared towards families to improve their health and encourage a tobacco-free lifestyle.

For those that prefer an indoor event, the Preámbulo is continuing its free showing of international films this weekend at the Centro Costarricense de Producción Cinematográfica in front of the north side of the Instituto Nacional de Seguros building in Barrio Amón.

Capacity is limited so organizers suggest arriving at least a half hour before the film starts. The first movie will be shown tonight at 7. On Saturday and Sunday, there will be shows at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Information on the film titles and country of origin can be found on the website of the Costa Rican film institute.

Lastly, the Museo de Arte y Diseño Contemporáneo will be open on Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. with its exhibition of “El que no enseña no vende.” The exhibition is examining the design of storefronts in relation to the history of downtown San José, the museum said. 

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