Music institute celebrates its 45th anniversary with performances

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

More than 500 musicians of various ages will be performing in celebration of 45 years of existence for the Instituto Nacional de la Música.

The anniversary celebrations will be held a Teatro Popular Melico Salazar today and Thursday beginning at 8 p.m., according to the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

“To conclude the gala concert on June 1, we will have the 45th Anniversary Orchestra with more than 150 musicians on stage,” said Gabriela Mora Fallas, the director for the institute. “That is made up of 60 members of the current Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil and more than 90 instrumentalists have been students of the Instituto Nacional de la Música throughout its 45 years.”

Among the special guests will be Gerald Brown, who was the first conductor of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil when it began back in 1972. The institute was created originally as a music school with the main objective being to prepare pupils to join the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

As time went on, the institute became a more internationally focused school that went beyond training the next generation of national orchestra members, the cultural ministry said.

The institute will close the week out with a Saturday event at 8 p.m. in Teatro Nacional with a presentation of the Banda Sinfónica Elemental and the Orquesta Sinfónica Infantil.

Tickets are available for 5,000 colons each at the theater’s website, the cultural ministry said.

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