Romantic pieces to ring through Teatro Nacional this weekend

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Wagner, Saint-Saëns and Rachmaninoff will kick off the fifth concert in the official season for the national symphony orchestra tonight and on Sunday.

Tonight’s show begins at 8 p.m. and Sunday’s at 10:30 a.m., the cultural ministry said.

According to a statement from the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud, Brazilian director Fabio Mechetti will lead the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional.

He will be joined on stage by German cellist, Leonard Elschenbroich, who will be performing a solo on the Concerto for cello by Camille Saint-Saëns.

Mechetti is the head of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic located in Brazil’s Belo Horizonte state but he also is the director for the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra in the United States, the cultural ministry said.

“For this program a combination of more romantic music was chosen,” Mechetti said. “In the first part we will interpret the Prelude of the III Act of Lohengrin by Wagner followed by the Concerto for cello by Saint-Saëns while, in the second part, we will play one of the most romantic symphonies of the symphonic repertoire: the second symphony of Rachmaninoff.”

Tickets for the V Concierto, as the event is called, are on sale at the ticket office and website of the Teatro Nacional, the cultural ministry said.

Prices vary between 4,000 and 18,000 colons depending on seating.

Students and seniors may request a 50 percent discount when presenting their ID or card at the booth.

For those who want to better understand the concert’s program, Aurora Saenz of the cultural ministry will also offer a talk on Friday at 7 p.m. in the theater foyer.

Admission is free but limited.

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