Thursday, November 08, 2012

National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba: Gershwin & Beethoven

SPECIAL CONCERT

THE FLORIDA ORCHESTRA PRESENTS

NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA OF CUBA

GERSHWIN & BEETHOVEN


Enrique Pérez Mesa, Music Director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba
Guido López-Gavilán, Guest Conductor
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, Piano

Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
PROGRESS ENERGY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
MAHAFFEY THEATER
ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA

George Gershwin
(1898-1937)
Cuban Overture

Feliz Mendelssohn
(1809-1847)
Symphony No. 4
I. Allegro vivace
II. Adante con moto
III. Con moto moderato
IV. Saltarello Presto


INTERMISSION


Jorge López Marín
Danzón “El Médico de Pianos”

Arr. Herrera
Tribute to Lecuona
Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera, Piano

Guido López-Gavilán
Guaguancó

Ludwig van Beethoven
(1770-1827)
Symphony No. 5
I. Allegro con brio
II. Adante con moto
III. Allegro
IV. Allegro



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National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba



Founded in 1959 , the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba (NSOC) gave its first concert under the direction of Enrique González Mántici in the Teatro Auditorium Amadeo Roldán, which remains the orchestra's permanent concert hall in Havana's Vedado district. Enrique Pérez Mesa is the orchestra's music director.

Since its creation, the NSOC has played an important role in broadening the awareness of Cuban and Latin American music, in addition to developing a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire that ranges from baroque to contemporary. It has given over 3,000 concerts nationally and abroad, including Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru, Argentina, Martinique and Guadalupe. Recent performances on the international scene include performing at the Seventh Festival of World Symphony Orchestras in Moscow in June 2012 as well as its 17-city tour in the United States in fall 2012. Concert offerings have included regular season concerts, symphonic choral programs, educational concert series, periodic national tours, concerts with featured vocalists, ballet performances, and special gala concerts.

Over the years NSOC has been conducted by more than 100 conductors of national and international fame, including Claudio Abbado, Manuel Duchesne Cuzán, Elena Herrera, Guido López Gavilán, Luis Herrera de la Fuente, Luis de Pablo, Enrique González Mántici, Camargo Guarnieri, Yoshikazu Fukumura, Michel Legrand, Georges Martin, Gonzalo Romeu, Hans Werner Henze and Carmine Coppola. Among the numerous soloists featured with the NSOC are Frank Fernández, Jorge Luis Prats, José Carreras, Joaquín Clech, Victoria de los Angeles, Víctor Pellegrini, Iván Petruzziello, Aldo Rodríguez, Víctor Rodríguez, Mstislav Rostropovich, Alina Sánchez, Miguel Villafruela and Roger Woodward.


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JG: This was an unforgettable experience which I will always treasure. It was a superb performance.

I give thanks to the President of the United States, Barack Obama, for making possible this 17 city U.S. tour of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

There are five more important sections to this post, which I will add soon, as my time allows it. I hope that you can come back and read them.

Three Reviews:

Tampa Bay Times: National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba presents rich musical tradition

Tampa Bay Online: Cuban orchestra sets toes tapping

Bay News 9: Concert-goers enjoy a taste of Cuba

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National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba



Enrique Pérez Mesa, Music Director
Guido López-Gavilán, Guest Conductor
Ignacio Nachito Herrera, Piano Soloist
VIOLIN I
Ariel Sarduy, Concertmaster
Augusto Diago, Assistant Concertmaster
Desirée Justo Castilla
Leonardo Pérez Báster
Julio César García Domínguez
Verónica Reyes Toscaeva
Silvio Duquesne Cabarroca
Alex Bravo Calderín
Alexander Machado Crabb
Liliam Herrera Valdés


VIOLIN II
Iresi García Chao, Principal
Liliana González Serrano, Assistant Principal
Dania Gutiérrez Flores
Gretel Garrida Luque
Irasema Jiménez Jiménez
Jessie De Armas Amador
Mayla Carmenate Reyes
Rogelio Martínez Muguercia
Yanielka Menédez Luzardo


VIOLAS
Roberto Herrera Díaz, Principal
Raiza Valdés Ortega
David De La Mora Chávez
Winnie Magaña Soler
Yaser Cruzata Revé
Idalmis Ulloa Besada
Miriam Baró Jiménez


CELLOS
Alejandro Rodríguez Tirado, Principal
Arelys Zaldivar Copello, Asistant Principal
Maria Victoria Boada Cuéllar
Gladys Lo Tamayo
Lis Elena Lo Tamayo
Lester Monier Serrano
Suaima Ramos Torres


DOUBLE BASES
Andrés Escalona Graña, Principal
Francisco Valdés Torres, Assistant Principal
Michel Toll Calviño
Raúl Delgado Navarro
Alfredo Averhoff Morales


FLUTES
Raúl Valdés Pérez, Principal
Zorimé Vega García
Floraimed Fernández Semanat


OBOES
Johanna Lugo Morejón, Principal
Frank E. Fernández Neira, Assistant Principal
Marlene Neira Garcia


CLARINETS
Antonio Dorta Lazo, Principal
Alden Ortuño Cabezas, Assistant Principal
Kenia Garrido Carralero


BASSOONS
Francisco Sánchez Mejía, Principal
Ivón Fernández Ballester, Assitant Principal
Dasni Martínez Marín


FRENCH HORNS
Pedro Luís González García, Principal
Naidet García Rodríguez
Moisés Hernández Duménigo
Dania Pérez Fonseca


TRUMPETS
Jorge Rubio Pérez, Principal
Fadez Sanjudo Rodríguez, Assistant Principal
Enrique Rodríguez Toledo


TROMBONES
Alberto Batista Meneses, Principal
Ridel Barrios Rodríguez, Assistant Principal
Gustavo García Villafuerte


TUBA
Remberto Depestre De La Torre


PERCUSSION
Luis Barrera Perea, Principal
Abiel Chea Guerra, Assistant Principal
Jesús Chea Gort
Alexander Raña Fernández
Lianne Lastre Bécker


HARP
Mirtha Batista Bringuez


PIANO
Vilma Garriga Comas


OCHESTRA STAFF
Roberto Chorens, General Director
Susana Llorente, International Coordinator


BOOKING AND PRODUCTION
World Arts Production, Lic 12
Nicola Lane Nesconcet, Ny 11767
Tel: 631-838-5658
Aurora González, Tour Coordinator
Alex Santos, Tour Manager

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