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This week we have Rossini, Dvořák, Khachaturian, Bernstein, Rota

The Symphonic Orchestra of Cuenca under the baton of maestro Michael Meissner, Principal Director, presents the seasonal concert this Friday, November 30 at the Pumapungo theater at 8 PM. Admission is free until full capacity. This is the repertoire:

Overture of William Tell. Gioacchino Rossini. This has become one of the most interpreted concert pieces of all times. With its slow-fast-slow-fast scheme it accentuates its relationship with the old form and looks like a miniature symphony. It is quite possible that the public's appreciation for Rossini's music is due to the fact that in his compositions he faithfully applied the principles in which he firmly believed: "Delight should be the basis and goal of this art. Simple melodies and clear rhythms."

Slavic Dances Antonín Dvořák. Dvořák wrote the Slavic Dances with great enthusiasm, since he was passionate about folklore. The work was very well received, both in Germany and abroad. In addition to Brahms and Dvořák, numerous contemporaries and later composers have dared to compose nationalist dances, very characteristic of the 19th century. The common theme that unites them all is, apart from the personal seal, to make known the folklore of different countries, either their own or others.

Dance of the Saber. Aram Khachaturian. The famous dance, of great vitality, includes in its middle section a traditional Armenian, lyrical theme. Its short duration has facilitated its adaptation to the cinema, TV, videogames and various advertising, through multiple arrangements. The irresistible and immediate attraction that exerts in the public has also transformed it into one of the most used "caballitos de batalla" of the great orchestral groups, taking advantage of the bunch of orchestral suites that the author extracted at the time of the ballet.

Symphonic dances of West Side Story. Leonard Bernstein. Contrary to the European nationalism that dates from the 19th century, in the American continent it is characteristic of the first half of the 20th century. West Side Story is no exception, with great influence of jazz and Latin rhythms. The demanding score converts the symphony orchestra into a gigantic jazz band. The musical was so successful that it stayed 54 weeks in theaters and its film version won 10 Oscars. His music is still one of the best soundtracks written for a twentieth-century musical, and with its freshness he catches us from the first note. Bernstein said "All the agony, the delays and the rewriting turned out to be worth it."

The Strada. Nino Rota. Federico Fellini, author of celebrated works of the seventh art, gives us one of his first and most recognized stories: La Strada. Endowed with an attractive staging at the service of the best Italian neorealism, the director leads us cold and emotionally in the unfortunate journey of a naive woman, whose only sin is to live in his fantasy world full of music, dances and hullabaloo. Fellini gives us a wonderful story, of survival, of struggle, of strength, of lost opportunities, of broken dreams and above all of the deepest human misery, with protagonists battling in a silent love expressed only in the abstract world of loneliness. La Strada is one of those works that leave a dug and remain for a long time in our mind. Fellini, master of the hand of Nino Rota, whose joint work lasted for more than thirty years. The music of Rota tells us vividly each scene, it is simply wonderful.

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