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Two concerts of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra this week

The Symphony Orchestra of Cuenca will be fifteen days under the direction of the teacher Emir Saúl - Invited Director, presenting two concerts this week. On Thursday, July 11, at the Virgen de Bronce church at 8 PM as a tribute to the Virgen del Carmen during her festivities. And on Friday, July 12 at the Old Cathedral in homage to the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP) on its 90th Anniversary. This event has the participation of the young Cuenca composer and pianist Carlos Hernández who is making the world premiere of his piano concert in which his colleague Henry Álvarez will intervene. Admission to both concerts is free until full capacity.

Emir Saul-Director of Symphony Orchestra, in 1979 began his activity as conductor by founding the Musical Ensemble "La Plata". He has been the Stable Director of the Orchestras: Symphony of the U.N.T., Youth of the U.N.T. (Founded by him in 1985), Stable of the Province of Tucumán.

At the Teatro Colón, he first performed as a composer, and later as an orchestra conductor, thus initiating an international career that will take him to direct in the United States, England, Holland, Belgium, Spain, South Korea, Greece, Portugal, Uruguay, Romania, Ecuador and Italy, where he has lived since 1989.

Carlos Hernández - composer and pianist. Graduated from the José María Rodríguez Conservatory, piano specialty. Degree in musical composition (University of Cuenca - Ecuador). Environmental Engineer (Universidad Politécnica Salesiana), Master in Musical Research (International University of La Rioja - Spain), and current doctoral candidate in composition at the Pontifical University of Santa María de Buenos Aires (Argentina). He has taken courses and seminars at CENART (Mexico), ARJAUS (Argentina), UNAM (Mexico), University of Murcia (Spain) and on the educational platforms of Harvard University and Juilliard. He teaches at the Art College and at the José María Rodríguez Conservatory.

Henry Emanuel Álvarez - Pianist. Winner of several national and international piano competitions; among them: First place in the III Piano Competition Young Pianists and First Prize in the IV Piano Competition Young Pianists and organized by the José M. Rodríguez Conservatory, Third Place in III International Competition and First Place in the IV International Competition of Classical Music Young Talents organized by the Music Conservatory of Open Frontiers Music, as part of the award debuts as a soloist with the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra. Honorable Mention in the Frederic Chopin Contest, Honorable Mention in the Claudio Arrau Piano Competition in Chile.

Finlandia, Jean sibelius. Symphonic poem for orchestra. Finlandia op. 26 is undoubtedly the best-known piece of Jean Sibelius, the most popular in the orchestral and discographic repertoire, this composition in short is the one most associated with the name of Sibelius. Finlandia is a symphonic movement with two distinct parts, a slow introduction (Andante) and an Allegro, mediated by a small transition passage.

Concert for piano, op. 29 n ° 1 (world premiere). Carlos Hernández. It was composed between February and March of the year 2019. In this work, influences of romanticism are shown and melodies of the popular repertoire are fused with the academic composition. The work presents several virtuous passages and great difficulty for piano. The cadence of the third movement is written for piano to four hands.

Scheherezade, Nikolái Rimski-Kórsakov. The most popular and important score of the Russian musician is a magic carpet that transports us to the world of One Thousand and One Nights and the old oriental stories of oral tradition (Ali Baba, the adventures of Sinbad, and the like), partly spread throughout Europe thanks to the popular translations of Sir Richard Burton. It is a beautiful and enriched composition, a party for the orchestra's own musicians who enjoy numerous opportunities for intervention.

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