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The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra presents

Tribute concert to the Virgin of La Merced is the XXIX digital delivery of the OSC

The Cuenca Symphony Orchestra presents the tribute to Our Lady of Mercy of the Congregation of Oblate Missionaries of Cuenca in its festivities with a beautiful concert that was part of the Viva Vivaldi Festival with a beautiful repertoire of baroque concerts by Vivaldi, Bach, Boccherini and Franceschini. We will have as Guest Soloists Marco Saula, Xavier Mora, Santiago Paccha, Patricio Lituma (Violin), Florin Burlacu and Yackson Sánchez (Violoncello), Adam Phillips and Ángel Macancela (Trumpet). This concert was recorded in the church of La Merced on Friday, October 04, 2019. Our XXIX digital delivery is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 23 at 8:00 p.m. in the Digital Concert Hall of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra on YouTube https: //www.youtube.com/user/sinfonicacuenca and on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sinfonicacuenca.
 
Viva Vivaldi Festival. The second edition of the Viva Vivaldi Festival, established in our city by maestro Michael Meissner, Principal Conductor of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, pays tribute to Baroque and Renaissance music, stylistic periods rarely attended by the great symphony orchestras, as they require smaller groups and with fewer instruments than a current symphony orchestra. The first professional symphony orchestras were born much later, at the beginning of the 19th century, when the symphonies of Beethoven and his successors caused a great impact on the population of Vienna and, later, on other European capitals. Previously, the orchestras were small groupings of strings, with the “obligatory” continuous bass and, with more or less regularity, some wind instruments. For a long time his performances were limited to the palaces and halls of counts - like the Esterházy in Hungary, where Joseph Haydn had his orchestra (of 12 musicians) - cardinals, and in general, governments and the church. In the middle of the 18th century, Antonio Vivaldi and contemporaries began to compose music without ecclesiastical purposes, the first concert music. Being virtuoso of their own instrument - Vivaldi on the violin, Bach on the harpsichord - they caused a sensation in the public, who were no longer exclusively of the "nobility", but were ordinary citizens, bourgeois in their nascent self-confidence as the new social class. dominant. (Master Michael Meissner)
 
The Virgin of La Merced of the Congregation of Oblate Fathers of Cuenca. She is also called the General of the Heavenly Armies, the Woman Clothed with the Sun and the Queen of Peace. In its commemoration, the Congregation of Oblate Fathers in Cuenca has established the feast of La Merced or Las Mercedes, on September 24 and the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra will give a beautiful concert for Vespers (Wednesday, September 23 at 8 PM) which will be broadcast on Radio Matovelle FM, on Facebook Live Our Lady of Mercy Oblate Fathers, Facebook Live Matovelle Cuenca, Facebook Live Communication Matovelle.
 
History of the cult: It is said that on August 1, 1218, the feast of the holy founder Pedro Nolasco had a visit from the Blessed Virgin, making himself known as La Merced, who exhorted him to found a religious Order with the main purpose of redeeming those captive Christians. At that time, the Iberian peninsula was dominated by Muslims, and Saracen pirates ravaged the shores of the Mediterranean, taking thousands of captives whom they took to North Africa. Pedro Nolasco promoted the creation of the Celeste, Royal and Military Order of Mercy, which was founded in the Cathedral of Barcelona with the support of King Jaime I the Conqueror and the council of Saint Raimundo de Peñafort. It is estimated that around three hundred thousand were redeemed by the Mercedarian friars from the captivity of the Muslims. About three thousand are religious who consider themselves martyrs for dying in fulfillment of their vow. Founded in 1218, there are testimonies of this name from the middle of the 13th century. Followers of the Order of Mercy were among the first missionaries to America. On the island of Hispaniola or the Dominican Republic, for example, Fray Gabriel Téllez, known as Tirso de Molina, went on a mission.

With this delivery there will be 29 digital concerts that the public can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet at the time and as many times as they want in the Digital Room of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra.

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