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World premiere of Requiem for the Victims of COVID-19

The VI Concert of the II Season 2020 directed by maestro Jorge Oviedo Jaramillo, Guest Conductor, is the next digital delivery. This concert was recorded live without public on Wednesday, October 28 and Thursday, October 29 in the Old Cathedral, strictly following the "Work Protocol for the Production of Audiovisual and Cinematographic Works during the health crisis caused by COVID-19 in Ecuador" processed by the Ministry of Culture and approved by the National COE and will be broadcast this Monday, November 2, Day of the Dead and within the framework of the activities programmed for the Bicentennial of Cuenca, at 8 PM 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.
 
This concert has the participation of María Augusta Jibaja, Guest Mezzo soprano and the Pumapungo Choir, directed by Karina Urgilés Encalada. The repertoire includes: Aequinoctialis (Local premiere) by Leonardo Cárdenas and Réquiem 20 (World premiere) by Jorge Oviedo Jaramillo tribute to the victims of COVID-19. Aequinoctialis (Local premiere). Leonardo Cárdenas Palacios. Work composed in 2017. It is based on the proposal to be a chamber work written in a reduced format for a small orchestra: 2 oboes, 2 horns in F and orchestra strings. Its structure is rhapsodic and encompasses various moments and environments, through Ecuadorian rhythms and genres of an Andean and indigenous Kichwa nature, whose sound characterizes it, as a whole.
 
Requiem 20 (Absolute premiere) by Jorge Oviedo Jaramillo tribute to the victims of COVID-19. The creation of this medium-format mixed work, Requiem 20, is intended to present a tribute to the victims of the pandemic, based on an academic musical work created and commissioned specifically for this purpose. The musical creation will be based on the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, mixed choir and soloist, in reduced formats for rehearsals and assembly. The texts of this work correspond to the Christian liturgy and will be performed in Latin by a selection of mixed voices of adults, as a prayer for the rest of all the people who have died victims of this pandemic, and as a hymn of hope for the that we remain standing, within the context of the celebration of the deceased in the city of Cuenca and the country.


Jorge Oviedo Jaramillo. Composer and Director. His catalog of works, which includes different formats, has been considered and performed in different countries on five continents, obtaining awards and recognitions for several of his compositions. Responsible and executor of important staging and montages, among which are local and absolute premieres of Ecuadorian and foreign creators, inside and outside the country. As director, he has made recordings of works by the most important Ecuadorian academic composers. On stage, he has shared and accompanied prominent soloists such as Paulo Gori, Ney Rosauro, Pierre Yves Artaud, Tadashi Maeda, Andrés Torres, Tibaulth Cauvin, José Luis Urquieta, Luciano Carrera, Wolfgang David, among others. He currently maintains an agenda as a composer, director, and independent teacher. María Augusta Jibaja - Mezzosoprano.
 
She studied at the National Conservatory of Music in Quito with Master Cecilia Tapia Samaniego. She has received master classes with various teachers, including: Lourdes Álvarez (Spain), Magdalena Fischer (Germany), Lidia Vinyes-Curtis (Spain). She studied at the Vocal Academy of the Southwestern University in Russia with Soprano Irina Starodubtseva. She has performed as soloist: Stábat Mater (G. B Pergolesi), Symphony No. 2 (G. Mahler), together with the Guayaquil Symphony Orchestra; Magic Flute (W. A. ​​Mozart), Te Deum (A. Bruckner) and Eunice (L. H. Salgado) in the role of Fulvia, together with the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra. Pumapungo Choir.
 
To form a solid group of choreographers whose main objective would be to spread a musical repertoire of high academic rigor, is the impulse that motivated the formation of the “Pumapungo” Choir. Its members possess the artistic qualities that they have previously developed individually, which have contributed effectively to this desire to assemble voices in a sound unit. This group has participated together with the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra in works such as Misa N ° 2 by Schubert, “Requiem” by Saint-Saëns, several Christmas Concerts, the world premiere of “Amor América” by Martin Palmeri, and now, the premiere absolute of "Requiem" by Jorge Oviedo.
 
With this delivery, there will be 35 digital concerts that the public can enjoy and share from anywhere on the planet at the time and as many times as they wish in the Digital Room of the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra.
 
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