The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra showed all its talent and majesty on the stages of Turkey – Vice Presidency of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra showed all its talent and majesty on the stages of Turkey

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra returned to the international stage with its first post-pandemic tour in Istanbul, Turkey.

After his visit to the transcontinental country, he gave two sold-out concerts at the Is Sanat hall, one of the most prestigious halls in this country. The presentations began on Wednesday April 6 and Thursday April 7 under the baton of young masters Christian Vásquez and Andrés David Ascanio.

“This tour marks our return to the international stage after the pandemic. We needed this reunion abroad which will be favorable to El Sistema and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, said Christian Vásquez.

He expressed his emotion for the great level reached by the Orchestra, emphasizing that these concerts bring a new air, a new beginning and a new chapter, “we will continue to represent Venezuela with style.” I am sure that after this experience we will return to Venezuela with new experiences to continue working for children and young people,” added the young director.

During the presentation on Wednesday 6, Simón Bolívar, guided by Christian Vásquez, performed a repertoire consisting of the demanding Concerto for Cello and Orchestra by Antonin Dvořák, one of the most difficult and emblematic ever written for the instrument, with the soloist Poyraz Baltacıgil, originally from Istanbul and one of the most important young figures of local symphonic music, who has performed with the main orchestras of his native country, as well as in Germany and in the Nederlands.

For his part, Andrés David Ascanio, another of the talented teachers of the El Sistema Orchestra, said: “I see a gigantic desire to be better, to reach the artistic demands as Maestro Abreu taught us (. ..)”,

For Ascanio, continuing to sing, play and fight means continuing to carry a message of peace and social inclusion. “The message that claims the right to arts education and multiplies this work around the world,” he said.

The musical heart of Venezuela in Turkey

The Turkish public benefited from a great show of musical identity, when the Orchestra offered a repertoire that illustrates the continent, with Melodía del Llano by Antonio Estévez; The Alligator by Paul Desenne; and the iconic Santa Cruz de Pacairigua by Evencio Castellanos, as well as the Overture Candide by Leonard Bernstein.

The interpretation of La Noche de los Mayas, by the Mexican Silvestre Revueltas; and the Symphonic Dances from the musical West Side Story, by American Leonard Bernstein, were staged with the finely tuned presentation of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra.

Aurimar Hernández, 21, who plays the viola and was trained in the heart of Coro town, Edo. Falcón, during his participation in these concerts, underlined: “It is a great pride for me to be on this tour and a great motivation. When I started music and I was a child, I never imagined that I would have the opportunity to represent my state and my country abroad. I know that my family, my teachers and my classmates at Coro are proud that I have this experience”.

Fraternity and solidarity

Today, Friday April 8, will be the last presentation in Istanbul, a day dedicated to social action, developing educational activities in the Darussafaka society for orphaned children, an institution with more than a hundred years of service that promotes the equal opportunity in education.

The next stop will be Ankara, the political capital of Turkey. This city, home to the State Ballet and Opera, will receive the Venezuelan musical delegation on Sunday, April 10, in the concert hall of the Orchestra of the Presidency of the Republic of Turkey.

It should be remembered that this was not the Orchestra’s only visit to the Turkish country, as it is worth recalling the unforgettable debut of the Simón Bolívar Symphony under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in Istanbul in 2011, in which he there was a link of cultural cooperation with Turkey.

Likewise, other groups from El Sistema have also been welcomed with open arms, such as the Simón Bolívar String Quartet in 2014.

T: Endry Alvarado


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