Spring equinox concert at El Charco
By Jesús Ibarra
The nature reserve and botanical garden El Charco del Ingenio celebrated the spring equinox last Sunday, March 23, at 5:30pm, with an open-air concert performed in the beautiful natural setting of El Charco’s canyon. The concert was given by Mexican flautist Horacio Franco and cellist Asaf Kolerstein, from Israel. The concert included mostly pieces by Antonio Vivaldi and Johann Sebastian Bach, but they ended the concert with The Beatles’ “Penny Lane.” Those in attendance enjoyed the concert while sitting among the rocks all around the canyon.
Currently, Kolerstein is principal cellist of the State Orchestra of Mexico. He performs frequently as a chamber music and recital artist and as a soloist with orchestras all over Mexico. Franco is one of Mexico’s most successful, internationally known classical musicians, and he also performs folk, contemporary and popular music. He has attracted a following of young listeners from all social classes with a pop-star image that is unusual for classical musicians, attempting to change the way people approach classical concerts by making them more attractive, especially to young people.
Franco told Atención that it is and a privilege to have performed at El Charco, because he considers it as a “philosophy of love for nature.” “El Charco is an ecological icon; it’s a magical place, full of mysticism and love,” he said. “To perform here was also a challenge for me because the recorder is very hard to play against the wind. I was always looking for the right position to play it in order to avoid facing the wind.” He said he chose a repertoire by Bach and Vivaldi because he considers Bach to be the supreme genius and philosopher of music and Vivaldi was admired by Bach. “The philosophy of Bach’s music has a lot to do with the philosophy of El Charco,” he said.
After the ceremony, a fire was lit to symbolize purification of the Earth, the beginning of a new cycle, and expectations of a good harvest. The funds raised from the concert will be used for conservation, environmental education and scientific research at El Charco.