San Miguel International Symphony summer season begins
By Antonio Cabrero Mendoza
On July 20, the San Miguel International Symphony will perform their first summer concert at the beautiful San Francisco church at 7pm. The program includes Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto and Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and will be conducted by Maestro Antonio Cabrero, who shares his thoughts about the program below.
San Miguel International Symphony Summer Season
Sat, Jul 20, 7pm
San Francisco Church
“If I could go back in time to attend the premiere of one of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s symphonies, I would undoubtedly choose his Symphony No. 7. The composer had recently regained his health after a stay at a Bohemian spa, and the symphony is a reflection of this. The radiant optimism of the theme continues in crescendo until the last movement, which is such a frenetic celebration that some believe Beethoven wrote it as an ode to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine and celebration.
Beethoven’s friends assembled a superior quality orchestra with many of the world’s most outstanding musicians at the time. To name a few (most were already in Vienna): Louis Sphor, violinist and composer; Johann Nepomuk Hummel, composer of a famous trumpet concerto; Domenico Dragonetti, the most renowned bassist of that era who played “with great expression and power” according to Beethoven. Mauro Giuliani, a famous guitarist credited with the Giuliani Concerto, played cello at the premiere. Giacomo Mayerbeer, who was inspired by Beethoven to make orchestras larger and set the stage for later composers like Richard Wagner, also participated in the premiere of Beethoven’s Seventh.
Louis Sphor once described Beethoven conducting, ‘When he wants a sforzando, his arms and his whole body will shake with emotion and when asking for a forte, he will jump in the air.’ Yes, I’d love to have been there.”
The San Miguel International Symphony will continue its season with “Summertime,” a Gershwin concert, on August 29 at Teatro Ángela Peralta.
Ticket prices are 150, 250 or 350 pesos. If you want to learn more about the SMIS and how to become a member, please visit www.sanmiguelsymphony.com.