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International Symphony Orchestra cascades balloons to great public acclaim

By Antonio Cabrero Mendoza

The International Symphony under the direction of Antonio Cabrero presented a very nice program entitled “ Last Night at the Proms” on the 29th of August.

Many innovations were in effect that made the audience go wild about the performance, the Maestro started out with James Bond film music, Big Band great themes, etc. and his own arrangement to “Summertime” by Gershwin performed exquisitely and with great emotion by special guest for the evening, Mrs. Yen Yu an extraordinary violinist, concert Master of the Livingston Symphony in the US.

The second half of the concert rendered as overture “An American in Paris” with all its complicated Xylophone and bells passages masterfully delivered by the four percussionists of the Orchestra.

The time came then for an incredible effect never presented in San Miguel before, in the Orchestra’s concept of the San Miguel Proms (Promenade Concerts) an amazing cascade of balloons gently made its way down from the balcony section, the staff had instructed all present above to drop their balloons at the same time, the audience above was thrilled to do that, everyone who has been in the balconies of a theater, has had a hidden desire to drop something on the people below, and this was a spectacular way to do it, and everybody happily bounced balloons around to the tunes of Rhapsody in Blue, which by the way was quite difficult for the Clarinetist and the Brass section all of them delivering with full power and efforts, the Orchestra and conductor really gave the audience their 100 percent and all the time with a big smile in their faces, making it all look easy, like real professionals usually do, the audience cheered enthusiastically.

To top the evening, there was audience choir to “ Pomp and Circumstance” by Sir Edward Elgar, this song “Land of Hope and Glory” is the theme song of the Proms Concerts in England, everyone knows it by heart in London, but, here in San Miguel with the written text, we were all able to sing along conducted by Cabrero to very nice results (we think).

A repeated standing ovation at the end was the least we could do and really a concert that ended too soon, since we were all having such a nice time and the performance was splendid. “Bravo maestro.”

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