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An Unexpected Debut

By Antonio Cabrero

The Chamber Orchestra of Guanajuato City makes an unexpected debut by including San Miguel de Allende in its 2015 tour of the state of Guanajuato.

Chamber Orchestra of Guanajuato City
Antonio Cabrero Mendoza
Teatro Ángela Peralta
Sat, Oct 24, 6pm
General 200 pesos
VIP 350 pesos

The program is a “mostly Mozart” one, the specialty of this orchestra, and it includes the overture to The Magic Flute, with the famous solo glissandi performed by Beatrice Ovalle from Chile as principal flutist. Ovalle had an impressive debut in San Miguel last summer with Mozart’s Flute Concerto and the San Miguel International Symphony.

Haydn’s music fits very well in a program with Mozart because they were great friends and mutual admirers. When their music took prominence, it was the end of the Baroque period, and Bach went into oblivion. It was some years later that another great composer, Felix Mendelssohn, quite by chance rediscovered scores by Bach and brought his music back, which defined for us the Baroque style of Bach and the Classical style of Haydn and Mozart.

Haydn is represented by his Symphony 39, called The Storm, not because it describes an actual storm but because there is a force of nature unleashed there for the first time in a Haydn symphony.

Mozart’s No. 40 in G Minor is not only the most popular but also the most complex of his symphonies, with unheard of developments, new and drastic modulations never imagined before in music, and a sense of unresolved conflict that mysteriously makes us all connect with and follow to the end, not really understanding why but giving us a sense that we agree. It’s probably the immortal type of music that we can hear many times and never get enough of.

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