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Friday, 30 June 2017

The Cartagena International Music Festival expands its international ties

Relations between Italy and Colombia are growing thanks to the arts. On this occasion, two of their most renowned festivals, the Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi and the Cartagena International Music Festival, have strengthened the alliance that, in January 2017, brought to the stages of Cartagena de Indias an exceptional performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

The alliance, which began with the mise-en-scène of this operatic production, first performed in Spoleto, Italy in June 2016, has paved the way for further cultural exchange. For the first time, six talented Colombian musicians were invited to perform in the 60th Spoleto Festival.

Cellist Santiago Cañón Valencia, recent third-place winner at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth international competition in Belgium, and pianist Luis Andrés Castellanos will offer a concert on July 1, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the Pegasus Hall in Spoleto. The concert will feature works by the most significant Colombian composers of the 19th and 20th centuries, such as Guillermo Uribe Holguín, Luis A. Calvo, Gentil Montaña, and Carlos René Ordoñez.    

Furthermore, the Spoleto audience will be introduced to a rich variety of Colombian popular music from different regions, but particularly from the eastern plains, in a concert featuring quatro player Zahira Noguera, harpist Elvis Díaz, double bassist Mario Criales and saxophone player Antonio Arnedo. This instrumental ensemble called Cuarteto Agile will perform on July 2 at 7:00 p.m. at the San Nicolò Chiostro.

Mozart's Italian Trilogy

Both festivals have come together in a joint production and performance of Mozart's Italian trilogy: The Marriage of Figaro, Così fan tutte, and Don Giovanni. The first opera of this alliance was very well received by the audience of the Cartagena Festival and, building on this momentum, Cartagena de Indias is now preparing to show Così fan tutte on January 12 and 14, 2018 at the 12th Cartagena International Music Festival. 

For its Colombian debut, Così fan tutte, which was performed in Spoleto in 2015, will bring together Italian and Colombian musicians. The scenography will once again be in the able hands of three-time Oscar winners Dante Ferretti and Francesca Lo Schiavo. Giorgio Ferrara, who is also the director of the Festival di Spoleto, will be scenic director and the Fondazione Teatro Coccia will be in charge of the executive production.

Following the same line, the Cartagena Festival is planning to present Don Giovanni in January 2019, the opera that successfully opened the 60th edition of the Festival di Spoleto last Friday, June 30.

The Essence of Form. The Classical Style.

The opera that will be performed in the twelfth edition of the Cartagena Festival will be framed by a program titled "The Essence of Form. The Classical Style", dedicated to the music of Joseph Haydn, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and Ludwig Van Beethoven, who have been historically defined as "classical composers".

The festival will include works by these composers that are considered to be milestones in the history of music and demonstrate compositional elements specific to the classical style. In tune with its tradition, musicians participating in the Festival will be internationally acclaimed soloists and groups, recognized world-wide for their excellence or innovative musical interpretation.

To complement the program, Latin American sounds played by some of the best exponents of this genre will again have a prominent role in the Festival.

Cartagena de Indias, Land and Stage.

With a population close to 1 million, Cartagena de Indias has become a Colombian city on the Caribbean coast where, every year for the past eleven years, the sound of strings, wind and voices from the Cartagena International Music Festival can be heard.

17th century churches and chapels, stunning public squares, an impressive sea port, buildings from the early 20th century such as the Adolfo Mejía Theater and other more recent buildings such as the Convention Center are only a few of the many locations in which the Festival features around 35 concerts, including some 300 musicians from Colombia and abroad, and close to 27,000 spectators.

This event is also complemented by the educational work promoted by the Festival. This work is comprised of, among other things, master classes attended by hundreds of young Colombian musicians, instrument-making workshops, a Young Talents recital, a scholarship program for musical production, as well as conferences and exhibitions. 

This alliance, which has united Spoleto and Cartagena de Indias, together with a concert program that, in January 2018, will incorporate, among others, German, Austrian, Italian, and Colombian artists, reaffirm the identity of the Cartagena Festival as a bridge between the cultures and musical traditions of Europe and America.

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The Cartagena International Music Festival expands its international ties

Friday, 30 June 2017

Relations between Italy and Colombia are growing thanks to the arts. On this occasion, two of their most renowned festivals, the Spoleto Festival dei 2Mondi and the Cartagena International Music Festival, have strengthened the alliance that, in January 2017, brought to the stages of Cartagena de Indias an exceptional performance of Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro

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