Acapulco Philharmonic - October 8th
The Acapulco Philharmonic presented another sensational program on October 8th in the Theater of the Convention Center (Juan Ruiz de Alarcón). The opening piece was Marcha Turka by Beethoven, which should be fairly familiar to many because it has been used in lots of modern contexts, especially on the TV. Then two violinists performed as soloists with the orchestra: first, 10-year-old Alexjandra Reyes performed Ballade et Polonaise by H. Vieuxtemps. She is a true prodigy, and her effort caused a standing ovation from the crowd. Then her adult sister, Rosaura Reyes, performed an intricate and showy number, Sarasate's Introduction and Tarantella, which also brought the audience to its feet. She is a member of the Orquestra de las Bellas Artes in Mexico City.
After an intermission, the Philharmonic played three pieces by Sibelius: The Karelia Suite (three movements or numbers), the short but beautiful Valse Triste, and finally, Finlandia, which is truly one of the most inspiring short symphonic pieces of the late romantic era. The 84-member orchestra has a wide range of repertoire, but it is especially strong when it comes to late 19th and early 20th century music.
The next concert is on October 22. If you will be in town over November 5, be sure to attend the performance of Carmina Burana. Beethoven's Choral Fantasy has also been mentioned as part of the same bill. That piece is a sort of precursor to the last chorus of the Ninth Symphony, and is truly enjoyable in its own right. It is a kind of piano concerto that winds up with the choral finale. Come early. The house will fill up quickly. The concert is part of the festivities of the annual "Festival of the Nao," celebrating Acapulco's role in the spice and silk trade that linked Spain with the Philippines via Mexico.