The 11th annual Season of Classical Music is underway at the Teatro Metropolitano Jose Gutierrez Gomez in Medellín. Running from March to November, with 12 international concerts and six educational or family concerts,
The season has gained a reputation both in Latin America and internationally. Highlights of the program include performances by the Salzburg Chamber Soloists, Joshua Bell with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields, Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, and a series of family concerts.
Gabriela Montero, known internationally as “Queen of improvisation,” opened the season with a sell-out concert. Her concert began with works from Brahms and Liszt, while the second half was given over to a demonstration of her masterful improvisations.
Joshua Bell is known as the “Poet of the Violin” and is the first music director of the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields appointed since Sir Neville Marriner founded the orchestra in 1958. Bell and the Academy thrilled Colombian audiences with a program including Beethoven’s “Symphony No.7 in A major,” a Prokofiev symphony, and a Bruch violin concerto.
The Salzburg Chamber Soloists were founded in 1991 by Lavard Skou-Larsen and have since gained a stellar international reputation. They perform in Medellín on May 13 and will be accompanied by renowned pianist Andreas Klein.
Programmers of the children’s events have commissioned a special performance of Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 comic opera “Cinderella.” Directed by Gonzalo Ospina, “Cinderella” is based on the traditional tale by Charles Perrault. Tickets are free for residents of Medellín’s poorest areas, with proof of address.
Medellín is considered the cultural capital of Colombia and hosts a range of festivals throughout the year, including an international poetry festival, the Medellín International Jazz Festival, a festival of Colombian craft, and the famous Festival of Flowers.