Month: September 2010

Classical music for new audiences across Chile

September 27, 2010

Maestro Juan Pablo Izquierdo, conductor of the Chamber Orchestra of Chile, has performed in major concert halls around the world, but performances given for non-traditional, working class audiences around Chile have been some of his most rewarding. A concert held in Parque Nacional Pan de Azucar on Saturday, Sept. 11 as part of the national Bicentennial celebrations drew an enthusiastic crowd of 800 people from mining towns as far as two and a half hours away. (more…)

Music in an Unexpected Landscape

September 19, 2010

On Saturday, Sept. 11, at Pan de Azucar national park, where the arid slopes of the Atacama meet the cold, cobalt waters of the Pacific, more than 800 people gathered for a performance of Chamber Orchestra of Chile under the baton of Juan Pablo Izquierdo. Despite the cold winds blowing in from the sea, and the thick gray clouds that sat low over the hills, spectators flooded in on free municipal buses from towns around the region–from the beach town of Caldera 90 minutes down the coast, from Diego Almagro inland to the east, from the regional capital of Copiapó more than two and a half hours away, and from the ramshackle mining town of Chañaral that seems to crumble from the hills into the ocean at the park’s doorstep. (more…)