Orchestra Concert Welcomes Soloists from Costa Rica

The University Symphony, led by conductor Sam McClure, will perform a special concert with guest soloists from the University of Costa Rica at 8 p.m. Nov. 12 in Ophelia Parrish Performance Hall.

The performance will feature a carefully chosen selection of pieces from Hector Berlioz, Claude Debussy, Max Bruch and Vinicio Meza, as well as a performance of Benjamin Britten’s “The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra,” which was originally written and intended as an introduction to classical music for younger audiences.

“Concerto for Clarinet and Viola Op. 88” by Max Bruch will feature Yanileth Perez on clarinet and Orquidea Guandique on viola. Guandique teaches viola and music history at the University of Costa Rica and performed as a soloist with the the school's orchestra, University of Arizona Symphony Orchestra, UA Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Heredia and Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de El Salvador. She has also presented recitals and conferences in the United States, Costa Rica, Poland and El Salvador. In 2014, she performed at the 42nd International Viola Congress in Porto, Portugal.

“Episodios for Bassoon and Orchestra” by Vinicio Meza will feature Fernando Zuniga on bassoon in a U.S. premier of the piece. Sought after as a collaborative pianist, orchestral bassoonist and chamber musician both in bassoon and piano, Zuniga’s international appearances include: the International Double Reed Society Conferences in Buenos Aires, Argentina (2000); Austin, Texas (2005); Ithaca, New York (2007); Redlands, Calif. (2013); and New York (2014) as a member of the Phoenix Bassoon Quartet of Costa Rica. He has also toured with wind quintets in Nicaragua and Costa Rica, and he toured Spain as a member of the Orquesta Sinfónica Juvenil de Costa Rica.

The concert is free and open to public. More information about the performance and other School of Arts and Letters’ events can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/trumansal. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music.

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