Baroque music festival: massive public attendance at the temples of San Roque and Porongo

Baroque music festival: massive public attendance at the temples of San Roque and Porongo

April 20, 2024, 10:32 PM

April 20, 2024, 10:32 PM

Full house to see the performance of national and international orchestras and choirs tuning ears in the temple of San Roque, in the capital of Santa Cruz, and in the John Paul II church, in the municipality of Porongo, this Saturday night. The concerts are part of the International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music “Missions of Chiquitos”.

In San Roque there was great expectation. The Juilliard415 orchestra from the United States performed along with the Urubichá choir. The United States Embassy explained that the American orchestra is from the Juilliard Historical Interpretation department, taking its name from the musical tone commonly associated with the performance of baroque music (A=415).

Debra Hevia
Debra Hevia, chargé d’affaires of the United States in Bolivia, receives recognition from the head of APAC, Percy Áñez. Photo. Ricardo Montero

To enter the temple, people had to stand in long linessince entry is free and attendees are accommodated according to arrival and in the most convenient place.

On this important night of beginning three presentations by the Juilliard415 orchestra and the Urubichá choir A distinction was awarded to the United States, which on this occasion the northern country was represented by Debra Hevia, business representative of the United States in Bolivia.

Long lines to enter the church of San Roque

“I am very honored to receive the Hans Roth award. on behalf of the American people and the United States embassy,” stated the diplomat in San Roque, while indicating that the works presented were Sonata Chiquitana IX and Misa San Javier.

The other two presentations by the American orchestra and the Guarayos province choir will be this Sunday, April 21 at the temple of San José de Chiquitosat 8:30 p.m. and will close on Monday the 22nd at the Ignacio de Velasco Cathedral, at 8:30 p.m.

The Urubichá Choir performed in San Roque this Saturday night.  Photo.  Ricardo Montero
The Urubichá Choir performed in San Roque this Saturday night. Photo. Ricardo Montero

In Porongo, a Chilean orchestra delighted with music

The John Paul II Church, Porongo, was also packed with people this Saturday night during the concert of the Baroque orchestra of Santiago, Chile, which began at 8:30 p.m., as scheduled.

“Talking about the International Festival of Baroque and Renaissance Music of the Chiquito Mission is talking about part of the identity of our country and fundamentally of our region, of eastern Bolivia,” he said Neptaly Mendoza, mayor of Porongo.

Porongo
Porongo

For his part, the director of the Chilean orchestra, Raúl Orellana, stated that those he lives in Porongo are unforgettable momentsseeing so many people at the concert and seeing them enjoy their heritage.

The Chilean orchestra offered an Italian-style repertoire, but fused with Chiquitano music. “We are going to do a mix of Chiquitano music with some works of Italian music,” explained Orellana, director of the visiting orchestra.

In Porongo people had to see it from outside the temple.  Photo.  Porongo Mayor's Office
In Porongo people had to see it from outside the temple. Photo. Porongo Mayor’s Office

The Porongueños and people who arrived from the capital of Santa Cruz They filled the temple. Many, who could not enter, watched from outside the church.

For this Sunday, April 21, there will also be a presentation of baroque music in Porongo. The mass will be at the San Juan Pablo II church, located in Urubó, diagonal to the Emperador event center, near the entrance to the Santa Cruz de la Colina Urbanization. The tickets are free.

The presentations of different choirs and orchestras, national and international, will continue until April 28, in the capital and in the provinces.

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