|Estévez’s Cantata Criolla will hoist the Venezuelan Flag across the world|
|Friday, 16 April 2010 12:54|
Estévez’s Cantata Criolla will be performed under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel in Los Angeles from April 29 to May 02, at the Walt Disney Concert Hall and in July in Venezuela.
This was announced by Gustavo Dudamel and the Venezuelan filmmaker Alberto Arvelo at a press conference held in Caracas at the Center for Social Action through Music.
After conducting three successful concerts in Caracas, Dudamel goes to Los Angeles to conduct the
“Cantata Criolla is so Venezuelan that fills us with love for our country, and this is what we have tried to express…this is a gift to our country, because it is like hoisting our flag across the world,” said Dudamel who also announced future performances of the work in Venezuela.
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Alberto Arvelo explained that a big group of Venezuelan artists will travel to Los Angeles to participate in the event. Edgar Ramírez (actor), Aquiles Machado (tenor), Gaspar Colón Moleiro (baritone), Ángel Sánchez, and Nela Fuenmayor (fashion designer), and Solange Arvelo (plastic artist) are among them.
The theatrical production of Estévez’s Cantata Criolla – that will be premiered in Los Angeles at the Americas and Americans Festival – will be introduced by Guillermo Arriaga, scriptwriter of Babel and
“This is how we staged the work. There’ll be poems, quotes by leading American figures, songs, films… to introduce the work and explain the contrapunteo,” Arvelo explained.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Schola Cantorum of Venezuela, conducted by María Guinand, will also participate in this production.
Regarding musicians' preparation, Dudamel pointed out that the
He admitted that Venezuelan music is hard to understand for people from other countries, but he was confident that the orchestra would do a great job.
Dudamel also announced that the Venezuelan Musician Jair Acosta will play the maracas, instruments that play an important role in narrating how Florentino faced the devil.
Tenor Aquiles Machado will play the role of Florentino, and baritone Gaspar Colón Moleiro will play the Diablo (the devil).The poem by Alberto Arvelo Torrealba that portrays the Venezuelan flat lands is part of a film directed by Alberto Arvelo, grandchild of the famous author of Florentino y El Diablo.