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Published on Tuesday, January 23, 2024
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff


The Costa Rica Symphony Orchestra's 2024 season will feature around 80 concerts in various locations across the country, led by Carl St. Clair as Principal Director for ten consecutive years.

In 2014, St.Clair became the music director of the orchestra. He also has led the Boston Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the San Francisco, Seattle, Detroit, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Montreal, Toronto, and Vancouver symphonies, among many.  Currently, he is the Music Director of the  Pacific Symphony headquartered in Irvine, California, U.S.A.

The orchestra, which is considered Costa Rica's heritage of culture, will also perform 50 free concerts in rural places such as the cantons of San Carlos, Upala and Guácima in Alajuela Province. 

In addition, other performances will be staged in cantons such as Nicoya and La Cruz in Guanacaste Province. 

Additionally, there will be other performances in the cantons of Oreamuno and Cartago City in Cartago Province. 

More events will be announced shortly to be held in the provinces of Limón, Heredia and Puntarenas.

These free performances will be presented in various communities, schools and theaters all over the country, the orchestra stated in its statement.

The orchestra's season also includes around 30 concerts to be hosted in the Nacional and Melico Salazar theaters in downtown San José.

This year, the orchestra will be joined by ten guest directors, including Bulgarian Rossen Milanov, Ukrainian Theodore Kuchar, Spanish Andrés Salado, Chilean Paolo Bortolameolli, Peruvian Miguel Harth-Bedoya, and American Mark Laycock and Sharon Lavery.

Throughout the season, the orchestra will welcome 16 guest musicians and solo opera singers from different countries, including Spanish violist Sara Ferrández.

From the United States will be featured the violinists Simone Porter and Aubree Oliverson, tenor William Davenport, and cellist Mark Kosower.

More foreign artists to be featured this year include Ukrainian violinist Oksana Kudrynetska and Guatemalan opera singer Alejandra Flores.

In 2023, the orchestra performed 78 concerts around the country, 52 of which were free to the public. They finished the year with around 50,000 people attending their concerts.

Have you attended a concert by the Costa Rican Symphony Orchestra?
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