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Symphonic homage to Che

Gloria Machado León 9 octubre, 2017

Cuba gave him a symphonic homage because the country rises to remember Ernesto Guevara de la Serna. The concert hall José White de Matanzas together with other venues in the country gave rise to the patriotic melodies to remind the guerrilla, music and verses that showed the validity of a paradigm of all time.

The symphonic orchestra of Matanzas under the baton of the teacher Keyla Medina opened the program with the interpretation of the National Anthem, followed by the works Hasta siempre Comandante, by Carlos Puebla and Libertango, by Astor Piazzolla, which was joined by the powerful voice of Oliverio Aballí, who declaimed the verses of Nicolás Guillén, “Che Commander”.

An aside in the evening was deserved the award of the distinction La Tórtola, the outstanding matinee trumpet player Sergio Pichardo, founder of the Modern Music Orchestra of the Athens of Cuba, Yaguarimú group, composer, arranger and teacher of several generations.

Pichardo, in thanking the homage at a date so marked for the country, commented on the privilege he had as a matancero to interpret the touch of funeral silence by the death of Che in October 1967 and meant that at that time the piece Suite of America, another matador, Dámaso Pérez Prado, accompanied the moment of tribute.



The program for the five decades of Che’s death, which unison performed symphonic orchestras all over the island on October 8th, included two pieces by Ernesto Lecuona: “Habanera” and “A la Antigua”, masterfully performed on the piano by the teacher Hilda Elvira Santiago at the piano. Then in the Concert Room was heard White’s Bella Cubana.


Of Manuel Corona, the orchestra interpreted Longina, and at the closing the strings accompanied to the Choruses of Camera of Matanzas and the one of the professional school of Art, directed by the teachers Jose Antonio Méndez and Ivette Burgois, with the trovadoresca piece El Che and Song , by Frank Fernández.


The concert La Patria se Levana carried out last Sunday in Matanzas ended with the company Spiral Dance, and dedicated performance Che, word that sprayed with white and red rose petals left the message, not because you have fallen your voice is less loud.
Original text by on Oct 9th, 2017

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