Orfeón Universitario remembers 45 years of the Azores

Last September 3 marked the 45th anniversary of the Azores tragedy, which occurred in 1976, when the plane that was taking the Orfeón Universitario to the XII edition of the International Day of Choral Singing in Spain crashed on the island of Texeira, in the archipelago from Las Azores, where all the members of the choral group died.

As part of the commemoration of this date, the current members of the University Choir will offer tomorrow, at 2:00 in the afternoon, the Madrigales recital and Venezuelan choral songs, at the Bolivian Museum, located on the corner of Pajaritos in the central helmet capital.

The director of the group, Raúl López Moreno, reported that the concert, which will last 50 minutes, will be held with limited capacity, following biosecurity measures. It will also be broadcast live, through the accounts @orfeon_ucv and @museoboliviano on instagram.

“Every year we gather in the East Cemetery to commemorate the tragedy, and this year, being in a pandemic, having almost a year without meeting and without having commemorated the date, we decided that this commemoration would include the choral songs of the program that they wore to that festival in Europe ”, said the director.

"This is how we comply with the motto: 'May your voice continue to be heard in this university', which has accompanied the Orfeón since its reappearance, in 1977, with Raúl Delgado Estévez," he added.
He added that the repertoire will then be made up of choral and madrigal songs taken from what would be that presentation in Spain and traditional choral themes of the XNUMXth century, from the pens of composers such as Antonio Lauro, Modesta Bor, Vicente Emilio Sojo, Juan Bautista Plaza, Evencio Castellanos, among other prominent composers of the XNUMXth century national musical movement.

“The Orfeón Universitario, being the oldest choir in the country, is one of the few choral groups that keep this repertoire alive. It is a genre extracted from the nationalist poetry of poets such as Juan Ramón Jiménez, Luis Barrios Cruz, Alberto Arvelo Torrealba, who provided the text for these composers to develop all these songs, "he added.

They will perform traditional choral themes of the XNUMXth century.  



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