Official 2012 Feria de Las Flores (Flower Fair) Guide

OK, here is a link to the official guide.

And here is a general website about the Flower Fair:


VIII International Classical Music Season Starts

Medellin’s Teatro Metropolitano is starting its 8th international classical music season today with Stravinsky and Revueltas. The music to be performed is as follows:

Lament For Twelve Double Basses
E. Tabakov

The Night of the Mayas
S. Revueltas

The Rite of Spring
I. Stravinsky
When: 6:00 pm.
Prices: $COP40.000, $COP30.000, $COP20.000 ($US 22.70, $US17.00, $US11.35) Such a deal!
Where to Purchase Tickets: Theater Ticket Box.
Presented by: Orquesta Filarmónica de Medellín
Information: 232 28 58 ó 262 55 00

On 13 March there is a performance by the Boston Brass.

This is just the beginning. Take a look at this link for additional performances between now and the end of April. These include RÉQUIEM DE GABRIEL FAURÉ and REQUIEM DE G. VERDI.

Gregorian Chant in Medellin October 29th

On October 29th the Metropolitan Theater will be presenting a program of Gregorian Chant as part of the VII Annual Medellin Cultural Classical Music Season (VII TEMPORADA INTERNACIONAL DE MÚSICA CLÁSICA MEDELLÍN CULTURAL.) The program will be performed by the Paris Gregorian Chorus and Schola Gregoriana of Bogota beginning at 6:00 PM. The tickets are $COP 40,000, 30,000 and 20,000 ($US 20.89, 15.67 and 10.44). These prices are calculated at today’s exchange rate of about 1914 COP per dollar.

If you have not been to the Metropolitan Theater it is a beautiful venue with good acoustics. For this kind of performance I think even the least expensive seats will be just fine. The Theater is located at the Plaza Mayor just west of the Alpujarra. Tickets may be purchased in advance at the following locations. Ticket office at the theater, Prodiscos (Unicentro), Entertainment Store (El Tesoro), and the following  Éxito supermarkets; Colombia, Envigado, Laureles, El Poblado, Bello, San Antonio, Rionegro. The theaters phone number is 232-2858.

See you there…

Jazz Festival in Medellin

Mark  June 23rd, 24th and 25th on your calendars for the Second Annual University Jazz Festival at the Metropolitan Theater in Medellin. You can find more information in Spanish here. The schedule is as follows:

Thursday 23 June 8:00 PM

Umazz Jazz Quintet Amherst (Massachusetts)
Juilliard Jazz Ensemble (New York)

Friday 24 June 8:00 PM

Ensamble de Jazz de Bellas Artes
University of New Orleans jazz Ambassadors

Saturday 24 Jun 6:00 PM

Night of Big Bands (Eafit & U. de A.)

Tickets are 40,000 30,000 and 20,000 pesos.

Initiation Concert for The Restored Organ At the Metropolitan Cathedral

Yesterday’s initiation concert featuring the restored Walcker Organ in Medellin’s Metropolitan Cathedral filled this beautiful building with music. The grand instrument features 3,478 pipes and is said to be the largest and best pipe organ in South America. Originally constructed during 1932 and 1933, it was restored once around 1972 and again during the last year.

The musical program included:

  • An improvisation by Wolfgang Seifen with prelude, adagio and fugue in the old German style.
  • Mendelssohn’s Organ Sonata Number 2 in C minor, opus 65, Thorsten Mader organ.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi “Sabat Mater” with the Colegio Aleman Choir and Thorsten Mader organ.
  • An improvisation by Wolfgang Seifen with symphonic fantasy and fugue in the German Romantic style.
  • Schumann’s Four Sketches for pedal piano, Opus 58, Thorsten Mader organ.
  • Mozart’s “Ave Verum” with the Colegio Aleman Choir and Thorsten Mader organ.
  • Symphonic Triptych with Colombian themes, improvised by Wolfgang Seifen.

The restoration was conducted with significant participation by the Department of Antioquia, the City of Medellin, the German Government and Comfenalco. We anticipate hearing many more secular concerts as well as organ music during the regular services at the cathedral.

Metropolitan Theater Offerings in August

If you would like to download the Teatro Metropolitanos offering each month to get more details than I generally provide here please visit their program page. At this site you can download the current months offerings and sign up to receive email program notifications.To download the program .jpg  just click the button near the bottom of the page which says “Descarga Aquí Nuestro Programación.” This will be in Spanish. Please note that the prices are given under the subheadings: “Boleteria.”

2010 is the bicentennial year of Colombian independence and the theater is participating in the celebration with the following offering:

Bolívar: Fragmentos de un Sueño: This is based on texts by William Ospina and is directed by Omar Porras. It is described as an echo of contemporary history reflected from events in the life of Simón Bolívar. Performances are scheduled for the 13th, 14th and 15th.

On the 4th there is an homage to Jaime Llanos Gonzales a composer and performer of bambucos, pasillos and songs in other Colombian musical styles. The bambucos and pasillos are very traditional forms and include some of Colombia’s most beautiful music.This composer sang from roots here in Antioquia to all of Colombia.

On the 5th the Czech Trio will perform music by Suk, Mendelssohn and Dvorak.

On the 22ed A kids version of the Magic Flute is offered.

On the 23rd the British Carducci Quartet will perform works by Mozart, Glass and Schumann.

On the 20th, 26th and 27th the opera Lucia di Lammermor by Donizetti is on tap.

Presentations at the Lido during May 2010

I just got the schedule for May so we start near mid-month. Don’t forget these performances are presented by the City of Medellin and admission is free! The Lido is located downtown near the southeast corner of the Parque Bolivar.

13 May 2010 06:00 PM

Music: Concert by the Medellin Philharmonic Orcherstra

14 May 2010 7:00 PM

Music: Launch of the Tributo disk with Explosion Negra supported by a creativity grant from the Secretary of Cultural Citizenship

15 May 2010 7:00 PM

Dance: Folk Dance Show with Rapsodia Negra

16 May 2010 11:00 AM

Children’s Theater: “La Gata” with Corporacion Nuestra Gente

20 May 2010 7:00 PM

Theater: Galileo Galilei with Teatro Hora 25

21 May 2010 7:00 PM

Music: Opera RITA de Gaetano Donizetti with the Orquestra Sinfonia Universidad EAFIT

22 May 2010 7:00 PM

Music: “Illary 2010” Launch of a new production.

23 May 2010 03:00 PM

Closing concert of the Eighth Colombian Festival of Song and Enchantment.

27 May 2010 7:00 PM

Theater: “Dicha y Desdicha de la Niña Conchita” Colectivo Teatro Matacandelas.

28 May 2010 7:00 PM

Music: Concert with the Brass Quintet directed by Fernando Pabon

29 May 2010 07:00 PM

Dance: Divas-High Heels and Wigs Corporacion Artisitica y Cultural Stars Swing Creativity Grant 2009

30 May 2010 11:00 AM

Music: Concert with the Medellin Music School Network

At the Lido 22 April through 25 April 2010

Performances at the Lido are free of charge. This is a great service provided by the City. The Lido is located at the Parque Bolivar near the Metropolitan cathedral in the center city area.

Thursday 22 April 1600

Videos of the Medellin’s center city.

Friday 23 April 1900

Dance: Astrotango presents “Fragmentos”

Saturday 24 April 1800

Music: Concert by the Medellin Philharmonic Orchestra

Sunday 25 April 1100

Music: Concert by the Network of Music Schools of Medellin.

Sixth International Classical Music Season in Medellin

The Metropolitan Theater is announcing the 6th International Classical Music Season here in Medellin. Events will start on 04 March at 20:00 with a harp concert by Emmanuel Ceysson. Mr. Ceysson will perform works by C.F.E. Bach, Louis Spohr, Carlos Salzedo, Eliott Carter, Marcel Tournier, Gabriel Fauré, and Ekaterina Walter-Kühne.

Ticket prices are $COP 20,000, 30,000 and 40,000. At today’s exchange rate this corresponds to $US 10.30, 15.45 and 20.60. Tickets for most of this seasons concerts will fall in the same price range.  There is a 50% discount for students. People affiliated with Comfama or who use the Tarjeta Intelecto are eligible for a 20% discount. Anyway you cut it this is a great deal!

I will make occasional announcements on A Medellin Chronicle regarding upcoming  concerts. Otherwise please visit the Metropolitan Theater Web site at this link.

Hope to see you there…

Great Streaming Jazz 88.3

Jazz 88.3 is not a Medellin station but it sounds great where ever you are. Actually it is out of San Diego, California my home town. Take a listen,  and don´t be afraid to make a contribution…

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