Filarmónica Appassionato Juvenil

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Throughout the Caribbean, classical orchestral music is a passionate endeavour – not only on Cuba, whose musicians’ recent performances may still be fresh in the Young Euro Classic concertgoers’ ears. The Dominican Republic also boasts various youth orchestras which have their eyes firmly on European musical culture, but also bring enormous enthusiasm to the melodies and rhythms of their homeland. This mixture is exactly what the programme of the Filarmónica Appassionato Juvenil promises. First it nods to Viennese classicism with the overture to Beethoven’s opera Fidelio and an aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, followed by the virtuoso first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The second half of the programme is dedicated entirely to Dominican composers: titles such as Por Amor (Rafael Solano) and Nostalgia (Bienvenido Bustamante) reveal that here, it’s all about outsized emotions! And what would Dominican music be without merengue? One of its legends is Antonio “Tono” Abreu with his famous Caña brava, while Juan Luis Guerra continues to fill the largest stadiums with his compositions to this day.

Dominican Republic
August 11, 2024 8 PM

Konzerthaus Berlin

Alberto Rincón

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Born into a family of musicians, Alberto Rincón received his first violin lessons from his father at the early age of four, continuing his education at the Elementary School Elila Mena. Later, he continued his music education at the National Conservatory of Music in Santo Domingo, completing his studies with Yolanda Yankar. In 2010 Rincón initiated a great musical development programme in his Dominican homeland, which culminated in the founding of the youth symphony orchestra “Appassionato filarmónico” and the children’s orchestra “Appassionato juvenil”. From 2016 to 2022, the conductor was also director of the National Youth Symphony Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, which he conducted in 2019 at Young Euro Classic. In 2021, he was the director of the EU-supported first opera festival in the Caribbean, which featured singers from the Caribbean, Europe and the USA. For more than 30 years, Rincón has been developing choral programmes for adults and young people in the Dominican Republic.

Conductor

Rebeca Masalles

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At the early age of four, Rebeca Masalles received her first violin lessons; later she became the leader of the second violins in the National Youth Orchestra of the Dominican Republic. In 2018 the violinist made her debut at the Main Auditorium of the National Theatre. In 2022 she won the first prize at the John Leatherwood Competition and performed as a soloist with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra. In addition, Rebeca Masalles is passionate about chamber music, whether with her string quartet “Red Hills” or as a member of a piano trio.

Violin

Ariel Rincón

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Born in the capital of Santo Domingo as the son of the conductor Alberto Rincón, Ariel Rincón pursued a musical career as a cellist for many years. He played both in the Filarmónica Appassionato Juvenil and in the National Youth Orchestra of the Dominican Republic, performing at Young Euro Classic in 2019. Recently, Ariel Rincón has been pursuing the development of his baritone voice; to this end, he has participated in vocal classes with Kamal Khan, Enrique Pina and Sibele Márquez.

Baritone

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Overture to “Fidelio” in E-major Op. 72 (1814)

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART

Aria “Hai già vinta la causa / Vedrò mentre io sospiro” from the Opera “Le nozze de Figaro” (1786)

PJOTR I. TSCHAIKOWSKI

Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D-major Op. 35 (1878) – First Movement: Allegro moderato

ARTURO MÁRQUEZ

Danzón No. 2 (1994)

TRADITIONAL

“Suite de las Américas” (arr. Caonex Peguero)

RAFAEL SOLANO

“Por Amor” (1968)

BIENVENIDO BUSTAMANTE

“Nostalgia” from the “Suite Macorix” (1990)

LUIS RIVERA

“Mangulina de Concierto” (arr. Caonex Peguero)

TRADITIONAL

“Merengue” Overture (arr. Caonex Peguero)

TOÑO ABREU

“Caña Brava” (1925)

JUAN LUIS GUERRA

“La Bilirrubina” (1990)

About the concert

Throughout the Caribbean, classical orchestral music is a passionate endeavour – not only on Cuba, whose musicians’ recent performances may still be fresh in the Young Euro Classic concertgoers’ ears. The Dominican Republic also boasts various youth orchestras which have their eyes firmly on European musical culture, but also bring enormous enthusiasm to the melodies and rhythms of their homeland. This mixture is exactly what the programme of the Filarmónica Appassionato Juvenil promises. First it nods to Viennese classicism with the overture to Beethoven’s opera Fidelio and an aria from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, followed by the virtuoso first movement of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto. The second half of the programme is dedicated entirely to Dominican composers: titles such as Por Amor (Rafael Solano) and Nostalgia (Bienvenido Bustamante) reveal that here, it’s all about outsized emotions! And what would Dominican music be without merengue? One of its legends is Antonio “Tono” Abreu with his famous Caña brava, while Juan Luis Guerra continues to fill the largest stadiums with his compositions to this day.

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