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Uruguay Orchestra, the Oldest in South America, Celebrates 85th Birthday

MONTEVIDEO - The Symphony of Uruguay celebrated its 85th anniversary and performed at a special gala in Montevideo, which also saw performances by the National Ballet and the National Choir, to celebrate the occasion.

The president of Sodre - Uruguay's national public broadcasting organization - Jorge Orrico, told Efe Tuesday that the National Orchestra this year has a leading role in the programming of the National Auditorium.

"It's going to have a leading role, this year the orchestra will have 26 concerts, not as part of another show, but they will be a protagonist," he said.

In addition, they will also participate in three major productions of the National Ballet, directed by Argentine maestro Julio Bocca.

The director of the National Auditorium, Gerardo Grieco, said that the National Orchestra "has regained its place in the cultural ecosystem of Uruguay" due to its artistic work developed in recent years.

As for the anniversary gala in Montevideo, director Martin Garcia was in charge of the show, where there was the music of Mozart, the Uruguayan Eduardo Fabini, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Robert Schumann, among others.

Garcia addressed the audience before the show and said that the National Orchestra of Uruguay celebrates its "permanence and place that (the Orchestra) has played in the culture of the country for eight and a half decades."

At the gala today, in addition to the BNS and the National Choir, the Uruguayan pianist Raquel Boldorini also performed as guest soloist. Boldorini this year celebrated 60 years of her debut with the Symphony and the beginning of her career, Sodre said on its website.

For the director, a symphony orchestra is "the most transparent and powerful window" of a country to display their artistic and cultural aspirations.

Orrico said that last year some 336,000 people attended the different shows in the National Auditorium, a figure described as "overwhelming" since Uruguay has a population of less than 3.4 million.

 

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