Wednesday, October 24, 2018

¡Viva la Música!

four clarinetists

This last Saturday, we went to the Downey Symphony Orchestra's first concert of the 2018-2019 performance season. It was called ¡Viva la Música! and the night was filled with energy. One part of the performance was the American premiere of Clarinet Concerto No. 3 by Oscar Navarro. The clarinet solo was performed by David Van Maele from Belgium. After the concert, the three clarinetists of the orchestra were speaking with Mr. Van Maele on stage and I was privileged to speak with them and take this picture. Mr. Van Maele has a website here.

From the program: "David Van Maele commissioned the new clarinet concerto on the program tonight. When David's young son Mattiece tragically passed away, Oscar dedicated the slow movement of the concerto to him. The movement represents a journey to heaven to visit the young boy and give him a last embrace. Oscar's hope is that Mattiece will live forever through the music and its performance."

The orchestra's next concert is in January, 2019. You can read about it and get tickets here. See you there.

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