A Classical Music Festival in Cartagena de Indias

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Normally a Caribbean city like Cartagena de Indias can be associated to Salsa, Vallenato and tropical dances. But this time Cartagena de Indias, the first tourist spot of Colombia, is the scenery of the most exquisite taste for classical music. And the best musicians of the world accepted the challenge to give concerts in one of the oldest cities of the Americas.

But the Festival did not involve only the Caribbean city. Along with the program in Cartagena, there are some concerts in Bogotá, Cali and Medellín. The Municipal Theater of Cali  and the Metropolitan Theater of Medellín in January 13t and the Luis Angel Arango Library of Bogotá in January 16th.

It is the third version of the Festival of Classic Music of Cartagena, organized by the Salvi Foundation that brought this year figures like director Charles Wadsworth, the same director of the Spoleto Festival in Charleston-South Carolina. The other American is Stephen Prutsman, another pianist.

The Chilean Andrés Díaz, cellist; the Taiwanese Hsin-Yun Huang in viola; the guitarist trio Variation; the American violinist Livia Sohn and the Spaniard clarinetist José Franch Ballester.

The Heredia Theater, an old classic building inside the historical town of Cartagena de Indias, is the seat for the most important concerts of the Festival. Near Heredia, between the colonial streets of the 17th century, Santa Clara and Santa Teresa have ancient chapels of what were convents and today luxury hotels for the international concerts. The San Pedro Plaza and different popular barrios of the city, will welcome also some of the programs.

Last year the Festival got 20 thousand spectators who came to listen the melodies of the world in the historical city of Cartagena de Indias. But most interesting that the presence of classic musicians from different nations in the Colombian city, is the impression of their musicians about the Colombian public. In the 2008 Festival the Korean violinist Chee-Yun said: “The people is so cool, so wonderful… They stand for hours waiting our performances! It is difficult to find a public like this” (ref. Calilandia, primer festival de música clásica.)

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