The Day of Love and Friendship is the ideal opportunity to enjoy the music of the Concert Bands of the Ministry of Culture and Youth (MCJ), which this year will offer their musical interpretations mainly from the virtual world.
The Concert Bands are part of the Directorate of Bands, a programme of the MCJ with more than 175 years of musical experience.
The work of these groups allows the Costa Rican musical heritage to be expanded through the composition of new works, while offering concerts of high technical and artistic value to the Costa Rican community.
Precisely, in times of social distancing, the work of the Concert Bands does not stop, and on this occasion, from the virtual world, they come to offer cultural presentations that allow the public access to quality cultural services.
“The Concert Bands continue their historic work to remind all families, inhabitants of the country, that we remain close to the entire population to strengthen the bonds of friendship and love through music. Aware that our context makes us a vital call to cultivate and privilege empathy and hope, the Concert Bands will not let go of their baton and instruments to remember what is fundamental in life, preparing a special musical programme with affection for all,” said Ana Victoria Carboni, Director of the Bands.
Here are the details of the concerts to celebrate the Day of Love and Friendship:
Cartago Concert Band
On Friday, February 12, at 7 p.m., the Carthage Concert Band will present its “Concert in Celebration of Love and Friendship”, a live broadcast from the Carthage Municipal Amphitheatre, which can only be viewed via the Carthage Concert Band’s YouTube profile.
The presentation will feature guest singer Marcos Gabriel Arce Brenes, and the repertoire includes pieces by Nino Bravo, José José, Gilberto Santa Rosa, among others.
Limón Concert Band
On Saturday, February 13, at 6 p.m., the Limón Concert Band will offer its “Love and Friendship Day Serenade”, via the Limón Concert Band’s Facebook and Instagram.
The repertoire will include “Perfume de Gardenias” by Rafael Hernández Marín (1892-1965), arrangement by Víctor Hugo Berrocal; “La Chica de Ipanema” by Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994).
Performers: Nelson Flores, saxophone, Limón Concert Band; Ismael Bustos and Greivin Gómez, percussion, Limón Concert Band; Carlos Vargas and Andrey Cruz, trombones, Limón Concert Band; Jorge Ojeda, electric bass, as guest musician; David Time, keyboard, also as guest musician. Production: Andrey Cruz, Allan Padilla and Nelson Flores.
Heredia Concert Band
On Sunday, February 14, at 10 a.m., the Heredia Concert Band will offer its Love and Friendship concert, through the Facebook Heredia Concert Band.
The presentation corresponds to a rebroadcast of the concert performed in the Central Park of Heredia, in 2019, in which the Heredia Concert Band participated with the singer Rocío Campos, under the direction of Mario Gamboa. In addition, the guest soloist, Harold Vargas, trumpet player, participated.
The repertoire includes “Marcha Heredia” by Julio Fonseca, “El Día que me quieras” by Carlos Gardel, “Nada cambiará mi amor por ti” by Michael Masser and Gerry Goffin, performed by trumpet soloist Harold Vargas, “Urge” by Martín Urieta and “Piel Canela” by Bobby Capó.
Alajuela Concert Band
This Sunday, February 14, at 10:30 a.m., the Alajuela Concert Band will celebrate the Day of Love and Friendship on its Facebook page Banda de Conciertos de Alajuela.
The virtual presentation will include a performance of the work “Sólo quiero mirarte”, by Costa Rican Otto Vargas; in addition, the soloist Alexis Morales will participate.
San José Concert Band
On Sunday, February 14, at 11 a.m., the San José Concert Band will present the virtual premiere of the piece “Abrazarme muy fuerte”, by composer Juan Gabriel, performed by guest singer Víctor Paniagua, in an arrangement for symphonic band by assistant conductor Josué Jiménez.
The presentation will be made through Facebook Concert Band of San José; with video editing by Ana Pamela Goyenaga and audio editing by Felipe Fernández.
Guanacaste Concert Band
On Sunday, February 14, at 7 p.m., the Guanacaste Concert Band will offer, in person, its concert “Serenata del amor y la amistad”, in the amphitheatre of the Guanacaste Concert Band, located in Liberia. For this presentation, the corresponding sanitary measures will be applied, such as hand washing, temperature taking, use of alcohol gel, obligatory use of masks at all times; in addition, there will be reduced seating capacity, entry will be through family bubbles and with social distances of 2 m. between the bubbles.