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Guide to Classical Music, Opera and Dance in Colombia

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Cartagena © Pedro Szekely
Cartagena
© Pedro Szekely

Transforming Colombia’s youth

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia © Mariangela Quiroga
The Filarmónica Joven de Colombia is a youth orchestra barely five years old, yet it impressed our editor hugely in the recent "Bogotá es Mozart" festival. He had to find out more... 

Bogotá es Mozart: A life-enhancing experience

Iglesia de la Inmaculada Concepción de Suba © Mark Pullinger
An astonishing festival of Mozart in Bogotá reaches a life-enhancing climax for our editor as 1300 people squeeze into a church to experience the great composer's music.
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BogotáJoseph-Maurice Weder, piano (Suiza)

Beethoven, Trümpy, Janáček, Brahms
Joseph-Maurice Wede, Piano

BogotáViviana Salcedo, oboe/corno inglés (Colombia)- Raúl Mesa, piano (Colombia)

Viviana Salcedo; Raúl Mesa

BogotáJuan Felipe Salazar, órgano (Colombia)

Juan Felipe Salazar, Organ

BogotáMário Laginha y Pedro Burmester, dúo de pianos clásico/ jazz (Portugal)

Pedro Burmester; Mário Laginha
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Bogotá's Russian Season opens

Patrick Fournillier
The hometown Orquesta Filarmónica de Bogotá (OFB) proves big-league as they launch the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo's Bogotá es la Rusia Romántica.
****1
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Cartagena International Music Festival celebrates 10 years

Rodolfo Mederos © Andrés Londoño
A free public concert with Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and celebrated friends chosen for the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Colombian festival.
***11
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Las Rutas de los Esclavos: a spell-binding journey

© Wilfredo Amaya
Sounds of Mali, Brazil, Spain, Mexico and Madagascar blended to perfection with Colombia to create a masterpiece. 
*****
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Old Spain meets the New World

Folias Antiguas y Criollas © Andrés Londoño
Jordi Savall, Hespèrion XXI and Tembembe Ensamble Continuo create an evening of magic in the Cartagenan hills.
****1
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