Together with the Dunedin Consort and the Bogotá Philharmonic Orchestra, Teatro Mayor celebrates December

Dunedin Consort © David Barbour

The Scottish group, directed by John Butt, will stage one of Händel’s masterpieces, which is traditionally associated with the Christmas season, accompanied by the Choir of Ópera de Colombia. Also this month there will be three special concerts of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá.


He Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo It will celebrate the end of the year festivities with a series of special concerts that will begin on December 1 with the presentation of the Youth Philharmonic Band of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá, under the direction of maestro Eduardo Carrizosa. In this first Christmas Concert, the group will perform works by Vittorio Giannini and Franz Liszt, among others, in addition to songs typical of the Colombian season, such as DecambrinaTutaina and A la nanita nana.


On December 7 and 8 there will be a double program of family music and theater, starting with the Dunedin Consort of Scotland, which will close the UK season as a guest of honor in the 2019 program of the Teatro Mayor. The group, under the baton of John Butt, will perform a Christmas work par excellence: The Messiah, by Händel, popularly recognized for his chorus of ‘Hallelujah!’.


Composed as an oratory, from the day of its release it became a true phenomenon. The work, which Handel composed in London in just three weeks, deals not only with the birth of Jesus of Nazareth but with his whole life.


The libretto was compiled by Charles Jennens and consists of fragments of verses from the King James Bible. Jennens conceived the work more as an opera in three acts than as an oratory, in which each part consists of several scenes. Most of the libretto comes from the Old Testament.


In Bogotá, the 15 musicians of the Dunedin will be directed by the harpsichord of John Butt and in addition the soprano Rachel Redmond, the high Jess Dandy, the tenor Nicholas Mulroy bassist and the Roland Wood, next to the Choir of the Ópera de Colombia, directed by Luis Díaz Hérodier.


The funds raised in the December 7 function will be for the benefit of the Union Project Foundation.

Dunedin Consort © David Barbour

Dunedin Consort © David Barbour

That same weekend, the Croché Puppet group will premiere at the Teatro Estudio of Teatro Mayor the play The party that defeated oblivion. The piece, which won the New Colombian Scene – Child Creation Scholarship, is based on the Uitoto myth ‘The dance of animals’. According to the myth, human-animals gather in a celebration in the Maloca of Royizimui, to hide from the hunters during the cold season.


On December 13, the Bogota Philharmonic Orchestra will return to the stage of the Teatro Mayor to perform one of the most important works in the history of music: Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 , a piece that is usually performed in the great halls of classical music in Europe during the end of the year seasons.


In this concert, whose funds raised will be for the benefit of the Rogelio Salmona Foundation, the Philharmonic will share the stage with the Santa Cecilia Choral Society, the Youth Philharmonic Choir, the soprano Gloria Londoño, the mezzo-soprano Jenny Andrea Orjuela, the tenor Pablo Martínez and the bass Baritone Valeriano Boats.


At the end of 2019, the Philharmonic of Bogotá will perform its traditional ‘Christmas Concert‘, under the direction of Andrés Felipe Jaime and with the participation of the Youth Philharmonic Choir of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogotá and the Santa Cecilia Choral Society.


This presentation will have a special repertoire, in which compositions of Tchaikovsky and Strauss are mixed with songs like A Christmas Festival and All I Want is Christmas. In addition, the Philharmonic will interpret foolproof themes at the end of the year, with special arrangements, such as Peaceful NightBella is Christmas, there are five to twelve and New Year.


About him Dunedin Consort

Es one of the most important baroque groups in the world, recognized for its vivid and insightful interpretations and recordings. Created in 1995 and baptized in honor of Din Eidy, the Celtic name of Edinburgh Castle, the Dunedin Consort has the ambition to make ancient music relevant today. Under the musical direction of John Butt, the ensemble has won two coveted Gramophone awards: in 2007 for his recording of The Messiah of Händel, and in 2014 for that Requiem of Mozart’s, which was also nominated for the Grammy Award at the category of best choral interpretation.


The Dunedin Consort appears regularly in the most important festivals in the United Kingdom, as well as traveling to Canada, Italy, Spain, Ireland, Germany, Belgium, Israel and France. Although he is dedicated to interpreting the baroque and classical repertoire, and has a dedicated job in the field of research in ancient music, the group has commissioned and interpreted numerous contemporary compositions to authors such as William Sweeney, Errollyn Wallen, Peter Nelson and Sally Beamish. This year, with BBC Proms, he released four commissions from composers Nico Muhly, Stevie Wishart, Stuart MacRae and Ailie Robertson.