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Symphonic Sounds in Nosara

By Adam Dietrich
Photos by Pinar Istek

Music will be reverberating through the streets of Nosara next month when the Nicoya symphony comes to town. A free performance has been organized by the community service committee of Del Mar Academy to bring cultural events to Nosara.

The performance, planned for April 28 at 6pm will be hosted in the Nosara Catholic Church. The location was picked for its size and acoustics, with a building that big organizers hope to bring in close to 400 people.

Gerardo Brenes, head of the community service committee that is organizing the event, said that “this is the first time a concert like this has come to Nosara, as a result we’re just calling it ‘The Concert.’ Organizers said that they had noticed that Nosara had limited access to cultural events.

“The idea is not only to bring the music to Nosara but also the instruments, some of these kids have never seen a violin before this will help make it accessible,” says Silvia Britschgi, a member of the community service committee.

The orchestra itself is comprised of music students at the Nicoya music school and is the first symphony orchestra in Guanacaste. They are also nationally renowned, having played at the Melico Salazar Theatre in San Jose in September 2011. This will be their first time in Nosara.

However, bringing the symphony to Nosara has its challenges. The 90-piece orchestra requires two buses to carry all of the performers as well as instruments, in addition adequate seating, floral arrangements and food all need to be purchased. With the help of donations and a budget from Del Mar the committee is determined to make this happen and to be as accessible as possible.

Brenes said that the concert “is free, downtown and on a Saturday night, so no one can say I couldn’t afford it or I couldn’t get there or I had to work.”

For many Nosareños the experience will be new and like nothing they’ve seen before. The orchestra will play a selection of classical music, Costa Rican music and folk music from Guanacaste. All are invited, although the organizers ask that those attending not bring alcohol, that they arrive on time and that they respect the musicians by remaining quiet during the performance.



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