A free month of concerts, ballets and operas just began in Buenos Aires last night.
In the warm shadow of the Teatro Colón, locals settled into white, wooden folding chairs to watch the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra perform a concerto and symphony by Tchaikovsky. The outdoor concert wasn’t live – it was projected onto a screen, making the orchestra larger than life and giving front row seats to everyone in the audience.
Il Festival de Música, now in its second year, will feature 19 projected shows from 14th January to 14th February. The event hopes to have something for everyone, from a Lady Gaga and Tony Bennet concert to George Gershwin’s An American in Paris to the ballet Zorba the Greek, said Jorge Agote, the festival’s General Director.
“It’s very important because it gives locals of Buenos Aires the possibility to see concerts that were performed in Europe, in the best theatres in Europe, in the best music festivals,” he said, adding that they tried to select concerts that people would “not have the ability to see easily.
“There’s a bit of everything. It’s a very rich festival.”
A new performance begins most Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 8pm in the Plaza Vaticano. On the opening night yesterday, families, businesspeople and couples out for a stroll passed by, and many of them stopped to take in the scene, or even sit down and enjoy it.
Laura Solís was walking by with her 12-year-old son, Alejandro, when they noticed the festival and sat down to check it out. Solís likes that Buenos Aires has cultural events that are open to the public.
“It’s easier to have events like this because I don’t need to go to the theatre,” she explained, adding that being strapped for time is her main issue.
The event was made possible through the support of the French, Italian, Austrian and Finnish embassies and the Teatro Colón, as well as some other groups.
When the performance began, the din of the city seemed to fade away as the music of the orchestra boomed through the speakers. It’s a pleasant way to spend the evening, especially when the weather’s too hot.
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