State Symphony of Mexico to Appear at Center for the Arts

Posted: January 30, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

For more than 30 years, the State Symphony of Mexico, led by Maestro Enrique Bátiz, has created numerous recordings that cover a broad range of musical literature, including the works of Verdi, Rossini, Mexican and Spanish music, and the symphonies of Beethoven, Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky.

In a concert featuring gifted pianist Leonel Morales, the State Symphony of Mexico will perform at Mason’s Center for the Arts on Saturday, Feb., 9 at 8 p.m.

The program will include Carlos Chávez’s Chacona in E-minor (based on the work by Dietrich Buxtehude); Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5 in D-Major (“Reformation”); Sergei Rachmaninoff’s monumental Piano Concerto No. 3 in D-minor, Op. 30; and Silvestre Revueltas’s “Sensemaya” (“the Snake Killing Ritual”).

A pre-performance discussion, free to ticket holders, will begin 45 minutes prior to the performance on the Center’s Grand Tier III.

Founded in 1971 by Enrique Bátiz and the Mexican government, the State Symphony of Mexico resides in the city of Toluca and tours extensively in Mexico and abroad, fulfilling its mission of presenting music as an art form throughout Mexico and creating union and identity among Mexican citizens worldwide.

The orchestra frequently performs at cultural festivals throughout Mexico and is a repeat recipient of the Annual Award from the Mexican Union of Chroniclers of Theater and Music.

Bátiz is revered as one of the most famous orchestra conductors in Latin America and is recognized as a gifted artist who has won international fame and whose musical interpretations produce deep and profound emotion. Born in Mexico City, Bátiz studied piano before attending Southern Methodist University in Dallas and the Julliard School of Music.

After performing with orchestras worldwide, he returned to Mexico to found the State Symphony of Mexico. He conducted the orchestra for 12 years and then conducted the Mexico City Philharmonic Orchestra for seven years before resuming the directorship of the State Symphony of Mexico in 1990.

In addition to being a guest conductor of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in 1984, Bátiz has led more than 500 symphony orchestras around the world, created a collection of more than 145 recordings, and has won numerous awards for his exceptional music-making.

With the perfect combination of extraordinary gifts, technique, talent and inspiration, Leonel Morales is widely recognized as one of today’s most brilliant and successful pianists. Cuban-born Morales now resides in Spain, performing music by great Spanish composers with orchestras across Europe.

Morales is often invited to participate as a jury member for many international piano competitions and is president of the jury for the International Piano Competition “Spanish Composers” that takes place annually in Madrid.

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