Alberto Vergara presents two extraordinary concerts in Uruguay

The Venezuelan conductor will be leading the Montevideo Symphonic Band in two performances of the event "Tristeza não tem fim".

Alberto Vergara will be in charge of the musical direction of the show  "Tristeza não tem fim", in Montevideo, Uruguay. The also percussionist and composer will lead two concerts framed in a tribute to bossa nova, which are part of the programming of the extraordinary concerts presented by the Montevideo Symphonic Band.

The first performance will be held on Friday, September 8th at 8:00 pm, at the Teatro Florencio Sánchez. On Sunday, September 10th, at 6:00 pm, the Montevideans will be able to enjoy the second show, this time, in the Zitarrosa cultural hall. 


Both concerts are free admission and will feature the participation of the singer Lucía Ferreira.

The Venezuelan baritone Gustavo Castillo debuts on the role of Peter of Hansel and Gretel in Teatro alla Scala


The musician will participate in five of eight performances programmed by the imposing Theater located in Milan, Italy


As part of the training project of the Teatro alla Scala Academy, an institution of which Gustavo Castillo is a member, eight performances will be carried out of one of the German operas most recently presented and the first written by the composer Engelbert Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel. During the days 2, 6, 8, 21 and 24 of September, the Venezuelan baritone will play the role of Peter - the broom maker and father of Hansel and Gretel.


The cast that will take to the stage is a wonderful work, written in 3 acts and 11 scenes, made up entirely by students of the Lyric Opera Soloists of Teatro alla Scala Academy, among which is Castillo.


The performances will be directed by the actor, director, and - since 2014 - director of artistic programming of the Salzburg Festival, Sven-Eric Bechtolf and with the participation of Treble Voices Chorus and Orchestra of Theater alla Scala Academy, under the baton of German Marc Albrecht.


A new Teatro alla Scala Production.

Mariana Ortiz will delight the Dominican audience with the show “Una noche en Viena”


The Venezuelan soprano, Mariana Ortiz, will star alongside the Dominican tenor Edgar Perez the show “Una noche en Viena”, at the Eduardo Brito National Theater in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. On September 2nd, at 8:30 pm, the prestigious singer will offer her virtuosity to the assistants through various works, to the Austrian capital and birthplace of classical music: Vienna.


Accompanied by the Dominican Philharmonic Orchestra, under the direction of maestro Carlos Mejía Zuluaga, the artist represented by the international agency Quatre Klammer, will perform a program that includes some of the most famous Viennese operettas in history such as: The Blue Danube and Voices of Spring, The Merry Widow, The Country of Smiles, among others.


In this multidisciplinary event, the audience will also enjoy with the participation of the Dominican National Ballet, directed by Armando González, who will provide the dance interpretation of the stylized waltzes, as well as the fun cancan that is part of the program of the event.


“Una noche en Viena” is an initiative of The ProArte Latin American Society, a non-profit foundation whose main objective is to promote art and culture through this type of works.

Manuel Alejandro Rangel presents in France method of Venezuelan maracas

Manuel Alejandro Rangel presents in France the worldwide launch of "5 Movimientos son la Clave", method of his authorship to visually represent the interpretative practice of Venezuelan maracas, following a system specially adapted to the technique of the instrument, a factor that has been transmitted by tradition oral.

According to the artist, “in this method I want to share the experience that helped me understand the traditional techniques of interpretation of the Venezuelan maracas, emphasizing five basic movements that I consider are the key to the interpretation of the maracas... Five movements that I have not invented, but are the vocabulary of tradition” says Manuel Rangel, a talented, restless and transgressive musician who has been able to combine his academic musical training with the popular.


The book is presented in hard copy at the XVI Stage of Venezuelan Creole Music in Mirecourt, France, an international workshop where Rangel participates as a pedagogue, along with Cristóbal Soto, Cheo Hurtado, Edwin Arellano, Leo Rondón, Mark P. Brown and Jesús Rondón.


The prologue was written by Ricardo Lorenz-Abreu, PhD in Composition and Director of the Composition Chair of the University of Michigan, USA, whose work, Pataruco, is being rewritten by Rangel using his original method.


The publication contains the method and instructive videos in which prominent Venezuelan musicians such as Henry Rubio participate in the “llanera” harp, Yustardi Laza, “tuyera” harp, Asdrúbal ”Cheo” Hurtado and Luis Pino, “cuatro”, Ismael Querales, “bandola llanera”, David “Zancudo” Peña, double bass; Jesús Rengel, mandolin and Luis Julio Toro, flute.


The online method will be also available on the website:

To enjoy the promo video, just click on the photo