Partial view of the stage during the concert at the UFM.

With the participation of Claudia Lopez, Guatemalan violinist living in Venice; Luis Girón May, Guatemalan tenor and Gianfranco Bortolato, oboist from Rome’s Opera Theater; and the Cord assembly from the Classic Orchestra of Guatemala, the 2007 Welcoming concert for parents and family was celebrated at Universidad Francisco Marroquín.

The concert was the first event of the year of Organización para las Artes Francisco Marroquín and was followed by dinner at the Liberty Plaza.  In name of the University, the welcome words were offered by UFM’s President, Giancarlo Ibárgüen S., who talked about the commitment of this house of studies with
academic excellence and its
mission that is to teach and diffuse of the ethical, legal and economic principles of a society of free and responsible persons.

The program was characterized by its Italian lyric content; and the only work outside this context was the Aryan from the concert for Oboe and cords, K. 368 by Mozart; a clear reference to the farewell of the 250th anniversary of the birth of the Austrian composer, to whom countless tributes around the world were dedicated throughout the year that is ending next January 27th.     

For several months, Organización para las Artes commissioned Bortolato the transcription of an opera duet where the Oboe took the feminine voice in order to perform with the baritone Luis Girón May.  The extraordinary result is a duet Dunque io son from Fígaro and Rossina extracted from the opera The Barber of Seville by Rossini, version that constitutes a world-wide premiere.  

The second part of the concert included The Fantasy of The Traviata and a potpourri from Rigoletto, both by Verdi with transcriptions by Gariboldi and Parma, respectively.   Both operas main themes reside in a perfect definition of love, determined by a dramatic and hasty winter.  

The family members and general public enjoyed the concert at the UFM’s Auditorium Juan Bautista Gutiérrez last Saturday January 13th of 2007.

More photos,
here.