Molina and National Symphony Orchestra in Centro León

The auditorium of the Centro León served as the stage for the presentation of the lecture and concert La música como lenguaje universal y su impacto sociocultural en la RD y el mundo by Maestro José Antonio Molina, chief conductor of the National Symphony Orchestra (OSN). “If anything fills me with pride is to see these young artists play; it symbolizes my firm intention to bet on this new generation.

It is a genuinely noble sign of perpetuating my modest legacy in time, thus guaranteeing the continuity of that culture of inclusion, plurality and non-negotiable Orquesta Sinfónica Nacionalcommitment to excellence,” said the Dominican conductor and arranger.

The activity was conducted by Luis Felipe Rodríguez, manager of Cultural Programs at the Centro León, which allowed the audience to learn about aspects of the maestro’s relationship with the OSN during these 15 years, as well as his vision for future generations of musicians. At the end of the conversation, students, symphonic music lovers and the general public participated in a question and answer session that enriched the meeting.

In the second part of the activity, OSN instrumentalists performed works by Tomaso Albinoni and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, under the baton of Santy Rodríguez, assistant conductor; in addition, Hardy Núñez performed Albinoni’s Concerto for Oboe, continuing with Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings, Op.48.

About Conductor Molina

José Antonio Molina was born in Santo Domingo and studied piano at the National Conservatory of Music. At the age of 20, he moved to New York, where he completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Manhattan School of Music, while studying composition and conducting at the Juilliard School. He made his orchestral conducting debut with the Maracaibo Symphony Orchestra,
Venezuela. In 1990, he was one of the three finalists in the Exxon competition for orchestral conductors, selected among more than one hundred conductors from around the world.

He is the first Dominican to receive the appointment of principal conductor of an orchestra in the United States, The Greater Palm Beach Symphony. In 2002, Maestro Molina conducted Spanish tenor José Carreras in a gala concert in the RD. In 2006 he was invited as Music Director and Principal Arranger for the inauguration of the Carnival Performing Arts Center in Miami, Florida.

Source: Centro Leon

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