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Members of the National Symphonic Orchestra (OSN)
commented that they felt very encouraged after
receiving a message of congratulations from Army
General Raúl Castro on November 16, in commemoration
of the institution’s 55th anniversary.
Before beginning the concert, part of the 27th
Contemporary Music Festival of Havana, organized by
UNEAC, Julián González Toledo, minister of Culture,
presented the collective with a letter in which the
President of the Councils of State and Ministers,
highlighted the role of the OSN in the promotion and
defense of patrimonial values, also describing the
creation of the organization in 1959 as an early
example of the importance the burgeoning Revolution
bestowed on culture.
For the director of the OSN, maestro Enrique Pérez
Mesa, Raúl’s words signify the renewal of the
musicians’ commitment to creation and of the memory
of its founders.
Attendees to the event had the opportunity to hear a
world premiere: the Sinfonía insular, by
Jorge López Marín also conducted by the creator; and
to appreciate the intensity of the orchestra’s work
and the delivery of baritone Eleomar Coello, under
the direction of Roberto Valera, performing works
from Escenas, in addition to the poignant
voice of Carlos Fariñas, interpreting pieces by
Salvadoran Roque Dalton and Chilean Ariel Dorfmann.