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Spanish Orchestra visits Nicaragua | Jul 22, 2010

OCAS during one of their concerts. Image courtesy of Noel Carcache.
Cinthia Membreño

The Siero Chamber Orchestra (OCAS), constituted by 30 young Spanish musicians, will give a series of educational and Jazz concerts in different departments of Nicaragua. The performances will begin today, July 22nd, in the city of Bluefields (RAAS) and will continue in Managua, Masaya, Jinotega, Leon and San Juan del Sur (Rivas), until the tour ends in the city of Granada, on Thursday, August 12.

According to a press release given by Noel Carcache, who is in charge of the artistic department of Batahola Norte Cultural Center, the orchestra will share stages with Nicaraguan choirs like the Angel Torrellas Choir and singers from the Music Conservatory of the Polytechnic University of Nicaragua (UPOLI), who were specially invited to participate in some of the concerts.

The concerts are part of a project named "Vinculos 2010", with which the group will promote the cultural communication and sensitization towards music. While developing the program, the orchestra aspires to share experiences with Nicaraguan groups, establish cultural exchange agreements and set cooperation efforts related to musical education. They also want to share their methodologies through educational concerts and reach an wider audience from different backgrounds.

This Spanish Chamber Orchestra began its official rehearsals back in 2002. On the same year, the group gave a concert at the main headquarters of the United Nations (UN), in New York, United States. Between 2005 and 2010, OCAS has developed a cooperation program that has taken them to Latin American countries like Bolivia, Brazil, Honduras, Guatemala and one Arabic: Morocco.