Ministry of Culture turns 40

We are celebrating the creation of a Ministry that has and will continue giving joy to this nation in San Jose, Costa Rica. 56 of the best Costa Rican musicians will join their instruments in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Ministry of Culture of Costa Rica, this November 3rd and 5th at 8pm in the National Theatre in San Jose.

The musicians were selected from the seven bands in the country and will be directed by Gerald Brown, former director of the National Symphonic Orchestra during the 70’s, and guest of honor in this occasion.

Mauricio Lizano, spokesperson for the National Theatre said that this activity, more than a celebration, will be a tribute to Costa Rican bands and music that has prevailed since our ancestors.

The Folkloric Company Curubandá will also participate of the event with their performance. Zoraya Mañalich and Bernardo Mena, actors, will be telling a story as only they can do.

“We are celebrating the creation of a Ministry that has, and will continue giving joy to this nation, because that’s what it does, give joy to our people,” said Marcial Flores, director of the Bands Department.

According to Flores, all the music to be interpreted, is authentic, and with deep historic value for Costa Rica.

Among the pieces to be interpreted are “Fantasía Sinfónica” by Julio Fonseca and the original “Vals Leda”, which Fonseca will also perform.

The event will also be the world premier of “El Chico del Guayabal”, a concert for clarinet composed by the Maestro Victor Hugo Berrocal.

The act has as its primary objective to rescue the importance of the bands for the tico culture.

“Without the bands, there wouldn’t be any musical history in Costa Rica, they are actually the institutions that founded and keep on building the contemporary musical identity of the country,” said Flores.

Tickets for the event are being sold at the National Theatre or through their webpage The cost is 5,000 colones.

by Paola Rodríguez

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