The National Symphony resumes its activities with a commemorative concert for Women’s Day

The orchestra will perform again at the Universidad de Chile Theater on Saturday, March 12 at 1:15 p.m., with a program that includes compositions by some renowned female figures, such as Fanny Mendelssohn, Leni Alexander and Violeta Parra. In addition, a work by Claude Debussy is contemplated, which will have as soloist Maria Chiossi, harpist of the ensemble.

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The National Symphony Orchestra of Chile resumes its usual activities after the university recess in February, presenting a special concert on the occasion of International Women’s Day. The activity, which has the support of the Vice President for Extension and Communications of the University of Chile, includes a program that highlights the creative work of women in music, including works by outstanding composers such as Leni Alexander and Violeta Parra, all under the direction of the titular teacher of the ensemble, Rodolfo Saglimbeni.

The program will start with Overture in C by Fanny Mendelssohn, composer and pianist of the romantic period, born in Hamburg and sister of fellow composer Felix Mendelssohn. She will continue with Equinox, written in 1962 by Leni Alexander Pollak, one of the most notable female figures in the Chilean music scene. She was born in Poland in 1924 and after living for a few years in Hamburg, she emigrated to Chile with her family in 1939, later acquiring nationality.

Then comes the interpretation Sacred and Profane Dances, by the French Claude Debussy, which will feature the participation of the harpist of the Symphony, Maria Chiossi, as soloist. Considered one of the most original composers of the 20th century, his work has elements that have often led him to be classified as a “musical impressionist”. The work to be presented was written in 1904 and composed to order, given that in those years the Brussels Conservatory adopted the new model of chromatic harp from the Parisian firm Pleyel. Thus, faced with the need to have a new repertoire, both organizations decided to carry out annual commissions to relevant composers of the time, including Debussy.

To finish, the Orchestra will give life to The Hawk, one of the most praised creations of the most recognized Chilean music of the 20th century: Violeta Parra. Composed for a ballet that was never staged, its recording was made in informal recordings and to this day it is presented as part of contemporary festivals and popular records. In an interview given by the artist in 1960 to radio Universidad de Concepción, she pointed out that the work was based on the authentic dances that she knew from the north, south and center of the country, where “the underlying theme is love”. The version that the Symphony will interpret corresponds to the arrangements worked on by Tilo González in 2016, to commemorate the centenary of the multifaceted artist.

The concert, open to the public, will have a general membership of $10,000, whose tickets can be purchased through the site, or by writing to the email

Women’s Day Concert, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile

Saturday, March 12, 1:15 p.m.
Live, University of Chile Theater

Fanny Mendelssohn – Overture in C
Leni Alexander – Equinox
Claude Debussy – Sacred and Profane Dances
Soloist: Maria Chiossi, harp
Violeta Parra (arranged by Tilo González) – El Gavilán
Director: Rodolfo Saglimbeni

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The National Symphony resumes its activities with a commemorative concert for Women’s Day