Vasquez’s time as Chief Conductor started in 2013, but our cooperation dates back to 2010, and the last season in Kuppel hall, the former concert house. We remember one of the first orchestra tests with Vasquez, almost ten years ago. At that time he was a relatively new to us, but already known for his […]

Vasquez’s time as Chief Conductor started in 2013, but our cooperation dates back to 2010, and the last season in Kuppel hall, the former concert house.

We remember one of the first orchestra tests with Vasquez, almost ten years ago. At that time he was a relatively new to us, but already known for his fabulous career in the Venezuelan institution El Sistema. There he acquired degrees in Violin, and started his path from concert master to an excellent conductor. His English skills were a bit limited at the time, and he was trying to get a message to the orchestra:

– You play very well, but I need more …. more… I mean…

He couldn’t find the words in this English vocabulary…

Instead, to the great astonishment of the orchestra, he made fiercely Latin American dance steps on the conductor podium, and ended with a dazzling smile.

– You see.…?

After that, there was no way we couldn’t fall for this man…

… and it has been a fantastic journey, both imaginatively and literally: from very many fine concert experiences, an artistic development almost unparalleled in SSO’s history, and of course, to many countries on tour.

The Concertgebouw in Amsterdam has been one of the highlights
The principle piece of the evening was the bright and optimistic symphony No.2 by Tchaikovsky , often called “The Little Russian”. It was written while Tchaikovsky was on summer vacation in Ukraine. There, he was inspired by all the folk music he heard, and many of the melodies were written into the symphony.

The last part of the concert is guaranteed to be a fireworks show. Vasquez will conduct wonderful and passionate Latin American rhythms from Venezuela, Mexico, Cuba and Brazil.

Mil gracias Maestro. ¡Hasta luego!

Christian Vasquez, conductor
Francisco Flores, trumpet

Tsjajkovskij: Symphony no. 2
Piazzolla: Escualo
Oscher: Mestizo
Flores: Labios Vermelhos
Marquez: Danzon nr 2
Prado: Que Rico El Mambo