The Joven Orquesta Provincial de Málaga (JOPMA) and the even younger Orquesta Escuela which feeds into it gave a concert in the MVA Cultural Centre in Malaga on July 4th, billing it as a tribute to Bernardo de Gálvez.
The orchestra association’s president, Tania Schoham, explained to the audience that de Gálvez, a Spanish military leader born in Macharaviaya, had helped America in its quest for independence from the British, so the concert on Independence Day would celebrate the contribution made by the province of Malaga.
The first part of the concert, conducted by Iván Nuño Guerrero, was by the “Orquesta Escuela”: musicians with an average age of eight or nine who delighted the audience with Brahms Hungarian Dance nº 5 followed by Gabriel’s Oboe (from ‘The Mission’) by Ennio Morricone.
The main part of the concert was a beautiful rendition of part of the New World Symphony, composed by Antonín Dvořák, more than 100 years after the War of Independence, while he was living in the United States.
As an encore the orchestra played Suspiros de España by Antonio Álvarez Alonso, and part of Doña Francisquita, the zarzuela by Amadeo Vives. By popular request they then launched again into the New World Symphony, earning a standing ovation.
The orchestras’ next concert is at the Auditorio Municipal in Mijas on July 9th at 9pm.