From May 24 to June 4, the Venezuelan maestro Christian Vásquez, music director of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra of Venezuela, led the Camerata Salzburg and the Austrian percussionist Martin Grubinger in a Tour of Austria and Germany that featured Tango, Samba and Salsa music.
Vásquez, who will make his debut in the summer of 2013 as music director of the Stavanger Symphony Orchestra, expressed his satisfaction at the musicians’ performance and his joy at the audiences’ enthusiasm. “Grubinger made the audience dance with his wonderful performance at the Salsa Session,” he stated.
The program consisted of Carlos Chávez’s Symphony No. 2 “India”; Knife Fight, Canción de Leonara and Street Dance by Astor Piazzola; Alberto Ginastera’s Suite La Estancia and Chega de Saudade by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
The young Venezuelan conductor admitted that, at the beginning, it was not easy for the orchestra to perform these rhythms. “I invited them to feel the rhythms and dance whenever they wanted, and so they did. Just as their Venezuelan counterparts, the Austrian musicians danced and shook their instruments to the beat of the music,” explained Vásquez.
The tour kicked-off in Vienna on May 24 and closed in Berlin on June 4.