Christian Vásquez’s career highlights as conductor has always included performances of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2. With that work, Vásquez made his conducting debut with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) in 2008. “After performing that piece by Mahler, my career has taken an upturn,” said the Venezuelan conductor who will perform again the piece known as the Resurrection Symphony on August 29 with Stavanger Symphony Orchestra (SSO).
That concert on August 29 —which will be held at the Fartein Valen of the Stavanger Concert Hall at 7:00 p. m. local time— marks the beginning of Vásquez’s four-year tenure as chief conductor of the SSO. “The Stavanger Symphony Orchestra had never played that Mahler’s work. The orchestra consists only of 86 members, so we had to invite musicians from nearby cities, explained Vásquez, who is also principal conductor of the Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra.
“I am the youngest member of the orchestra. One of my goals is to help the orchestra achieve renown and make the city of Stavanger proud. These musicians love what they do, so we will grow together professionally,” said the conductor.
After its debut concert, Vásquez is scheduled to appear again with the SSO on September 12, 13 and 20. “I will bring all the passion and energy of the El Sistema ensembles to this orchestra. The attitudes of both the orchestra members and its board of directors tell me everything will go wonderfully,” he stated.