The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela gave two concerts in Buenos Aires that cemented the relationship between Venezuela and Argentina. The first concert took place before a capacity audience on May 24 at the Belgrano Auditorium and featured ninety members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and ninety members of the José de San Martín Youth Orchestra, who came together on stage to perform as one ensemble: the Bi-national Orchestra of Argentina and Venezuela. The concert was conducted by maestros Mario Benzecry and César Iván Lara and sponsored by the Argentine Ministry of Culture.
The program consisted of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Egmont overture, Antonín Dvořák’s New World Symphony, Inocente Carreño’s Prosa Sinfónica Margariteña, and Alberto Ginastera’s Ballet Suite La Estancia.
At the end of the concert, the musicians exchanged jackets as a token of union.
The second concert— held on May 25 at the Plaza Madres de Mayo— marked Argentina’s National Day. The concert was opened by the Bi-national Orchestra of Argentina and Venezuela, which played Astor Piazzolla’s Libertango and Inocente Carreño’s Prosa sinfónica Margariteña, among other pieces. Then, for more than an hour, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, under the baton of Venezuelan maestro César Iván Lara, accompanied famous Argentine singer-songwriter Fito Páez in the performance of his all-time hits.
Fito Paez publicly praised the Venezuelan orchestra: “It is amazing. It has an exceptionally wide repertoire. It is truly unique. (…) Their artistic and human qualities are very unusual. There is no other orchestra I would rather record an album with,” he stated.
The large and enthusiastic audience carried huge balloons and waved colored buntings to the rhythm of the music. The crowd sang in unison with Páez, called for encores, and applauded and cheered the musicians.