Since 2008, the Chamber Orchestra of Chile, in association with the National Council on Culture, has worked to bring classical music to parts of Santiago and the country which they otherwise may not have been able to access, in the hopes of developing more dynamic audiences for regional composers in the future.
Over the course of five concerts, works spanning the American composer’s 40-year career will be performed for private and public audiences. One of the most influential figures in musical minimalism, Glass makes his first trip to Chile for the concert series.
The image of the Virgen del Carmen was marched though the streets of the nation’s capital for a crowd of thousands. One of the oldest Christian festivals in Chile, the march celebrates the patron saint of Chilean independence one week after the end of Fiestas Patrias.
Chile’s Chamber Orchestra held a concert in the heart of the Atacama Desert for an audience of hundreds, including several heads of state. Along with two concerts in Vallenar to the south, the concert was part of a tour through the mining region of the country.
Food, drink, dance and games will dominate city centers across the country in the last week before Independence Day. Below a sampling of events for September 13-16, to be followed by a selection of not to miss parties for the weekend of Fiestas Patrias.