World-famous violinist will give free concerts in Santiago

The outdoor events will feature popular movie music by beloved film-composer John Williams. The two nights of music will be open not only to residents of the capital, but also to those living in some of Chile’s main cities.


This Nov. 17 and 18, globally acclaimed violinist Itzhak Perlman makes his first visit to Chile for two free concerts in the Parque Bicentenario in Santiago’s northeastern district of Vitacura. Concerts, performed with The City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra, will take place at 8:30pm both nights.

Eventually planned to stretch along 30 hectares of the Rio Mapocho, Vitacura’s Bicentennial Park is being constructed in two phases, the first of which is already complete. On previous occasions, classical music concerts held in the park have attracted between 2,000 and 3,000 spectators.

November’s concerts, including some of the most recognizable tunes in symphonic music and one of the biggest names in classical music today, will likely draw at least as many to the park itself. Principal cities around Chile, namely Valparaíso, La Serena, Talca, Concepción and Valdivia, will stage live broadcasts of the concerts.

The concert has been organized under Chile’s Law for Cultural Donations. This piece of legislation is designed to stimulate private funding for cultural events in Chile by guaranteeing financial support from the Treasury for private sector organizations who donate.

The concerts will focus on popular film music, spanning the whole of movie history. The first half of the program will include music from Elmer Bernstein’s score to The Magnificent Seven, Nino Rota’s score for The Godfather and Maurice Jarre’s theme from Doctor Zhivago. This segment of the concert will also feature music from films like Out of Africa and Casablanca, arranged by John Williams to feature Mr. Perlman’s violin.

The second half of the concert will feature music exclusively from scores by John Williams. Drawn from some of the most famous moments in movie music, the excerpts programmed for the second half of the concert include selections from Star Wars, Indiana Jones and E.T.