Bogotá, Colombia

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The Allegro Ensemble at the Batuta Music Center in Fontibon.

What do young musicians who come from the edge of the Amazon rain forest, the sophisticated big city of Bogotá and the villages and towns in-between have in common? An incredible music education system and one of the top youth orchestras in the Americas. This week, From the Top comes to you from the Teatro Mayor Julio Mario Santo Domingo in Bogotá, Colombia, where you’ll hear performances by the Colombian Youth Philharmonic and one of the nation's flagship Orff ensembles.

Program details:

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia performs "Batalla Imperial" from "Tiento del Primer Tono y Batalla Imperial" by Cristóbal Halffter.

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia and Christopher O'Riley, piano, perform variations 19–24 from the Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op.43, by Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia performs Death and Transfiguration, Op.24 by Richard Strauss.

Allegro Ensemble performs "El Abrazo" by Gustavo Adolfo Renjifo, arr. Martha Sofía Rivera.

Allegro Ensemble performs "Te Olvidé" by Antonio María Peñaloza, arr. Martha Sofía Rivera .

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia performs "Colombia Tierra Querida."

This episode is dedicated to the memory of Maestro Matthew Hazelwood.