The Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra wins an innovation award at the “Grammys” of classical music

In an annual meeting in which more than a thousand people from all over the world meet to learn about the trends and advances in academic music, Filarmed was recognized with the 2022 Classical:NEXT Innovation Award, in Hannover, Germanyfor its management model, in which it establishes strong connections with other actors in its environment and plays a role in social transformation.

The award is added to the Latin Grammy for best Latin music album for children of 2021, for Your Little Philharmonic Rock.

The award is given by bring to reality an idea that the world’s orchestras have: to leave the theaters and attract new audiences to symphonic music, which for Filarmed may have other challenges, thanks to the socioeconomic current situation of the city and the country. “That has been the main motivation, to stay relevant and ask ourselves how we can contribute to weave a better society from what we know how to do best: symphonic music,” says María Catalina Prieto, executive director of Filarmed.

Finalists for the award included projects such as Big hART for ‘The Acoustic Life of Sheds’ (Australia), Death of Classical (USA), Heartbeat Opera (USA), Musical Storytelling (Lithuania), Nevis Ensemble (Ukraine), Ngarra Burria (Australia), Opera Calcetin (Chile), The Choral Hub (Ukraine) and Tutti a Santa Cecilia (Italy).

“Classical:NEXT recognizes ensembles, artists and orchestras that are doing something unusual in the world of music. This is extremely important because part of our mission is to look to the future, see opportunities to create and bring them to stimulate the universe of classical music. Filarmed brings innovation and wants to show the world that classical music is for everyone. And this is how it should be, full of new, fresh and dynamic ideas. This is fantastic!” said David Greilsammer, appointed as chief director of Filarmed.

a constant path

Filarmed is a non-profit entity, with 39 years of history, which is financed with public and private resources, local, national and international. It is currently working on four fronts: to be a musical benchmark in Latin America, an innovative organization, an orchestra committed to all kinds of populations in various territories and financially, organizationally and environmentally sustainable.

“We firmly believe in the transformative power of music. We have been working for five years with young people with cognitive disabilities, the displaced community and ex-combatants and victims of the armed conflict, and we have also begun to work with young people and children with hearing and visual disabilities. These communities have in common that through music they can resignify their relationship with the city, with the other and with themselves and others”, explains Prieto.

The institution has projects on all fronts. For example, it has established an educational model for the training of the musicians of the future that not only impacts Medellin, but also reaches rural areas of Antioquia; It has the Reconciliation Choir, made up of ex-combatants from illegal armed groups and victims of the armed conflict, and works with neurodiverse youth and adults guided by music therapists. In addition to continuing to work on maintaining a constant, high-quality music program.

A concert to celebrate

On May 28, at 6:00 p.m. at the Metropolitan Theater of Medellín, the Orchestra presents “Música y Democracia”, a journey through musical works that portray political and social situations, with themes such as imperialist battles, fidelity, independence , slavery and nationalism, among others. Francisco Valero-Terribas will be the director and Manuela Tamayo Briceño the soprano. In the concert you can listen to the overtures of “The Happy Slaves” by Arriaga and 1812 by Tchaikovsky; the operatic arias from “The Marriage of Figaro” and “The Magic Flute” by Mozart, and “Fidelio” by Beethoven; Sibelius’s Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 43

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The Medellín Philharmonic Orchestra wins an innovation award at the “Grammys” of classical music