Musical extravaganza at the Parque Omar, Musicalion 2014

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The National Ballet performing Coppelia.

The National Ballet performing Coppelia.

MUSICALION 2014 is back and this year offers ballet, opera and classical music totally free at the Parque Omar. The musical fiesta will take place from Wednesday, January 22 to Sunday, February 2. The whole family will enjoy six nights of shows and also have the opportunity to participate in a walk within the framework of the festival.

The public will have the opportunity to watch the Panama’s National Ballet performing Coppelia, the enchanting story of an old toymaker and his doll, on Wednesday 22 and Thursday, January 23 from 7:00 p.m. Unusually, the whole ballet will be performed, which is a rare treat.

For those who prefer sports on Saturday, January 24 there will be a walk from 4:00 p.m. The money collected from this activity is going to be used to build a ramp for handicapped people near the amphitheater.

Sunday January 25, the association, “Tocando Madera”, invites all the guitar players to bring their instrument and join Horacio Valdés, Alejandro Lagrotta, Karla Lamboglia, Javier Medina Bernal and Joaquín Rodríguez in an acoustic concert under the stars. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29 is the turn of Rock and Roll. The Musicalion Philarmonica will play rock covers from the 80’s and 90´s in a show with more than 70 musicians performing.

Parque Omar’s amphitheater.

Parque Omar’s amphitheater.

A magical night is in store for all the family on Friday, January 31. The National Symphonic Orchestra under the direction of Jorge Ledesma Bradley will perform music from the greatest children stories.

To finish this musical festival, on Sunday, February 2, there will be a concert with a repertoire that goes from pop operas to boleros, with a line-up that includes Osvaldo Ayala, the international soprano, Anne Marie Caloni and the Panama Music and Dance Folkloric Ballet.

The event is organized by FUNDACION ARIA, a movement headed by the Panamanian baritone and cultural ambassador, Ricardo Velásquez. The singer said that one of the goals of the foundation is promote the scenic arts through high quality performances likes the ones presented at the festival.

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