Classical music gets a contemporary twist

Nathanael May (U.S.)

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Contemporary classical music will fill Panama City theaters for the second annual MusicArte Festival, June 9 – 20, thanks to the efforts of the Alemán Healy Foundation (FundAHrte).

Andrew Carrizo, founder and artistic director of the festival, explained that the four guest composers visiting Panama for the event were chosen through a competitive application process. “The festival unites young composers, recognized ensembles from the world stage and the Panamanian music community to generate an exchange of ideas, styles and sounds.”

Nathanael May (U.S.)

Nathanael May (U.S.).

Irma García Villaláz

Irma García Villaláz.

Among the national musicians that will present their talent are violinist, Graciela Nunez; the Istmus Música ensemble and Carlos Mendez. All of these artistes will join the visiting groups to perform pieces by Panamanian composers like Heriberto Pinzón, Samuel Robles and Andrew Carrizo, as well as other Latin American classics.

The festival also features open rehearsals, which are free to attend. These take place daily at the Contemporary Art Museum (MAC) and the Casa del Soldado in Casco Antiguo from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Lectures and master classes will be held at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Panama and the Danilo Pérez Foundation.

Tickets for the concerts are available at FundAHrte, the Arteconsult Gallery, Uber Shop, Café Unido and Onplog. For more information go to


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