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Saturday Audition of The Camerata Romeu Reserved Pleasant Surprises For The Basilica

Published: 2021.12.04 - 15:11:46  /  /  Miguel Darío García Porto

The Camerata Romeu, a female string ensemble led by maestro Zenaida Romeu, reserved a pleasant program of Italian and Cuban music for Saturday 27 November in the Basilica Menor del Convento de San Francisco de Asis. 

The event was the closing of the 23rd edition of the Week of Italian Culture in Cuba, and the program, therefore, included composers Antonio Vivaldi, Arcangelo Corelli, and Ennio Morricone. 

In the case of Vivaldi's The Four Seasons, they were presented with arrangements by the young and talented Cuban violinist and composer Jorge Amado, who has given this piece a Cuban flavor and made the performance very attractive. 

The concert was brought to a close with the re-premiere of the work by Cuban musician X Alfonso entitled Rumba pa' Strings, written especially for this string orchestra and which was given its world premiere at the International Cervantino Festival in Mexico, an event in which the Camerata Romeu participated with notable success. 

This special creation by composer X Alfonso includes choreography, clicks, stomps, clapping, percussion on the instruments, and a final improvisation. 

The Camerata is considered the first female string orchestra in Latin America, founded in Havana in 1993 under the direction of maestro Zenaida Romeu. 

Its stamp is unmistakable, as it marks something unprecedented on the Cuban music scene, a string ensemble inherited from the Central European tradition that would dedicate itself in a special way to the performance, promotion, and, therefore, the recognition of Cuban chamber music in particular, and Latin American chamber music in general. 

Zenaida Romeu, the group's director, belongs to the third generation of a family of notable Cuban musicians. She was taught piano by her mother Zenaida Romeu, choral conducting by the Hungarian professor Agnes Kralovszky and orchestral conducting by Gonzalo Romeu. In 1983 he graduated in Orchestral Conducting at the Instituto Superior de Arte de Cuba. 

For this ensemble, the best composers of Cuba and the American continent have written original pieces which have been recorded on several records. 

The Camerata has made numerous international tours and has participated in the most select music festivals in Spain, Sweden, Norway, Belgium, France, Mexico, Canada, the United States, Costa Rica, Colombia, among other nations.

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