The baton of Marzena Diakun (Poland, 1981) will continue to mark the artistic direction of the Fundación Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid (Fundación ORCAM) in the new season of concerts and activities.
Diakun herself, who achieved international fame in Paris after her concerts offered with the Orchester Philharmonique de Radio France, will be in charge of opening the season on September 14 at the Auditorio Nacional de Música together with the new chief conductor of the Choir, Josep Vila i Casañas, and the cellist Inbal Segev with a program that ORCAM performs for the first time and that revolves around dance, with the compositions La Valse, by Ravel, Canciones de amor-Valses, op. 52 and op. 65, by Brahms, and the Symphonic Dances, op. 45, by Rachmaninov, a repertoire that includes Dance.
In the words of the director of ORCAM, Marzena Diakun, "the main lines of the season remain faithful to the previous one: mainly the theme of life and death, and the social aspect related to our musicians". In this sense, she emphasizes that "from a purely musical perspective, the symphonies and symphonic poems -Brahms, Bruckner, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky, Franck, Saint-Saëns, Schönberg, Bartók, Prokofiev- constitute an indisputable touchstone for a symphonic Orchestra".
Under her leadership, ORCAM continues to turn its gaze to the music of the 20th century, which is evident in the concert repertoire dedicated to this rich period which, according to the young Polish director, "constitutes a real party in which the soloists of the ORCAM will shine with their own light: Triple concerto for horn, trumpet and tuba, by André Previn, Concerto for woodwinds, harp and orchestra, by Hindemith, and the Concerto quartet and orchestra, by Martinů”.
The main core of the program, which will take place at the National Music Auditorium, is made up of 14 symphonic-choral concerts, with different absolute premieres in Spain, beginning with the one starring the ORCAM soloists on October 17 -Anaís Romero (horn), César Asensi (trumpet) and María Torrijos (tuba) - under the direction of Dmitry Matvienko. A program headed by the overture-fantasy Romeo and Juliet, by Tchaikovsky, followed by music by André Previn and Modest Mussorgsky.
Another unavoidable occasion will be the one conducted by Karen Kamensek together with Josep Vila i Casañas on December 23 with the participation of the soprano Katerina Tretyakova and the baritone James Cleverton. The first opportunity in our country to listen to Missa Latina, by Roberto Sierra, premiered in 2006 by the National Symphony Orchestra and the Choral Arts Society of Washington, and nominated for a Grammy in 2009 for best contemporary composition. The Puerto Rican has been named in June 2022 by the BBC Music Magazine as one of the 12 best Latin American composers of all time.
Also noteworthy in the programming for the coming season is the ownership of the ORCAM of the Teatro de la Zarzuela, ownership that it has held since 1998. In the 22/23 season, the orchestra will participate in six of the seven productions of the lyrical season, will accompany the National Ballet of Spain, to the National Dance Company and will star in the traditional Christmas Concert, with the tenor Carlos Álvarez and the soprano Rocío Ignacio, as well as a symphonic concert by young directors, in a total of 74 performances.
La Celestina, in concert version, is in charge of opening the season on September 9 with music by Felipe Pedrell and a libretto based on the famous work by Fernando de Rojas and musical direction by Guillermo García Calvo. It will be followed by Pan y toros, with music by Francisco Asenjo Barbieri; Cops and thieves, with music by Tomás Marco; La Dolores, by Tomás Bretón; Favorable treatment, by Lucas Vidal, and Luisa Fernanda, by Federico Moreno Torroba. Together with musicians from the National Ballet of Spain and under the baton of Manuel Coves, the ORCAM will perform the play El loco, which will be danced by the prestigious formation directed by Rubén Olmo.