Two years after the planned tour to Chile scheduled for May 2020 had to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra (SCSO) is delighted to announce that it is planning to undertake the tour to Chile in May 2022. Under the leadership of Conductor, Director of Orchestral Studies and Professor of Conducting Jan Wagner, Diploma and Korrepetitions Praxis, Academy of Music in Vienna (Austria), the orchestra has been reinvited by the Beethoven Foundation, Chile’s largest and most prestigious performing arts organization, to perform in Santiago, Chile’s capital. Additional performances in the cities of Valparaiso, Talca and Chillán; outreach opportunities; cultural visits and more are in the works. Assistant Professor of Piano Alexander Bernstein ’16, D.M., one of the newest additions to Shenandoah Conservatory’s esteemed faculty, will be the featured soloist during the tour.
“The students and I are excited to be able to resume live performances after an 18-month hiatus due to the pandemic,” said Wagner. “We are honored and delighted that the SCSO has been reinvited by Chile’s premier performing arts organization, the Beethoven Foundation, to perform in Chile’s main concert venue as well as in other prominent and thriving cultural communities in the country. I consider it a privilege for our students to have had the opportunity to perform to nearly sold-out venues in all the cities we’ve been able to visit in Spain and Argentina in the past. A tour to Chile is promising to be equally exciting.”
The Symphony Orchestra has previously toured in Argentina (2017) and Spain (2014). In its most recent tour to Argentina, the ensemble performed in Córdoba, Paraná, Rosario and Buenos Aires, and in Spain ensemble members performed in Zaragoza, Castellón, Murcia and Granada.
SUPPORT THE TOUR
Although SCSO members commit to cover a large portion of the expenses to fund this project, additional financial support is needed to offset the extraordinary costs involved in international travel. Visit www.su.edu/chiletour to donate today. Add “Chile Tour” in the comments section under “Additional Information” to designate your gift.
Contact Shenandoah Conservatory Director of Development Melanie L. Mathewes at firstname.lastname@example.org to explore additional ways to support the Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra’s upcoming tour.
Thank you for supporting the members of the SCSO and their 2022 Chile Tour!
ABOUT THE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Shenandoah Conservatory Symphony Orchestra is the largest instrumental ensemble at Shenandoah Conservatory dedicated to the performance of both standard and contemporary repertoire. The ensemble typically presents five to six different programs each season, including a full opera production and a program featuring winners of the annual Student Soloists Competition. There are currently 80 regular members in the SCSO.