Troy Chromatic Concerts welcomes The National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba

TROY, NEW YORK     The Troy Chromatic Concerts is excited to welcome The National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba is excited to welcome The National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba as part of their 121st Season!

Enrique Pérez Mesa, Conductor, Antonio Dorta, Principal Clarinet & Ariel Sarduy, Violin

Monday, March 19, 7:30 PM 

Tickets: $55, $45  –  There will be a pre-concert talk at the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall at 6:30

The National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has its antecedents in the eighteenth century, when the Cuban cathedrals of Havana and Santiago de Cuba had a musical chapel made up of a small number of singers and instrumentalists. At the end of that century the Cuban priest composer Esteban Salas expanded the chapel of the Cathedral of Santiago de Cuba until building a small orchestra. But it is not until the third decade of the nineteenth century that the first full-format symphonic orchestras were created in Cuba, a permanent institutional life and continuous programming. These orchestras were the Symphony Orchestra of Havana, founded in 1922 by Gonzalo Roig and the Philharmonic Orchestra of Havana, founded in 1924 and whose direction was initially entrusted to the Spanish musician Pedro Sanjuán. The existence of both orchestras generated by the emulation established between the two groups undeniable benefits for the musical culture at the time. The Symphony Orchestra of Havana maintained regular presentations in the first years of its life, but later its concerts became more spaced until disappearing in the last years of the decade of the 40. On the other hand, the Philharmonic Orchestra of Havana maintained a stable program of concerts until 1958. The titular direction was assumed successively by Alberto Bolet, Juan Jose Castro, Massimo Freccia, Erich Kleiber, Igor Markevich, Arthur Rodzinski, Amadeo Roldán and Frieder Weissmann.

In 1959, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba was founded, belonging to the National Philharmonic of Cuba. On November 11, 1960 he offered his first concert at the Teatro Auditorium “Amadeo Roldán” under the direction of Enrique González Mántici.

Since its creation, the NSOC has developed a very important work of disseminating Cuban and Latin American music, as well as covering a vast symphonic and chamber repertoire that ranges from the baroque to modern music. More than three thousand concerts have been held between national and abroad performances (Russia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Mexico, Nicaragua, Spain, Peru, Argentina, Martinique and Guadeloupe) consolidating basic lines of work (seasonal “regular” concerts, symphonic programs -corals, cycles of didactic concerts, national periodical tours, lyrical and ballet shows, extraordinary gala concerts, etc.).

In all these years, the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba has been directed by more than a hundred national and foreign conductors, among them: Claudio Abbado, Manuel Duchesne Cuzán, Elena Herrera, Guido López-Gavilán, Jorge López Marín, Iván del Prado, Francesco Belli, Carmine Coppola, Herrera de la Fuente, Luis de Pablo, Bernardo Adam Ferrero, Tomás Fortín, Yoshikazu Fukumura, Alexander. Gauk, Medardo Caisabanda, Enrique Gonzalez Mantici, Camargo Guarnieri, Felix Guerrero, Emil Jachaturiam, Siegfried Kurz, Michel Legrand, Georges Martin, Joel Mathias Jenny, Eduardo Moubarak, Jean-Paul Pénin, C. Piantini, Redentor Romero, Gonzalo Romeu, Roberto Sánchez Ferrer, Vasil Stefanov, Hans Werner Henze, Tek Yin and Enrique Pérez Mesa, who holds the position of the principal conductor of the orchestra. It has counted on the presence of national and international soloists of great international prestige: Frank Fernàndez, Jorge Luis Prats, Francesco Manara, G. Badev, Zuill Bailey, R. Boubolidi, Y. Boukoff, José Carreras, Joaquín Clerch, C. Cotsiolis, A. Dikov, Niurka Gonzalez, Eric Grossman, Victoria de los Angeles, Victor Pellegrini, Ivan Petruzziello, M. Rostropovich, D. Oistrakh, and many others. 



Internationally-Renowned Maestro Enrique Perez Mesa is currently an artistic director of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba, as well as the Chamber Orchestra of Our Time.

He has led performances in prestigious concert halls throughout Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Spain, France, Italy, Mexico, Venezuela, Russia, South Korea and the United States, among numerous others.

He has collaborated with well-known soloists including, such as Alexandra Ferri, Francesco Manara, José Manuel Carreño, Frank Fernández, Roger Woodward, Konstantin Cherbakov, Alexander Braginski, Joaquín Clerch, The Romeros Quartet, Jorge Luis Prats and Víctor Rodríguez.

His recordings include a Grammy Award Nomination for Salmo de Las Americas, in the category of Classical music; Concertos for Piano by Spanish composers, Five Concertos for piano and orchestra by Heitor Villa-Lobos, which was acknowledged with a great prize of the Cubadisco 2007. His DVD recording with the Cuban pianist, Frank Fernández, was nominated for the Cubadisco 2008. Maestro Mesa has also recorded music for Cuban and Spanish films.

Maestro Mesa’s conducting master classes have included trips to Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador and Spain. He has received the Pilgrim of the Millennium, granted by the mayor of Jerusalem as well as the Shield of the City of Sabaudia, Italy, and a Seal of Laureate of Distinction from the National Culture of Cuba.

A native of Matanzas, Cuba, Maestro Mesa majored in violin at the National School of Arts, where his teachers were Inna Kuznezova, and Billy Mokatzian. Later, he studied conducting with Guido López-Gavilán at the Instituto Superior de Arte.

ANTONIO DORTA LAZO, Clarinet Soloist

Antonio Dorta Lazo has served as the Principal Clarinetist of the National Symphony

Orchestra of Cuba for the last 20 years. Following early studies in Havana, Antonio participated in a competition in Germany, which led to a full scholarship to the prestigious Hans Eisler Conservatory in Berlin. He spent most of the next eight years in Germany finishing his degree, and performing with The Berlin Symphony Orchestra, The Berlin Radio Orchestra, and the Berlin Comic Orchestra.

On the recent tour of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba tour of Spain, Antonio Dorta Lazo was the featured soloist performing the Mozart Clarinet Concerto in A Major. He has also toured as a member of his Woodwind Quintet throughout Spain, Mexico, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Cayman Islands, Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Prior to returning to Havana, Antonio spent a year touring with tenor Andrea Bocelli. He is also on faculty of the Havana’s prestigious Institute of the Arts.

The program for the Music Hall performance (subject to change):

De Falla: The Three-Cornered Hat Suite #2 (12’)

Carlos Farinas: Punto y Tonadas (9’)

Guido Lopez:  Guaguanco (7′)

Mozart:  Clarinet Concerto in A major K622 (28′)

Dvorak:  Symphony #9  (47′)

Tickets are available to all these performances now, via phone, (518) 273-0038, in person, or online at  The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall Box Office is located at 30 Second Street in downtown Troy, and is open Monday through Friday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.  More information on the Troy Savings Bank Music Hall and upcoming programs is available on the website at

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