The UGA Performing Arts Center presents the State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in Hodgson Concert Hall. Director Enrique Bátiz will conduct the orchestra with guest guitarist Alfonso Moreno in a program featuring Leonard Bernstein’s “Candide,” “Overture,” Joaquin Rodrigo’s “Concierto de Aranjuez” for guitar, Carlos Chavez’s “Sinfonia India” and Jean Sibelius’s “Symphony No. 2.”
The State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico was founded in 1971 under the initiative of Enrique Bátiz and the government of the state of Mexico.
A native of Mexico City, Bátiz is one of the most famous orchestra conductors in Latin America as well as an award-winning pianist.
Throughout his career Bátiz has received numerous awards including the International Gold Mercury Award of Rome, given for the first time to a Latin American artist, and the Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz for his contribution to the musical culture of Mexico.
Moreno, a native of Mexico, is considered one of the world’s greatest interpreters of the classical guitar. Since 1968, when he won first place in the Paris International Guitar Competition, he has given more than 3,000 concerts throughout Europe, North America, and Asia.
A pre-concert lecture will be given by Thomas West, a music student at UGA. The lecture begins 45 minutes prior to the concert and is open to the public.