Following the successes of Montreux and Geneva, the Youth Orchestra of Bahia returned to Italy, and reached Verona after a 456km ride through the alps. Upon arrival at that beautiful city — famous for being where “Romeo and Juliet” takes place — the orchestra met with George Walker’s team, who is doing a documentary film about YOBA’s tour.
The next day, the orchestra went to Bologne to rehearse and play at the Manzoni theatre which was built in the historic center of the city and has a capacity to host 1236 spectators. After having practiced with maestro Ricardo Castro some excerpts of Wagner’s Meistersinger von Nürnberg and Dvorak’s New World Symphony, the orchestra reencountered Martha Argerich to rehearse Schumann’s concerto.
The concert they were preparing for that night integrates the 2018 Bologne Festival, which, aside the Youth Orchestra of Bahia and Martha Argerich, also present other important names such as Daniil Trifonov, Gil Shaham, the Arditti Quartet, Leif Ove Andsnes and Ton Koopman.
Already the first piece of the programme, Schumann’s Genoveva’s Overture, provoked intense applause from the audience. Yet, the piano concerto by the same composer, played by the great Argerich, allowed for even greater commotion of the public! For an encore, Argerich played Liszt’s piano transcription of the song Widmung, by Schumann.
After the interlude, it was time for Dvorak’s New World Symphony, conducted by Ricardo Castro. Huge success: intense applause and several shouts of « bravo » ensued from the performance. The maestro then addressed the audience, explaining the purpose of NEOJIBA, emphasizing on the importance of « multiplication », that is, the fact that every member of the projet — even the youngest ones — also coordinates teaching activities.
Then, as a reference and homage to El Sistema — the project from Venezuela which inspired the creation of NEOJIBA — our orchestra played Arturo Marquez’s Danzón n° 2 without conductor, impressing the public to the edge of their seats. After a standing ovation, they played Tico Tico no Fubá (arranged by Jamberê, our musician) for a second encore and received yet another standing ovation!