National Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Choir of the University of Chile Celebrate 180 Years Anniversary with a Free Concert in Plaza Italia, Santiago
On January 27, 2023, the National Symphony Orchestra and the Symphonic Choir of the University of Chile conducted a free concert on the esplanade of the University of Chile Theatre, to commemorate their 180 years anniversary. Led by maestro Rodolfo Saglimbeni and accompanied by the University of Chile Symphonic Choir, the National Symphony Orchestra performed Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony during the occasion.
Rosa Devés, rector of the University of Chile, said “We have conceived this concert as a gift to the public within the framework of our 180th anniversary celebrations. The National Symphony Orchestra of Chile is a patrimony that the University of Chile protects for the country. With this concert, from a place of high symbolism, we want to express our commitment to culture and its importance for a peaceful coexistence that stimulates the development of everyone”.
The concert was of great significance for Santiago, Chile, as the Plaza Italia (recently renamed Plaza de La Dignidad), was the epicenter of protests that had taken place at the end of 2019 that led to the opening of a constituent process still in effect. A remodeling plan to recover public space and reopen access to the closed metro is currently being planned.
This event was a meaningful reminder of the University of Chile’s commitment to culture and peace. It was a significant step towards celebrating the University’s 180 years of history.
To commemorate their 180 year anniversary, the National Symphony Orchestra of Chile and the University of Chile Symphonic Choir performed a free concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony in front of the University of Chile Theatre on January 27, 2023. Led by Maestro Rodolfo Saglimbeni, the concert highlighted the University of Chile’s commitment to culture and peaceful coexistence and signified the significance of the plaza at the heart of Santiago – Plaza de La Dignidad. The event was a meaningful gesture in the celebration of the University’s rich history.