With a repertoire specially prepared for the occasion, the cast starts a new cycle of presentations, highlighting the participation of excellent soloists and internationally recognized directors.
The Gala Concert offered by the University of La Serena Symphony Orchestra, on the occasion of the XXXIII anniversary of the house of studies, will be directed by the master Marnix Willem Steffen, who began his musical studies at the Conservatory of Rotterdam, Holland. After his excellent debut in South America with the City of Kings Orchestra in Lima, Marnix Willen Steffen has been invited to become his new Principal Director, starting at 2012. In parallel, he has worked with the National Symphony Orchestra and the Cuenca Symphony Orchestra, and for the coming seasons has commitments with the main orchestras of Peru and Ecuador, as well as with several other orchestras in South and Central America, Spain, Russia and Korea. .
Considering his many future commitments in South America, Master Steffen now resides in Lima, where he accepted to be part of the National Conservatory of Music as Musical Director and Associate Director of the National Network of Youth Symphony Orchestras of Peru.
He is currently in the Coquimbo Region rehearsing with the OSULS for the expected presentation of the 21 day in March, at the 20: 00 hours, at the Municipal Theater of La Serena, located on Calle Benavente No. 580. On the occasion, he will perform as soloist of the first Violoncello of the University of La Serena Symphony Orchestra, VÍctor Araya Altamirano, renowned for his natural talent and who starts his musical studies at 1996, at the Claudio Arrau school in Coquimbo. In 1999 he entered the Jorge Peña Hen Experimental School of Music where he continued his cello studies with Professor Rodrigo Díaz Cuevas. In the 2004 year, Araya Altamirano entered the University of La Serena and later attended the Universidad Mayor where she continued her cello studies with Professor Nelson Campos Videla. He has participated in orchestral ensembles of the Jorge Peña Hen Experimental School of Music and the National Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Copiapó and the Chamber Orchestra of the Universidad Mayor.
Since the year 2010 is a stable member of the University of La Serena Symphony Orchestra and from 2011 he is the first cello leader of the OSULS. He has performed as a soloist with the University Orchestra of the ULS and currently performs teaching activities in children's and youth orchestras in the area.
Music and talent will be conjugated in a great encounter with the best regional exponents, in the commemorative concert of the new anniversary of the only state university of the Coquimbo Region.