Illinois music-lovers, high school students and friends of Mexico will have a chance to enjoy the world-famous Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México under legendary conductor Enrique Bátiz at a free concert at the Benito Juárez Community Academy on Monday, February 10, 6:00 pm.
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State of Mexico Governor Eruviel Ávila is escorting the 65-member symphony to Chicago as part of a cultural exchange.
The award-winning symphony will be making its first visit to the United States since 2008, when its nine-week, 49-city tour was hailed as a triumph. Maestro Bátiz - a fixture on the international music scene since 1965 - founded the Orquesta Sinfónica in 1971. They have recorded a wide range of traditional Mexican and Spanish songs as well as classics by Verdi and Beethoven.
“The Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México is a source of pride and joy to every Mexiquense, so I am happy to share this cultural gem with our Illinois friends,” Governor Ávila said.
“We are truly honored by the visit of the Orquesta Sinfónica del Estado de México and are eager to hear them perform,” Governor Quinn said. “Conductor Enrique Bátiz is a living treasure who we welcome along with each gifted member of this orchestra.”
Benito Juárez Community Academy is at 1510 W. Cermak, Chicago (east of Ashland Avenue). Admission is free.