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December 5, 2006
  • Conde Nast Traveler December
  • Columbus Lighthouse lit up
  • Christmas programming
  • Kandela shows at Altos de Chavon
Conde Nast Traveler December
Conde Nast Traveler December 2006 edition carries an extensive feature on the Dominican Republic. Writer Karl Taro Greenfeld highlights the cultural richness of the country he discovered when visiting Santo Domingo, Jarabacoa, Puerto Plata and Samana with his family. The article is titled "Merengue Moment."
See a link to the article and review at:
Columbus Lighthouse lit up
Dominicans have all but forgotten about the projected beams of the Columbus Lighthouse, but this Tuesday, 5 December the 170 bright searchlights will be back on. To commemorate the 514th anniversary of the discovery of the island of Santo Domingo by the Spaniards, the lit-up image of the giant cross will again be seen from all over the city of Santo Domingo as of 6:30pm. The lights have not been turned on in three years due to lack of adequate maintenance. Andy Mieses, governor of the Columbus Lighthouse, also announced that several of the internal museum rooms, with exhibits from the Americas and Spain, are being enhanced. The Columbus Lighthouse was inaugurated in 1992, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of Columbus's arrival to the island. It houses the tomb of the explorer's remains.
Christmas programming
The National Choir kicks off the Christmas spirit with a Tuesday 5 December concert at the Capilla de los Remedios in the Colonial City at 8pm. This coincides with the lighting up of the Columbus Lighthouse's giant cross at 6:30pm.
The National Choir continues its concert schedule with recitals scheduled for Thursday, 7 December at the Colegio Santo Domingo, Friday, 8 December at the Iglesia de Cristo de Santo Domingo, and 9 December at the Cuesta Bookstore.
On Wednesday, 13 December, the National Choir is booked for performances at the Convento de los Dominicos in the Colonial City and at the Parroquia Santo Toribio of Los Rios on Saturday, 16 December.
On the 20 December, the National Choir will be in Higuey, for a memorable concert at the Basilica Nuestra Senora de la Altagracia at 3pm.
The National Symphony Orchestra launches its seasonal schedule with a Wednesday, 6 December concert at 8pm at the Convento de los Dominicos. This continues with a Friday, 8 December concert at Plaza de Espana, conducted by Maestro Dante Cucurullo, which is jointly sponsored by the Ministry of Tourism.
The Santo Domingo Cathedral's Christmas concert is on Christmas Eve. It's advisable to arrive at 7pm to get seats. The concert begins at 8pm-sharp because it is televised.
Kandela shows at Altos de Chavon
Altos de Chavon presents the Kandela shows -- 50 dancers and two well known local singers bring what is described as an "inebriating Afro-Caribbean mix of music, sensuality and color". Feel the rhythms in the majestic stage of the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater under a star-studden Caribbean sky. Shows scheduled for 18 and 25 December 2006.
In 2007: 1, 8, 15, 18, 22, 29 January, 1, 5, 12, 15, 19, 26 February; 1, 5, 12, 15, 19, 26, 29 March; and 2, 9, 12 and 16 April.

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