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January 15, 2013
  • DATE scheduled for April
  • Chicago nonstop to Punta Cana soon
  • Dudamel opens Santo Domingo Music Festival
  • Santo Domingo Music Festival
DATE scheduled for April
This year's Dominican Annual Tourism Exchange (DATE) event will be held at the Barcelo Bavaro Convention Center on 23-25 April. DATE is organized by the National Hotel & Tourism Association (Asonahores), the Dominican Republic's leading private travel association. The marketplace gives international wholesalers, tour operators, incentive group planners, airlines and charter operators the opportunity to meet with leading suppliers. It is also a good time to catch up with what's new in Punta Cana, the leading tourism destination in the Dominican Republic. Meetings are arranged in advance through computer matching.
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Chicago nonstop to Punta Cana soon
Southwest Airlines has announced that it is now possible to book nonstop flights from Chicago (Midway) to Punta Cana. The flights are on AirTran Airways, the Southwest wholly owned subsidiary. The flights are scheduled to begin Sunday, 14 April, subject to governmental approvals that are highly likely. "These new international markets make sense for our Chicagoland Customers as we approach connecting the Southwest and AirTran route networks in the coming months," said Bob Jordan, Southwest Airlines' executive vice president and chief commercial officer and AirTran Airways president. The new flights open up new international options for AirTran and Southwest that already serve more than 60 destinations nonstop from Chicago.
Starting 14 April, the Punta Cana flights would operate on Mondays, Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays. As of Sunday, 19 May the flights would operate on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays.
Southwest is the largest US carrier in terms of originating passengers boarded and including wholly-owned subsidiary, AirTran Airways, operates the largest fleet of Boeing aircraft in the world to serve 97 destinations in 41 states, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, and six near-international countries.
In February 2011, AirTran added an Atlanta to Punta Cana non-stop flight part of its growth strategy in the Caribbean with flights to Aruba, Cancun, Mexico, Montego Bay, Jamaica and Nassau, Bahamas. Atlanta is regarded as the world's busiest airport. AirTran had been flying to Punta Cana since 2008 as part of chartered service.
Dudamel opens Santo Domingo Music Festival
One of the world's most famous contemporary media personalities in classical music, Venezuelan orchestra conductor Gustavo Dudamel will be in the capital city to open the bi-annual Santo Domingo Music Festival with a concert on Thursday, 7 February 2013. He will be performing with the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela at the Carlos Piantini Hall of the National Theater. This is a student orchestra that is more than twice the size of a normal symphonic ensemble.
The 31-year old conductor was recently named 2013 Musician of the Year by the classical music and performing arts industries publication Musical America. The award was given for his podium charisma and tireless advocacy for music education that have drawn comparisons to Leonard Bernstein. Dudamel is in his fourth season as musical director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic and is in constant demand to guest perform with the most prestigious orchestras around the world. He is a product of the Venezuelan El Sistema, a program launched to boost the efficacy of music education as a vehicle for social change.
Santo Domingo Music Festival
Visitors to Santo Domingo in March are in for a continued treat of some of the best classical music of all times. While the festival officially opens on 7 February 2013 with a concert conducted by Venezuelan Gustavo Dudamel, the remaining performances are scheduled for March 2013.
Conductor Ramon Tebar with soloist Joshua Bell are also appearing at the Festival on Wednesday, 6 March. The program includes R. Wagner - Overture of the The Flying Dutchman, M. Bruch, Concerto No. 1 for violin and orchestra, G. Mahler, Symphony No. 1 (Titan).
The Festival continues on Saturday, 7 March with conductor Ramon Tebar, soprano Maria Guleghina, for the Giuseppe Verdi Bicentenary Gala with the Festival orchestra and choir. A fourth concert is scheduled for Tuesday, 12 March, with conductor Benjamin Zander, and special appearances by trumpeter Alison Balsom and pianist Antonio Pompa-Baldi. The program for that evening is L. Bernstein - Overture of Candide, D. Shostakovich with Concerto No. 1 for piano and orchestra, A. Piazzolla with Libertango and L. van Beethoven's Symphony No. 5. A fifth concert is scheduled for Thursday, 14 March with the Festival orchestra conducted by Benjamin Zander. Pianist Jue Wang will be playing. On the program is M. Mussorgsky with Prelude to Khovanshchina, S. Rachmaninoff's Piano Concert No. 2 and D. Shostakovich's Symphony No. 5. The closing concert will be conducted by Ramon Tebar, with cellist Gautier Capucon. The program is P. Dukas' Sorcerer's Apprentice, P. I. Tchaikovsky - Variations on a Rococo Theme for cello and orchestra, G. Faure with Elegie for cello and orchestra and M. Mussorgsky with Pictures at an Exhibition, Ravel orchestration.

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