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March 26, 2013
  • Easter Concert at the Santo Domingo Cathedral
  • Easter at Altos de Chavon
  • The book fair is coming
  • XV Muestra Internacional de Cine
Easter Concert at the Santo Domingo Cathedral
For the first time ever, a children’s section will be singing with the Santo Domingo Cathedral Choir that traditionally performs for Easter and on Christmas Day. The child singers will make their debut during the traditional Good Friday concert by the Choir, on Friday, 29 March at 8pm. The 45-member Cathedral Orchestra conducted by Professor Jose Delmonte Peguero, Andres Capellan and Fernando Herrera will accompany the choir.
Soloists Wanda Guzman (soprano), Glenmer Perez (mezzosoprano) and child singer Wilfredo Read Roman (soprano) will be singing this year.
The choir concert is led by Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez and is free, but anyone wishing to attend is advised to go early to get seats.
The program includes works by the maestros Faure, Mozart, Verdi, Haydn, Webber and Ravel.
Easter at Altos de Chavon
On Saturday, 30 March, as part of the Easter Week celebrations, the Altos de Chavon amphitheater in Casa de Campo, La Romana presents the Mega Fest Mega Chavon. The stars of the evening are Fernando Villalona and Sergio Vargas, two of the legends of Dominican merengue music. Also starring that evening are urban balladeer Wason Brazoban, and urban musicians Poeta Callejero, Mozart La Para and Los Teke Teke. Tickets are for sale at, at the front desk of Casa de Campo in La Romana, and at the offices of the Altos de Chavon Amphitheater. In San Pedro de Macoris and La Romana city they are for sale at Wind Telecom offices. For more information, call 809 227-0103.
The book fair is coming
Preparations are under way for the celebration of the annual book and culture fair. The 16th International Santo Domingo Book Fair 2013 will take place from 21 April to 5 May on the grounds of the Plaza de la Cultura Juan Pablo Duarte. This year it is dedicated to Ecuador.
Some 160 publishing companies will be taking part and there will be a new pavilion dedicated to poetry. Alfaguara award winner, writer Jose Ovejero and prolific Argentinean writer Ana Maria Shua will be attending.
The event is more a cultural extravaganza than a book fair, nevertheless. Special activities will be held to commemorate the Bicentenary of the birth of Juan Pablo Duarte, the 150th anniversary of the Restoration War, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Dominican poet Pedro Mir, the 50th anniversary of the start of democracy in the country and the rebellion led by Manolo Tavarez Justo.
XV Muestra Internacional de Cine
Santo Domingo has the best collection of movie houses in all of the Caribbean and Central America. Few cities in the Americas have as many deluxe movie houses as Santo Domingo.
This coming 11-20 April, Cinema Fine Arts and Caribbean Cinemas at Galeria 360 mall present the 15th International Film Show, with outstanding new films from Germany, Argentina, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Cuba, Ecuador, Spain, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Peru, Poland, Russia, Great Britain, Taiwan and Venezuela. The DR will be represented by the documentary “Memorias de un aragones,” and several short films.
The jury includes Cuban cinematographer Rolando Diaz, best known for his film “Los pajaros tirandole a la escopeta (1984), that won prizes in London, Havana, Harare and Benalmadena festivals, and his documentary El largo viaje de Rustico (nominated for the Goya awards in 1993), and for films that include Melodrama (1995), Si me comprendieras (1999) and Cercanias (2006). The other members of the jury are Dominican producer Desiree Reyes, screenwriter Luis Arambilet and Mexican screenwriter Colbert Garcia and film critic Ernesto Diez Martinez.
The films include:
A Royal Affair (Denmark, 2012), historical romance, with the young Danish queen, who is married to an insane king, falling secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Barbara (Germany, 2012), drama about a doctor working in 1980s East Germany finds herself banished to a small country hospital.
Blancanieves (Spain, 2012), Goya award-winner, that is a twist on the Snow White fairy tale that is set in 1920s Seville and centered on a female bullfighter.
Cesare deve morire (Italy) is a drama about inmates at a high-security prison in Rome who rehearse for a public performance of Shakespeare's "Julius Caesar."
After Lucia (Mexico, 2012), Certain Regard award in Cannes, drama about Alejandra and her dad Roberto who have just moved to town. She is new at school, he has a new job. Starting over is sometimes complicated when you have left so much behind.
Gone Fishing (Argentina, 2012), drama. Marco Tucci, who is the standard tourist type, on his way to Puerto Deseado where he plans to go shark fishing. Or at least, that is the way it looks. But he is not well trained for game…
Elena (Russia, 2011), drama about how a sudden illness and an unexpected reunion threaten dutiful housewife Elena's potential inheritance, and her desperate plan.
Rat Fever (Brazil, 2011)
Hannah Arendt (Germany, 2012), a biographical drama on the life of philosopher and political theorist Hannah Arendt, who reported for The New Yorker on the Nazi war crimes trial of Adolf Eichmann.
The Snows of Kilimanjaro (France, 2011), based on the book by Ernest Hemingway, A union pensioner and his wife are robbed, but find that merely getting the thieves brought to justice is not enough for their consciences.
La vida precoz y breve de Sabina Rivas (Mexico), drama and romance. On the Mexican-Guatemalan border, young teenage lovers, Sabina and Jovany, both Hondurans, accidentally meet again after several years. She plans to get to the United States.
Vanishing Landscapes (Argentina, 2012), a fictional drama-documentary about three young student filmmakers as they make a movie about a film director living obscurely in a Buenos Aires mental hospital.
Amour (Austria, 2012), winner of the Palma de Oro award at Cannes and best foreign film at the 2013 Oscars, Georges and Anne are in their 80s. They are cultivated, retired music teachers. Their daughter, who is also a musician, lives abroad with her family. One day, Anne has a heart attack. The couple's bond of love is severely tested.
The opening on 10 April at 7pm takes place at Caribbean Cinemas at Galeria 360 in Santo Domingo.

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