World-renowned musicians have been invited to the 2012 International Music Festival in Medellin (FIMM) held in the first half of September.
Medellin’s Philharmonic Orchestra will present the 5th version of the FIMM from September 1 to 15 as part of the country’s economic, educational, social, and cultural development.
This event is one of the most important musical projects of the Philharmonic, a professional music institution founded in 1983 with the objective of studying and divulging symphonic and choral-symphonic music. The FIMM gives various opportunities for the communities of Colombia’s second largest city to listen to professional works of music.
“It’s very important for the city because it’s a way of showing that the events that are done in Medellin aren’t just at an enterprise level, or congressional, but also at a musical level. They are taking it to a very international level,” said Alejandro Posada, the director of the festival, to Colombia Reports.
More than 40,000 people have enjoyed the musical exhibition since it was founded in 2008.
“We have grown above all in the international conventions and in getting new people to visit. We have also done several festivals in the past with special themes, we did one that was dedicated especially to the violin, another that was dedicated especially to percussion, and now we are taking the opportunity to join the choirs of the city and make some grand pieces of work,” said Posada, describing the festival over the years.
There will be a conjunction of interpreters, orchestras, composers, workshops, classes, teachers, academic activities, enlightened conversations, and allegedly the best music of the world. All together the days of the event are meant to make an impression on audiences and leave them with pleasant memories.
“The festival is an event of great social and artistic impact that takes advantage of the universal language of music to open the doors to the exchange of ideas and visions of the world and to highlight all that the people have in common, as well as what makes each one unique and different,” said organizers on the event’s site.
Concerts will be held throughout the city of Medellin to give a more diverse public the opportunity to listen. The high level of artistic culture will project a positive image of the city and of Colombia to the rest of the world.
“It is an opportunity for the people that normally don’t come to the concerts, or the ones that do come as well, to have two weeks for a true party, but one of music in many forms,” said Posada.
The director added, “we’re also focusing the festival on Medellin and searching for connections with the world for different projects, both for academics and for the orchestra.”