Kalamazoo Symphony to perform Enrique’s Soro’s 1921 “Sinfonia Romántica,” considered first symphony created in Chile, in new critical edition

Posted on: March 2, 2022

“A 101-year-old Chilean piece of music will be performed for the first time in the U.S. this Friday at Miller Auditorium in Kalamazoo,” writes Ryan Boldrey in Monday’s (2/28) MLive (Michigan). “The Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra will perform the North American debut of Enrique Soro’s ‘Sinfonia Romántica,’ a piece that is considered to be the first symphony created in Chile. The romantic symphony … premiered in Santiago, Chile, in 1921…. It was later performed in Berlin in 1922 and again in Madrid in 1923, but has largely laid dormant for the past century and has never been performed in the United States, according to a KSO news release.… When he discovered Soro’s work, KSO music director Julian Kuerti began a years-long process of researching the composition. That process included working directly with Soro’s … grandson Roberto Doniez Soro…. Kuerti… connected with other South American conductors and musical historians…. Several sources of the score were uncovered, including the original 323-page manuscript. In the summer of 2015, … Kuerti received one of the copies … Kuerti has since worked to create a critical edition … and will present it on March 4 [alongside] works of Antonín Dvořák and Aaron Copland.”