VERMILLION, S.D. – Luis Víquez, D.M.A., director of orchestral activities at the University of South Dakota, will release his first album as an orchestral conductor titled "Costa Rica desde Afuera."
The CD was recorded live last July in Costa Rica with Víquez as guest conductor of the Heredia Symphony Orchestra. The CD includes the world premiere of four new orchestral pieces written by emerging Costa Rican composers who reside in North America and Europe: Andres Soto, Jose Mora, Guido Sanchez and Pablo Chin. The CD’s official release was Dec. 16 at the Eugene O'Neil Theater.
“It has been a true honor for me to have collaborated with the Heredia Symphony Orchestra, which is one of the best orchestras in Latin America, said Víquez. “The repertoire was challenging, and the experience of recording the concert live was rewarding.”
The Heredia Symphony Orchestra is one of the leading orchestral ensembles in Latin America whose emphasis is in the performance and promotion of contemporary Latin American music. Eddie Mora, who recently visited USD as an artist-in-residence this fall, is the orchestra’s music director. He guest conducted the USD Symphony Orchestra and presented several lectures and masterclasses for the Fine Arts students.