Guest conductor Carlos Botero will lead the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra in a concert March 16. (Courtesy photo)
Carlos Andrés Botero, guest conductor for Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, laughed when asked to explain the program theme for the upcoming March 16 concert at Charlevoix High School, 4:00 pm, entitled "Music and Drama."
"Actually, music is drama," Maestro Botero explained. "There is something about being human that can be touched on in music. Music changes the way people interact with one another. It helps them realize they are one. It draws people out of negative ideas and even despair, and pulls them into a positive place, creating something special and shared. The players, the composers, the audience, all three give into a unifying force, and in this way, all three recreate the piece together, as one."
Carlos Andrès Botero was born and raised in Medellín, Colombia and began his musical career at the Instituto Musical Diego Echavarría, also located in Medellín.
"I studied music because my mother was never able to, even though it was her dream. I did it because she couldn't. I got to live out her dream."
This dream led him to study, perform and conduct in Bogotá, Caracas, Mérida, Madrid, Basel, Ypsilanti, Ann Arbor, East Lansing and Bloomington. He directs and coaches thousands of children and youth through Filharmónica Joven de Colombia, Fundación Nacional Batuta and Roundabout Opera for Kids.
"My students sound like I did when I was young. It amazes me that I'm the one giving guidance because I feel like I'm just a little kid having fun. Music is fun. If it wasn't, what would be the point? I have a responsibility to share this. I am happiest when my students tell me they want to study music because they see me having so much fun." Carlos went on to say he was simply making music and then giving it away.
In addition to his work with Filharmónica Joven de Colombia, Fundación Nacional Batuta and Roundabout Opera for Kids, Botero is earning his Doctoral in Orchestral Conducting at Michigan State University.
He will guest conduct the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra's "Music and Drama" concert on March 16 at Charlevoix High School at 4:00 pm. Afterward, the audience is invited to meet the conductor, piano soloist Eduardo Rojas, and orchestra members for a reception with refreshments.
Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased online at glcorchestra.org and MyNorthTickets.com or at the GLCO office, 231-487-0010. Tickets are also available at these area Chambers of Commerce: Boyne City, Charlevoix, East Jordan, Harbor Springs and Petoskey. Students/youths who are 18 and under, military personnel and people with disabilities registered with VSA Arts of Michigan are admitted free of charge.
The Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra produces live orchestral performances that provide entertainment, education and inspiration for Northern Michigan. For more information about the Great Lakes Chamber Orchestra, go to www.glcorchestra.org.