Pacho Flores ends his artistic residence with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra with a concert that will take place next Saturday, July 8 at the Liverpool Philharmonic Hall, again under the baton its principal conductor, Domingo Hindoyan. This concert will host the British premiere of Altar de Bronce, a trumpet concerto by Gabriela Ortiz. This piece is the latest in the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concertos to prominent composers such as Arturo Márquez, Roberto Sierra, Paquito D’Rivera, Daniel Freiberg, Efraín Oscher, Christian Lindberg and Ortiz herself.
This will be the second premiere of the cycle, after the Spanish premiere last April by the Galician Symphony Orchestra under Manuel Hernández-Silva, in whose season Pacho was also artist-in-residence. The next premieres will take place in Mexico this summer, with the Orquesta de Minería and Carlos Miguel Prieto, and throughout the 2023/24 season in the US, with the New World Symphony and Prieto, and the San Diego Symphony under Rafael Payare. The program of this concert also includes Roberto Sierra’s Salseando, in whose shared commission the British orchestra also participated. This piece was premiered by the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in January 2020, together with the orchestras of Murcia and Bordeaux, in both cases conducted by Hernández-Silva, and the orchestra of São Paulo led by Prieto.
Ortiz closes for now this project of commissions that has resulted in seven new concerts for the solo trumpet and orchestra repertoire. These pieces are being incorporated into Pacho’s discography on Deutsche Grammophon, such as his most recent album, Estirpe, which was released in the summer of 2022 and contains Concierto de Otoño, by Arturo Márquez, and Concerto Venezolano, by Paquito D’Rivera, together with Crónicas Latinoamericanas by Daniel Freiberg and Efraín Oscher’s Concierto Mestizo, which aren’t part of this project but were also written for Pacho.