Jorge Peña Hen - La Serena, Chile
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S 29° 54.143 W 071° 15.102
19J E 282588 N 6689900
Quick Description: The monument to Jorge Peña Hen was inaugurated in June 2018 in Plaza de Armas in downtown La Serena, Chile.
Location: Chile
Date Posted: 10/19/2019 7:53:34 AM
Waymark Code: WM11G7Z
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Ianatlarge
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Long Description:
Almost 45 years after the death of the prominent national musician and composer Jorge Peña Hen, who was brutally murdered by the Death Caravan, the official presentation of the bronze statue was made in his name, a life-size work that is located in the Plaza of Arms of the regional capital.

Jorge Washington Peña Hen (Santiago January 16, 1928 – La Serena October 16, 1973) was a Chilean composer and an academic at the University of Chile.

In 1950 he moved to La Serena with his wife, pianist Nella Camarda and made the Bach Society, in a city where there was no cultural activity. He created a Philharmonic Orchestra, Polyphonic Choir and Chamber Groups that transformed the northern city in an important musical and cultural center. He created the Regional Conservatory of Music, which became the first Distribution of the University of Chile in the province. He produced cultural diffusion in La Serena and northern Chile through concerts in theaters, schools and outdoor festivals of choirs, musical and historical tours, Christmas Retablos, multitudinous shows which involved the whole city. He developed the Body of Dance and Performing Arts department at the Conservatorio Regional eaves. Complex choral symphony premiered works to date not been implemented in Chile, operas, music festivals and gatherings Symphonic American teachers.

Composer, conductor, founder of institutions, his most emblematic of the high social content involved was the creation in 1964 of the first Children's Symphony Orchestra of Chile and Latin America, made up mostly of poor children who sought in the poorest schools in La Serena. Created a Charter School of Music, (the Escuela Experimental de Música "Jorge Peña Hen") with violin workshop, where children did their traditional curriculum and had strong emphasis on education and instrumental music, dance and body drama. As part of orchestras and bands, which made successful tours throughout Chile and neighboring countries. In 1961, he hosted the Chamber Orchestra of Antofagasta, which later would become the Philharmonic Orchestra.

His quality as Conductor earned him invitations to conduct in Chile and Argentina. His work as a composer starts very young. At age 21 he won the "Caupolicán" by the music of the Chilean film "River Below". He composed Concerto for Piano and Orchestra, Quartet (winner), Suite for Strings, many adaptations and arrangements of great composers, for children, symphonic, choral, incidental, for piano, for Retablos Christmas, Children's Opera Cinderella, selected worldwide and staged by Fondazione Teatro La Fenice in Venice (2005), Mounted in the Teatro de la Universidad de Chile, as Fondart Project (September 2005), with the OSEM and choirboys from schools in the capital, taking the design and regie his daughter Maria Fedora. The versatility of Jorge Peña Hen as a composer is immediately felt, but the teacher did not dedicate all his time to composition, choosing to put his skills to serve the society, having as main objective that all children have the opportunity to meet and enjoy the music and through it access to a world of equality in opportunities.

"all children have abilities and talents, you just have to give them the tools to develop them." —Jorge Peña Hen

Works composed

Chanson D'Automne composed for chorus and orchestra, Concerto for piano and orchestra in C minor (both pieces at the age of 16 years), composed well, Andante and Allegro for Violin and Orchestra of children, Concertino for piano and orchestra of children, children's opera "Cinderella", String Quartet, Quintet for strings, two pieces for wind quintet, Sonata for violin and piano, Tonada for orchestra, ballet music for the coronation song cycle for baritone and orchestra, Twilight Montepatria, incidental music for films: Rio Abajo, and The Fertile Earth Nitrate, music for eight Retablos Christmas.

He made countless orchestrations and adaptations of works for child musicians, the most famous and emblematic being "The Toys'Shop" By Prospero Bisquertt.

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