The BogotÃ¡ Philharmonic Orchestra, or Orquesta FilarmÃ³nica de BogotÃ¡, is the most important Symphony Orchestra in Colombia. It is a project maintained by the city of BogotÃ¡ and its Secretary Office of Culture, Recreation and Sport. Founded in 1967, it regularly performs at the Jorge EliÃ©cer GaitÃ¡n Theater. Under the current venue's renovations, the orchestra performs at the Concert Halls of the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, the Leon de Greiff Auditorium, and the Jorge Tadeo Lozano University, the Fabio Lozano Auditorium. Its current music director is Israeli composer and conductor Lior Shambadal, replacing New York native conductor Irwin Hoffman in 2009. The orchestra counts over 100 musicians and over 140 public performances a year, also recognized by the Latin Grammy in 2008.
In the city's effort to establish itself as region leader for culture and the arts, the BogotÃ¡ Philharmonic extends its functions as classical orchestra to include the promotion and support of multiple music, dance and theater events, including world known Rock al Parque and related series of acts such as Opera al Parque, Jazz al Parque, Hip Hop al Parque, Dance Festivals and Theater Festivals.