The German organist Heinrich Walther offers a matinee with works by César Franck and José María Usandizaga transcribed by himself.
Auditorio de Tenerife offers on Sunday [4th] at 12:00 noon a concert with the German organist Heinrich Walther. The programme, entitled Amor, sufrimiento y mito (Love, Suffering and Myth), will feature works by César Franck (1822-1890) and José María Usandizaga (1887-1915) transcribed by Walther himself. The organ concerts of the Auditorio are organised in collaboration with the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts (RACBA).
The concert will feature the symphonic poem Psyché et Eros for orchestra and choir of 1887-88 by Franck. It is divided into seven movements and based on a text by Sicard and Foucaud, in turn inspired by the Metamorphoses of Apuleius, but with certain modifications. According to the musicologist and president of RACBA, Rosario Àlvarez, this work “lends itself like few other scores to transcription for organ, due to its mellow, legato sounds led by the dense string sections, which describe the story with sensual and even voluptuous sounds”.
Álvarez assures that “it exudes the purest romanticism marked by melodies with broad arches and marked chromaticism in the harmony that moves us to the core and we suffer with Psyché for his unrequited love for Eros or we are pleased with her for the forgiveness granted and the sublimation of their love at the end of the score”.
She concludes, that “despite being a work full of beauty, it has not been performed a lot and I am not even sure if it has ever been performed on this island, therefore it is a great chance for music lovers to be able to hear it in this organ version being offered by Heinrich Walther, which will surely not disappoint, due to his great experience with these kinds of projects transcribing symphonic music for his instrument”.
And in the year in which Franck composed his Psyché, the Basque composer José María Usandizaga was born in San Sebastian. After studying in his homeland, he moved to Paris to further his studies at the famous Schola Cantorum which was run by Vincent D’Indy. It is from those years in the French capital that this Suite in A major dates to. Its four traditional movements bring us closer to the academic world of the Schola, filtered, according to Rosario Álvarez "through the freshness and vigour of its author who was only 17-years-old".
Heinrich Walther studied organ with the maestros Zsigmond. Szathmáry, Xavier Darasse, Robert Anderson and Larry Palmer at the Higher Conservatoires of Freiburg, Toulouse and Dallas, respectively. He has gone on tours all over the world performing organ concerts as well as playing with historic keyboard instruments. His extensive discography includes recordings of works from different eras as well as the first works of contemporary composers and his own transcriptions of works for orchestra by César Franck, Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy, Max Reger and José Maria Usandizaga, among others.
At present, Walther teaches at the Higher Conservatoire of Music of Freiburg and at the Higher Conservatoires of Religious Music of Heidelberg and Rottenburg am Neckar.
The organ of the Auditorio de Tenerife was built in the 21st century by the prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team. It is considered a unique instrument in the world for its design, sound and musical ranges. The sounds are produced by 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall, which are controlled by the organist from on-stage through the console where he is performing.
Tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
In this journey through opera, zarzuela and Broadway musicals she will be accompanied by performers such as the soprano Yolanda Auyanet
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday, 10th December, at 7.30 p.m., the Symphony Hall will host the opera gala Nancy Fabiola y sus invitados (Nancy Fabiola and her guests). The evening will offer a musical journey through the career of the renowned mezzo-soprano Nancy Fabiola Herrera, who will perform alongside several artists she has invited for the occasion and the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra.
This Opera de Tenerife event, the last of the year, will feature the musical direction of José Miguel Pérez-Sierra and the voices of sopranos Yolanda Auyanet and Eglise Gutiérrez, the bass Rubén Amoretti, the tenor Ramón Vargas, the baritone José Carbó, the bandoneonist and singer Leonel Gasso and the dancer María del Mar Moreno.
“Along the journey in life I have met many people and creating a list of guests for the gala wasn´t an easy task” acknowledges Nancy Fabiola Herrera. The Canarian mezzo-soprano who starred in The House of Bernarda Alba in October 2021 with the Opera of Tenerife, acknowledges that “they are all great artists who became soulmates and they will attend the gala from Sydney, Mexico, Uruguay and Spain to share a magical night of music and friendship together”.
The repertoire will offer a journey through opera, zarzuela, tango and Broadway musical courtesy of Carmen, the gypsy lady by Bizet, which led Nancy Fabiola Herrera to travel around the world and marked a turning point in her career which has lasted for 35 years. “This very special programme speaks of my life, my favourite roles, the constant curiosity to explore different genres, of meeting with friends, of encountering love, and death to be reborn again” announces the singer.
During this biographical gala there will be performances of operas such as Carmen, Norma, Madama Butterfly and Samson and Delilah, but also well-known melodies from the zarzuelas Luisa Fernanda and La Revoltosa, several tangos and even the musical West Side Story will be present. “Each piece has a meaning and each of the artists accompanying me have left a deep impression on my heart” outlines the mezzo-soprano who is inviting the public on this “journey of emotions through some of the most beautiful pages of music in existence”.
Nancy Fabiola Herrera is acclaimed by the public and specialist critics for the “beauty of her voice, her outstanding musicality and her dominating stage presence”. Having performed in over 50 roles, the Spanish mezzo-soprano is one of the most significant performers at present. In 2018 she received the award for an entire career from the magazine Ópera Actual. She is an Adoptive Daughter of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and of the Island of Gran Canaria.
She was acclaimed by the public and critics for her “mesmerising” performance of Carmen, which took her to the Metropolitan Opera, Royal Opera House, Arena di Verona, Bolshoi, Caracalla, Berlin, Munich, Dresden, Sydney and Japan, among many others.
Her recent performances notably include, as a minimum, Don Carlo, at the MET; Roberto Devereux, at the Teatro de la Maestranza; Adriana Lecouvreur, in Oviedo; her show Alma mía, alongside the Septet of soloists from Valencia; Il trovatore, in Las Palmas, and the recording of Goyescas / La vida breve with the BBC in London, among others. Her upcoming projects include the Third Symphony by Mahler, with the OFGC; La vida breve, with the OCNE; Trato de favor, by Lucas Vidal and Boris Izaguirre (global premiere), at the Teatro de la Zarzuela; Requiem, by Verdi, with the ORTVE, and Medée, by Cherubini, at the Teatro Real in Madrid.
The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
Larsen-Maguire will conduct the group and it will involve the début of the cellist Edgar Moreau, who will perform as a soloist
The sixth seasonal programme of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra tackles the Bohemian romanticism of Bedrich Smetana and Antonín Dvorák. On this occasion, the musical group of the Island Council will be conducted by Catherine Larsen-Maguire and have the début of the cellist Edgar Moreau, who will perform as a soloist. The event will be on Friday [the 2th] at 7:30 p.m., in the Auditorio de Tenerife.
The Moldau, by Bedrich Smetana is the second of the six symphonic poems of the My Fatherland, series which the Bohemian composer created at the end of 1874. The river, as a metaphor of the cycle of life, is a melody with a certain old and popular feel that has served as inspiration for endless popular songs and lullabies in many countries around the world.
Afterwards, there will be a performance of the Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191 composed in 1894 by Antonín Dvorák and dedicated to his friend, the cellist Hanuš Wihan. The main theme, with reminiscences of his other renowned symphony, the New World Symphony, is imbued with the musical tradition of his homeland, thus eliminating the North American folkloric elements, so common during his stay in the United States.
In the second part of the concert, the orchestra will perform the Symphony No. 7 in D minor, Op. 70, B. 141 also by Antonín Dvorák and written in 1884 as a commission for the London Philharmonic Society, with which he made his début as an honorary member. Inspired by Brahms third symphony, and also known as the English Symphony, it is a score with an expressive intensity and a great melodic richness that tries to reflect the political struggle of the Czech nation and its desire for prosperity.
Catherine Larsen-Maguire, from Britain, undertook her studies at the University of Cambridge, the Royal Academy of Music in London and the Karajan Academy in Berlin. Following a successful career as the principal bassoonist of the Komische Oper Berlin, since 2012 she has focused her attention exclusively on orchestra conducting. From 2014 to 2016 she held a chair as guest professor at the University of the Arts in Berlin and from 2017 to 2021 she was a member of the jury of the Besançon Competition.
In her career as a conductor, she has led prestigious groups, such as the Slovenian Radio Symphony and the UNAM Philharmonic in Mexico City. The current season includes her return to the Scottish Chamber Orchestra and the Deutsches Kammerochester Berlin, as well as different débuts in Spain with the Galicia Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra of Extremadura and the Orchestra of Córdoba. In Germany she will participate with the Mecklenburgische Staatskapelle of Schwerin, the Göttinger Symphonie Orchester and the Philharmonisches Orchester Stadt Trier.
In addition to the usual orchestra repertoire, Larsen-Maguire has also shown interest in contemporary music, conducting premières of works by different composers such as Alexander Goehr, Erkki-Sven Tüür, Gordon Kampe and James MacMillan. Her regular collaborations include Ensemble Musikfabrik, Klangforum Wien, Ensemble Musikfabrik, Ensemble Resonanz, Ensemble Ascolta and Ensemble United Berlin.
Edgar Moreau began playing the cello at the age of four in the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Paris and then continued at the Kronberg Academy. Seven years later, he made his début with the Orchestra of the Teatro Regio de Torino, performing the cello concert by Dvorak. During his musical career he has earned different awards, such as in 2011, when he was crowned winner of the Rostropovich Competition. In 2014 he participated in the Tchaikovsky Competition and obtained the Young Concert Artist Award.
The Parisian cellist regularly performs in the most prestigious halls and is a frequent guest at several festivals, such as Verbier, Salzburg and Gstaad, among others. He has participated with globally renowned groups: The Orchestra of Rome Santa Cecilia, Orchestra Filarmonica della Scala, London Symphony Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Münchner Philharmoniker and the Orchestre de Paris, among others.
The tickets can be purchased until the day of the concert on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Activities adapted to different levels, exclusive content and personalised materials comprise the offer
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. For this school year the Auditorio is launching a new programme of guided visits for educational centres. This is a cross-disciplinary educational activity that consists of carrying out a process of training and informing the public during school hours, meant for all levels.
Taking into account the needs and characteristics of each educational stage, the Educational and Social Department of the Auditorio has designed this proposal with two lines of work, addressed to show the Auditorio to students as a centre of cultural activity and as an architectural space. One of the most important aims is to give rise to autonomous and critical students.
One of the spaces in the Auditorium has been adapted into a training classroom where schoolchildren can enjoy specialised workshops featuring educational activities. The dossier of this new programme can be consulted in the Educational and Social Area of the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com.
These characteristics make this initiative pioneering thanks to the visit to the building adapted to each educational cycle and in small groups, supervised activities and with materials and teaching resources produced according to the level and an educational classroom equipped for pupils.
For Pre-School Education, a fun and participative visit is offered, during which pupils will discover a first-hand artistic perspective of the cultural institution. Through the different activities, the three areas of this level will be worked on: autonomy, knowledge of the environment and communication and representation. Thus, their autonomy is encouraged with individual visit tickets to stamp, they discover the building and its surrounding area with puzzles and sheets to colour in, and pupils take a deeper look at musical language using audiovisual materials screened in the educational classroom.
The Primary Education visit will be focused on displaying architectural aspects of the Auditorium of Tenerife. Pupils will also discover the different performing arts professions needed to produce an artistic show, and also, using videos, get a closer look at the cultural offer of the programming appropriate for their age which they can enjoy in the auditorium and its unique spaces. They will also carry out manual activities.
In Secondary Education and Baccalaureate, the aim is for pupils to get an introduction to being critical viewers. They will be provided with information to help them to develop sufficient critical autonomy to choose the cultural proposals that are of interest to them, and to also discover the different channels for accessing them. After guided access to the information on the website and social networks, online activities will be carried out using games with Kahoot and advanced crafts such as an origami building. Lastly, they will watch videos on programming for Secondary pupils and the unique spaces of the Auditorium.
The theatrical association presents this comedy as part of the Amateur Theatre programme
Tomorrow [Friday 25], the Auditorio of Guía de Isora hosts the play Bar Manolo, performed by the association Tatrum as part of the programme of the Teatro Aficionado (Amateur Theatre) of the Auditorio de Tenerife. The cultural venue is linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council which is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. The show, which is part of the eighth amateur theatre festival organised by the Town Council of Guía de Isora, starts at 8:00 p.m.
The theatrical piece presents us the Bar Manolo, a popular establishment located opposite the cemetery. Manolo, the owner, is a fan of crosswords and drinking. He is accompanied by Conchi, who is responsible for cleaning and cooking. During the show, a wide variety of characters will come to the bar, which will be the setting of forbidden love, vices, complicities, and madness. One day, things get out of control due to the death of an acquaintance and an accident that includes a coffin, an old woman whose memory is failing and a winning lottery number.
Nine performers from the Tatrum association bring this proposal to life. José Manuel Sosa will be Manolo, the bar owner, while Yesica Rodríguez will be Conchi, the cook. Hugo Rodríguez will play Carlos the teacher and Mariana Rodríguez will be Silvia, mother of Leticia, who will be in the role of Yolanda Peña. Luisa and Paco are the workers at the funeral home, roles played by Olga Vanesa Curotto and José Luis Rubio, respectively. Lastly, Olgui González will become Blanca, the widow, and Pepe Damas will play Jesus, the plumber.
Bar Manolo was created by Jean Pierre Martínez and directed by Irene Pérez. The costumes and stage design of this show, which involves the collaboration of the Council of Guía de Isora, is provided by the theatre group itself. This artistic proposal premiered last June at the Teatro Unión Tejina (La Laguna) and has been shown in Tacoronte and Santa Cruz.
The programme Teatro Aficionado (Amateur Theatre) is part of the Educational Social Area of the Auditorio de Tenerife. This programme encourages interest in the hobby of theatre and the production of theatrical plays by the existing associations on the island. It aims to stimulate matters such as communication, the exchange of ideas, and creativity amongst members who, in turn, belong to youth collectives, cultural collectives, women's collectives, and neighbourhood groups, among others.
The 21st edition of the soloist competition takes place on Saturday [26th], it starts at 4:00 p.m., and admission is free
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the islands’ Minister of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday [26th] and starting at 4:00 p.m., the Auditorio hosts the Canaries Regional Phase of the 21st Intercentros Melómano Performance Prize, with free admission until full capacity is reached. This national competition chooses the representative of the Canaries for the Final Phase of Intercentros Melómano Performance Prize for Soloists (Professional Degree category).
The pupils from the professional conservatoires of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria in different instrumental specialities will be heard during the auditions. Each candidate will perform a maximum of 15 minutes with a freely chosen repertoire. After the performances, the jury will then deliberate and subsequently announce its decision.
For logistic reasons, Jorge Rodríguez Pérez the first candidate on percussion will perform his audition at the Conservatory only for the jury. Therefore, the first musician performing at the Auditorio will be Bruno José González Quintana on the clarinet. This first part will be completed by Daniel Pedro Valerón Falcón on the saxophone, Carla Alonso Martín on the flute, Claudia Alonso Martín on the clarinet, Natalia Dionis Rodríguez on the piano, Christian Gabriel Gálvez Silveira also on the clarinet and Álvaro Salvador García Alonso with his saxophone.
After an intermission, Cristina Gómez Guerra on saxophone, Lucía Gorostiza Felipe on clarinet, Jacob Molina Díaz on saxophone, Luis Enrique Röcker Stieper on oboe, Pablo Rosales Calzadilla on clarinet, Sergio Rosales Calzadilla on oboe, Andrea Sabina Perera on clarinet and Pelayo Siverio González on the horn will complete the audition.
The top place will be the Canaries representative in the Final Phase of the Intercentros Melómano, which will take place at the Auditorium of the Council of Alicante on 10 December. The Final Phase will involve the seventeen regional representatives who will try to win the prize: a concert tour all over Spain, including solo performances and concerts with a symphony orchestra, such as that performed by the European Youth Orchestra of Madrid and the Youth Symphony Orchestra of Granada.
The Intercentros Melómano is an initiative by the Fundación Orfeo created in 2002 with the objective of encouraging the participation of pupils from music conservatoires in professional competitions. The idea is to serve as a practical experience for musicians, facing an audience and jury that assesses their performance and not only their technical skill.
The concert, with works by Boccherini, Haydn and Canales, will take place next Wednesday [23rd] at 7:30 p.m. at the Chamber Hall
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island's Minister of Culture Enrique Arriaga. The venue has programmed the concert Madrid 1770 by the Gara Quartet. The young musicians will perform works by Luigi Boccherini, Joseph Haydn and Manuel Canales next Wednesday [23rd] at 7:30 p.m. at the Chamber Hall.
During the 18th century, the journal La Gaceta de Madrid not only recorded the musical activity of many Spanish composers, it also included events relating to some of the most outstanding European artists.
Around 1770 the Spanish capital was the centre of the country´s artistic scene. In its issue of July 1774, La Gaceta de Madrid, the official information bulletin of the government of Charles III, referred to the publication of the Six string quartets Op. 3 by Manuel Canales (1747- 1784, Toledo).
Thus, in December 1775, it reported the arrival, publication and sale in Spain of the Six string quartets Op. 20 by Joseph Haydn (1732-1809). These compositions are, among other works, those that gave him the nickname of the Father of the genre.
Thanks to this journal we know how and when many of the masterpieces of European classicism made their way into the hands of Spanish composers such as Canales, illuminating their path towards this new and fresh language. His Quartets Op.3 are a clear example of the masterful handling of the style developed in Esterházy, which makes us think that Canales got hold of them, studied them in depth and fell under the influence of the Austrian genius.
The quartets by Haydn and Canales were not the only quartets premiered in Madrid in that era. Luigi Boccherini (1743-1805) wrote his quartets Op.8 and 9 in 1770 during his stay in the Spanish capital. In these works, he frees the cello from its traditional accompanying role as basso continuo, in order to give it much more of a solo role.
Gara Quartet, formed by Jesús Merino and Lorena Padrón on violin, Iván Sáez Schwartz on viola and Candela Gómez Bonet on cello, was established in 2020 as a response to the concerns and desire of its four young musicians to explore the genre of the string quartet from the perspective of historical interpretation, having a humanist vision of its own affections, combining passion and technique, rhetoric and grammar.
The challenge of integrating new performative perspectives without moving away from the stylistic trends corresponding to each era is, along with the pursuit of an identity and a unique hallmark, the main raison d'être of the Gara Quartet.
After its members specialised at the most prestigious universities for the study of Historical Performance in Europe (Cologne, Trossingen, The Hague, Frankfurt), the ensemble settled in Cologne, as an active cultural hub and centre of its movements. Musicians such as Shunske Sato, Amandine Beyer, Olivier Fourès, Roel Dieltiens, Lars Ulrik Mortensen and quartets such as Casals or Quiroga inspire the four performers in their development.
Aside from their devotion to the quartet, its members continue their individual careers collaborating with several of the most important orchestras on the current music scene, such as Concerto Köln, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Le Concert des Nations, Bach Vereniging, Orchester of the Eighteenth Century, performing in the most important concert halls in Europe, North and South America and Asia.
Tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
Four groups will offer their performances this Saturday [19th] at the Tamaragua Cultural Centre, starting at 11:00 a.m.
The programme Teatro Aficionado (Amateur Theatre) of the Auditorio de Tenerife celebrates its twentieth anniversary this Saturday [19th] at the Tamaragua Cultural Centre in Santa Cruz with the organisation of an annual meeting in which the associations Rondalla Volcanes del Teide, Tais, Tatrum and Puro Teatro will take part. The performances begin at 11:00 a.m. and will continue until 7:00 p.m. with the presence of representatives of the groups that continue to be linked to amateur theatre in Tenerife.
This meeting will start with a performance of the play Cena de Navidad (The Christmas Dinner), a play by the Association Rondalla Volcanes del Teide of La Orotava. The play begins on Christmas Eve, with the Sánchez family waiting for their daughter Pepita, her future husband, Javi, and his mother to arrive. The parents, the grandmother and the maid are busy preparing dinner. They want to organise a perfect evening at home, but nothing will happen as the Sánchez family thought. The play is performed by Marina Santos García, Isabel Acosta Lina, Antonia García Luis, María del Pilar Padrón Yanes, Isabel Hernández Lorenzo, Ascención Díaz González and Estrella Escobar Luis.
At around midday, the members of the Tais association will perform their show Quien pide el último, pide mejor. The play begins with a lady who finds a strange lamp that turns out to have powers while she is tidying the attic. She decides to share the discovery with her friends, who turn up both intrigued and incredulous. The performance will be carried out by Mari Carmen Cruz, Dorys Pelayo, Sergio del Pino, Nati Álvarez, Carmen del Rosario, Monse Morales, Juan Carlos del Pino and Lucas Hernández.
Bar Manolo by the theatrical association Tatrum will be staged from four in the afternoon. The piece presents a popular establishment located just opposite the cemetery. Manolo, the bar owner, is a fan of crosswords and drinking. He is accompanied by Conchi, who is responsible for cleaning and cooking. A wide variety of characters will come to the bar, which will be the setting of forbidden love, vices, complicities, and madness. José Manuel Sosa, Yesica Rodríguez, Hugo Rodríguez, Mariana Rodríguez, Yolanda Peña, Olga Vanesa Curotto, José Luis Rubio, Olgui González and Pepe Damas star in Tatrum’s proposal.
The shows end with Puro Teatro, offering Historias caóticas para cinco artistas desesperados (Chaotic stories for five desperate artists), which is made up of five small texts whose common theme is chaos. Each of the five stories is starred by two characters who in some way express their feelings at a specific moment in their lives. The actors that are part of the Association are Lidia Dorta, Jesús Patrón, Sonia Lutzardo, Glenda Suárez and Nuria Neida.
The programme Teatro Aficionado (Amateur Theatre) is part of the Educational and Social Area of the Auditorio de Tenerife. This programme encourages interest in the hobby of theatre and the production of theatrical plays by the existing associations in Tenerife. It aims to stimulate matters such as communication, the exchange of ideas, and creativity amongst members who, in turn, belong to youth collectives, cultural collectives, women's collectives, and neighbourhood groups, among others.
Its main objectives are to promote a liking for theatre among different social and cultural groups, to promote the general public's attendance to, and love of, theatrical plays; likewise, to contribute to enriching the technical/artistic quality of amateur theatre groups and to create different work groups necessary for the creation of a play.
‘Al son de Cervantes' (To the Beat of Cervantes) finishes on Saturday with a family concert. There are tickets only left for the session for children under three years old
Al son de Cervantes (To the Beat of Cervantes) is the offer proposed by the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) in its first educational week of the season. It started today [Wednesday 16th] with 527 schoolchildren attending the first two sessions, a similar number to that expected tomorrow [Thursday 17th]. The activity concludes on Saturday with a concert for families with children under 3 years of age that starts at 11:00 a.m., and another one for families with children over 3 years of age that starts at 12:30. The tickets for this concert are sold out.
The programme includes Chaconne des Scaramouches of Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme, by Jean Baptiste Lully, and Burlesque de Quixotte, by Georg Philipp Telemann, with the script and narration by Ana Hernández Sanchiz, the participation by the circus performer El Gran Rufus and a string ensemble of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra composed by Andrea Rodríguez (violin), Anna Kucherenko (violin), Santiago Medina (viola), Joanna Hetherington (cello), Daniel Pérez (double bass) and Ana Belén Gutiérrez (harpsichord).
Two comedians from the Golden Age called La Cervantona and El Cervantillo are in charge of bringing different episodes of Don Quixotte a bit closer to the little ones -episodes that serve as the basis for Telemann's musical work – as well as guiding them in their active listening. Through poetry, juggling, and humour, they will fulfil their mission of narrating, evoking, and inviting listening while involving the audience together with the musicians of the symphony.
The schoolchildren who take part in this activity organised by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra come from 19 schools of nine municipalities. Today's sessions were attended by the Mayco School (La Laguna), Santa Catalina de Siena (Santa Cruz), Centro Ocupacional El Viso (Arico) and the primary schools CEIP Miguel Pintor y Tíncer (Santa Cruz), San Luis Gonzaga (La Laguna), Emeterio Gutiérrez Albelo (Tacoronte) and La Jurada (Granadilla).
The Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife receives tomorrow schoolchildren from the schools Pureza de María La Cuesta (La Laguna), San Isidro (El Rosario), Escuela Montessori (Santa Cruz) and the primary schools’ San Bartolomé (La Laguna), María del Carmen Fernández Melián (Tegueste), Agustín Espinosa (Los Realejos), Igueste (Candelaria), Guayonge (Tacoronte), La Jurada (Granadilla) and Virgen del Mar as well as Villa Ascensión, both from Santa Cruz.
This programme is the same as the one that will be offered on Friday [18th] in Los Silos. It starts at 5:30 p.m., in the old Convent of San Sebastián (Los Silos), to celebrate the International Storytelling Festival. On Saturday it will be played at the Auditorio de Tenerife. It is a family concert with two performances starting at 11:00 and 12:30.
The set of Verdi's opera, which dates from 1913, has been restored and can be enjoyed on 22, 24 and 26 November
Auditorio de Tenerife presents Un ballo in maschera (A Masked Ball) by Giuseppe Verdi. This co-production between the Opera of Tenerife and the Teatro Regio di Parma will be shown next week in the Symphony Hall, on 22, 24 and 26 November, at 7:30 p.m. The details of this show were announced by the island director of Culture of the Council of Tenerife, Alejandro Krawietz, the stage director, Marina Bianchi, and the musical director, Alessandro D’Agostini, accompanied by the cast.
Alejandro Krawietz stated that presenting this title “is cause for enormous excitement”. “Over the last few seasons, we have opened up space for contemporary work while maintaining repertoire works like Un ballo in maschera by Verdi. This opera is being programmed for the first time at the Auditorio”, explained the island director, who highlighted the stage design, “restored for the occasion, which dates to 1913, it is a work by the renowned Italian stage designer Giuseppe Carmignani”.
This staging is by the director Marina Bianchi, for whom it is “an honour to be in this opera, which took shape before the pandemic based on the stage design found in the Teatro Regio di Parma”. I have been working and in contact with this world for a long time. I have worked with great operatic artists. As a result of my love for European tradition and culture, I was commissioned with this management”, stated the maestro who asserts that this is a “story of love and death that, through tradition, will make us dream”.
Alessandro D'Agostini, will be in charge of musical direction and conducting the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. He agrees with the words of Bianchi and reinforces that “tradition makes us dream”. The maestro stated that the version of the score he chose was the critical one due to its characteristics, especially because of the nuances it offers. “I am grateful for the involvement and work of the soloists, orchestra, choir and all the staff of the Auditorium for making this range of musical colours possible, which the public will note in the three shows” he added.
The team is completed by Michele Cosentino, assistant of Bianchi and head of choreography; Leila Fteita, in charge of the stage design; Lorena Marin, who created the costumes, and Andrea Borelli, in charge of the lighting design for this historic proposal.
The cast is formed by the tenor José Bros, who plays governor Riccardo; the baritone Sergey Kaydalov, who plays Renato, the governor’s secretary and confidant, and the soprano Monica Zanettin, who embodies and provides the voice of Amelia, the wife of Renato who is in love with Riccardo. Also, the witch and fortune-teller Ulrica will come to life through the contralto Enkelejda Shkoza, while the soprano Sofía Esparza will be Oscar, the governor’s page.
The bass range signers, Gianni Giuga, Eugenio Di Lieto and Nicolò Donini, will play Silvano, Samuel and Tom, respectively. Lastly, the tenor Blagoj Nacoski will be both a judge and a servant. These voices will be joined by those of the choir Coro Titular Ópera de Tenerife-Intermezzo and the participation of dancers from the dance centre Centro Internacional de Danza de Tenerife.
Premiered at the Teatro Apollo di Roma in 1859, Un ballo in maschera is perhaps one of the most complete and beautiful operas by the Italian genius. The action, which consists of three acts, is based on the assassination by a gentleman from the court in 1792 of King Gustav III of Sweden, an enlightened despot who became an enemy of the nobility due to his reforms. The story has many of the audience’s favourite ingredients: forbidden love, terrifying locations, revenge, deaths and dark and marginal characters like Ulrica.
Subject to censorship on several occasions during the composition process, the artistic proposal of Verdi and Somma went through several versions before it could finally be premiered after circumventing the idea of an assassination in a European kingdom by moving the setting of the story to colonial Boston and changing the name of the characters.
Previously, with the same historical inspiration, in 1833 the writer Eugène Scribe prepared the libretto of a historic opera for the musician Daniel François Esprit Auber, entitled Gustave III ou Le Bal masqué (Gustave III or the Masked Ball), which kept some names of real historical characters in the midst of a plot in which the rest of the content is imagined. Ten years later, with the same plot, Salvatore Cammarano wrote the text of the opera Il reggente by Mercadante. The opera by Verdi known as “the Boston story” is the most well-known and performed version.
The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Tickets for the under 30s cost just 5 euros and there are also special discounts for students, unemployed and large families.
As part of its FAM Otoño (Autumn Moving Arts Festival) programming, the Auditorio de Tenerife presents this show which explores the consequences of the expression, as implied by the title of the work
The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural venue linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island's Council that is managed by its island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. As part of its FAM Otoño (Autumn Moving Arts Festival) programming, it presents the performance A muerte (to death). This proposal by the Sevillian company Hermanas Gestring will take place this Saturday [19th], at 7:30 p.m., at the Castillo Hall (Sala Castillo).
‘A muerte’ (to death) is a piece recommended for audiences over 16 years of age. It explores this expression, which metaphorically indicates a strong commitment and also a literal consequence of reaching the end of one's existence. Hermanas Gestring give one’s all on stage, deadly in life and in particular with what is featured.
"Excited and almost possessed by pronouncing the expression to death, we had no other chance but to kill the Gestring Sisters", declare Greta García and Laura Morales, members of the company. "We needed to reveal the true effect caused by saying "to death": entering the suburbs of the underworld and coming face to face with Hades", they continue in the show's synopsis.
After walking through the Fields of Asphodel for years, singing with the sirens, floating over the Acheron River and the Elm of False Dreams, Hermanas Gestring managed to adopt the form that would lead them to death. They were possessed by the Keres, the daughters of the night with a thirst for human blood. “We have deceived Charon, Cerberus, as well as Morena and Clara... Will we be able to deceive you?", the artists suggest.
Laura Morales and Greta García decided to get together in 2013 and explore new paths for creation. Naturally, video creation became their main tool through YouTube and even WhatsApp, creating two short films. They got into the performance genera by creating works for art galleries and alternative creative spaces. They also do dance pieces by fusing artistic disciplines and collaborating with other artists. Spontaneity and constant change are an intrinsic part of their proposals, generating unparalleled pieces like "Puerta Celestial" ("Celestial Gateway") and also working outside of their country of residence, as was the case with "We'll kill you", created in Germany for the Rootless Movement Festival.
In 2016, they confirmed their good work by winning the Pasoa2 Madrid Choreography Contest with "Good Girl", a piece with which they have toured several festivals in Spain and abroad, receiving the Residency Award at the Tanzhaus in Zurich, where the seed of "A muerte" was sown, debuting at the end of 2018 at the Teatro Central Theatre. In 2019 they participated in the Silent City project by Artscennico Performing Arts in Dortmund (Germany) and began a new line of work, trying their hand at music with the "Adora a las Hermanas Gestring" (Adore the Gestring Singers) concert alongside musician Lorenzo Soria.
After this, FAM's last show this year comes from Poliana Lima, who brings a female corps de ballet for her performance ‘Las cosas se mueven pero no dicen nada’ (Things move but don't say anything). It is a dance piece that is based on the ideas of permanence and persistence. It evokes the processes of transformation and repetition of nature without alluding to figuration on the stage. It will be on 17 December at 7:30 p.m. at the Symphony Hall.
FAM (Arts and Movement Festival), a proposal of Auditorio de Tenerife and a commitment to Spanish contemporary dance, comes alongside the artistic circuit supported by the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) and developed by the Spanish Network of Theatres: Danza a Escena 2022 and the network Acieloabierto.
Tickets can be purchased at a single price of €8 on the website www.famtenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.
Las entradas, por un precio general de ocho euros, se pueden adquirir en la página web www.famtenerife.com, en la taquilla de lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 17:00 horas y sábados de 10:00 a 14:00 horas y de forma telefónica llamando al 902 317 327 en el mismo horario. Hay disponibles descuentos para menores de 30 años, estudiantes, desempleados y familias numerosas.
In ˊLove, love, loveˊ both presenters and the orchestra will be accompanied by a pop-rock band and three singers
The show's launch promotion reduces ticket prices to 16 euros for the Symphony Hall
The Auditorio de Tenerife offers the show Love, love, love. A trip through music and love, presented by José Corbacho and Ramón Gener, with music by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and The Love Rock Band, featuring three singers. It will take place on 16 February at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are on sale for 16 Euros for the entire Symphonic Hall, thanks to the launch promotion that discounts 20% of their value.
The show is a journey through the most renowned works of classical music and the most important hits of modern music. The performance includes music by Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Verdi and Wagner, but also songs of Elvis Presley, Amy Winehouse, Bruce Springsteen, The Beatles, Madonna, Elton John, Katy Perry and Beyoncé.
During the show, between one song and the other, we will listen to incredible stories about the artists of the music that is performed during the show and the situations behind the compositions. The music will be performed by the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife conducted by Rubén Gimeno, and The Love Rock Band, formed by pop-rock musicians and the three singers Sara Pi, Sebastián Ramírez and Tonia Richardson.
Although love and music may be perceived as magic and emotion, they are chemistry and mathematics. Love is not only the feeling that moves the world, rather, over the centuries it has been one of the main sources of inspiration for artists in general and musicians in particular. Hence why this show combines words and theatre with live music, performed by fifty musicians, including the members of a symphony orchestra, a pop-rock group and three first-rate singers.
Ramón Gener began training as a musician studying piano at the Conservatoire of the Liceu and he completed it with vocal studies in Warsaw and Barcelona. After a career lasting several years as a baritone, he began a new phase as a musical educator, offering conferences about classical music and opera.
The success of these conferences led him to the television world on TV3 with the programme Òpera en texans and subsequently on the national and international scene with This is opera and This is art. On radio he regularly collaborates with the programme Hoy por hoy on the Cadena SER channel and Versió RAC1. He has published the books Si Beethoven pudiera escucharme (2013), El amor te hará inmortal (2016) and Beethoven, un músico sobre un mar de nubes (2020).
José Corbacho is an actor, director and scriptwriter. He has been part of the theatre company La Cubana for twelve years with shows such as Teresina S.A., Cómeme el coco negro and Cegada de amor. He directed the film Tapas (2005) and obtained the award for best film at the Malaga Festival and the Goya Award for best new director. He directed the feature films: Cobardes e Incidencias (2015) and was also director of the series Pelotas on TVE. He is well-known for his television work on programmes such as La cosa nostra, Homo zapping, Tú sí que vales, Masterchef celebrity and Tu cara me suena, among others.
He is a founding member of Pepitos Brothers, a production company that he runs with Pep Espada and Bernat Gascon. José Corbacho himself is the artistic director of this show, with musical direction by Marcelo Frajmowicz and executive production by Pep Espada.
The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. In addition to the promotional discount of 20%, reducing the ticket prices from 20 to 16 Euros, the usual special Auditorio de Tenerife prices are still available for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed, large families and the Opera de Tenerife subscription holders.