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"A (musical) river runs through it" is the orchestra proposal, which is also offered for school shows.

 

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday [6th] at 12:00 noon, the Auditorium welcomes a concert for family audience that will be held at the auditorium's Symphony Hall. "A (musical) river runs through it" will be conducted by Ruben Gimeno and narrated by Ana Hernández Sanchiz.

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will perform a programme comprised of Pizzicato Polka, by Johann and Joseph Strauss; Largo from "Winter" from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi; ‘Thunder and Storm’, Symphony no 6 or Pastoral Symphony Op. 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven; ‘The Moldau’ symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana; Slavonic Dance no 8 (Furiant) Op. 46 and Slavonic Dance no 6 (vals) Op. 46 by Antonin Dvořák. The selected pieces evoke the aquatic nature of the planet and will be linked by a poetic guiding thread in order to spark the imagination of listeners across aspects as diverse as the landscape and sustainability.

This week of educational concerts got underway on Wednesday 3 February 21, it continued yesterday and will continue today [Friday 5] with social inclusion groups and school pupils. It is estimated that more than 300 people will watch the show over these days before the family concert. Those attending come from Centro Probosco (La Orotava); Nursery and Primary School Samoga (El Sauzal); Orobal (Los Cristianos); Canarian Autism Disorders Spectrum Association (APANATE), the Canary Islands Asperger Association (ASPERCAN), Nursery and Primary Schools San Bartolomé and Punta del Hidalgo Primary School (San Cristóbal de La Laguna); Sonsoles Soriano Tutelary Foundation, Nursery and Primary Schools Miguel Pintor González and El Tablero (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

The guardians of these groups have received a teaching guide beforehand about this concert in order to work with their pupils on the relationship of water with different artistic languages and forms: music, dance, poetry, painting and the visual arts.

This activity of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is part of the commitment by Tenerife Island Council to offer first-rate cultural programming that is available Tenerife audiences, especially the youngest, through innovative and interdisciplinary proposals. During the 2019/20 season, more than 2,000 Primary Education pupils from 28 schools in 8 municipalities on the Island took part.

Rubén Gimeno, the current artistic director of the Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM) and of the Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country (EGO) was also the Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Vallés. He has run a large number of the main Spanish groups such as the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Basque Country, Symphony Orchestra of Castille and León, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra of Barcelona, National Orchestra of Catalonia, Orchestra of Granada, Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Orchestra of Palau de les Arts or Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

The baton of Gimeno has also conducted several foreign orchestras like Norrkoping Symphony, Gavle Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Rheinische Philharmonie, Orchestra MMCK (Japan) or National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, among others.

His activity in the lyrical field has led him to direct productions of the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, Don Gil de Alcalá, Marina, La Gran Vía and Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente or La del Soto del Parral at Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid). The Valencian director also collaborates intensely with the “Opera in Catalonia” series. He has conducted The Tales of Hoffman, L’Elisir d’Amore, Nabucco, La bohème, Orpheus and Eurydice, Madama Butterfly and Goyescas.

Ana Hernández Sanchiz is a Spanish actress who combines musical teaching and cultural management. She currently collaborates with the programmes of the main national symphony orchestras, as well as other prestigious institutions such as the Teatro Real, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro de la Maestranza, Kursaal Auditoriums and Baluarte. 

Hernández Sanchiz, is carrying out the project “Adopt a Musician” at the National and Symphonic Orchestras of Bilbao and Seville. In Latin America she has collaborated with the Grand National Theatre of Lima, Teatro Solís of Montevideo, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Nacional Juvenil Bicentenario Symphony Orchestra of Perú, Nacional Orchestra of Argentina and Symphony Band of Montevideo. 

She has recorded several records as narrator of musical tales and stages creative workshops in socio-educational projects with different groups. She is also a co-founder and member of the companies of women stage creators Arquetípicas and Atlantis.

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The show by La Phármaco and the Centro Drámatico Nacional, is performed on Thursday and it is based on the life of María Teresa León

 

Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural venue under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, is putting on Una gran emoción política at Sala Sinfónica on Thursday, the 15th at 8:30 pm. The show is by La Phármaco, coproduced with the Centro Dramático Nacional and is part of the 2021 FAM Special.  Tickets cost 8 euros and can be bought up to two hours before the show begins.

Luz Arcas, Málaga dancer and choreographer and founder of La Phármaco, has penned this work that is inspired by María Teresa León’s autobiography Memoria de la melancolía, that deals with the decisive years of our recent history, the time of the Civil War and exile: years marked by political fervour, the myth of the Revolution and the belief in utopias. 

Rather than having historicist aspirations the show aims at revealing the archetypal and universal qualities of those events with the company trying to portray the political emotion that drives a people to believe in their right to intervene in the history of their country, as if the future belonged to them. In Luz Arcas’s view, this is about “the emotion that the disasters of the 20th century -the wars, totalitarian regimes and their consequences- have undermined”.

Dance and physical activity, the songs and breathing, the author’s original texts and original music performed live and inspired by European popular themes evoke María Teresa’s memories: fundamental episodes of her life, like saving the Museo del Prado, the activities in the trenches of the Teatro de Guerrillas, political and social events like the participation of women in the war and key concepts such as the mass or the collective body, exile and memory. 

Through her memories, La Phármaco does not intend to dance María Teresa León’s life but her view of the world that was marked by an unrelenting empathy with the disadvantaged classes full of contradictions, and her failed dream of the triumph of a Republican and Communist Spain. From exile, María Teresa hoped to return one day to a country free of Franco’s dictatorship. When she finally returned in 1977, Alzheimer’s disease prevented her from realising where she was. 

On Saturday, 17 October FAM open-air performances start every half hour from 5:30 pm. The shows included areExpectations will not kill you, by OSA+MUJIKA; Idi-Begi, by Proyecto Larrua; Colectivo Glovo’s Mapa; Kintsugi, by Iron Skulls Co, and Young Blood, by Arnau Pérez. More information and tickets are available on www.famtenerife.com.

The Government of the Canary Islands’ Espacio La Granja collaborates with FAM  by housing some residencies and performances, plus the Spanish Theatre Network’s Danza a Escena scheme, and of the Circuito Acieloabierto of the street and unusual places dance network, both under the Spanish Ministry of Culture’s INAEM. The festival has the European Union EFFE label, (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) a quality mark that is granted to festivals with an artistic mission, commitment to local communities and strategic vision at European level.

Audience members are kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this Cabildo cultural centre to tackle COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. 

Tickets can be booked via the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by telephone on 902  317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also make an appointment to come to the box office on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

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Sinfónica de Tenerife is bringing classical music to the youngest audiences with The myth of Persephone, a didactic concert to be enjoyed by all the family at 12:00 noon on Saturday, 1 February at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica. Tickets can be bought through the usual channels: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; by phone on 902 317 327; or via the internet on websites www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

The myth of Persephone started this morning [Wednesday, the 29th] at the Auditorio de Tenerife with two of the four sessions for schools, which are held again tomorrow [Thursday 30th] at 10:00 am and l1:30 am. A total of 4,200 primary school children and Special Education students will enjoy the show at the Sala Sinfónica. This didactic concert, which will be attended by 52 schools, is part of the Sinfónica de Tenerife’s outreach section.

In this new activity, the Cabildo’s ensemble is relying on conductor Ignacio García-Vidal who will share the stage with an actress and four dancers of the Centro Internacional de Danza Tenerife in a choreography by Héctor Navarro, to tell the story of Persephone, the Greek myth that explains the origin of the seasons.

Ana Hernández Sanchiz’s voice will string together a musical story based on the ballet The Seasons by the Romantic author Alexander Glazunov, to be told through the language of classical music. The children will be able to take part from their seats through songs, rhythm or dance.

The Greek legends explains that Persephone, daughter of Zeus, was gathering some flowers in the company of her nymph friends. She was about to pick a lily when a cleft broke on the earth and Hades, the god of the underworld, emerged and took her away. Legend has it that it is precisely her abduction the origin of Spring as when Persephone is carried away to the underworld, flowers grew sad and died. In contrast, when she returned, flowers were reborn with joy.

The core of the concert is Alexander Glazunov’s The Seasons, which is preceded by the first of the Gymnopédies penned by Erik Satie, although Debussy orchestrated them as number 2. This light piano piece was composed and published in 1888 and is usually classified as dance. In fact, the name refers to a dance that used to be practised by young naked dancers in Sparta.

Glazunov’s score was written for the Russian Imperial Ballet, that premiered it in 1900 with a choreography by Marius Petipa. Rather than plot it is a series of pictures that describe the seasons: the cold, leaves falling, the breeze, birds… In this composition placed in the late Romanticism and with some Impressionist touches, Glazunov followed in Tchaikovsky’s footsteps and his great ballets.

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The Orchestra of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is offering a family concert on Saturday, 9 June at 12:00 noon. The adventures of Ábor and Gen is for children aged six and over and tells the story of a brother and a sister who pursue their dreams.

The Boys’ Choir of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also performing. The programme includes pieces by composers like Luis Cobiella, G. Bizet, J. Williams, E. Morricone, F. Delgado Herrera, R. Chapí and Strauss, among others. Through a combination of music, choir and narration by Moisés Évora we will learn about the lives of Ábor and Gen, set in the 16th century. From their seats, all the members of the family can take part in a story about self-improvement that portrays two siblings whose goal is to do what they really like doing.

The concert is conducted by Ángel Camacho with soloists Airán Fariña (oboe), Georgy Mikheile (violin), Víctor Estárico and Eduardo Afonso (timples), María Candelaria Hernández (soprano) and Borja M. Molina (baritone). The choir is directed by Juan Ramón Vinagre.

The Orchestra of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is made up of students between the 4th and 6th years of professional training. Their main objective is to give its most outstanding students the opportunity to play in a group like this one as part of a training that will eventually allow them to become members of a professional orchestra. On the other hand, the Conservatoire promotes the staging of the music repertoire students have been working on during the year, giving them the chance to take part as soloists in different instrument specialities.

Tickets for this concert are all five Euros and can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, on the internet here or calling 902 317 327.

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On 17 May, Auditorio de Tenerife Chamber Hall was host to the premiere of the sixth project by 2018 Manos a la Ópera [Hands-on Opera]. Brundibar, the Bumblebee is performed by 130 children 3 to 5 years old from the schools CEIP El Chapatal, Las Retamas, Ernesto Castro Fariñas, and San Fernando.

The show was put on for a further 400 children from these four schools. On Friday, 18 at 11:00 am, they performed for 413 students from the following schools: CEIP Ofra Vistabella, Colegio Cervantes, La Salle de La Laguna, and CEIP Fernando III El Santo. Finally, the families of the 130 children performing this children’s opera came to the Chamber Hall on Saturday, 19th.

The Island Director for Culture and Education of Cabildo de Tenerife, José Luis Rivero, attended the first performance of this well-established scheme, “which has been on for six years now; with Manos a la Ópera our aim is to foster creativity in the youngest”. This initiative meets the objectives set by Cabildo Insular for their Tenerife 2030 strategy. Rivero also stresses the involvement of the teachers in the activity.

 

The story of Brundibar, the Bumblebee is about two children who must find a way to get a bottle of milk for their sick mother. With the help of some animals, the kids overcome the problems to get the milk and they even manage to defeat organ grinder Brundibár, who wants to steal their money.

Manos a la Ópera is a project of the Learning Area of Auditorio de Tenerife and has the contribution of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa” and is part of the Ópera de Tenerife season. The scheme is addressed to preschool children and it consists of creating a free version of an original opera in which the kids are the artists, producers and stage managers.

Parents and relatives also take part in creating the show as they come to the workshops at Auditorio de Tenerife where the costumes and stage designs are made. Melodie Pérez is in charge of directing and pedagogical co-ordination of Manos a la Ópera.

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El Concierto Jóvenes Promesas del Conservatorio Profesional, que por segunda vez se lleva a cabo en el Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín", tiene el objetivo fundamental de potenciar la motivación que supone la vivencia de la interpretación ante el público por parte del alumnado. “Los jóvenes seleccionados nos harán sentir el entusiasmo y el reto que supone para ellos poder tocar en la Sala de Cámara del Auditorio “Adán Martín”, que es el primer referente dentro de la música clásica para todo futuro músico de nuestra provincia”, afirman sus organizadores.

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