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The Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana (MEI) is presenting four shows this week: Siete hombres buenos, a text by Juan Mayorga; ¡Valientes!, with a singular setting; Informe Lope, a premiere; and Fábula del topo, el murciélago y la musaraña, based on a true story. These options of the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, will be on at 8:30 pm at the Teatro El Sauzal. Standard tickets at 12 euros and discounts are available on www.meitenerife.com.

The first show, on tomorrow, Tuesday, the 22nd is Siete hombres buenos, by 2RC Teatro. It is a text from the first play by Juan Mayorga, which was awarded Accésit Marqués de Bradomín in 1989, and is first showing now, thirty years later. It is about a government in exile for many years. Ideals have changed, past treasons return to the present, personal interests taint this government when the tyrant is overthrown and there is a chance to return. 

¡Valientes! by Burka Teatro, is an apparent dramatized guided tour by an exquisite historian who is interrupted by an astonishing character, a homeless woman who is actually a fount of wisdom. They will both take the audience on an exciting, amusing journey across the stories of many women who have fought for gender equality since Antiquity. This play will be performed on Wednesday, the 23rd at MEI with a singular setting where there is no stage. 

On Friday, the 25th Informe Lope will be premiered. Morfema Teatro recreates the setting of a mysterious corporation whose basements store theatre plays from all periods, including the ones by Lope de Vega. Ramírez and González, a woman and a man respectively, are the officials in charge of classifying and preparing it for “publication”. The conflict develops from the main topic it deals with, that is, the way the playwright conceived his female characters. 

On Sunday, the 27th Fábula del topo, el murciélago y la musaraña, by Delirium Teatro, will tell us about the ups and downs experienced by Pedro Perdomo Pérez and his family. He was a chairperson of PSOE (Socialist Party) at the Casa del Pueblo in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria during the first days of the army uprising in 1936 after which he turned first into a target, then into a fugitive and eventually, into a topo of Franco repression. After hiding for 33 years at the house of two of his sisters and protected by an amnesty, he resurrects to the world at the beginning of the Transition. This show is part of Teatro El Sauzal programme.

MEI shows, which is organized by Auditorio de Tenerife, have two different rates: standard at 12 euros and El Sauzal residents at 9 euros. There are other non-combinable discounts available for the unemployed (50%), under 30 (30%), large families (25%) and students (10%). A document proving entitlement to the discount must be produced when entering the theatre (DNI, DARDE, large family card, student card…).

Tickets can now be booked online on www.meitenerife.com, at Teatro El Sauzal box office 90 minutes before every MEI show, at Auditorio de Tenerife box office by making an appointment Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can make an appointment for the box office on https://auditoriodetenerife.com/en/contact-us and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. 

Buying the tickets involves the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by Teatro El Sauzal to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which can be read on www.teatroelsauzal.com

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The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento FAM continues its 2020 Special next Sunday at 8:00 pm with Ígnea, by Colectivo Lamajara. This new piece premiers today, 16th at the Sala Negra de los Teatros del Canal in Madrid and will be in Tenerife for a second performance at the Government of the Canary Islands’s venue Espacio La Granja, that collaborates in the festival with Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero.

The group says that in this volcano-inspired piece “with pleasure, willingly, we let ourselves burn and invoke the unstable nature of things, bringing the image of a volcano as a metaphor for these thoughts.” “In times of explosions, the apparent balance rejects instability, which is, paradoxically, one of its means of expression…”, they say.

Paloma Hurtado, Reinaldo Ribeiro and Daniel Rosado are behind the concept of this new creation, which received a Cabildo de Tenerife grant for professional stage productions. Texts are by Arantza López in collaboration with Colectivo Lamajara. The bodies in Ígnea belong to Igor Calonge, Milagros García, Paloma Hurtado, Daniel Morales and Daniel Rosado; and they are clad with costumes by Héctor León. Stage design is by Luis Crespo and Irene Cantero takes care of lighting. Original music is by Paloma Peñarrubia.

El Colectivo Lamajara is an organization of artists who share a common interest in the language of the body and its possible expressions. It is made up of emerging creators, dancers and collaborators from other art disciplines. The group organizes work cooperatively, encouraging dialogue and agreement towards a common methodology. Their main goal is to support free artistic expression, helping to produce free, eclectic creations.

The public is kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this cultural centre by the Cabildo to deal with COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask. Please see FAM upcoming events on www.famtenerife.com.

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The Sinfónica de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, is opening at 7:30 pm on Friday, the 18th its 2020/2021 season with a concert at Auditorio de Tenerife. The programme, featuring Strauss and Mahler, will be led by its principal conductor, Antonio Méndez, and includes French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig.

With the reduced version of the orchestra set up in the June and July extraordinary series, The Cabildo’s Orchestra presents a programme made up of Metamorphosen, TrV 290 by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony nº4 in G major (arranged by Klaus Simon).

Tickets are available on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by calling 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 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 book your appointment for the box office on //www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer your queries, Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

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 cultural centre by the Cabildo to deal with 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. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public.

Elsa Dreisig was recognised in 2016 as the best female singer at the Operalia competition called Vocal Discovery in the Victoires de Musique Classique Awards. She has been Opera for Peace ambassador since 2019 through the Crown Prince Couple's Awards. She has sung at the Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Zurich Opera, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence or Salzburg Festival and has collaborated with ensembles like Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.

Sinfónica de Tenerife’s principal conductor since the 2018/2019 season, Antonio Méndez, is one of the best-established and most sought-after conductors of his generation and has built close links with leading European orchestras. He has led different international ensembles including Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic or Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.

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The Cabildo de Tenerife, through the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, presents the premiere of the show Todo el cielo, by Unahoramenos Producciones, at the Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana (MEI) [Latin American Stage Showcase]. It is a dramaturgy of Canarian poems with live music that will be seen for the first time tomorrow Tuesday, the 15th at 8:30 pm in Teatro El Sauzal. Tickets, at a general price of 12 euros and with discounts now available, are on sale on www.meitenerife.com.

Many poets believe to be writing the same poem, that all of them in different languages, places and times have ventured into the blank page to add another piece to a wonderful, unfinished puzzle. That is how Todo el cielo came into being, a journey through Canarian poems from different periods and authors, selected by Yeray Rodríguez, that will come to life together, like voices in a choir to bring the song of the many into one single song.

Actors Marta Viera and Ruth Sánchez will bring these verses to life along with the music of Carlos Oramas, who is specialised in Baroque instruments. This play, directed by Mario Vega, has Nauzet Afonso as costume designer; the lighting design is by Ibán Negrín and Valentín Rodríguez is the production manager.

In the presentation of the show, it was said that “on these brief islands, for centuries we’ve pursued answers that poems have not fully given us; this makes the questions grow.  Perhaps in the voice of others, that becomes more our own the more choral it is, we may find rather than the answer, the definite question. We have the whole sky to find out”.

MEI shows, which is an event organised by the Auditorio de Tenerife, offer two different rates: general, at 12 euros and for residents in El Sauzal at 9 euros. Also, other non-combinable individual discounts are available: (50%), aged under 30 (30%), large families (25%) and students (10%). A document to prove this condition must be shown on entering the theatre. (DNI, DARDE, large family card, student card...).

Tickets can now be booked online on www.meitenerife.com, at Teatro El Sauzal box office 90 minutes before every MEI show and at Auditorio de Tenerife box office by getting an appointment to come 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 book your appointment for the box office on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and on 922 568 625, where they will also answer all your queries Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.

Buying a ticket implies users unconditionally accept the contents of the measures implemented by Teatro El Sauzal to prevent the spread of Covid-19. You can read them on www.teatroelsauzal.com.

The company

Unahoramenos Producciones was set up in the southeast of Gran Canaria in 1999. After some years producing very successful shows, in 2014 it focuses on social-based artistic creation. Mario Vega becomes the head of creative direction and at present all their shows have to do with social issues.

Me llamo Suleimán (2015) and Los Malditos (2016), both written by Antonio Lozano, denounce the unfair and unbalanced relationship between Europe and Africa through innovative staging that are very well-received by both critics and audiences.  Both shows were granted the R for recommended show from the Theatre Commission of the RED Nacional; Me llamo Suleimán got six Réplica Awards and Los Malditos have eight nominations for the XX Premios Max.

In 2018 the company started a three-year innovation and research project called Laboratorio Galdós, Ana, también a nosotros nos llevará el olvido, by Gran Canarian Irma Correa, about the social situation of women in 1960s Spain, during the dictatorship. The show got the R for recommended show from the Theatre Commission of the RED Nacional plus 3 nomination for the XXII Premios Max.

In 2019 and 2020 the Laboratorio Galdós continues with their creative innovation and research projects, encouraging citizens’ participation and attracting audiences with two other shows of marked social conscience. One of this shows is El crimen de la calle Fuencarral, which opened on Sunday, the 13th the 2020 Special MEI.

Moria is their new play on social issues, stage research and innovation down a path that brings together passion for the theatre and an obligation to denounce social injustice. Moria is a cry to Europe, a call to European citizens to become aware of the fact that our land is once again in a most atrocious situation: the death of hundreds f people through our indifference. It was meant to be premiered at MEI 2020 but it had to be postponed due to the health crisis as it is immersive theatre.

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Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, is giving on Sunday the 13th at 12:00 noon the concert El esplendor de un órgano sinfónico. Basque solo performer Loreto Aramendi, principal organist of the Cavaillé Coll organ (1863) at the Basílica de Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, will play this peculiar instrument, whose pipes are placed on the walls of the Sala Sinfónica. Auditorio de Tenerife guarantees a safe cultural experience thanks to its Contingency Plan against COVID-19 and its Safe Tourism label, both certified by AENOR.

This is the first engagement this season to enjoy the experience of listening to the Auditorio’s organ, which was built by prestigious organ master Albert Blancafort and his team. It is a 21st century instrument with unique design, sound and stops that emerge from 3,835 pipes, which are placed on the walls of this emblematic auditorium and are played from a console on the stage. 

On Sunday they are playing an attractive repertoire of Romantic and 20th century works preceded by a famous score by Baroque composer Buxtehude. Musicologist and organ expert Rosario Álvarez explained that this concert “mainly has transcriptions of famous orchestral works, a genre often visited by organists, given that the instrument is particularly suitable to compete against the orchestra as it is multitimbral, which favours this kind of performances”.

The expert revealed that “we should also mention the presence of French authors like Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré or Charles Tournemire, who are the result of the organ bloom that took place in France in the late 19th century and early 20th century thanks to Cavaillé-Coll instruments and the deep impression left by César Franck in a range of organists of the great Parisian churches and French cathedrals”. 

For this honorary member of the Real Academia Canarias de Bellas Artes de San Miguel Arcángel “including the small piece by Hungarian György Ligeti in the repertoire provides a counterpoint to the Romantic aesthetics of the compositions by Franz Liszt and Sergej Rachmaninov”.

Tickets  can be booked on our website here and by calling 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 get an appointment to come to the box office from Monday to Friday from 10:00-5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can ask for an appointment for the box office on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer any queries you may have from Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm except holidays.

Buying a ticket for any of the shows managed by Auditorio de Tenerife implies the user  unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Cabildo to tackle Covid-19 with no exceptions or reservations, including wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with.  The measures in full and the contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website.

Loreto Aramendi is an international soloist who has given countless recitals at international festivals in the US, Japan, Argentina and Canada, in addition to most European countries having played in the likes of Ópera City Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid (Bach-Varmut), Notre Dame in Paris, Saint Sulpice, Hallgrímskikja in Reykjavik, Saint Patricks Cathedral in New York, Westminster Abbey or at the Stavanger (Norway), among others.

She has released two double CDs that were recorded with the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Santa María del Coro and at the Cavaillé-Coll at Saint Ouen Abbey in Rouen with transcriptions by Louis Robilliard.

A native of Orio, she attended San Sebastián conservatoire where she obtained her degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music. She then studied organ at the Conservatoire National Regional in Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, where she obtained the Gold Medal and First Prize on finishing her Improvement studies. She moved to Lyon and joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSMD), where she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard and J. von Oortmersen. She was first prize and “Mention trés bien” in addition to obtaining the Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien specialising in organ.

She furthered her training at the Conservatoire National Superieur Regional in Paris where she studied for five years with Nöelle Spieth and won First Prize on finishing Further studies in harpsichord and the Diploma in General Musical Studies. She also worked with J. Rouvier in piano. She practised piano in Barcelona for three years with Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi. She has done improvement courses with teachers like M.Radulescu, J. von Oortmersen, W. Jansen, D. Moroney, R.  Requejo, Roberto Szidon and Sakharov, among others.

She has a degree in Psychology from the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV) and currently teaches at the Conservatorio Profesional Francisco Escudero in San Sebastián.

Her next engagements include tours in the US and Japan as well as concerts in England, France, Norway, Iceland, Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy and Spain. 

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Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, is seeking for voices for its young choir. Registration for auditions is open as from today, [Monday, 31 August] to 18 September before 2.00 pm. You can register on the Auditions and Calls section of website www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

We’re seeking young tenors, baritones and basses aged 18 to 25 to join Auditorio de Tenerife’s Coro Juvenil this season, which is about to begin. In addition to these requirements, musical knowledge is an advantage and the candidate would need to have a flexible timetable and be available for rehearsals to suit the group’s plan at the Auditorio de Tenerife. 

Once you fill in the application form online, you will receive a work that you must learn for the audition, which will take place from 21 September at the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Auditorio de Tenerife’s Coro Juvenil [Young Choir] carries out all their activity in agreement with the new safety and hygiene regulations. The island’s institution was the first auditorium in Spain to have its Contingency Plan to deal with Covid-19 certified by AENOR.

The Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife was set up in 2016 under the Education and Social Department of Auditorio de Tenerife with Roxana Schmunk as director. It includes the voices of some thirty young people aged 16 to 30 and has become a leading group in the Canaries choral culture, having also captivated audiences in different countries. 

It has been internationally recognised with five gold medals and two Jury’s special prize won at the European Choir Games, (Sweden, 2019) and at the Festival de Coros de Verão de Lisboa (Portugal, 2017 and 2018). They also took first prize at the Concurso de Canto Coral de Canarias (Spain, 2017). The Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife has an increasingly successful record as they rise to new challenges. 

At present the group is part of the Tenerife Artes Escénicas circuit [Tenerife Performing Arts circuit] and performs in activities designed to contribute to liven up and widen choral culture both on the island and in the rest of the Canaries. With an innovative staging, the Coro Juvenil sings a wide range of themes and music styles including sacred music, classical compositions, and contemporary music. 

In their weekly rehearsals the pedagogical resources bring together emotion and art along with music learning, voice techniques and body language, with special emphasis on a real union among the singers aimed at achieving harmony to convey a unique sound chromaticism.   

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