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Next week, the cellist Kathleen Balfe will perform ten pieces of women composers that are inspired in texts by women poets.

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Thursday 4th of March at 7:30 pm, music and poetry will combine at the Chamber Hall during the show Tapiz de incertidumbres (Tapestry of Uncertainties). The cellist Kathleen Balfe will offer a programme comprised of ten pieces by contemporary women composers.

Tapestry of uncertainties is a mixed proposal of music and poetry that will take place in an intimate and reflective framework. The cellist will play live music with a pre-recorded electro-acoustic accompaniment and the voice-over narration of poetic texts.

The programme consists of works by ten women composers who were chosen to participate at the workshop "Taller de Compositoras", that was linked to the 18th Festival of Spanish Music Manuel de Falla (2020). Each piece is based on a different poetic text. Thus, the common element is uncertainty expressed and contained in each poem.

The programme consists of: Los tiempos del porvenir (Times to Come) by María José Arenas Martín (1983); Stunt Fall V, by María del Pilar Miralles Castillo (1997); Policronías de las Sibilas (Polychronies of the Sibyls) by Beatriz Arzamendi (1961);  La senda (The Path) by Consuelo Díez (1958); Funambudumbre: Cuando Todo Se Apaga (When Everything Shuts Down) by Dolores Serrano Cueto (1967); Viajar es lo que importa  (Travel is what it's all about) by Anna Bofill Levi (1944); Vivir en Aporesis ... o Turbulencias... (Living with undecidedness...or under turbulence...) by Ana Teruel Medina (1981); Veritas Vincit, by Reyes Oteo (1982), Questo tremito, questo vacillamento, by María del Carmen Asenjo-Marrodán (1978), and Un mundo sin bocas y con olor a desinfectante (A world without mouths that smells to disinfectant), by Diana Pérez Custodio (1970). 

The show is part of the Spanish tour of Ensemble NeoArs Sonora of which Bathlee is a soloist. It is also a co-production of the Andalusian Agency of Cultural Institutions, the Andalusian Regional Department of Culture and Historical Heritage and the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Sports.

Kathleen Balfe has lived and worked in Spain since 2003, when she began her career with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. In 2007 she won the position of cello soloist at Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, where she is currently a member. She is also a founder member of the contemporary group Ensemble NeoArs Sonora since 2008, year in which the project was conceived.  Thus, Kathleen Balfe has had the chance to play at many festivals and with the most renowned Spanish institutions. 

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com 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. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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The concert starts at 7:00 pm at Escuela Municipal de Música (Municipal Music School) and tickets are sold out

 

The singers that comprise the eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio will offer tomorrow [Thursday 25] a lyrical recital at Escuela Municipal de Música (Municipal Music School)that starts at 7:00 pm. Tickets are sold out. This will be the second performance of the twelve artists, after the premiere they had yesterday [Tuesday 23] at the venue Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna (ULL). The concert was attended, among others, by Enrique Arriaga, Councillor for Culture of Tenerife Island Council; Juan Albino Méndez, Vice-Rector for Culture, and Alejandro Krawietz, Island Director of Culture.

All twelve singers are currently members of this training programme's edition aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The training programme is organised by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council through Opera Tenerife. The singers will offer again in Adeje a journey through popular fragments by different composers. The pieces were presented by Giulio Zappa, the academy director. 

Arriaga was satisfied with the show. "Considering the audience's response, I think it has been shown that the recital has been well received during this first chance to listen to the international singers, who are being trained on our island" declares the councillor of Culture, who is convinced that the singers will repeat their success in Adeje. He is also confident that there will be a good response to the four performances of Il matrimonio segreto the opera that these artists will offer from the 18th to the 21st of March.

For his part, Alejandro Krawietz highlighted the collaboration with the University of La Laguna: “We always find help every time we come to these facilities. This recital has become a classic in its season. Moreover, there has been an excellent response from the public who, in these difficult times, continue to demand cultural offerings."

The Vice-Rector for Culture thanked Auditorio de Tenerife for "once again having chosen the venue Paraninfo to host the presentation of these young opera singers on the island" and was very happy with the quality of the show. 

The Adeje lyrical recital will consist of thirteen pieces, three of them by Rossini, corresponding to his operas Il barbiere de Siviglia, La cambiale di matrimonio and La Cenerentola; two by Puccini (Edgar and La Rondine); one by Donizetti (Don Pasquale), one by Monteverdi (L’incoronazione di Poppea), one by Bizet (Les pêcheurs de perles), one by Rachmaninov (Aleko) and four by Cimarosa, from the opera Il matrimonio segreto that will be performed from the 18th to the 21st of March at the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (España) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). They will be accompanied on the piano by Claudio Marchetti.

The project Opera (e)Studio started in 2013 in parallel with the opera season offered by Opera Tenerife. 1,099 singers have participated during the auditions that have been held over the last eight years, of which 87 singers from 23 countries have been chosen for the training.  Opera (e)Studio is an education academy aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. It also aims to support and promote young singers in order to provide them adequate job prospects. In fact, many of the singers who have taken part in this project currently enjoy consolidated professional careers.

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The tickets for this Friday's concert are already sold out. This concert will also be a unique opportunity to listen to the Ukrainian pianist Dmytro Choni

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor Enrique Arriaga. On Friday this week [26] at 7:30 pm it will offer a new concert at Auditorio de Tenerife. The conductor Lucía Marín (Linares, 1982) will be at the helm of the island’s ensemble for the first time. Once again during this season, Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife has sold out the tickets for this new concert.

Marín has designed a programme where the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will perform the Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21 by Frédéric Chopin with the Ukrainian pianist Dmytro Choni as invited soloist; Rimas infantiles, by María Rodrigo and Dances of Galánta by Zoltán Kodály.

In 1830, Frédéric Chopin prémieres his first public recital with Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor, Op. 21, which earned him national hero status. This score follows the trale of Johann Nepomuk Hummel's concertos, influenced in turn by those of Mozart, giving absolute prominence to the piano - played by Dmytro Choni - with a highly ornamented composition. This concert consists of multiple romantic expressions and different rhythms, ranges that go from intimate landscapes to nationalistic traces, including a mazurka that shapes a light-hearted and luminous finale. 

The Madrid-born María Rodrigo, considered as the first professional Spanish female composer, made numerous incursions into symphonic music, opera, zarzuela and ballet; she also composed short pieces for piano. Rimas infantiles(1929) comprise five fragments that paraphrase well-known popular chorus songs with an elaborate and exuberant orchestration. Her work is backed by a clear educational vocation. This piece is cheerful and simple, full of instrumental colours that reveal the author's ability to handle the orchestra.

Zoltán Kodály composed Dances of Galánta in 1933, evoking his childhood in this northern Hungarian town and paying tribute to the Budapest Philharmonic Society on the occasion of its 80th anniversary. Kodály builds this composition as a skeleton on which this ancient Hungarian dances evoke different pieces of Central European folklore: from the melancholic lassú section in the first bars, to the last, frenetically paced ones and a concluding friss, moving towards jubilant movements. 

Lucía Marín is making her debut at the helm of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. She is one of the few Spanish female conductors on the current scene. The Linares-born master has already taken up her post at the helm of the the Spanish National Orchestra, the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Symphony Orchestra of Asturias, Málaga Philharmonic Orchestra, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Euskadi Symphony Orchestra, Bilbao Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra of Oviedo, Youth Orchestra of Madrid and Youth Orchestra of the Canary Islands.

From 2013 to 2015, Marín was the principal conductor of the University of Kentucky Philharmonia; from 2012 to 2015she has also conducted the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra Opera Theatre. Her extensive academic training includes a doctorate in conducting from the University of Kentucky, a master's degree in conducting from the University of Illinois, an advanced degree in conducting from Centro Superior de Música of the Basque Country and an advanced degree in piano from the Conservatory of Music of Seville.

Lucía Marín has been distinguished with the 2006 awards of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría of Seville, XI International Orchestra Conducting Competition "Mestre Ferríz" 2008, "Andalusians of the Future" Award 2009, "Jaén Joven" Arts Award of the Andalusian Youth Institute 2014, "Cultura Viva" Award under the category revelation artist in 2017, Ideal Culture Prize 2019; she was recently awarded with the "La Bandera de Andalucía" prize 2020.

Dmytro Choni (Kiev, Ukraine 1993) received his first piano lesson at the age of four and began his studies in his hometown with Nina Naiditch and Yuri Kot. He is currently studying at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz. The young pianist also received a scholarship from the International Academy of Music of Liechtenstein and regularly participates in the intensive music weeks and other activities held there.

Choni has won several awards such as the Spanish First Prize and Gold Medal at the Paloma O'Shea Santander International Piano Competition 2018, as well as various medals at the Swiss Verbier Festival 2019 or the Italian Ferruccio Busoni International Piano Competition 2017, the Ukranian International Competition for Young Pianists in Memory of Vladimir Horowitz 2017, the Chinese Suzhou Jinji Lake International Piano Competition 2017 and the San Marino Piano Competition 2016. 

The Ukrainian pianist has given a considerable number of solo recitals and chamber music concerts. Among others, he has performed with the American Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Spanish Symphony Orchestra of RTVE, Ensemble Esperanza (Liechtenstein), Republic of San Marino Symphony Orchestra, the Korean Seongnam Philharmonic Orchestra, the Spanish Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of Galicia, National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine, the Spanish Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León, the Chinese Suzhou Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra of Dominican Republic, Sinfonieorchester Liechtenstein or the Hungarian Varaždin Chamber Orchestra. 

To enjoy the concert organised by Tenerife Island Council, the audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept of the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat the pandemic, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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The members of Opera (e)Studio’s eighth edition will sing on Tuesday at Paraninfo (La Laguna) and on Thursday in Adeje.

 

Next week, the singers of Opera (e)Studio’s eighth edition will offer two recitals organised by Opera Tenerife with the collaboration of Universidad de La Laguna and the City Council of Adeje. The first recital will take place on Tuesday [23rd] after 7:00 pm at Paraninfo de La Laguna, and the second will be held on Thursday [25th] at the same time at Escuela Municipal de Música, Adeje

All twelve singers are currently members of this training programme's edition aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. The training programme is organised by the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council through Opera Tenerife. The singers will offer both recitals and will perform well-known pieces of works by composers like Mozart, Rossini, Donizetti and Cimarosa that will be presented by Giulio Zappa, the academy director. Cimarosa is the author of 'Il matrimonio segreto', opera to be performed from March 18 to 21 at the Symphonic Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The councillor of Culture, Enrique Arriaga, reminds that "these recitals by the singers are part of the training cycle they are taking since they arrived last January to Tenerife. They will be their first opportunity to introduce themselves to our public before the staging of the opera in the second half of March."

The young artists are Giulia Mazzola (Italy), Veronika Seghers (Germany), Eleonora Nota (Italy), Marilena Ruta (Italy), Mara Gaudenzi (Italy), Claire Gascoin (France), Bekir Serbest (Turkey), Antonio Mandrillo (Italy), Ignas Melnikas (Lithuania), Francesco Leone (Italy), Jan Antem (España) and Ramiro Maturana (Chile). They will be accompanied on the piano by Hana Lee at Paraninfo and by Claudio Marchetti in Adeje.

The programme will comprise pieces like “Cheti cheti immantinente” (Don Pasquale / Donizetti), “Au fond du temple saint” (The Pearl Fishers / Bizet), “Pur ti miro” (L’incoronazione di Poppea / Monteverdi), “Caro nome” (Rigoletto / Verdi), “Ach, ich fühl’s” (The Magic Flute / Mozart), “Chi il bel sogno di Doretta” (La Rondine / Puccini) and a few samples of Il matrimonio segreto. Both music appointments will be free of charge. Invitations can be withdrawn at www.auditoriodetenerife.com and at Tomaticket.

The project Opera (e)Studio started in 2013 in parallel with the opera season offered by Opera Tenerife. 1,099 singers have participated during the auditions that have been held over the last eight years, of which 87 singers from 23 countries have been chosen for the training.  Opera (e)Studio is an education academy aimed at artists for their comprehensive music enhancement. It also aims to support and promote young singers in order to provide them adequate job prospects. In fact, many of the singers who have taken part in this project currently enjoy consolidated professional careers.

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The programme 'Nach Bach: Communicating vessels' will be performed next Tuesday.

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor Enrique Arriaga. Next Tuesday [23th] at 7:30 p.m the Auditorium welcomes a concert by pianist José Luis Castillo. The programme, entitled 'Nach Bach:Communicating vessels' offers an approach to Bach. The physical journey comprises his work ‘Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother’, the opening piece of the concert. The style of the German composer, who transcribed and was transcribed by different authors, concludes with a spiritual journey that crystallises in the reflection of inner pain.

After this opening piece, the programme will continue with variations on the piece Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing), composed by Frank Liszt on the death of his daughter; the programme will continue with the Organ Concert in D minor BWV 596 composed by Vivaldi. This piece has undergone various modifications involving Bach himself and the Australian pianist William Murdoch. Castillo will then play three short pieces without interruption:  'Erbarm dich mein, o Herr Gott' (O God, be merciful to me), BWV 721; Requiem Op. 48: Agnus Dei, by Fauré, and Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (Out of love my saviour is willing to die) from St Matthew Passion. 

José Luis Castillo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1976) premiered last December at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, together with Alicia Ramos, the play Ad Libitum, with text and direction by Noemi Pérez. This work deals with Clara Schumann's struggle to be an artist and creator. After concluding his training in Gran Canaria, Madrid and New York, the pianist has offered recitals as a soloist in the Canary Islands, France, Germany, Ireland, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. He has also played with several orchestras like Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan Philharmonia (New York) and the Youth Orchestra of Gran Canaria.

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com 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. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

The programme 'Nach Bach: Communicating vessels' will be performed next Tuesday.

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor Enrique Arriaga. Next Tuesday [23th] at 7:30 p.m the Auditorium welcomes a concert by pianist José Luis Castillo. The programme, entitled 'Nach Bach:Communicating vessels' offers an approach to Bach. The physical journey comprises his work ‘Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother’, the opening piece of the concert. The style of the German composer, who transcribed and was transcribed by different authors, concludes with a spiritual journey that crystallises in the reflection of inner pain.

After this opening piece, the programme will continue with variations on the piece Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (Weeping, lamenting, worrying, fearing), composed by Frank Liszt on the death of his daughter; the programme will continue with the Organ Concert in D minor BWV 596 composed by Vivaldi. This piece has undergone various modifications involving Bach himself and the Australian pianist William Murdoch. Castillo will then play three short pieces without interruption:  'Erbarm dich mein, o Herr Gott' (O God, be merciful to me), BWV 721; Requiem Op. 48: Agnus Dei, by Fauré, and Aus Liebe will mein Heiland sterben (Out of love my saviour is willing to die) from St Matthew Passion. 

José Luis Castillo (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, 1976) premiered last December at Teatro Pérez Galdós in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, together with Alicia Ramos, the play Ad Libitum, with text and direction by Noemi Pérez. This work deals with Clara Schumann's struggle to be an artist and creator. After concluding his training in Gran Canaria, Madrid and New York, the pianist has offered recitals as a soloist in the Canary Islands, France, Germany, Ireland, Argentina, Guatemala, Mexico and the United States. He has also played with several orchestras like Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, Manhattan Philharmonia (New York) and the Youth Orchestra of Gran Canaria.

Tickets can be purchased until two hours before the concert on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com 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. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat Coronavirus, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.

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The training will take place between the 11th and the 14th of March.

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council, that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. The auditorium offers a dramaturgy workshop held by José Padilla a Canary Islands's author and winner of a Max Award for Performing Arts. The title of the training course is 'What have you done with the scissors?' and it will be held between the 11th and the 14th of March. The registration is now open. 

This 20 hours workshop is recommended for professional and amateur playwrights; it will be held from 10 am to 4 pm (with one-hour lunch break each day). The registration will close on the 26th of February and it can be done by filling a registration form at the website of Auditorio de Tenerife here. Having written, published, self-published or staged a play, having attended workshops and courses in playwriting will be considered an asset. The workshop price is €30 for professionals and €15 for students.

During the workshop many topics will be approached, starting with the first stumbling block that writers have to face: the topic. José Padilla explains that "it is almost unavoidable having to face a heavy burden which is rather linked to the image that we want to show the world of ourselves as creators, than what we really want to tell. Thus, it is much more practical to search through imagination than to impose a topic. During this workshop the author's imagination, which ultimately generates situations and dramatic texts, will be explored. This will be the starting point to find a genuine story to tell. 

José Padilla (Santa Cruz de Tenerife, 1976) has a degree in Textual Interpretation by the Spanish Royal School of Dramatic Arts. He continued his training with professionals like Declan Donnellan, Simon Stephens, Wadji Mouawad, José Ramón Fernández, Alfredo Sanzol and Vicente Fuentes. Among other recognitions, he won the prize Max Award for Performing Arts for his work Dados, the 'Almagro Off' award for Perra Vida, the prize 'Ojo Crítico de Teatro' awarded by Radio Nacional de España or the prize 'Premio Réplica a Mejor Autoría Canaria' for his work Porno Casero. Among other shows, he conducts Haz clic aquí for Centro Dramático Nacional, La isla púpura and Las crónicas of Peter Sanchidrián, both for Kamikaze Producciones; he currently writes and directs a trilogy for the company Ventrículo Veloz: Papel, Por la boca and Dados. As a classic’s versioner, he has focused his career on Shakespeare and Cervantes. His works have been played in prestigious theatres like The Moscow Art Theatre, the Globe Theatre of London or La Comedie Française of Paris. He has taught workshops for Centro Dramático Nacional, Instituto Cervantes, Sala Beckett (Barcelona) or Compañía Nacional de Teatro Clásico.

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