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This Saturday's concert at 7.30 p.m. features eleven new pieces with a wide range of instruments



The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. This Saturday, 24 April at 19:30, the Auditorium will host a concert with creations by composition students of the Canary Islands’ Conservatory of Music. The programme is comprised of eleven new pieces that will be performed by students of the training centre. Admission is free. 

Arriaga stressed how important the relations with the island's educational institutions are. He also explained that "through these concerts, we give students the chance to live a real professional experience at the Auditorium and help them to start a career in the music world". Arriaga encourages the public to "get to know these young artists who can become great composers".

The concert opens with the creation “Estado de Amarla” (State to love her) (by Adrián Denis Oliva Rodríguez. The piece will be performed by Gabriel Díaz Santos on marimba, Elena García Seoane on tenor saxophone and Adrián Denis Oliva Rodríguez on electric bass. The next premier will be Alegatos (Pleadings), composed and conducted by Basilio Gómez Navarro and performed by Carmen González González González on oboe, Antonio Ramos Díaz on bassoon, Aday Olivero González on vibraphone and Mario Alessandro on cello.

It will be followed by Alma Impura (Impure Soul), by Aarón Rodríguez Pérez, piece that will be feature by the baritone Borja Miguel Molina Rodríguez and a string quartet by Alberto López Torrente (violin), Lidia Mirella Ramos Mesa (violin), Marina Montero Torres (viola) and Mario Astone (cello). The concert will continue with Dans la rue, acomposition by Jacob González Marrero that will be performed by the following woodwind quintet: Francisco Javier Lozano Cuéllar on bassoon, Caleb López González on clarinet, Ana María Muñoz Koniarska on horn, Víctor de la Fuente Brito on oboe and Antonella Vega Gutiérrez on flute.

The next composition will be Travesía a San Borondón (Voyage to St. Borondon) by Jonay Rodríguez González, performed by a brass quintet conducted by himself. The ensemble musicians will be Francisco José Rodríguez Afonso (trumpet I), Adexe Guillermo Alayón Mora (trumpet II), Susana Rodríguez Fariña (horn), Moisés del Rosario García (trombone) and Jesús Ignacio Lorenzo Santiago (tuba).

Felipe Ángel Hernández Ruiz will then present 4 x 3, a piece that will be performed by Carmen Delia Perdomo Amaral (flute), Antonella Vega Gutiérrez (flute) and Caleb López González (clarinet). It will be followed by Brighid, by Marta Hernández Yanes, brought to the stage by a Celtic trio consisting of herself on violin, Eva González Hernández on flute and piccolo, and a pre-recorded track.

The second score by Jacob González Marrero, Tim's dream, a piano solo, will then follow with Laura Paniagua Pérez on the piano. Tadeo Martin Ramos composed the piece Beren y Lúthien that will be performed by the singer María del Pilar Martín Ramos.

Adrián Denis Oliva Rodríguez premieres Juana, performed by himself on guitar with Jonay Rodríguez González as a reciter. Lobo Hernández closes the concert with Consequence, a digital creation that features the Venezuelan cuatro, silbo canario (whistling language), soprano, tenor, piano, cello, double bass and percussion, with Elide Fabbretti as the dancer on stage.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". You will then be asked for your personal data in order to comply with the guidelines of the health authorities. Once the show has begun, it will not be possible to leave the hall until the end of the show. By accessing the hall, 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 live 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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Enrique Arriaga explains that this production "will take us to a chessboard with castles and dragons"



Auditorio de Tenerife presents the opera Rinaldo adapted as a fantasy show for the family audience. The show details were announced by the island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga; the stage director, Stefania Panighini and the musical director, Giovanni Paganelli. In addition to the performances on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th of April, which are already sold out, an extraordinary session has been organised that will be attended by 210 schoolchildren from schools in Santa Cruz, La Laguna and Arafo. 

As Arriaga assured, "opera as a genre leaves no one indifferent, and we add spectators with each performance". "This production by the Auditorio de Tenerife will take us to a life-size chess board with castles and dragons," said the minister, who considers that the cultural proposal of the Island Council is "a synonym of safety". Finally, Mr Arriaga wished "that all those who come to see the performances really enjoy this family event".

Stefania Panighini declared that "considering the health situation we are experiencing, it is very important to be working in this production because Spain is one of the few European countries that has continued to work internationally". The stage director also said that, "in the case of Italy, the theatres were closed in November and have not reopened yet. That is a long time without work and culture". "Children were the great ignored in this pandemic, as we took a year off their leisure lives. This production is focused on children and on their emotions," explained Panighini, who returned to work in Tenerife after Hänsel und Gretel (2019) and Rinaldo (2016).

Giovanni Paganelli agreed with Enrique Arriaga's statement, adding that "opera does not leave you indifferent because it speaks of our life, of everyone's life". The maestro analysed that "this baroque opera covers many emotions: humour, astonishment, nostalgia, the will to transgress and the most beautiful cry for freedom that can exist in the opera world: when Almirena was taken prisoner and sings Lascia ch'io pianga, she shows that they might be able to control her body but never her desire for freedom". "I've seen one-year-old children thrilled by this moment, moved by the energy of music composed more than 300 years ago," Paganelli said.

Produced by Opera de Tenerife, Rinaldo was premièred in 2016 and scheduled to be performed again in April 2020. However, it was postponed due to the COVID-19 health crisis. Leo Martínez designed the costumes in steampunk aesthetics, and Hugo Carugatti is in charge of the lighting. 

The voices that will embody these fantasy characters will be: mezzo-soprano Aurora Faggioli (Rinaldo, the knight), sopranos Beatriz de Sousa (Almirena, Goffredo's daughter) and Gloria Giurgola (Armida, sorceress), mezzo-soprano Silvia Zorita (Goffredo, Christian captain), baritone Pablo Gálvez (Argante, king of Jerusalem) and tenor Jorge Franco (Eustazio, Goffredo's brother).

The framework of this story is a fantasy chessboard. The evil sorceress Armida abducts Almirena, daughter of King Goffredo, to distract her betrothed Rinaldo, a famous knight. Fiery battles, spells and beautiful melodies such as the famous Lascia ch'io pianga make this show to be an experience for all audiences.

This three-act Baroque opera is one of Handel's best known. The Italian libretto by Giacomo Rossi is inspired by the poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Torquato Tasso). It was premiered on 24 February 1711 at the Queen's Theatre in Haymarket, London.

Opera de Tenerife's family programme offers lyrical titles adapted to the youngest ones to be enjoyed by a family audience. The initiative thus reinforces Opera de Tenerife's commitment to creating new audiences and raising awareness of the performing arts.

Each year one performance is chosen and adapted to a format lasting approximately 70 minutes. Reducing the time neither means limiting the expression nor the author's original message, which is reinforced by the information material delivered to the audience when entering the hall.

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From April to July, the Auditorio de Tenerife relaunches this artistic and social project to develop the initiatives ‘Natura’, ‘Formación a formadores’and ‘Misiva’


The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island’s Minister of Culture Enrique Arriaga. Its programme Danza en Comunidad (Dance in Community) resumes its face-to-face activity with the initiatives NaturaFormación a formadores (Training of Trainers) and Misiva (Missive), which will take place in several municipalities of the island from April to July in compliance with the established COVID-19 prevention and hygiene measures.

The first initiative, Natura, offers a context to dance in contact with nature. This action has already started and runs until 7 May in El Chorrillo, El Rosario. The first part takes place on the path of the pirate Amaro Pargo and the second part in the Casa de la Juventud (Youth House). On the last day, an exhibition takes place at 5:00 pm in Casa de la Cultura of El Rosario to show the results of this experiment with the body and senses. 

From 10 May to 4 June, the Centro Cultural of El Portezuelo, Tegueste, will host the second initiative called Formación a formadores (Training of Trainers), a health and creative workshop that seeks to foster wellbeing and creativity. It has been designed for people who work with groups and communities related to Dance in Community and also for professionals who work in social education, psychology, care, facilitation, accompaniment, educational community members and working groups. Special emphasis will be placed on the subject Performing Arts taught in the 4th year of Compulsory Secondary Education.

Finally, the third initiative called Misiva (Missive) will run from 1 June to 30 July. This cross-generational proposal starts with letters written by participants themselves for people of older and younger ages as creative inspirations. This programme involves people who are in prison Tenerife II, in the Educational Internment Centre for Young Offenders (CIEMI) in Valle Tabares, and the Padre Laraña Association. This project aims to pay tribute to the wisdom and life experiences of older people. 

Danza en Comunidad is a project fostered by the Educational and Social Area of the Auditorio de Tenerife. It aims to create different means and schedules to make dance available to any person, collective, group or association that needs to work with the tools of a dance professional. The main objective is to create a community that provides mediation and resources for dance and movement. Considering these artistic commitments, the team is comprised of performing arts professionals and social workers. All the information on this project is available on the web site under the section Social Projects of the Educational and Social Area.

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The concert takes place on Tuesday, 20 April at 7:30 pm at the Chamber Hall. The tickets already sold out.



The Auditorio de Tenerife, a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island’s Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga, offers a concert that pays tribute to the Spanish composer Enrique Granados (1867-1916). Next Tuesday, 20 April at 7:30 pm, the pianist Javier Negrín will perform the programme "Escenas románticas" (Romantic Scenes) at the Auditorium’s Chamber Hall. The tickets are already sold out.

The Tenerife-born musician pays tribute to the Spanish composer with this monographic recital. Considered as one of his most outstanding performers today, Negrín has played the complete Goyescas suite over 30 times all over the world. He is currently recording all Granados’ piano pieces for the American record label Odradek Records.

Granados' style combines Schumann's and Chopin's great romantic tradition with the so-called musical nationalism, a very important influence towards the end of the 19th century. Spanish classical and romantic periods held an irresistible attraction for Granados, who was especially influenced by Madrid cultural movements.

He admired Goya, the atmosphere of Madrid during the 18th century and the world of the tonadilla-popular song. The latter inspired his most brilliant compositions, including the Goyescas suite (1911- 1913), a true masterpiece of Spanish and universal pianism. During this recital, Negrín will also play the famous piece Quejas o la maja y el ruiseñor (The Maiden and the Nightingale), full of pain and melancholy, and El pelele (The straw man), a brilliant Goyaesque scene.

In 1904 and only a few years before composing the suite Goyescas, the author composed a far-reaching Spanish piano piece called Allegro de Concierto, which was a winning work during the Composition Competition organised by Tomás Bretón. His intention was to include it as part of the final year piano exams at the Madrid Conservatory. It is brilliant, difficult, moving and colourful. The romantic influence and its spirit of gallantry already show an incipient Goyaesque character.

The Valses Poéticos (Poetic Waltzes) is a youthful work that he composed during his stay in Paris (1886-1887). This delightful collection of seven short waltzes comprise a single piece that is influenced by the great Spanish Romanticism; it evokes elegance, great refinement and evidences his sublime musical composition skills. This composition shows an evident influence of Robert Schumann.

One of the most beautiful and passionate pieces written in 1904 by Granados, “Escenas románticas” (Romantic Scenes), gives name to this repertoire and will be its highlight. It is one of his most significant pieces, and it was frequently performed by the Catalan composer during his recitals; it allowed him to display his great expressiveness and extraordinary feeling.

It is not a coincidence that he dedicated this work to his pupil, María Oliveró. Granados composed the work inspired by the short affair he had with this young woman. Many scenes evoke tenderness, excitement and passion with no need to explain or confirm which inspiration gave rise to them. It is said that his wife, Amparo, knew what these Romantic Scenesmeant and forbade him to play them again. The piece truly reflects his extreme poetry and melodic inspiration that has remained for posterity.

The pianist Javier Negrín made his debut at London's Wigmore Hall in 2004. He has developed a solid career as a soloist and chamber musician thereafter and played in important European, American and Asian venues. Negrín was a prizewinner at the Royal College of Music in London, where he also obtained a Junior Fellowship. He has been honoured with many awards, including best performances of Schumann, Chopin, Brahms, Ravel and virtuoso studies. He has been mainly influenced by Yonty Solomon (a pupil of Myra Hess) and Armando Alfonso, son of the pianist Javier Alfonso, and more recently by Howard Shelley and Joaquín Achúcarro.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves".  The measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and the attendance to the event only with people you live with, are certified by AENOR and can be checked at the Auditorium’s website.

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The cellist Pablo Ferrández, this season's resident artist, is the soloist in a programme to be conducted by Perry So.



The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island’s Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. This Friday 16 April from 19:30 on, the Auditorium will host a concert by the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife (OST) in which the orchestra will perform a Russian music repertoire with compositions by Stravinsky, Tchaikovsky and Borodin. On this occasion, the ensemble will be conducted by Perry So. The cellist Pablo Ferrández, resident soloist during this season, will feature for the second time.

The programme begins with Eight Instrumental miniatures, by Igor Stravinsky, a piece included for the first time in the repertoire of the OST. The concert will continue with The Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, op. 33 by Piotr Ilich Tchaikovsky, in which Pablo Ferrández will take part. To finish, the orchestra will perform Symphony No. 2 in B minor (Heroic Symphony) by Alexander Borodin. 

Igor Stravinsky composed Eight Instrumental Miniatures in 1962, an arrangement of his work Les cinq doigts (The Five Fingers) for 15 instruments, a piece that he had created forty years before. The score begins with a childlike melody marked by an orchestra's rich sound that will be repeated throughout the score.

The Variations on a Rococo Theme, for cello and orchestra, op. 33 is a work in which Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky pays homage to the grace and lightness of eighteenth-century music. The rococo composition led by the cello, demands great technical virtuosity from the soloist, a role that will be featured this Friday by the Madrid-born cellist Pablo Ferrández.

Over a period of seven years and intermittently, Alexander Borodin composed his Symphony No. 2 in B minor (Heroic Symphony). This composition reveals his Slavic musical influence in which he shows his talent to treat instrumental voices and contrasts with a great sense of timbre or colour and dynamism.

Conductor Perry So returns to lead the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife after his last appearance in October 2017. The Hong Kong conductor has been assistant to Edo de Waart, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Gustavo Dudamel, Lorin Maazel or John Adams and has worked at the head of different orchestras in Cleveland, Minnesota, Houston, Detroit, New Jersey, Nuremberg, Israel or Shanghai.

In April 2008, Perry So received both the First and Special Prize at the Fifth International Prokofiev Conducting Competition in Saint Petersburg. The Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra was awarded the Diapason d'Or in January 2012 for So’s recording of the Barber and Korngold violin concertos with Alexander Gilman. He has been a frequent guest both at Walt Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl following his stint as an inaugural Dudamel Conducting Fellow of Los Angeles Philharmonic. He also led the Hong Kong Philharmonic in the celebration of the 15th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.

Cellist Pablo Ferrández, artist-in-residence of the OST during the 2020/2021 season, will be making his second appearance with the Tenerife's ensemble this year. The Madrid-born musician was recognised at the Fifteenth International Tchaikovsky Competition. He was awarded the coveted ICMA “Young Artist of the Year”, and in 2018 he won the Princess of Girona Award for his "exceptional talent and international projection".

Recent highlights include the débuts at the Hollywood Bowl with Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Bayersichen Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and the collaboration of Anne-Sophie Mutter performing Brahms Double Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto in Madrid and Oxford; besides his début with Bamberg Symphony, it is also worthwhile to mention his musical collaboration with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili and the London Philharmonic playing the Triple Concerto by Beethoven.

Ferrández has also played with Filarmonica della Scala under R. Chailly, Mahler Chamber Orchestra under D. Gatti, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Düsseldorf Symphony at the Elbphilharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale RAI, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Spanish National Orchestra, RTVE Orchestra or Orquesta Sinfónica de les Illes Balears.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves” to enjoy this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and the attendance to the event only with people you live 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 American violinist Stefan Jackiw makes his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife this Friday at a sold-out concert.


The 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 Friday the 9th of April at 7:30 pm, the Auditorium will host the 10th concert of the season 2020-2021, which is sold out. Nuno Coelho will conduct the orchestra with violinist Stefan Jackiw as a guest soloist during his debut with the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. The violinist will play with them the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61 by Ludwig Van Beethoven. The programme also includes Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68 by Johannes Brahms.

In 1806, Ludwig Van Beethoven premièred the Concerto for Violin and Orchestra in D major, op. 61, work that had not been performed again until almost 50 years later. After its disappointing première, Joseph Joachim revived the concerto with Felix Mendelssohn at the baton. The entire score is characterised by profuse and intricate musical fragments that demand the violinist to play very skillfully. 

On the other hand, it took Johannes Brahms 20 years to première his Symphony No. 1 in C minor, op. 68, among other reasons, because Beethoven's Ninth impressively impacted composers of the time. In 1876 he presented this work that starts vigorously with the kettledrums marking the initial tempo. During the concert, woodwind and string instruments interact constantly, and together with the horns, they configure a theme and a hopeful message.

Nuno Coelho made his debut at the helm of the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife in March 2019. He now returns to conduct the OST at the Auditorio de Tenerife. The Portuguese maestro studied violin in Klagenfurt and Brussels; he also studied at the Zurich University of Arts with Johannes Schlaefli. Coelho won the First Prize of the Portuguese Radio Competition and was a finalist in the Nestlé Festival Young Conductors Competition and in the Salzburg Young Conductors Competition. 

In 2014 he received a grant from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation; in 2015 he joined the Dirigentenforum programme organised by the Deutscher Musikrat (German Music Council) which subsequently named him one of their “Conductors of Tomorrow”. In 2017, he won the First Prize at the Cadaqués International Conducting Competition.

Apart from the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, during the last seasons, he has conducted Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, BBC Philharmonic, Ulster Orchestra, Orchestra del Teatro Regio Torino, Hamburger Symphoniker, Beethoven Orchester Bonn and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, among others. He has also conducted on numerous occasions the programme of Los Angeles Philharmonic as a "Dudamel Fellow", including a world premiere as part of their “Green Umbrella” new music series.

The American violinist Stefan Jackiw started his musical training when he was 4 years old. In 2002 he won the prestigious Avery Fisher Career Grant. His technique has been acclaimed by international critics for his excellent purity of sound and flawless playing. 

In the US, Jackiw has performed solo concerts with the Boston, Chicago, Cleveland and New York Philharmonic orchestras; he has earned the recognition and trust of numerous conductors such as Andris Nelsons, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Sir Andrew Davis, Juraj Valčuha, Yuri Temirkanov and Ludovic Morlot, among others.

In Europe, Jackiw has collaborated with Deutsches Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Dutch Radio Philharmonic Orchestra, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Helsinki Philharmonic, Philharmonia, BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, or the London Philharmonic Orchestra.  In 2014 he performed the world premiere of David Fulmer's Violin Concerto No. 2 Jubilant Arcs, composed for him and commissioned by the Heidelberg Festival. 

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves” and enjoy this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and your attendance at the event only with people you live 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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