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The Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife resident ensemble, bids its second season farewell with Be water, my friend, a programme consisting of water suites by George Friedrich Handel and Georg Philipp Telemann. This is the last performance of the OBDT, who are joined for the third time by Valencia conductor and harpsichord player Juan de la Rubia. It will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, the 23 at Sala de Cámara.

The collections of Baroque dance composed in F, G and C major, the first two by Handel to legitimise, through music and propaganda, the power of King George I of Great Britain in 1717, and the third by Telemann, to celebrate the centenary of Hamburg Admiralty, in 1723. Both works tie together these two great composers forever, and this association would ultimately benefit opera as it was Telemann who, while in Halle, introduced Handel to the genre that was to give him international fame from London.

In addition to Juan de la Rubia as conductor and harpsichord player, the group is made up by musicians Adrián Linares, Baroque violin and leader of the orchestra; Lorena Padrón and Laura Díaz, Baroque violin I; Judith Verona, Sergio Suarez and Giovanni Déniz, Baroque violins II; Leticia Moros and Melchor García, Baroque violas; Pablo Sosa, Baroque traverse flute; Pepa Megina, oboe I; Noelia Melián, oboe II; Alberto Domínguez and Francisco Padrón, recorder; Isaure Lavergne, Baroque bassoon; Fernando Santiago and Diego Pérez, Baroque cellos; Juan Carlos Baeza, double bass; and Carlos Oramas, theorbo and Baroque guitar.

On the same day of the concert at 11:00 am the Orchestra’s second session for school children Will take place. 340 primary school students from six different schools are coming to take part in a Project under Auditorio de Tenerife’s Education and Social area, with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa y la Obra Social “la Caixa”. In these get-togethers with kids, the ensemble’s young musicians tell them about historical genres and instruments in an entertaining way.

Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

In the flowing of the Thames and the Elbe towards the North Sea, fantasy and metaphor allow to lucubrate music programmes based on myths, emblems and allegory. Handel takes motifs from Tafelmusik to build new sound universes and widen his catalogue; it is not difficult to imagine that the London lab of Water Music stimulated Telemann, as it is evident that the melodic motifs in Wassermusik, are inspired by the former, though Vivaldi’s programmatic music should not be overlooked as it is present in both.

The ensemble’s artistic director, Conrado Álvarez, explains that “Just remember some of the passages of il Cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione played by OBDT in these past two years on different occasions, which tonight will resound in your auditive memory specularly.

Listening to the Fantasia for Traverse Flute without Bass will connect with Euterpe, like ancestral aulos, who sends Thetis to sleep until after the break, to start with the Sarabande Die schlafende Thetis.

“The prodigious water music, ut musica poesis, concludes with the elegant Canarie Die lustigen Boots, the culmination of this earthly amusement, after the gods dive into the lethargy of time as a repeated demonstration, genitrix of the concert title modulated by Bruce Lee, of the Tao feeling of life flowing, like water, with no human intervention”, Álvarez reveals.

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Artist Estrella Morente is giving a concert at 8:00 pm on Sunday, the 19th at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife, part of Festival Mar Abierto. The Spanish flamenco cantaora is presenting her new record on the island, which was released in February and is entitled Copla.

In her new project, the artist shows her personal characteristic style by mixing old influences from her native Granada with the latest flamenco trends of the new millennium. This new record consists of 12 songs, including the single Soledad, which she presented in collaboration with maestro Isidro Muñoz.

Tickets can be booked at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, except on holidays; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or by telephone on 902 317 327.

Being the daughter of maestro Enrique Morente and bailaora Aurora Carbonell, marked the flamenco atmosphere in which she grew up and matured as a person and as an artist. Aged 7, she sang with guitarist maestro Sabicas and at 16 she made her world debut at the presentation Gala of the Skiing Competition in Sierra Nevada (Granada).

After launching her first work, the best theatres and events in Spain welcomed Morente. These great events include the XII Bienal de Flamenco at Auditorio de la Cartuja, the Festival Internacional del Cante de Las Minas, Sonidos del Mundo, Festival La mar de Músicas in Cartagena and the show Estrella 1992. She has received countless prizes including an Ondas award for best flamenco creation; was nominated to the Latin Grammy and won two Premios Amigo

After taking part in the shooting of the film Morente sueña la Alhambra, a documentary directed by José Sánchez Montes, Pedro Almodóvar chose her for his film Volver where Estrella lends her voice to Penélope Cruz in the main theme of the soundtrack. In May 2006, after five years without publishing a record, Mujeres came out, a collection of themes inspired by female characters who are close to Estrella’s heart. The tour that followed took her to the main cities in Spain, including Madrid, Barcelona, Jerez, Valencia and Málaga. She also took this record to Broadway, New York and Festival Fiesta des Suds in Marseilles, Rome and Sardinia.

Nominated for the Latin Grammy and winner of the Premio de la Música 2006 for best flamenco album, Estrella took active part in the campaign for the reform of Andalusia Statute of Autonomy. She was also distinguished with the Micrófono de Oro award, granted by the Spanish Federation of Radio and Televison Associations in recognition of her work. In early 2008 she was awarded the Premio al Mejor Espectáculo en Directo [Best Live Show], after an international poll made by the digital newspaper deflamenco.com; she also got an award at the 9th “Flamenco Hoy” for best flamenco DVD for Casacueva and Escenario.

In 2011 Estrella showed her art in Austria, Belgium, Holland and Switzerland. The year ended with her performing in Istanbul for the first time. In 2013 her career took her to Rome, Paris and London to present Autorretrato [Self-portrait]. 

In 2014 she travelled to Brussels, Amsterdam, Zurich, Vienna, Uppsala, Dortmund, Eindhoven, American cities like Miami, New York, Chicago, Toronto, Cleveland, Sonoma, Washington, Savannah or Los Angeles, Buenos Aires, and Oman where Estrella continued her tour. In 2016 her compilation record '15 años con Estrella' came out. In it she goes through her music career and her record with Javier Perianes Encuentro with works by Falla and Lorca. At present, Estrella combines her professional engagements with her close collaboration with the NGOs Bancos de Alimentos, Médicos Sin Fronteras and Intermón Oxfam.

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Auditorio de Tenerife, as the headquarter of Festival de Creación y Experimentación de Canarias Numa Circuit [Creative and Experimental Festival], is hosting two activities this year -an artist residency and a concert- to culminate on Saturday, the 11the with two live events. The first one is taking place at Sala Puerto at 7:30 pm with the final exhibition of the Big Band of Visual Noise (BBVN). The second one starts at 9:00 pm with the Norwegian band Supersilent, known for their fusion of improvisation and avant-garde jazz.

Supersilent was set up in 1997 as the result of sporadic collaborations of several musicians. Its members have changed throughout their history although its most steady ones are Arve Henriksen (voice, trumpet and electronic percussion) and Stale Storlokken (synthesizer and piano). In their Tenerife concert they will be joined by Helge Sten - synthesizer, electrical guitar and electronic effects.

Supersilent has become a cult group and their emergence more than thirty years ago was fundamental in the shaping of contemporary Norwegian jazz, having a definite influence on several generations of musicians. Throughout the years they have kept building and defining a style that is characterised by a dark musical aesthetics that is also optimistic, powerful and subtle, as emotional as intelligent and reflexive. In short, deep music that is capable of showing simplicity.

Their style has evolved a great deal throughout their history, although improvising has always been their musical tool. Supersilent generates powerful, dark, elegant, dynamic and fresh music. With an increasingly electronic, minimalist language, in their last record -14- Supersilent offers an updated revision of their style. This record is one of their most intense. Their fourteen records have been produced by Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.

BBVN is a large stage project made up by a wide group of musicians and visual artists who blend music and visual arts giving as a result a musical performance ruled by abstract and experimental languages and based on structured improvisation.

The group has been working in an artist residency since Monday, 6 May at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife. The result of their work can be enjoyed on Saturday. Admission is free.  

BBVN was set up in 2010 as a production associated to NUMAcircuit. It made its debut at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara in 2011. BBVN is on to a new phase marked by the integration of compound musical and visual structures subjected to personal interpretation, giving it a solid, unified presence. 

The group currently consists of David Perreko, drums & percussion; Ricardo Marichal, tenor saxophone; Juanjo Jorganes, trumpet; David Ramos, synthesizer and electronic effects; David Paredes, electrical guitar and modular synthesizer; Rafael Pinillos, electrical guitar and electronic effects; Miguel Jaubert, cello and electronic effects; Joachim Spieth, trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic effects; Alejandro Delgado, visual art; Dea-Woon Kang, Lighting and visual art; and Miguel Panki Rodriìguez, visual art.

Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.m

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The Cabildo de Tenerife presented today, Monday the 6th, the main new features in Sinfónica de Tenerife’s 2019-2020 season, which is Antonio Méndez’s second as principal conductor. The central idea of the 19-concert series is balancing the old and the new, the well-known and what is yet to be discovered. Starting on 13 September, it will go on until 26 June with some fifty pieces from different periods interpreted.

The President of Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, the island Director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero, and the principal conductor of Sinfónica, Antonio Méndez, revealed the details of next season’s programme. Alonso stated that “bringing in Antonio Méndez last season was a good move and he’ll continue with his work this year to lead Sinfónica down the right path. Sinfónica is the flagship of the Island, which we take everywhere through a wide-raging outreach programme. Young people can subscribe to the 19 concerts for 20 euros and there are also discounts for people aged over 65”. 

For his part, José Luis Rivero pointed out “the combination between tradition and newness with a classic repertoire but including new pieces too, like the world premiere of two works by Tenerife composers Rubens Askenar and Gustavo Trujillo”. He also said that Sinfónica has adapted to the new times with a diverse offer, “with the 19 concert subscription for the most loyal followers but also with subscriptions that include a specific number of concerts so that everyone can enjoy music”. 

Antonio Méndez defined the 19-20 season as “the balanced season, a balance between known and new music, with a repertoire that is full of possibilities, representing the personality of Sinfónica de Tenerife”. One of the highlights of the season will be the music by Robert Schumann, with a full series of his symphonies and concerts. Méndez also opts for programmes to reaffirm Sinfónica de Tenerife’s own identity and sonority, like the opening concert which features a repertoire on the sea devoted to Richard Strauss or Mahler’s impressive Third in the closing concert. 

In choosing the old and the new, current music will have a special place with two world premieres of Tenerife composers Rubens Askenar –with a composition chosen at the joint call of Fundación SGAE and Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas (AEOS), at the proposal of Sinfónica de Tenerife– and Gustavo Trujillo, in addition to novelties on the Island by composers like Daníel Bjarnason, Knut Vaage or Juan Durán. At the same time, the orchestra is also offering a wide representation of  20th century music “as well as beautiful surprises like great classics by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann or Wagner to be performed by Sinfónica for the first time”, Méndez explains. 

The choral symphonic repertoire is once again one of the central points in the new season with great works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Mahler, for which Sinfónica will work together with the island’s choirs besides the Cor de Cambra del Palau of Música Catalana of Barcelona. 

Consistent with this programme, the new series of concerts bases its image in the motto “I am Sinfónica”, defined by the values and emotions that the orchestra wishes to portray through the island’s landscape, and a representation of major professionals who give it all for their work and enjoy it immensely.

Top-level guest soloists and conductors

Once again, the Sinfónica de Tenerife features artist in residence and in the 2019-2020 season, they welcome violinist Veronika Eberle, who will make her debut with the orchestra and will perform in three programmes both as soloist and conductor.

Guest soloist musicians include Inon Barnatan (piano), Sebastian Jacot (flute), Marta Bauzá (soprano), Mireia Pintó (alto), Anna Alás (alto), Airam Hernández (tenor), Mark Stone (baritone), Clara Mouriz (soprano), Rafał Blechacz (piano), Evgenny Konnov (piano), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Gerhild Romberger (contralto), in addition to Cor de Cambra of Palau de la Música Catalana, and tenor José Manuel Zapata, who will lead the programme Concerto for Zapata and Orchestra in February 2020.

The season also includes other artists who are already familiar to the public of Tenerife like Fernando García-Campero (bass), Raquel Lojendio (soprano), Coro de Voces Blancas de Conservatorio Profesional de Música, conducted by Juan Ramón Vinagre, or the orchestra’s musicians: Raúl Mirás (cello), Sviatoslav Belonogov (viola) and percussionists Francisco Díaz Martín, Emilio Díaz Martín, Carlos Llácer Cantó and Juan Antonio Miñana Osca. 

New conductors to lead Sinfónica de Tenerife for the first time include Gergerly Madaras, Alexander Shelley, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Daniel Bjarnason and Chloé van Soeterstède, in addition to stage manager Alexander Medem, and didactic director François López-Ferrer. Antonio Méndez will conduct eight of the 19 programmes and honorary conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez will be leading three concerts. Guillermo García Calvo meets once more with the Cabildo’s orchestra in a programme in collaboration with Escuela de Actores de Canarias [Canary Islands Drama School].

Apart from the 19 season concerts, Sinfónica de Tenerife’ activities also include a wide catalogue of concerts to bring music closer to the Island’s residents; taking part in Ópera de Tenerife, in Festival de Música de Canarias or Fimucité; didactic concerts for children and families; participating in extraordinary programmes in the town of La Laguna in Plaza del Cristo or the Cathedral, and at Christmas, in collaboration with the Port Authorities; playing in events included in Ciclo de Cámara de Tenerife [Chamber Music series] and their usual presence in hospitals or socio-health centres. All these events amount to more than one hundred throughout the season and reach thousands of spectators.

Flexible subscriptions

The aim of bringing live music to as many people as possible is once again the  philosophy that rules the subscription system of Sinfónica de Tenerife. Like last year, apart from the subscription for the whole season, subscriptions for 10, 4 and 3 concerts will also be available. The commitment of the Cabildo’s orchestra with young people translates into offering them the chance to enjoy the full season por just 20 euros. Also, users of the TEN+ card will have a 70% discount. In addition, discounts and bonuses will be available this year to reward the commitment and loyalty of orchestra’s subscribers, as well as promotions for companies and discounts for large families.

Current subscribers can renew their subscriptions from Monday, 6th May at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. Non-subscribers can purchase their tickets from 3 June on. Standard tickets for all the concerts will be on sale from 7 September. Please see all the subscriptions, deadlines, advantages and special prices on www.sinfonicadetenerife.es.

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Next week Sinfónica de Tenerife pays a tribute to composer Manuel de Falla with the performance of one of the landmarks in the national repertoire, The Three-cornered Hat, to commemorate his one hundredth anniversary. The programme, focused on music inspired by Spain, combines contemporary Marcos Fernández-Barrero with early 20th century Debussy and Spanish composer Falla. The concert is at 7:30 pm on Friday, 10 May at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín’s Sala Sinfónica under the baton of Antonio Méndez and the participation of Conservatorio Profesional de Tenerife’s Women’s choir, led by Juan Ramón Vinagre, winners of the XLVIII Certamen Coral de Ejea. [Ejea Choral Competition]

The orchestra’s principal conductor presents the premiere in the Canaries of Nocturno Sinfónico, by Marcos Fernández-Barrero (Barcelona, 1984), commissioned by Fundación SGAE and the Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas (AEOS). Inspired by the world of dreams the composer describes this piece as “a sonorous visit to those characters who people our dreams and then disappear in the morning”.

French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) has a significant presence in the current Sinfónica de Tenerife season, as one of its main features is the series dedicated to his work. His piece Nocturnes, a musical vision in which Debussy “depicts an atmospheric nighttime” inspired by Henri de Régnier’s symbolist poems. The piece will be interpreted by Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Women’s Choir of Conservatorio Profesional de Tenerife, directed by Juan Ramón Vinagre. As winners of the 48th Ejea Choral Competition last April, the choir will represent this renowned contest in the next National Grand Prix for Choral Singing to be held in 2020.

Dreams are also the inspiration in the next piece to be performed by the Cabildo’s orchestra. It is a dream about Spain, which was not included in the history of music until the 19th century. Debussy, interested in the music of this part of the world, reached the Spanish repertoire via Falla and Albéniz and their stay in Paris. Iberia is made up of three movements that try to depict everyday life, offering a portrait of our country’s popular culture that is closer to his imagination than to specific references.

The orchestral suites The Three-cornered Hat closes the event in which Sinfónica de Tenerife commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of one of the milestones in the Spanish repertoire. The work is based in the play by writer Pedro Antonio Alarcón, which Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) wrote as a ballet, with the collaboration of Diaghilev (as choreographer and playwright) and Picasso (as stage and costume designer). It was premiered at London’s Alhambra Theatre in 1919. In this piece Falla depicts the characters and settings with fandangos, farrucas, magical nocturnes, jotas navarras, an example of his talent to raise Spanish popular music to academicism.

Tickets are available 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 www.sinfonicadetenerife.es  and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

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Quantum Ensemble, group resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, closes the 2018/2019 season on Thursday, the 9th at 7:30 pm with Claroscuro. The concert also features two of the founding members of the ensemble, clarinettist Cristo Barrios and pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez with the Austrian string quartet Minetti. An explanatory talk by RTVE’s Radio Clásica musicologist Eva Sandoval will take place at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife an hour before the concert starts.

The programme of this concert invites us to reflect on two complex creative personalities who have produced two of the most important catalogues in the history of music: Mozart and Shostakovich. The two quintets we are going to listen to – Mozart’s clarinet and Shostakovich for piano – are pieces of great transparency and emotional depth.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

Cristo Barrios explains that “this is particularly so in the case of Mozart, whose piece is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire of all times: classical music aesthetics raised to one of its highest points in terms of sensitivity and expressive subtlety. The contrast is evident if you think about how close it is with the creative process of Così fan tutte (1790), in Mozart’s case, and Symphony nº 7 (1941), known as Leningrad, in the case of Shostakovich”.

 “The contrast between, on the one hand, the textures and the emotions in Shostakovich’s quintet, so translucent at times, and the symphony that is generally associated to the siege of Leningrad during the Second World War, on the other hand, is evident”, the clarinettist explains. Though not quite as obvious from the surface of music, the contrast between Mozart’s quintet and the opera that crowns the cycle of collaborations with librettist Da Ponte is equally deep. It is a summary of the cynical and stark view that the philosophy of the Enlightenment -so fashionable at the time it was composed- has of human nature.

On the other hand, while in the clarinet quintet there is no truth other than that of its moving, deep feelings, in Così fan tutte nothing is actually what it seems to be and all the expectations of honesty, loyalty and commitment are truncated. It is in these intense and significant contrasts where one can appreciate the creative versatility and ambition of the composers whose chamber pieces are included in this concert”, Cristo Barrios adds.

Since it was set up in 2003, the Austrian quartet Minetti has won the most prestigious competitions for string quartets: Haydn Competition in Vienna, Schubert Competition in Graz, and Rimbotti Competition in Florence in addition to Austria’s Grosses Gradus ad Parnassum award. In the 2008/09 season, Minetti was Rising Star at ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization), which meant the beginning of a great career. They have performed at Musikverein in Vienna, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barcelona’s Palau, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmonie in Berlin and Colon, etc. They have also toured America, Australia, Japan and China. Their members are Maria Ehmer violin; Anna Knopp, violin; Milan Milojicic, viola, and cellist Leonhard Roczek.

Quantum Ensemble is increasing their activities in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, which has the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”. So, at 11:00 am on Thursday, the 9th they are also welcoming 270 secondary school children from six municipalities on the Island.

Besides, as part of their outreach actions, at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, the 8th they are offering a sensory musical session with the help of Obra Social “la Caixa” volunteers. Finally, on Friday, the 10th, as part of their teaching activities, clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a performance class for students of the Conservatorio Profesional and the Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, institutions that collaborate in this activity.

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