Bruckner’s 7th Symphony closes the extraordinary series of concerts with which the Sinfónica and Auditorio de Tenerife resumed their activity on 19 June. The orchestra’s honorary conductor, Víctor Pablo Pérez, will lead the ensemble at 7:30 pm on Friday, the 10th at the Sala Sinfónica. This Santa Cruz venue is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero.
Auditorio de Tenerife kindly asks the audience to arrive at the lobby 15 minutes before their designated time to enter the auditorium (it depends on your row and it is specified on your ticket and on the email you get the day before the concert) for a hassle-free access to the theatre. This initiative, which also includes taking your temperature and wearing a face mask at all time, is part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s contingency plan against the Covid-19, the first in Spain to obtain the AENOR certification. Both the GastroMag coffee-bar and the car park are available.
The Cabildo’s orchestra is giving a concert that includes exclusively the four movements of Symphony nº 7 in E major for chamber orchestra by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), arranged by H. Eisler, E. Stein and K. Rankl, a version that the Tenerife ensemble is performing for the first time.
The score, one of the Austrian composer’s most widely performed works, was the first symphony by this author to be played by Víctor Pablo Pérez and Sinfónica de Tenerife in tandem, although this time it has been arranged for 8 wind instruments, kettledrums, and 14 string instruments.
The Burgos-born conductor studied at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and at Hochschule für Musik in Munich. From 1980 to 1988 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the Sinfónica de Asturias and from 1986 to 2005 of the Sinfónica de Tenerife. In 1993 he took charge of the Sinfónica de Galicia until 2013, when he joined the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid as artistic director and principal conductor. He has been artistic director of the Joven Orquesta de Canarias since 2017. This ensemble is made up of young musicians from all the archipelago.
He has received numerous awards: Premio Ojo Crítico de Radio Nacional de España (1990), Premio Ondas (1992 and 1996), Premio Nacional de Música (1995), Medalla de Oro a las Bellas Artes (1999), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife (2006), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Galicia (2013), Hijo Adoptivo de Tenerife and Medalla de Oro del Gobierno de Canarias. Apart from conducting nearly all the Spanish orchestras, Víctor Pablo Pérez is also invited by international ensembles and he often takes part in major international festivals.
The tickets for the last two concerts of the Sinfónica de Tenerife’s extraordinary series are now on sale at five euros. The third concert is titled Serenata nocturna and its repertoire includes works by Haydn, J. C. Bach and Mozart under the baton of leader and conductor David Ballesteros. It is taking place on Friday, the 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Sala Sinfónica of this venue, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero. Because of the high demand (tickets for the 3rd July concert were sold out the same day they were put on sale, Tuesday, the 30th), a new performance has been scheduled for 4 July at the same time.
How to buy tickets
Tickets can be purchased in twos on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and on 902 31 73 27. If you wish to buy a single seat or an odd number of seats, you need to arrange it by telephone.
Safety and prevention measures
Auditorio de Tenerife kindly asks the audience to arrive at the lobby 15 minutes before their designated time to enter the auditorium (it depends on your row and it is specified on your ticket and on the email you get the day before the concert) for a hassle-free access to the theatre. The new safety measures currently in place in the building include the compulsory use of a face mask, having your temperature taken and no breaks. Both the GastroMag coffee-bar and the car park are available.
About the repertoire
The Cabildo’s orchestra has prepared a repertoire that includes Symphony nº 44 in E minor “Trauer”, Hob.I:44, by Franz Joseph Haydn; Symphony nº 6 in G minor, op. 6, W. C12, by Johann Christian Bach, and Serenade nº 6 in D major, “Serenata notturna”, KV 239, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
David Ballesteros is currently a violinist at the London Symphony Orchestra where he has played from classical repertoires to film soundtracks like Star Wars or Harry Potter, regularly working with Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. He also takes part in the Orquesta BandArt, where he is head of the social integration area carrying out activities in hospitals, old people’s homes, and prisons.
Tenerife-born Ballesteros started his studies at the Conservatorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he did conducting and performing music of the Classical period with the original instruments. He has worked with composers like Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Adés, James MacMillan, Laura Vega, José Brito, Manuel Bonino, Ernesto Mateo, Sergio Rodríguez, or Ernesto Aurignac. He has taught at the Orquesta Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, the New World Symphony in the United States, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España and in London’s Guildhall School of Music, among other institutions. He has been a teacher at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2015.
Bruckner’s Symphony nº 7 is Sinfónica de Tenerife next concert at the Auditorio and also the last of this extraordinary series. It is taking place on Friday, 10 July at 7:30 pm and will be led by honorary conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez.
Auditorio de Tenerife has increased the seating capacity of its main stage to 300 to welcome Sinfónica de Tenerife’s second concert, Divertimento, with a reduced number of musicians. It is taking place on Friday, the 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale for the general public on Wednesday the 24th. This repertoire will also be played on Saturday, the 27th at 8:30 pm in Teatro El Sauzal. Tickets are available on www.teatroelsauzal.com and at the theatre’s box office.
Este aumento en las localidades del Auditorio se debe, por un lado, a que la isla se encuentra bajo la legislación de la nueva normalidad y, por otro, al éxito y buena acogida de las nuevas normas de seguridad e higiene que fueron puestas a prueba en los dos conciertos de Titán de Mahler el pasado fin de semana, que se desarrollaron sin ninguna incidencia.
The main changes include the audience arriving an hour before the show starts, entering the auditorium gradually, wearing a face mask, and having their temperature taken. Before the concert the audience is informed about all the measures, which you can also see here. The GastroMag coffee bar and Auditorio de Tenerife car park are available for this music series.
For this new Auditorio de Tenerife’s concert, the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by Councillor Concepción Rivero, is putting 300 seats on sale next Wednesday while they are available for Sinfónica subscribers from today.
Tickets cost five euros and you can buy a pair of seats here on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 31 73 27; for one seat or an odd number of seats, can only be purchased by telephone from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The box office is also available Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You need to make an appointment on https://auditoriodetenerife.sedelectronica.es/citaprevia.0 or on 922 56 86 25.
About the repertory
This time the Cabildo’s orchestra will play a musical repertoire with David Ballesteros acting as leader of the orchestra/conductor. The pieces include St. Paul’s Suite, op. 29, by Gustav Holst; Holdberg Suite, op. 40, by Edvard Grieg; I crisantemi, by Giacomo Puccini, and Divertimento in D major KV 136, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Holdberg Suite, op. 40 by Edvard Grieg is a musical tribute to Norwegian playwright and essayist Ludvig Holberg on the 200th anniversary of his birth. It is an evocation of 18th century dance suites of his native country.
Giacomo Puccini’s I crisantemi was composed for a string quartet or a string orchestra. Its melancholy, grieving language maintains the exciting identity of the Italian author.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento in D major KV 136 brings the concert to an end with enthusiastic, youthful excitement. The three movements correspond to the structure of Italian overtures and are permeated with the idiosyncrasy and light of Mediterranean music.
Ballesteros is currently a violinist at the London Symphony Orchestra where he has played from classical repertoires to film soundtracks like Star Wars or Harry Potter, regularly working with Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. He also takes part in the Orquesta BandArt, where he is head of the social integration area carrying out activities in hospitals, old people’s homes, and prisons.
Tenerife-born Ballesteros started his studies at the Conservatorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he did conducting and performing music of the Classical period with the original instruments. He has worked with composers like Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Adés, James MacMillan, Laura Vega, José Brito, Manuel Bonino, Ernesto Mateo, Sergio Rodríguez, or Ernesto Aurignac.
He has taught at the Orquesta Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, the New World Symphony in the United States, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España and in London’s Guildhall School of Music, among other institutions. He has been a teacher at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2015.
Auditorio’s next concert, part of this Sinfónica de Tenerife extraordinary repertoire, is Serenata nocturna. It will take place on 3 July under the same leader of the orchestra and conductor. The series closes on 10 July with Bruckner’s Symphony nº 7, under the baton of Víctor Pablo Pérez, who was also in charge of the first two sessions.
Next performances of Sinfónica de Tenerife:
26th of june: Divertimento
3th of july: Serenata nocturna
10th of july: Séptima de Bruckner
The Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by councillor Concepción Rivero, restarts its stage activity with four concerts by the Orquesta Sinfónica in the Auditorio de Tenerife, to take place on 19 and 26 June and 3 and 10 July. It is an extraordinary programme with a reduced group of some twenty musicians led in two occasions by Víctor Pablo Pérez, honorary conductor of the Sinfónica, and twice by David Ballesteros, leader of the orchestra and conductor.
These concerts will be held once the safety and hygiene measures have been implemented both for the audience and the workers so that this artistic experience can be enjoyed while safety is absolutely guaranteed. They will all be held at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica and start at 7:30 pm, although the public is kindly asked to come one hour earlier. Tickets cost five euros.
Tickets will be on sale from Saturday, the 13th in pairs on Auditorio de Tenerife’s website and on 902 31 73 27. If you wish to buy just one seat or an odd number of seats you can do it at the box office by appointment only. Please make your appointment on www.auditoriodetenerife/contactar or call 922 56 86 25 so you can be served at the box office or by telephone. Tickets will be on sale up to two hours before the concert starts. Tickets will be available to Sinfónica de Tenerife subscribers two days earlier than for the general public.
The first programme is about one hour long and it starts with five minutes of Johann Sebastian Bach and his Aria of Suite nº 3 in D major, BWV 1068, picking up Sinfónica’s last concert on 20 February, when they played this work under the baton of José Manuel Zapata. The orchestra will then play Symphony nº 1 in D major, Titan, for chamber orchestra, arranged by Iain Farrington so that Gustav Mahler can be enjoyed in this era of small ensembles. These pieces will be conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez.
There are 188 seats on sale now, as the island is currently in Phase 3 of the national de-escalation and seats must be two metres apart. The new safety measures include, in addition to admitting fewer people, coming in and going out of the auditorium gradually and guided by Auditorio staff, compulsory use of masks, taking the temperature of users and no intermissions, among others. There will be different signs in the building too. Buyers will be informed before the concert of all these measures. You can also see the information on Auditorio de Tenerife website.
The GastroMag coffee bar will open the day before the first concert and will apply all the appropriate safety and hygiene measures. Auditorio de Tenerife’s car park is also available for these concerts. Please remember the box office is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm by appointment only. The shop is currently closed.
The second concert of this extraordinary programme by Sinfónica de Tenerife will be held on 26 June, featuring David Ballesteros as leader of the orchestra and conductor, and including works by Holst, Grieg, Puccini and Mozart. The same conductor will lead the orchestra on 3 July, when they will play pieces by Haydn, Bach and Mozart. In the last extraordinary concert, under Víctor Pablo Pérez, they will play Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony. The conductor, Medalla de Oro de Canarias [Canaries Gold Medal], had led Sinfónica de Tenerife performing this piece in the past but never as a reduced ensemble: this is new to both of them.
19th of June : Titán de Mahler
26th of June: Divertimento
3th of July: Serenata nocturna
10 of July: Séptima de Bruckner
The second concert of the sixteenth Primavera Musical is on at 11:30 am at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. The Auditorio is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero. 145 performers of the Arafo, El Rosario and San Andrés bands will take the stage.
The concert, which is admission free, starts with Asociación Cultural y Recreativa Unión Musical Aída from San Andrés. The 28 musicians, conducted by Juan Alexis González Rodríguez, will start with the paso doble Crearte, by José Luis Peiró Reig, to then go on with Jacob de Haan’s Queen of the dolomites. They will finish with the paso doble La Fallera, by Ferrer Ferrán.
The 29 musicians of the Asociación Cultural Musical Princesa Yaiza in El Rosario will play under the baton of Juan Antonio Rancel Tejera. The band will open with the paso doble Soñad el mar, by Manuel Morales Martínez, to be followed by Nuni Osorio’s Cycles and Myths. They will close with I was born to love you, by Queen, in a version arranged by Francisco Curbelo and featuring Aarón Morales as soloist.
The Sociedad Filarmónica Nivaria, from Arafo, will end the concert with its 88 musicians. Conducted by Miguel Ángel Expósito Marrero, the banda will start their repertoire with Sergi Pastor’s concert paso doble Daniela Gómez de los Ángeles. They will then play Pompeii, by José Alberto Pina and will put an end to the second Primavera Musical session with the zarzuela intermezzo La boda de Luis Alonso, by Gerónimo Giménez.
The Primavera Musical series, an initiative of the Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música [Tenerife Music Bands Federation], with the collaboration of the Cabildo, is held at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. It started on 1 March and continues on 8, 15 and 22 March; 5, 19, 26 April; 10, 17, 24 and 31 May and 14 June. Concerts start at 11:30 am and admission is free.
On its third year, the Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) presents twelve concerts to take place in different municipalities across the island. Six of these events are part of the Nova Ars Organorum (NAO) series and will bring to life the historic organs in the churches of the island as well as the unique 21st century instrument housed at the Auditorio de Tenerife. There will be a total of four concerts: two organ and two chamber concerts at this cultural venue, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero.
Rivero expects it to be as successful as in previous years, “when the churches and auditoriums were full of people enjoying early music, bringing culture to the whole island”. Different venues in Buenavista del Norte, Granadilla de Abona, Guía de Isora, La Orotava, La Victoria de Acentejo and Santa Cruz de Tenerife will be hosting the concerts, which feature organists, soloists and chamber music ensembles.
The first engagement for the 3rd Fimante will be at 8:15 pm on 14th March in San Juan Church in La Orotava. Un concierto con dos caras [A Two-sided Concert], featuring Roberto Fresco, principal organist of the Catedral de Santa María la Real de la Almudena. The title of the concert is a reference to the fact that there are two 18th century German organs in this church, one from the first half (Otto Diederich Richborn, 1723) and the other one from the second half of the century (unknown, 1770).
The next venue will be Museo de Artesanía Iberoamericana de Tenerife, also in La Orotava. The concert is on 17 April at 8:30 pm and features soprano Estefanía Perdomo Nogales and Carlos Oramas with a Romantic guitar to perform Canciones de Cámara Española [Spanish Chamber Songs].
On 3 May at 12:00 noon the first organ concert of the year will take place at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica. Loreto Aramendi, who is the principal organist of the Cavaillé Coll organ (1863) at the Basílica de Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, will play El esplendor de un órgano sinfónico. On 30 May at 7:30 pm tenor Nicholas Mulroy and John Reid at the fortepiano will perform Beethoven: Bagatelas und Lieder at Auditorio’s Sala de Cámara.
At 8:15 pm on 6 June, the Iglesia Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación in La Victoria de Acentejo will host La peculiar tímbrica de un órgano barroco germano, a concert led by Ángel Montero, principal organist of Segovia Cathedral.
Chaconnerie is the concert to be performed on 25 July at 9:00 pm by Silvia Márquez’s harpsichord at the Casa de la Cultura de Playa San Juan, in Guía de Isora.
The second organ concert at the Auditorio will be by Juan de la Rubia on 6 September at 12:00 noon with the repertoire La versión organística del Brahms sinfónico. De la Rubia is the principal organist of the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona.
The last Fimante concert at the Auditorio will be held on 17 October at 7:30 pm in the Sala de Cámara. It is entitled Imaginario de un libro de música de vihuela and features the voice of María Cristina Kiehr and Ariel Abramovich’s vihuela.
On 14 November at 8:15 pm La Concepción Church in La Orotava will welcome La recuperación de un concierto histórico featuring Basque organist Esteban Landart. El Pilar Church in Santa Cruz de Tenerife will host Obras románticas en un órgano litúrgico on 5 December at 8:15 pm with organist Marie Bernardette Dufourcet.
As usual, the last two concerts will be performed by the Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife [Baroque Orchestra], ensemble resident at the Auditorio de Tenerife. They will play their Christmas repertoire at 8:00 pm on 12 December at Nuestra Señora de la Merced Church in El Médano, Granadilla de Abona. On 13 December at 5:00 pm they will perform at Nuestra Señora de los Remedios Church in Buenavista del Norte.
Fostered by the Cabildo de Tenerife, through its Área Tenerife 2030, and coordinated by Auditorio de Tenerife, Fimante + Nova Ars Organorum join the cultural offer on the island to revive repertoires, both in traditional and new cultural venues. With the support of Canarian performers playing period instruments, restored historic organs, the latest multidisciplinary research and our historical-geographical situation, we are confident to be keeping and spreading a cultural heritage for future generations.
Tickets for the four concerts to be held at the Auditorio de Tenerife can be booked at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays; via www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by phone on 902 317 327. Information about the concerts is available on www.auditoriodetenerife.com.