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At 11:30 am on Sunday, the 3rd Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes a concert of this year’s Primavera Musical series, organized by the Federación tinerfeña de bandas in collaboration with Cabildo of Tenerife. A total of 1,650 musicians will play at Sala de Cámara in twelve different concerts to take place on different days until 16 June. Admission to all the concerts is free.

The first concert is by Asociación Cultural y Recreativa Unión Musical Aida, from San Andrés, a village in the municipality of Santa Cruz. The band is made up of 30 musicians led by Juan Alexis González Rodríguez; it is followed by Asociación Musical La Esperanza, from La Guancha, with 50 performers under the baton of Jesús Agomar González Guillama; and finally, Asociación Musical Las Candelas, from Candelaria, which includes 80 musicians and Mauro Fariña Alonso as conductor.

The San Andrés band repertoire includes Amunt Pirris, by Ferrer Ferrán; Medley Boleros, by Utrera/Menéndez, A. Laña and L. Barcelata arranged by J. Molina; Jacob de Haan’s Lorraine; and Raquel Alario, by Ferrer Ferrán. This group was founded in 1981 by Vicente Esteban Fariña Fariña, a musician and composer from Arafo. They perform in different villages and districts in Tenerife at processions, passacaglia, concerts, competitions, etc.

It is then the turn of the musicians from La Guancha, who are playing the paso doble Pepita Greus, by Pascual Pérez Chovi; Eric Whitacre’s The Seal Lullaby; and Imperator Carlomagno (Fantasía), by Pere Sanz Alcover. Agrupación Musical La Esperanza was set up in 1924. It is run by Patronato de Música XVIII de Enero and Escuela Municipal de La Guancha.

Lastly, Las Candelas will go on stage to play Concerto for Orchestra and Two Trombones (Wind Band Version), by Ricardo Mollá, featuring Dede Decker and Kike Sosa Yanes as soloists; Give Us This Day, by David Maslanka; they will close with Agustín Ramos’s Santa Cruz en Carnaval. This musical project was started by Candelaria Town Council, under the leadership of Abilio Alonso Otazo. They did their first performance at Easter in 1976.

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Quantum Ensemble, Auditorio de Tenerife resident group sets One thousand and One Nights to music with the concert Shéhérazade, which ison at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 21st at Sala de Cámara. The programme offers a stimulating stylistic contrast with pieces by Szymanowski, Ravel and Rimsky Korsakov related to the heroine of this medieval Middle Eastern tale.

The concert features soprano Sarah Fox and six musicians: Alissa Margulis (violin), Francisco García (flute), Cristo Barrios (clarinet), Emil Rovner (cello), Miguel Ituarte (piano) and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez (piano). Barrios and Díaz-Jerez are two of Quantum Ensemble funding members, together with David Ballesteros.

This time pianist Miguel Ituarte will be discussing Shéhérazade an hour before the concert starts at Sala de Cámara. Admission to the talk is free. 

Shéhérazade, the character and narrator of One thousand and one nights has been a source of inspiration for many composers and the origin of many musical adaptations, including the three pieces in this programme. Masques for piano (1915-1916) is one in a series of three compositions by Karol Szymanowski based on literary works; Shéhérezade, which opens the work; Mythes (1915) about Tristan and Isolde and Métopes (1915) on Don Juan.

 Shéhérazade is also the title of two works by Maurice Ravel: an overture which is considered to be his first orchestral composition and a series of songs -also included in this concert- which have become well-liked pieces in the French musician’s repertoire, both in its orchestral and chamber versions. This piece by Ravel is strongly influenced by Russian composers, mainly by Nicolai Rimsky-Korsakov, whose symphonic poem is particularly relevant. This is no surprise since the Russian composer’s Shéhérezade is probably the best-known musical response to this emblematic literary character.

Quantum Ensemble once again includes a music arrangement -made by Pablo Díaz this time- to offer this great piece by Rimsky-Korsakov in a chamber version. This arrangement closes a concert made up of highly stimulating, contrasting compositions which at the same time are linked together by one of the most fascinating stories in universal literature.

As part of the outreach work of Quantum Ensemble, at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, 20th a session will introduce music to a group of La Casita, in collaboration with “la Caixa” volunteers. This is a Barcelona-based project which is managed in Tenerife through a programme of Hermanas Oblatas La Casita, which offers help and training to women related to prostitution and/or victims of sexual exploitation dealings.

Also, on Friday, 22nd as part of their training, clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a Performance class for students of Conservatorio Profesional and Conservatorio Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, which collaborate in this activity.

Tickets for the concert can be booked via the usual channels of Auditorio de Tenerife: at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  here or calling 902 317 327.

The QB subscription is also available on Auditorio’s website and at the box office. It offers an additional 15% discount on the standard ticket price for Quantum Ensemble and Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife concerts in the present season.

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The Film Symphony Orchestra (FSO) is back at Auditorio de Tenerife in 2019. This time, the film music group is paying tribute to composer John Williams with a double programme in two different concerts, and the collaboration of Multicines Tenerife. The first concert, to take place on Saturday, 16th at 7:30 pm is sold out. But there are seats available for the Sunday, 17th show at 7:00 pm.

Film Symphony Orchestra’s tour includes more than 60 concerts across Spain and Portugal paying tribute to the composer who took five Academy Oscar awards and was nominated 59 times. This is a very special tour where the composer’s best themes are played under the baton of FSO’s charismatic conductor, Constantino Martínez-Orts.

For the first time, this 2018/2019 tour includes more than four hours of live music divided in two programmes that include 30 soundtracks in two concerts you just can’t miss. Saturday is the turn of LincolnStar Wars: The Last JediThe Lost World: Jurassic ParkIndiana Jones and the Last CrusadeJawsHarry Potter and the Philosopher’s StoneSchindler’s List and Superman.

On Sunday, the programme includes Fiddler on the RoofOlympic Fanfare and ThemeThe PatriotJFKThe Adventures of TintinThe Witches of EastwickWar HorseMemoirs of a GeishaMunichJurassic Park, The Adventures of Indiana Jones, Angela’s Ashes, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Terminal, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Battle of Midway, E.T., Star Wars: A New Hope.

The Film Symphony Orchestra is an original artistic project that was set up to fill a gap in the musical and cultural offer available in Spain. It is a professional symphony orchestra of the highest quality with more than 70 musicians who offer film music concerts exclusively or music by composers who are closely related to film.

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

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Auditorio de Tenerife offers a concert by Carlos Mena y The Disfonik OrchestraUnder the shadow is the title of the show by the singer and the ensemble on 2 March at 7:30 pm at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio. Tickets are  available here.

The music The Disfonik Orchestra offers is an intimate encounter of classical music and jazz. Some of the most beautiful pieces of the classical repertoire have been carefully chosen and delicately arranged for a jazz ensemble like The Disfonik and a distinct countertenor classical voice, Carlos Mena’s. Singer Ghalmia Senouci (alto) is also performing at Auditorio.

The Disfonik Orchestra was founded by Jacques Beaud and it is made up of seven professional musicians from very different music backgrounds who are connected by one single idea: Music. The following musicians will be playing: Juan Munguía, trumpet; Matthieu Roffè, piano, Salvatore Reitano, keyboard; Marc- Olivier Savoy, drums; and Jacques Beaud, electric bass.

Carlos Mena studied at Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel with Richard Levitt and René Jacobs. His many concerts have taken him to the most prestigious venues in the world, such as Konzerthaus in Vienne, Berlin Philharmonic, Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, Alice Tully Hall at New York’s MET, Kennedy Center in Whashintong, Berliner Philarmoniker, Suntory Hall and Opera City Hall in Tokyo, Osaka Symphony Hall, Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall in Melbourne.

He has performed the operas “Radamisto” by Händel (in the title role) at Felsenreitschule in Salzburg, at Dortmund Konzerthaus, at Musikverein in Vienne, at Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw and Bellas Artes in Mexico City conducted by M. Haselböck and H. Grazer; “Orfeo” by Monteverdi (Speranza) at Festwoche in Innsbruck and at Berlin’s Staatsoper; “Il Trionfo” by Händel (in the role of Disinganno) at Grosses Festspielhaus in Salzburg and “Europera 5” by J. Cage at Flanders Festival.

He has an interest in the lied and contemporary repertoires and has premiered different works by composers like José María Sánchez-Verdú, Gabriel Erkoreka and Alberto Iglesias. He has also conducted the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada and Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias with works by Handel, Bach and Mozart

He is currently music and artistic director at Capilla Santa Maria promoted by Fundación Catedral Santa María de Vitoria and directs programmes spanning from the Middle Ages to Classicism at national and international festivals.

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

Auditorio’s usual discounts are also available for this concert including the new group discount.

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On Tuesday, the 29th, Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes 2,950 schoolchildren who are coming to watch two learning performances by Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Tenerife Miguel Jaubert [Miguel Jaubert Tenerife Young Philharmonic Orchestra]. El bosque encantado-re-mi-fa-sol [The enchanted Forest-D-E-F-G] is the show the group is offering young islanders this year.

Different schools from twelve municipalities across the island are taking part: Adeje, Arico, Arona, Candelaria, Granadilla, La Laguna, La Orotava, Los Realejos, San Miguel, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santa Úrsula and Tacoronte. The 88 young musicians are joined by 11 actors and four singers to turn Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica into a great enchanted forest.

Their programme includes both classic pieces (L’Arlésienne-Suite nº2 by Georges Bizet, Tritsch Tratsch Polka by Johann Strauss and Hungarian Dance nº 5 by Johannes Brahms), and current great hits (Pharrell Williams’s Happy  arranged by José Cubas and What a wonderful world by Louis Amstrong), film soundtracks (themes from The Lord of the Rings by Howard L. Shore arranged by J. Whitney and Recuérdame, from the film Coco, by K. Anderson López and R. López) and even local songs (Vivo en un archipiélago by Manuel Negrín).

El bosque encanta-do-re-mi-fa-sol is inspired by classic tales that take place in groves, the perfect setting for the imagination, fantasy, and mystery. The hero in this story dreams of becoming a musician but to achieve it, he must overcome some obstacles that stop him from finding the way back home. He is not alone as he has a wide range of characters from classic tales who, like him, will discover music’s saving powers.

The music director is José Antonio Cubas Delgado, who teaches trombone at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias and Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Stage direction is by art historians Gerardo Fuentes Pérez and Tania Marrero, while María Jesús Cuéllar Moreno is in charge of pedagogic direction.  She is principal lecturer at the Specific Didactics Department of La Laguna University.

Orquesta Filarmónica Juvenil de Tenerife Miguel Jaubert was set up in September 2012 with Fundación DISA as their main sponsor. This group is part of the social project of Asociación Canaria para la Difusión de la Música (Acadim) [Canarian Association for the spreading of music] and it is a children’s orchestra that makes music for children, thus following the original idea of the founder of the project, Miguel Jaubert Gómez.

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Sinfónica de Tenerife is offering a new concert for families entitled Pulcinella on Saturday, 19th at 12:00 noon at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife. The show, inspired by characters of commedia dell’arte, will encourage the youngest in the family to listen to live music. Conducted by Ignacio García-Vidal, Stravinsky’s Pulcinella Suite, derived from the ballet, and Grieg’s music will join the musical tale narrated and performed by Ana Hernández-Sanchiz.

This proposal, which is part of the orchestra’s outreach programme through Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 strategy, is one of four didactic concerts to take place on Thursday, 17th and Friday, 18th with two performances, at 10:00 and 11:30 am. More than 4,500 primary school children will have the chance to enjoy it. Tickets for the family performance are available at 5 Euros at Auditorio de Tenerife’s box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; by telephone on 902 317 327; or on the websites www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

“The story begins when Pulcinella takes her old violin and starts to play and dance, in a way only he can do…” Based on the homonymous musical tale by Fernando Palacios, this show brings children the performance of well-known scores in a unique, magic experience that includes learning about oneself. The repertoire includes Pulcinella Suite by Igor Stravinsky and Holberg Suite, op. 40, by Edvard Grieg.  

With these new performances, Sinfónica de Tenerife continues the didactic work it has been offering to the youngest and the education community. Through their outreach programme, this Cabildo’s orchestra aims at making quality culture available to all audiences -especially the youngest- through innovative, interdisciplinary proposals. At the same time, they reinforce their commitment to bring music to the community, putting an emphasis on disadvantaged groups or people who have specific needs.

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