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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.

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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.

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The Primavera Musical 2020 series will give 12 concerts that will bring more than 1,700 musicians to the Auditorio de Tenerife. The Banda Insular de Música of the Tenerife Federation will play at the opening session, to be held at 11:30 am on Sunday, 1st March at the Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife, a venue under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero.

The Primavera Musical series, an initiative of the Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música [Tenerife Music Band Federation], has the collaboration of the Cabildo and is held at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara on 01, 08, 15, 22 March, 05, 19, 26 April, 10, 17, 24 and 31 May and 14 June. Admission to all the concerts is free of charge.

The 60 performers of this island band, made up by musicians of all the ensembles that make up the federation, will play under the baton of Damián González, its new conductor. The programme begins with Cuban overture by George Gershwin, to go on with Cabeza compostizo, by Ferrer Ferrán. Next comes Jamalajam 2 by José Ferrándiz, which is followed by Michael Kamen’s Robin Hood, Prince of thieves. The concert will end with Laundrisen’s O Magnum Misteryum, and finally A pedra da Serpe, by José Luis Represas.

The second Primavera Musical 2020 concert will be held at 11:30 am on 8 March and will include the following groups: C. R. Unión Musical Aida (San Andrés) with 28 musicians, C. M. Princesa Yaiza (El Rosario) 29 musicians and M. Nivaria de Arafo with 88. For the full list of concerts and participating bands please visit www.auditoriodetenerife.com

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The Sumrrá  jazz trio is presenting on the island their latest work, 6 Mulleres, a feminist tribute to great women in history. Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero, has included this concert in Jazz Atlántico on 6 April at 9:00 pm. Tickets are now on sale.

In their new and sixth album, 6 Mulleres, Sumrrá pays tribute to six powerful women who were and still are a source of inspiration in the fight for a better future for humanity: Frida Kahlo from México, Rosa Parks from the US, Rosalía de Castro from Spain, Quin Jin from China, Malala Yousafsai from  Pakistan and Nawal El-Saadawi from Egypt. 6 Mulleres is a contribution to the feminist struggle from 21st century contemporary music.

Sumrrá, made up by pianist Manuel Gutiérrez, double bass Xacobe Martínez Antelo, and drummer L.A.R. Legido, has a nineteen-year career and six published records, apart from hundreds of concerts that have made them a leading band in the Spanish current jazz scene.

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.

From its beginnings in 2000, Sumrrá captivated both critics and audiences with an unclassifiable, melodic and very open jazz of very original compositions, quality musicians and fresh live performances.

Manuel Gutiérrez, self-taught pianist, has done courses and seminars with Bill Dobbins, Dave Schnietter and Barry Harris. With the project Tandem he was finalist at the XI Festival Internacional de Getxo competition, and from 1988 to 1993 he took part in projects like Jazztaì, Sausalito Jazz Band and Salvador Font "Mantequilla” Quinteto. He usually collaborates with musicians of all kinds of styles and from many different countries.

Xacobe Martìnez Antelo has eclectically taught himself since he was thirteen and has an interest in rock, blues, world music and jazz. He has taken part in more than thirty records and is currently one of the most prolific and versatile figures in Galicia jazz.

Drummer L.A.R Legido studied with Pedro López, Belma Muñor, Markus Breuss and Wade Matthews, mainly focusing on research and improvisation. He has collaborated with different artists and projects approaching styles that range from folk and flamenco to improvisation and jazz.

At present, these three musicians have built unique, original and creative music with an accent on freedom and improvisation. As Xacobe Martínez Antelo pointed out, "we have no pre-established models because the way we work occurs in the composition itself which leads to the development of the group, our roles and the collective sound".

In their concerts they present a characteristic sound of their own, full of strength and dramatism that comes with a good deal of technique, lyricism, swing and even humour. Apart from the many concerts they have given in Galicia and other parts of the Iberian Peninsula, Sumrrá has also been very well-received internationally in their tours in  Bolivia, Portugal, Bulgaria, France, Morocco, South Korea, South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, China or Nicaragua.

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Javier Laso will play Pianísimo, the new concert of the Creativa Música Panhispánica [Pan-Hispanic Creative Music]. The recital will be on Sunday, the 16th at 12:00 noon at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. This venue is under the Department for Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by councillor Concepción Rivero.

In the first part of the concert, Javier Laso will play Variaciones sobre un tema de Chopin by Federico Mompou (1893-1987, Barcelona). After the break comes Fantasia baetica by Manuel de Falla (1876, Cádiz- 1946, Argentina) followed by Danzas argentinasDanza del viejo boyeroDanza de la moza donosa and Danza del gaucho matrero by Alberto Ginastera (1916, Buenos Aires-1983, Geneva). The concert closes with Cantos canarios by Teobaldo Power (1848, Santa Cruz de Tenerife-1884, Madrid).

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, except holidays, via www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327. The box office will also open two hours before the concert starts.

Javier Laso was born in 1975 in Fribourg, Switzerland. He graduated with “Extraordinario de Piano” from the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca and studied at the Franz Liszt Academy. He received different grants from the Fundación Caixa Girona, Fundación Isaac Albéniz, the Spanish Ministry of Culture and has won several awards in different competitions including Frechilla-Zuloaga (Valladolid), María Canals (Barcelona) and First Prize and Extraordinary Prize at Gran Canaria’s Pedro Espinosa competition.

As a soloist he has performed in France, Girona, Salamanca, and Tenerife, and has collaborated with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Castilla-León, Bolshoi Theatre Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica de Cartagena, Orquesta Sinfónica de Sant Cugat and Orquesta Joven de Salamanca. His recordings include works by Scriabin, Schubert, Debussy and Bartok (RNE), M. Bonín’s sonatas or J.S Bach’s Goldberg Variations. He has been a teacher at Conservatorio Superior de Música de Salamanca and teaches piano at the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias since 2001.

The last concert in the series, Lírica, is taking place on the 14 March at 7:30 pm. The voice of Rosina Herrera and Nauzet Mederos’s piano will perform compositions by Ernesto Halffter (1905-1989, Madrid), Antón G. Abril (1933, Teruel), Blanca Báez (1920-2018, Canary Islands), Luis Cobiella (1925-2013, La Palma), Isaac Albéniz (1860, Spain-1909, France), Lothar Siemens (1941-2017, Gran Canaria), Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000, Argentina) and Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959, Rio de Janeiro).

Auditorio de Tenerife and Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Música (Atadem) [Tenerife Friends of Music Association] present this new series with the aim of spreading unusual music on the Island. It is coordinated by Conrado Álvarez and Rosario Álvarez is the artistic director.  Ms. Álvarez explained that they will approach “music by Canarian composers and Latin American music, as very little of their huge piano, singing or chamber repertoires is known here”. 

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Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara, managed by the Department of Culture, Youth, Education and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife which is led by councillor Concepción Rivero, will host Quantum Ensemble’s concert Espejos on Thursday, the 13th at 7:30 pm. The ensemble will be joined by renowned clarinettist Romain Guyot and the Lendvai String Trio (on their 15th anniversary) to deal with an unusual repertoire that includes three works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Bohuslav Martinů. Clarinettist Cristo Barrios, founding member of Quantum Ensemble, rounds off the event.

Carlos Santos, conductor and presenter of Radio Nacional de España’s programme Entre dos luces, will give a talk at the Sala de Cámara one hour before the concert to introduce both the programme and the musicians’ biographies to the audience. Admission to the talk is free of charge.

This concert presents three works of music which are seldom included in today’s programmes. Víctor Durà-Vilà, lecturer at the University of Leeds, explained that “these are pieces that show different kinds of affinities and contrasts among themselves” and the time difference between the three composers “seems shortened by the adherence of these last two composers [Poulenc and Martinů] to the postulates of neoclassicism in a very important part of their compositions and the unavoidable influence which Mozart exercised over those following this trend”.

Espejos starts with Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat Major, K 563 (1788) for violin, viola and violoncello. After the break they will play the Sonata for two clarinets fp 7 (1918) by Martinů. The concert will end with all the musicians onstage to perform Serenade in F Major for two clarinets and string trio Nº 4, H 334 (1951).

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.

Quantum Ensemble’s first activity this week starts tomorrow [Wednesday, the 12th] at 10:00 am with a masterclass by Romain Guyot for students of the island’s conservatoires. At 16, Romain Guyot was named the first clarinet of the European Union Youth Orchestra. Five years later, he was named the first clarinet of the Orchestre National de l’Opéra de Paris. In 1996 he won the Young Concert Artist International Auditions in New York, one of the greatest honours for a young soloist, as well as the Munich ARD competition with the Debussy Wind Quintet. As a soloist, he has played in Europe, Japan, Korea, China, South America and the United States. He currently teaches at the Haute Ecole de Musique de Genève, in Switzerland, and at the National University of Seoul, Korea. In addition, he is the first clarinet of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.

At 5:00 pm on Wednesday in the Sala de Cámara, Quantum Ensemble will give an outreach concert: a sensitive musical session for groups of young people that is carried out with the help of volunteers of Obra Social “la Caixa”, an institution that collaborates with Auditorio de Tenerife’s Education and Social Department.

Simultaneously, another activity of this department will take place: the second theoretical session of the Taller de Comunicación Didáctica para la Música [Workshop on Didactic Communication for Music], that includes teaching resources, a talk and presentation by Belén Otxotorena, who is an actor, narrator and dramatization teacher.   The lesson will be put into practice the following day, Thursday the 13th at 11:00 am in the Sala de Cámara, with 300 students coming from seven secondary schools in the municipalities Arafo, Arona, Los Realejos, Puerto de la Cruz and Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

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