Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, Auditorio de Tenerife’s resident ensemble, will offer six concerts in their third season, four of which at their main base and two at the churches of Granadilla de Abona and Buenavista del Norte. Many of its members have steady positions in other European groups but with the OBT these young musicians bring to life instruments and scores from the past. Their first engagement in the new season Will be on 12 September with Baroque Tulips.
The artistic director of the Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, Conrado Álvarez highlights this season “the repertoire that includes great composers of the 18th century, the accuracy of the interpretation, and the historical performance with our young interpreters to share the sound of the Baroque by using period instruments”.
Dutch Jacques Ogg, Valencia-born Juan de la Rubia and Alfonso Sebastián from Zaragoza will join us again to conduct different concerts, in addition to the young Adrián Linares from Tenerife, concert master of OBT since the beginning and a soloist of violins II at the Orquesta Sinfónica de Galicia.
Also, from 2019 the Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife is joining the activities of the Auditorio de Tenerife Educational and Social Area with tailor-made concerts for primary school children from the 3rd to the 6th year plus for social groups. The main goal of these special concerts is to encourage active listening to Baroque music and learning about the period instruments the performers play.
Baroque Tulips pays tribute to Dutch good taste -inherited from the Baroque period- especially to the delight of their tulips and the excellent music they printed. This programme, to be conducted by Jacques Ogg, includes compositions by Unico van Wassenaer, Willem de Fesch, Antonio Vivaldi, Pietro Locatelli and Jean-Marie Leclair. Their outreach activity will take place during a specific music session with a group of elderly people who are part of the Cabildo’s social entertainment scheme “Ansina”.
The second concert will be held at the end of the year: Baroque Christmas Music (Barocke Weihnachtsmusik). It is taking place at 7:30 pm on 12 December at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara. The programme includes a selection of cantatas, one of the musical forms that best represent the sound laboratory of the Baroque; works from the vocal catalogue of the so-called German Baroque music and the instrument practices of the workshop of J. Rosenmüller, G. Muffat and J. C. F. Fischer.
The programme of Festival de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) [Tenerife Early Music Festival] includes again two concerts by Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, their two season extensions. The programme Baroque Christmas Music (Barocke Weihnachtsmusik) will be played on 14 December at 7:00 pm in the church of Nuestra Señora de la Merced in El Médano, Granadilla de Abona. The following day, OBT will perform at 5:00 pm in Nuestra Señora de los Remedios, in Buenavista del Norte. Entry to both concerts is free.
The first concert of OBT in 2020 will be Mulieribus, on 12 March at 7:30 pm in the Auditorio de Tenerife. Their repertoire pays homage to the performers of the Ospedale della Pietá in Venice, where one of the European great music conservatoires of the time was set up; it is also a tribute to the maestros who built a better world through music during the Baroque. This concert will be conducted by the leader of the orchestra Andrés Linares.
Finally, the ensemble will close the season on 21 May at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara with Sounds from Brandenburg . The event includes a selection of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos with the organist of the Basílica de la Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Juan de la Rubia, as harpsichordist and conductor.
Most of the period instruments the Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife play belong to the collection of the Real Academia Canaria de las Bellas Artes, at whose base they hold some of their rehearsals.
Tickets for all the concerts taking place at Auditorio de Tenerife are no won sale through the usual channels of this Cabildo’s cultural venue: at the 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 Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife, part of the Tenerife 2030 strategy, was established by Andmúsica, Asociación para la Normalización de la Música Antigua en Canarias [Association for the Standardization of Early Music in the Canaries], in 2017. Its goal is to promote young Canarian interpreters, who have been educated in Europe, in period styles and instruments, providing a suitable coordination platform to encourage the historical musical heritage from different sound perspectives, bringing all the music forms of the 17th and 18th centuries to new audiences, thus adding to the cultural events available on the island.
Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the musical West Side Story this week with five performances in three days. The Broadway classic can be enjoyed at Sala Sinfónica and it includes a wide range of dancers, singers and musicians who are playing live at 8:30 pm on Thursday, the 4th; Friday, the 5th and Saturday, the 6th with two sessions each day, at 6:00 pm and at 10:00 pm.
The show producer, Juan José Rivero, revealed that “the audience is going to see the greatest musical of all times masterfully performed by 37 artists on stage, 20 musicians plus a staging that needs more than 40 people plus 25 technicians on tour”. One of the artists is Tenerife-born dancer Ana Acosta, who has worked in shows like 40, el musical, or Marta tienen un marcapasos, by Hombres G.
Recognised as one of the most important and representative musicals of universal theatre, this show features a score by Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim, text by Arthur Laurens and Jerome Robbins’s original choreographies.
The story takes Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet to the city of New York, where two young lovers are trapped by the conflicts of two street gangs, the Americans Jet and the Puerto Ricans Shark. Their fight for survival in an atmosphere of hatred, violence and prejudices, shapes one of the most exciting and beautiful stories in musical theatre.
Tickets are on sale in Auditorio de Tenerife usual sale channels: at the 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 first West Side Story production, which was produced by Robert E. Griffith and Harold Prince, premiered on 26 September 1957 at the Winter Garden Theatre in New York, where it was performed 1000 times. Both in New York and London, the musical has been produced again twice (on Broadway in 1980 and 2009 and at the West End in 1997 and 2008), adding one more Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical; a Drama Desk Award, a Theatre World Award and even a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. West Side Story has been put on in more than 30 countries.
The film was premiered in 1961, starring Natalie Wood, Richard Beymer, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris and Russ Tamblyn. It was nominated to 11 Oscar awards and took 10, including one for Best Film. It is the fourth film to have won more academy awards. It also got 5 nominations to the Golden Globe and won three.
The film boasts yet one more record thanks to its soundtrack, as it is the record that has been nº 1 longest on the US charts. Steven Spielberg is currently in the production process of the remake of this iconic film, which will be out next year.
At 8:00 pm on Thursday the 27th Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara is hosting a very special concert: Escuela Coral de Tenerife’s closing event. In the school’s second season, kids, youths and adults have attended two classes per week from October to June. Admission to the event is free.
The show, also featuring Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife [Auditorio de Tenerife Young Choir], will test what the nearly one hundred students have learned about singing, interpretation and body percussion during the year. The course is promoted by the Island’s Cabildo that has also shown its commitment to this training by opening new rooms exclusively dedicated to choral singing at Auditorio.
The concert will last for approximately ninety minutes and it will include contemporary repertoire with some gospel, sacred, and popular music from different regions and countries. This repertoire is also marked by the visits of conductors of national and international renown like Josu Elberdin, Basilio Astulez, Pedro Teixeira, Juan Manuel Brarda, Vanina Fernández and Esteban Conde; these professionals have offered special activities, thus contributing to reinforce the learning of areas like interpretation, voice technique and body language.
In the point of view of school director Roxana Schmunk, in this second year the “project has been reinforced”, the number of members in the children and pre-juvenile groups has grown plus the new adult choir has had an amazingly good reception. More than fifty people get together twice a week, proof of how eager people in this age group are to learn music.
“Education in music has traditionally been neglected in our community and we are proud to offer this training, which opens the door to the chance of getting involved in the world of music and all the benefits it entails, at no cost”, Schmunk explains to then conclude by saying “singing in a choir helps us to channel our emotions and express ourselves more creatively”.
The Escuela Coral de Tenerife is now preparing its third course which is to start next October. As a novelty, it will be including a young group, a chance to train new future members of the Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife, which is fully immersed in top-level international competitions despite being just three years old.
A new application period will be available in September, after the call held this June, in which the adult group doubled its number of participants.
The activity of the Escuela continues in the summer with the Tenerife Choral Camp taking place from 1 to 5 July, which also includes a concert at the end of the camp, on 5 July at Salón de Actos of IES La Laboral de La Laguna.
Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting the premiere of The Way, the third album by the marimba and cello tandem Socos Dúo. The presentation of the new compositions by Tenerife musicians César Martín and Ciro Hernández is taking place at 7:30 pm next Friday, the 28th at Sala de Cámara.
Consistent with their innovative style, they have put together a repertoire that highlights influences ranging from ancestral to modern, incorporating electronic elements that blend with their sound, marked by the marimba and the cello.
With two records in the market and a ten-year career, Socos Dúo go on with their work inspired by the concept of path as they see their music as a route, a journey starting off at the first note and not stopping in time, taking up a sound space that aims at trapping the audience and sharing with them sensations and emotions.
Socos Dúo, which was set up in January 2008, steers away from convention and looks at jazz, folklore, post-minimalism and their passion for new sounds which has led them to research and feed on different sources to produce a distinct and personal repertoire.
Tickets can be purchased through the usual Auditorio de Tenerife sale channels: 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.
In March 2014 Socos Duo’s first record These times we are living came out, making it clear that both instruments are perfect tandem. In 2017 they premiere Mantra, going further down the path they took on their first record and creating their own repertoire in the company of the unusual timbre of Uìyanga Bold, a young and old voice at once that reflects ancestral traditions permeable to new currents.
For the second year in a row, the Choral Camp is being held at IES La Laboral de La Laguna from 1 to 5 July. This summer training activity by Escuela Coral de Tenerife offers participants the chance to share learning through rehearsals, classes and a final concert to showcase everything they have learnt during the week.
To guarantee the quality of the experience, the Escuela has engaged teachers of international renown: Basilio Astulez, Esther Andueza, Juan Pablo Agudelo, María Claudia Peña and Paulo Vassalo.
Apart from the three choir groups to be divided by age from 8-year-old on, the Camp also features special activities for pianist wishing to train as accompanist, choral singers or conductors who wish to polish their conducting technique.
You can enrol until Monday, 24 June through a form on the Tenerife Artes Escénicas website, in the section Escuela Coral www.tenerifeartesescenicas.com/escuela-coral
The final concert, which is free of charge, will be held on 5 July at 7:30 pm at Salón de Actos of IES La Laboral.
Juan Pablo Agudelo graduated in Musical Education from the Faculty of Arts in the University of Antioquía. He is also founder and principal conductor of the Ensamble Vocal Polimnia de Marinilla, general manager of the Choir Programme of the Rionegro Municipality and professor at the Faculty of Music of Fundación Universitaria Bellas Artes in Medellín.
Esther Andueza is a pianist and head of the Repertoire and Singing department of Conservatorio Profesional Arturo Soria de Madrid. She specialised in vocal accompaniment with different maestros in Spain and Italy.
Basilio Astulez teaches Choral singing at the Conservatorio Municipal de Leioa in the Basque Country. He founded the Leioa Kantika Korala children’s choir in 2001, the young women’s choir La Kantoria in 2005 and the mixed choir SJB in 2007. This young choir school, which has more than 200 singers of ages ranging from 7 to 25, has won numerous awards at Spanish and European competitions.
María Claudia Peña is director and teacher at the Coro de Intermezzo del Coro de Jóvenes de la Ciudad de Nueva York (Young People’s Chorus of New York City- YPC), made up by 130 choristers aged from 10 to 14. Its activities include, apart from the introduction to choral methodology in New York state schools with no resources, a programme that was recently acknowledge by the PASE organisation (Partnership of After School Educators), that rewards excellence in educators of out-of-school activities.
Paulo Vassalo Lourenço is a doctor in Choral Conducting from the University of Cincinnati/College-Conservatory of Music and he currently teaches in the Higher School of Music in Lisbon. His teaching career has won him an international standing, so he has given courses in France, Italy, Poland, Ireland, Denmark, the United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, Singapore, Israel and Turkey.
The Choir School and Camp are both initiatives of Cabildo de Tenerife under its Education and Social Areas and its Tenerife 2030 strategy with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social ‘la Caixa’.
On Friday, the 21st Sinfónica de Tenerife is giving its season closing concert under the baton of its principal conductor Antonio Méndez. The event also features soprano Eleanor Dennis and baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann. It is the first time both soloists perform with the Cabildo’s orchestra. The programme also includes the participation of two choirs: Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid and Coro Gulbenkian, the latter singing on the island for the first time too. Auditorio de Tenerife is hosting this programme that consists of A German Requiem, op.45 by Johannes Brahms.
Premiered in 1868, A German Requiem embodies the passage from musical Classicism to Romanticism apart from translating individual expression, as the author does away with Latin in favour of his mother tongue or offers his own interpretation of death. Brahms does without explicit connections to the Christian understanding of death, like the Last Judgment or eternal salvation. The composer is interested in death as a philosophical and vital issue, influenced by the death of his mother and his mentor, Robert Schumann, that took place within a short period. The issue raised in his work is how to live after the death of a loved one.
The composition starts as if emerging from an abyss where a choir is asking for comfort; then, the melody turns darker until it returns to the promise of future happiness. That is expressed in the second movement which, musically, is a funeral march. In the third movement, the baritone speaks directly to God and approaches the issue of the meaning of life as it was understood in the second half of the 19th century. That is why, Brahms is not asking God to forgive him but to hint at his future so that he can experience it to the full. Clearly influenced by the philosophical movement championed by Schopenhauer or Nietzsche, Johannes Brahms pays no attention to the horror that the “end of life” caused in other composers like Mozart, as seen in his Dies Irae. Instead, his interpretation is that immortality consists of living on in the memory of future generations.
Antonio Méndez is becoming one of the most sought-after, established and fascinating conductors of his generation. This translates into the different connections he has established with the main orchestras in Europe, having conducted the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, StaatskapelleDresden, Scottish Chamber Orchestra or Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
The Balearic conductor studied piano and violin at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Mallorca and then went on to study composition and conducting at Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. In 2012 he won the first prize at the prestigious competition Malko in Copenhaguen and in 2013, he was finalist in the Nestlé and Salzburg Young Conductors Award, which caught the attention of the general public.
Scottish soprano Eleanor Dennis trained at the International Opera School of the Royal College of Music and as Harewood Artist at the English National Opera. It was after her performances at the London Handel Festival, in the leading role of Rodelinda, when she started to attract more attention. Specialised critics were quite conclusive: “she has a marvellous future. I’m not sure I can ever remember one who so obviously deserves to be a star” (Fiona Maddocks, The Observer). In 2012 she played Costanza, by Riccardo Primo, where Hugh Canning described her as a “great talent”.
The German bass-baritone Hanno Müller-Brachmann teaches at the Musikhochschule Karlsruhe and made his debut in 2000 at the Carnegie Hall with Chicago Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Barenboim. Hanno was a member of the Staatsoper Berlin from 1998 to 2011. He has also performed in the Baviera, Hamburg and Vienna State Operas in addition to San Francisco Opera. He has been praised by the international press for the different recitals he has given in festivals in Berlin, Graz, Amsterdam, Hamburg, Paris, Laussane, and at London’s Wigmore Hall, at the Schwarzenberg Schubertiade or at the Edinburgh Festival.
Recognised as one of the best and most versatile Spanish choirs, the Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid is back on the island thirteen years after their last visit. This prestigious group was set up in 1984 and is currently directed by choirmaster Félix Redondo. Its wide range of activities include a capella recitals and with orchestra, participating in opera productions or in recording studios. Its growing prestige has led them to perform on the main Spanish stages and on many abroad, including Germany, Belgium, France, Poland, China, Japan, Morocco or Mexico.
Coro Gulbenkian, their first time on the island, was set up in 1964 by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. It has 100 singers and is currently led by choirmaster Jorge Matta. Their repertoire encompasses the classical symphonic choral, Romantic, and contemporary although they also perform a cappella. The choir has been invited to collaborate with major international orchestras and conductors like Claudio Abbado, Colin Davis, Emmanuel Krivine, Esa-Pekka Salonen, Frans Brüggen, Franz Welser-Möst, Gerd Albrecht, Michael Gielen, Michael Tilson Thomas, Rafael Frübeck de Burgos, René Jacobs or Leonard Slatkin.
Tickets for this last concert are available at the 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.