The Canarian interpreters Esther Ropón and Laura Gordo present their new record of two pianos in concert From East to West, recorded at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife last February. The recital, to take place at 7:30 pm on Saturday, the 27 at Sala de Cámara, features the main pieces for two pianos from the 1940s and 50s composed by Copland, Shostakovich, Stravinsky and Bernstein.
The harmonic variety, timbre and colour of the music of this period can be appreciated by two pianos playing live. The cultural revolution brought by the Second World War and the post-war years meant the rebirth of classical music thanks to new sources of popular inspiration, influenced by deeply-rooted folklore and the new jazz and blues trends. These are harmonies which greatly enriched the musical language of these restless decades.
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Billy the Kid or, as named by the composer, The Open Prairie is a ballet that is presented here for two pianos as arranged by the composer himself, Aaron Copland. Esther Ropón explains that “this great musical activist evokes images from the far west including caravans and carts transported by a powerful march and a great display of melodies and polyrhythms which recall cowboy scenes”.
However, “under this apparent western, there is a harmony that is strongly influenced by Stravinsky at its most Parisian style, who a few years later, premiered in Paris his Sonata for two pianos, inspired by popular melodies with sharp counterpoints”, the pianist explains. The piece, which was originally conceived for one piano, follows the traditional sonata pattern in three movements, altered by a theme of variations in its second movement which grants the work a marked choral character.
A few years later, in 1953, Shostakovich created his Concertino for two pianos, a piece that has clear nationalist influences, in which the melody plays a leading role with popular dancers taken from Russian folklore. Ropón reflects: “if in the East, Shostakovich gave up his experimental years (a year later he was named artist of the people), on the other side of the globe, Leonard Bernstein created, under his particular vision of music for everyone, one of the most emblematic American pieces of the 20th century: West Side Story”.
This is a piece of theatrical music that would later lead to his Suite for Symphonic Dances, adapted for this concert for two pianos by composer John Musto. Bebop melodies, Latin rhythms, influences from jazz and blues come together in this love story with a tragic ending. “It’s a masterpiece in a bold language, which has been masterfully brought to the adaptation for two pianos we are presenting in this programme”, declares the pianist.
Tenerife-born Esther Ropón studied in the Canary Islands, Barcelona and Berlin. A pianist and teacher at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Tenerife, she is also a cultural manager and researcher. She is currently doing her doctorate at the Universidad de Girona, under the research programme UNESCO Chair on Cultural Policies and Cooperation.
Laura Gordo was born in Gran Canaria. She has been accompanying piano teacher at Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife since 2011. She combines teaching and artistic activities as she gives chamber music concerts and participates as a pianist in different music festivals in Spain.
The performers set up their duo in 2013 with the aim of looking into the repertoire of the 20th century for two pianos and four hands.
The Nova Ars Organorum series of Festival Internacional de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) [Tenerife Early Music International Festival] is bringing the precocious young musician Thomas Ospital to play the organ at Auditorio de Tenerife, unique in the world. Una suculenta degustación del atractivo mundo organístico francés [A rich sample of the attractive French organistic world ] is the title of the programme, which includes works by Ravel, Duruflé and Vierne, to be played by the organist at 12:00 noon on Sunday, 31 March at Sala Sinfónica.
Born in the French Basque Country in 1990, Thomas Ospital had his first contact with the organ thanks to the parish priest of his village, where he went with his parents. He then started to study at Bayonne Conservatoire with Esteban Landart and went on to further his learning at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris with teachers like Olivier Latry, Michel Bouvard, Thierry Escaich, Philippe Lefebvre, Laszlo Fassang, Isabelle Duha, Pierre Pincemaille and Jean-François Zygel.
He finished his degree with five First Prizes in the classes of organ, improvisation, harmony, counterpoint and fugue. He has since won countless awards at international competitions in Zaragoza, Chartres, Toulouse and Angers. In 2015, at 25, after winning a public exam competition, he was appointed head of the great organ at Saint-Eustache church in Paris. In 2016, French National Radio invited him to be the first resident organist of the new Grenzing.
He teaches keyboard harmony since 2017 at Conservatoire national supérieur de musique et de danse de Paris. He travels the world offering recitals as a soloist or with symphony orchestras and has made two records, one with works by Franz Liszt and the other one with Bach’s and Thierry Escaich’s repertoires.
Nova Ars Organorum artistic director, musicologist Rosario Álvarez, explains that “we often regret Maurice Ravel did not leave organ compositions but, there is no doubt that organs at his time -still heavily influenced by symphonic instruments- were not suitable to his language. Fortunately, transcriptions allow us to imagine what “the encounter with this colourful king of instruments” would have been like.
On the other hand, Maurice Duruflé is the composer and organist who best represents impressionism. “His language comes both from Gregorain chants and the very French universe of Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy”, Álvarez says to then add that “in Louis Vierne the heritage of the great Romantics is quite evident in the way he uses symphony, although he does it in his very own personal style”. His work is deeply connected to the great Notre Dame de París organ, of which he was principal player until his death.
Auditorio de Tenerife boasts a greatly versatile instrument within the walls of Sala Sinfónica: a 21st century organ that has 3,835 tubes and whose stops and technical means are unique in the world. The head of Nova Ars Organorum, who gave her advice in the process of construction of this colossal organ, admits that “I’m proud we have on this Island an instrument like this one which has a superb sonorous capacity”. Its construction took 22,000 hours of work by expert Albert Blancafort and his team.
Tickets are available at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday (except holidays) on www.auditoriodetenerife.com on this link or calling 902 317 327. Our usual discounts are available plus the new ones for groups.
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.
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.
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 Lincoln, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, Jaws, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, Schindler’s List and Superman.
On Sunday, the programme includes Fiddler on the Roof, Olympic Fanfare and Theme, The Patriot, JFK, The Adventures of Tintin, The Witches of Eastwick, War Horse, Memoirs of a Geisha, Munich, Jurassic 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.
Auditorio de Tenerife offers a concert by Carlos Mena y The Disfonik Orchestra. Under 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.