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The Festival de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) [Tenerife Early Music Festival] next concert is Dialectic of Bach and Couperin by The Goldfinch Ensemble to be held in Guía de Isora. Baroque maestros can be listened to at 8:45 pm on Saturday, the 27th at Centro Cultural Playa de San Juan. Admission is free.

The members of The Goldfinch Ensemble are Pablo Sosa (traverso), Salomé Gasselin (viola da gamba) and Emmanuel Frankenberg (harpsichord) whose performance of early music enjoys international recognition. They are specialised in the repertoire of the late 17th and the 18th centuries and stand out for the liveliness and spontaneity of their interpretation.

The group has received different international awards including the first prize at the chamber music competition "International Händel Festpiele Gottingen Competition" (2016), or second prize in the French chamber music contest "International Early Music Competition Lorey Valley" (2015). Their international career started in 2015, when they took part in renowned early music festivals like Festival de Sablé (France), Festival de Musique Baroque d'Ambronay (France), Festival di Natale (Italy), York Early Music Festival (England) or Festival Son Antigos Sul Lagos (Portugal), among others.

It was in 1722 when Johann Sebastian Bach finished his first book Das Wohltemperierte Klavier in Köthen, Germany. That same year, François Couperin published his Concerts Royaux in Paris, France. It was a highly creative time for both musicians who delivered a good deal of compositions some of which have remained among the most important works of the first half of the 18th century.  

Fimante’s artistic director, Conrado Álvarez, explains that “both Bach and Couperin were influenced by their respective national styles -German and French- although they never stopped seeking new musical possibilities”.

Through this programme we try to show what these two maestros represented and even how they may have been reciprocally inspired. The goût français had considerable influence in German music in the 18th century. Bach himself was familiarised with the French style, apart from knowing many French musicians, including meeting the composer, organist and harpsichordist Louis Marchand in 1717. He also copied and used Jean-Henri d’Anglebert’s famous table of ornaments.

François Couperin’s music had a great influence on Bach. Although undocumented, it is quite likely they both exchanged correspondence. “True or not, what we certainly know is that Bach knew some of Couperin’s compositions. He even copied some pieces both for himself and for his wife, Anna Magdalena”, Álvarez explains, to then goes on to say that “thanks to a 1790 piece of writing of one of Bach’s student, Gerber, we also know he loved Couperin’s music and he recommended his students to study it”.

“Although both composers were strongly influenced by music from the past, it was their creativity that turned their compositions into groundbreaking music as it reflected the lively culture of their time”, Fimante’s artistic director concludes.

“Aun siendo dos compositores fuertemente influenciados por la música del pasado, fue su creatividad la que convirtió su música en revolucionaria, componiendo música que reflejaba la vívida cultura de su tiempo”, sentencia el director artístico de Fimante.

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Quantum Ensemble, the chamber music ensemble resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, will give seven concerts in their 2019/2020 season. In addition to international performers, they are also inviting ensembles, singers, choirs plus a dancer to round off their offer. The group is led by its founding musicians, Cristo Barrios and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez. The first concert, Vínculos, will take place on 17 October at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara.

The ensemble, who has a modern, more flexible, and warmer approach to the interpretation of classical music, is calling in international musicians like cellist Tim Gill, violinist Priya Mitchell, clarinettist Romain Guyot, violinist Frederieke Saeijs, pianist Rolf Hind and ensembles like Elias String Quartet, Fauré Quartett and Lendvai String Trio. We will also have the chance to listen to soprano Anna Dennis, mezzo soprano Marta Fontanals-Simmons and baritone Tristan Hambleton.

Pre-concert talks are reinforced this season. They are free of charge and are held at the same place of the concert one hour before it starts. The talks look into the repertoire, its contexts and the guest musicians, and will be given by personalities like the manager of Scherzo magazine, Juan Lucas; the director of the music programme of Fundación Juan March, Miguel Ángel Marín; the University of Leeds lecturer, Víctor Durà-Vilà; or the director and presenter of the RNE show Entre dos luces, Carlos Santos.

Vínculos brings together composers Arnold Schoenberg, Alexander Zemlinsky and Gustav Mahler, three figures who through their co-existence in time and space in the Vienna of the late 19th century and early 20th century illustrate the extraordinary creative wealth of this Austrian city.

The second concert in the season will be Fricciones, on 22 November, featuring the performance of dancer Carmen Macías. The repertoire will confront creative styles and personalities in two pair of composers whose biographies overlap in space and time: Benjamin Britten and Harrison Birtwistle; and John Cage and Aaron Copland.

The end of the year brings Texturas, on 19 December. The unquestionable protagonist of this concert is the piano quartet Fauré Quartett, with a special programme that includes compositions by George Enescu, Gabriel Fauré and Paul Dukas.

Espejos is on in February 2020, featuring three works which are most unusual in current repertoires. These are very different compositions by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Francis Poulenc and Bohuslav Martinů. Lendvai String Trio is playing in this concert.

Quantum Ensemble’s next concert is Estructuras, on 20 March, with three compositions spanning three centuries, an evidence of the time and stylistic ambition of the Tenerife ensemble’s repertoire. It also features the premiere of a piece composed by Gustavo Trujillo expressly for this concert.

Voces comes on 23 April with a programme that makes a contrast between outstanding compositions by Gioacchino Rossini with the work of two 20th century Italian composers: Luigi Nono and Salvatore Sciarrino.

Finally, Quantum Ensemble’s last concert this season is Prisma to be held on 14 May. They will be counting on Camerata Lacunensis, conducted by José Herrero and eleven clarinets, which are needed to perform Steven Reich’s New York Counterpoint. The event also includes works for mixed choir with and without piano by Samuel Barber and George Crumb’s composition for two pianos and two percussionists.

Quantum Ensemble is part of the Education and Social Area of Auditorio de Tenerife with their new didactic concerts for schoolchildren and their usual outreach activities, which offer sensory work sessions to bring music to people in a different way, also used as a means of expression.  They carry out these activities with different social groups included people with functional diversity, at risk of exclusion, users of penitentiaries, etc.

Tickets for all these concerts, which are held at 7:30 pm at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara are available through Auditorio’s 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 by phone on 902 317 327.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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