Tenerife Contemporary Music International Festival (FMUC) is offering a concert by Tenerife group DifrAcción Ensemble at Círculo de Bellas Artes de Tenerife, in Santa Cruz. The recital is on Tuesday, 12 June at 7:30 pm. Admission is free.
The artistic director of the Tenerife ensemble, Leandro Martín, will be giving a talk about the repertoire an hour before the event. The musicians who make up the group are: Pablo Díaz (flauta), Laura Delgado (oboe), Samuel Hernández (clarinet), Mari Luz Trujillo (piano), Carlos Llácer (percussion), Judith Choi (violin), Sviatoslav Belonogov (viola) and David Barrera (cello).
The repertoire starts with “Asleep, my love 2”, by Daniel Roca Arencibia ; to then go on with “Mal despertar”, by Candelaria Dorta; followed by Tomás Rivero’s “Un nuevo comienzo”, and “Frei aber froh” by Germán Medina Calle, closing with “Past”, by Leandro A. Martín, “Aqua”, by Sergio Rodríguez and “Neum”, by Mirjana Anastasjevic.
On this occasion the programme is exclusively made up of pieces composed in this century by living Canarian composers who are members of Cosimte, the association of symphony composers and musicologists of Tenerife.
The Orchestra of the Conservatorio Profesional de Música of Santa Cruz de Tenerife is offering a family concert on Saturday, 9 June at 12:00 noon. The adventures of Ábor and Gen is for children aged six and over and tells the story of a brother and a sister who pursue their dreams.
The Boys’ Choir of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is also performing. The programme includes pieces by composers like Luis Cobiella, G. Bizet, J. Williams, E. Morricone, F. Delgado Herrera, R. Chapí and Strauss, among others. Through a combination of music, choir and narration by Moisés Évora we will learn about the lives of Ábor and Gen, set in the 16th century. From their seats, all the members of the family can take part in a story about self-improvement that portrays two siblings whose goal is to do what they really like doing.
The concert is conducted by Ángel Camacho with soloists Airán Fariña (oboe), Georgy Mikheile (violin), Víctor Estárico and Eduardo Afonso (timples), María Candelaria Hernández (soprano) and Borja M. Molina (baritone). The choir is directed by Juan Ramón Vinagre.
The Orchestra of Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife is made up of students between the 4th and 6th years of professional training. Their main objective is to give its most outstanding students the opportunity to play in a group like this one as part of a training that will eventually allow them to become members of a professional orchestra. On the other hand, the Conservatoire promotes the staging of the music repertoire students have been working on during the year, giving them the chance to take part as soloists in different instrument specialities.
Tickets for this concert are all five Euros and can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, on the internet here or calling 902 317 327.
Auditorio Adán Martín is hosting the 34th Canaries Music Festival which opens in Tenerife on Saturday, 13 January at 8.00 pm. On stage, we have the chance to see actor José Coronado, who in the role of Tsar Ivan ‘The Terrible’ himself, will narrate the story by Sergey Prokofiev along with the Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, the National Choir of Spain and one of the most outstanding present conductors, César Álvarez. They are joined by mezzo-soprano Polina Shamaeva and baritone Sergei Plyusnin, plus some 200 performers in a production steered by prestigious stage director José Carlos Plaza.
The 34th FIMC, one of the major cultural events of the Canary Islands Government, is offering a total of 31 concerts on all the islands between 11 January and 17 February. In Tenerife, all 5 concerts will take place at the Auditorio at 8.00 pm. Tickets are available on the Auditorio website and on www.festivaldecanarias.com
‘Ivan the Terrible” will be performed in Tenerife on Saturday 13, two days after its premiere at Palacio de Formación y Congresos in Fuerteventura. After the Canaries, it is touring different cities in mainland Spain. Ivan the Terrible is based on the life of Ivan Vasilevich, the mysterious Tsar Ivan IV, who ruled between 1533 and 1584, one of the longest reigns in the history of Russia. Remembered for his ferocity, he inspired both reverence and terror. The idea comes from a film project by Sergei Eisenstein, who asked Sergei Prokofiev to compose the music. The filmmaker had Stalin’s approval -admirer of Ivan IV- so the project had strong political shades. After shooting two of the three projected films, Stalinist censorship refused to allow the shooting of the third one. In fact, only the first film was screened in Eisenstein’s and Prokofiev’s time. The composer never actually listened to his work as it is performed today.
It will be performed by Novosibirsk Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the best-known orchestras in the last decades. It has actually become a cultural asset, not just in Siberia but in Russia as a whole. According to the opinion of many Russian and foreign critics, spectators and musicians worldwide, the quality of the orchestra is comparable to the best orchestras in Moscow and St. Petersburg. They will play under the baton of César Álvarez (Asturias, 1973), a highly regarded conductor by international critics.
The two major Canaries orchestras are back at the Festival. The first one to perform is Tenerife Symphony Orchestra (OST), conducted by Guillermo García Calvo, on Thursday 18 January featuring the great Russian pianist Alexei Volodin as soloist. He is back at the Festival to perform Rachmaninov’s Concerto for piano and orchestra nº 2. The programme is rounded off with Glinka’s Ruslan and Ludmila Overture, and Fanfare for the Common Man by Copland, plus Symphonic Dances from West Side Story by Bernstein, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of his birth.
The Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra (OFGC) will be in Tenerife on Thursday 25 January with the first performance of their new artistic director, Karel Mark Chichon. They are in charge of premiering the work commissioned by the Festival on its 34th year, ‘Campos del Sur’ by Canaries composer Víctor Landeira that will open the concert. They will go on to play Concerto for violin and orchestra in D Major Op. 61, by Beethoven, with prestigious violinist Pinchas Zukerman as soloist. The OFGC will also offer ‘Don Juan’ by R. Strauss, and Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio Espagnol Op 34.
Vienna Chamber Orchestra and Munich Philharmonic
This year we also have the chance to listen to one of the most prestigious ensembles in Austria, Vienna Chamber Orchestra, to perform in Tenerife on 25 January with Dalibor Karvay as conductor and soloist. Bach is included in the programme with his Violin Sonata Nº1 and Piano Concerto Nº1, played by Iván Martín, one of the best Canaries pianists. They will also play Nielsen’s Little Suite for Strings and Baltic Composer P. Vasks’s ‘Distant Light’, a concerto for violin.
The closing concert will take place on 17 February in Tenerife featuring one of the best orchestras in the world, the Munich Philharmonic, conducted by Pablo Heras-Casado, one of the most international Spanish conductors today. As solo pianist, Javier Perianes will play Concerto for piano and orchestra Nº 3 by Bartok. The German group is also offering Symphony nº 50 by Haydn and Dvorak’s Seventh.
Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, attached to Cabildo de Tenerife, is now offering their spring package: three concerts from 45€ and 21€ if you are under 27. Dare to be green.
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The Package includes the following concerts: The Redemption of Man, in March, From East to West, on 13 April and From Spain to Russia, on 18 May.
The Redemption of Man is conducted by Martín Baeza-Rubio, who has a versatile musical career which started as soloist trumpet, being guest performer in a huge number of orchestras. He then went on to carry out research in musicology and has collaborated in many ensembles. Baeza-Rubio has a firm commitment to contemporary creation, specifically Spanish. As conductor, he has led some sixty absolute premieres and is building up an excellent reputation. It is not a surprise he was willing to take charge of the absolute premiere of one of the best established Canaries composers, Dori Díaz Jerez. He is also presenting Symphony nº 5 by Prokófiev and the Five Last Lieder by Richard Strauss, which is perhaps the most celebrated group of orchestral songs. Composed at the end of his life, this fresco of deep beauty and wisdom needs the full, rich, though flexible, voice of a soprano. Jacqueline Wagner, an uprising vocalist, has the tools and sensitivity to turn this concert into an unforgettable event, after having reached the top at the Paris Opera and La Scala in Milan. (more info here).
A protégé of Seiji Ozawa and Leonard Bernstein, Japanese conductor Eiji Oue who has built his career in Japan, the United States and Spain, will be conducting Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. Covering a wide time scope, he will start with the Overture of the celebrated musical by Leonard Bernstein “West Side Story” to go on with Jean Sibelius’s Violin Concerto. Trained as a violinist, this is the only concerto by the Finnish composer. It requires a soloist of impeccable technique who avoids vain ostentation. It will be played by Korean-North American Sarah Chang -a child prodigy and a star today- who recorded it for Emi. The show is rounded off with Bohemian composer Dvořák and his Symphony nº 7, perhaps not as popular as his New World Symphony, but quite formidable in itself. (more info here).
Coming back this season, Daniel Raiskin suggests a musical journey with From Spain to Russia, starting off with La procesión del Rocío by Joaquín Turina, a brief symphonic poem first performed in 1913 and composed in Paris. It is structured in two movements which portray images and impressions of Easter in his native city of Seville. From Russia we welcome two of the major figures from last century: Sergei Prókofief and his Violin Concerto nº 2, premiered in 1935 in Madrid, to be performed by the young Dutch soloist Simone Lamsma. The show ends with Dmitri Shostakovich and his Symphony nº 5, a composition with which he tried to win over the Soviet cultural authorities by using a more moderate language, adding that it was “a composer’s response to justified criticism” (more info here).
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