The Sinfónica de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, is opening at 7:30 pm on Friday, the 18th its 2020/2021 season with a concert at Auditorio de Tenerife. The programme, featuring Strauss and Mahler, will be led by its principal conductor, Antonio Méndez, and includes French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig.
With the reduced version of the orchestra set up in the June and July extraordinary series, The Cabildo’s Orchestra presents a programme made up of Metamorphosen, TrV 290 by Richard Strauss and Gustav Mahler’s Symphony nº4 in G major (arranged by Klaus Simon).
Tickets are available on www.auditoriodetenerife.com or by calling 902 317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also make an appointment to come to the box office Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can book your appointment for the box office on //www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer your queries, Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays.
Audience members are kindly asked to come to Auditorio early enough to enter the theatre gradually. On buying the tickets, users accept the measures implemented at this cultural centre by the Cabildo to deal with COVID-19, such as wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with. The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public.
Elsa Dreisig was recognised in 2016 as the best female singer at the Operalia competition called Vocal Discovery in the Victoires de Musique Classique Awards. She has been Opera for Peace ambassador since 2019 through the Crown Prince Couple's Awards. She has sung at the Berlin State Opera, Paris Opera, Zurich Opera, the Festival d’Aix-en-Provence or Salzburg Festival and has collaborated with ensembles like Staatskapelle Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Vienna Philharmonic, Munich Philharmonic, Orchestre Français des Jeunes and the West–Eastern Divan Orchestra.
Sinfónica de Tenerife’s principal conductor since the 2018/2019 season, Antonio Méndez, is one of the best-established and most sought-after conductors of his generation and has built close links with leading European orchestras. He has led different international ensembles including Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Rotterdam Philharmonic, Danish National Symphony Orchestra, hr-Sinfonieorchester, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, Staatskapelle Dresden, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Philharmonic or Orchestre Philharmonique du Luxembourg.
Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Education, Youth, Museums, Culture and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, is giving on Sunday the 13th at 12:00 noon the concert El esplendor de un órgano sinfónico. Basque solo performer Loreto Aramendi, principal organist of the Cavaillé Coll organ (1863) at the Basílica de Santa María del Coro in San Sebastián, will play this peculiar instrument, whose pipes are placed on the walls of the Sala Sinfónica. Auditorio de Tenerife guarantees a safe cultural experience thanks to its Contingency Plan against COVID-19 and its Safe Tourism label, both certified by AENOR.
This is the first engagement this season to enjoy the experience of listening to the Auditorio’s organ, which was built by prestigious organ master Albert Blancafort and his team. It is a 21st century instrument with unique design, sound and stops that emerge from 3,835 pipes, which are placed on the walls of this emblematic auditorium and are played from a console on the stage.
On Sunday they are playing an attractive repertoire of Romantic and 20th century works preceded by a famous score by Baroque composer Buxtehude. Musicologist and organ expert Rosario Álvarez explained that this concert “mainly has transcriptions of famous orchestral works, a genre often visited by organists, given that the instrument is particularly suitable to compete against the orchestra as it is multitimbral, which favours this kind of performances”.
The expert revealed that “we should also mention the presence of French authors like Camille Saint-Saëns, Gabriel Fauré or Charles Tournemire, who are the result of the organ bloom that took place in France in the late 19th century and early 20th century thanks to Cavaillé-Coll instruments and the deep impression left by César Franck in a range of organists of the great Parisian churches and French cathedrals”.
For this honorary member of the Real Academia Canarias de Bellas Artes de San Miguel Arcángel “including the small piece by Hungarian György Ligeti in the repertoire provides a counterpoint to the Romantic aesthetics of the compositions by Franz Liszt and Sergej Rachmaninov”.
Tickets can be booked on our website here and by calling 902 317 327 Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can also get an appointment to come to the box office from Monday to Friday from 10:00-5:00 pm and Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, except holidays. You can ask for an appointment for the box office on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer any queries you may have from Monday to Friday 10:00 am to 2:00 pm except holidays.
Buying a ticket for any of the shows managed by Auditorio de Tenerife implies the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Cabildo to tackle Covid-19 with no exceptions or reservations, including wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with. The measures in full and the contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website.
Loreto Aramendi is an international soloist who has given countless recitals at international festivals in the US, Japan, Argentina and Canada, in addition to most European countries having played in the likes of Ópera City Hall in Tokyo, Auditorio Nacional de Madrid (Bach-Varmut), Notre Dame in Paris, Saint Sulpice, Hallgrímskikja in Reykjavik, Saint Patricks Cathedral in New York, Westminster Abbey or at the Stavanger (Norway), among others.
She has released two double CDs that were recorded with the Cavaillé-Coll organ at Santa María del Coro and at the Cavaillé-Coll at Saint Ouen Abbey in Rouen with transcriptions by Louis Robilliard.
A native of Orio, she attended San Sebastián conservatoire where she obtained her degrees in piano, harpsichord, organ and chamber music. She then studied organ at the Conservatoire National Regional in Bayonne with Bernadette Carrau and Esteban Landart, where she obtained the Gold Medal and First Prize on finishing her Improvement studies. She moved to Lyon and joined the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique et de Danse de Lyon (CNSMD), where she worked with Jean Boyer, Louis Robilliard and J. von Oortmersen. She was first prize and “Mention trés bien” in addition to obtaining the Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel de Musicien specialising in organ.
She furthered her training at the Conservatoire National Superieur Regional in Paris where she studied for five years with Nöelle Spieth and won First Prize on finishing Further studies in harpsichord and the Diploma in General Musical Studies. She also worked with J. Rouvier in piano. She practised piano in Barcelona for three years with Edith Fischer and Jorge Pepi. She has done improvement courses with teachers like M.Radulescu, J. von Oortmersen, W. Jansen, D. Moroney, R. Requejo, Roberto Szidon and Sakharov, among others.
She has a degree in Psychology from the Universidad del País Vasco (UPV) and currently teaches at the Conservatorio Profesional Francisco Escudero in San Sebastián.
Her next engagements include tours in the US and Japan as well as concerts in England, France, Norway, Iceland, Slovakia, Russia, Germany, Poland, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Italy and Spain.
The Tenerife International Film Music Festival (FIMUCITÉ) presents part of the programme for its fourteenth festival, which features the world premiere of successful TV series Money Heist soundtrack. Composed by Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez, it has been adapted to symphonic format under the artistic and music direction of renowned composer and conductor Diego Navarro, director of FIMUCITÉ. The councillor of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, revealed the details of this year’s festival with Matilde Zambudio, councillor for Culture of Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council; Yaiza López, councillor for Culture of La Laguna town council, and Diego Navarro.
Concepción Rivero confirmed that “the festival, to be held from 18 to 27 September, as announced, will provide film music lovers with a significant programme of concerts and parallel activities despite the exceptional circumstances we’re going through due to Covid-19”. The councillor praised Navarro’s resourcefulness in dealing with this “emblematic cultural event of the island, which overflows with love for music and films”. “We expect tickets for the Auditorio concerts to be available in July”, she revealed.
Matilde Zambudio applauded FIMUCITÉ’s courage to maintain the initial dates and acknowledged that during the lockdown, “many of us enjoyed culture, specifically concerts recorded in this festival”. “We’re proud that Teatro Guimerá plays host to part of the programme”, she admitted, and thanked Diego Navarro “for giving so much to culture on the island, it’s invaluable”.
For her part, Yaiza López said that “we’re happy to take part again in this event, which is established at national level, giving us a place in the world’s cultural arena. The town councillor thanked the festival’s team for their effort, because “without their endeavour and passion, it wouldn’t be possible”. “In our view, culture is a strategic sector and we’ll continue to support it”, she stated.
Diego Navarro admitted that “it’s been extraordinarily difficult to get here”. “In four epic months, the festival had to be rearranged, and it’s one out of the two film music festivals in the world to be held in 2020”, the conductor explained.
“Not even this pandemic was able to undo FIMUCITÉ: we’re the resistance of film music”, he said. The head of the festival said that “we wish to pay tribute to the most successful series of all times -the first Spanish series to win an Emmy award- with a world premiere, a music journey to match every chapter”.
So, maestro Navarro will stand before the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife in the two performances of We are the Resistance: Money Heist In Concert, that are taking place on Friday, 25 and Saturday, 26 September at the Auditorio de Tenerife, featuring composers Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez Lacámara, singer Cecilia Krull, who will perform onstage the popular theme of the series My life is going on.
The impact of the international health crisis meant the festival had to be rearranged, and thanks to the support of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Santa Cruz City Council, La Laguna Town Council, the Government of the Canary Islands, the Auditorio de Tenerife and the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, it will keep its essence, offering original concerts, unique experiences and exceptional guests.
On Friday, 18 September, the Teatro Leal de La Laguna will be host to FIMUCITÉ opening concert, where singer Esther Ovejero and jazz will lead a brand-new programme of songs that have been performed in films by great music divas. The concert will be on again on Saturday, the 19th at the Teatro Guiniguada in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The programme titled Cotton Club Diva, a tribute to the iconic New York night club, and Francis Ford Coppola’s film about the difficult times of Prohibition Law in the US, includes songs like I say a little prayer for you, immortalised by Dionne Warwick and Aretha Franklin and part of soundtracks in films like My Best Friend's Wedding' or 'The Valley of the Dolls'; 'Feeling good'; Nina Simone’s Feeling good, that featured in 'Point of no return’, or Killing me softly with his song, that earned Roberta Flack three Grammy awards, and was included in the comedy A big Boy, with Hugh Grant and a young Nicholas Hoult.
Scorsese After Hours
Pop Culture Band is back this year with a unique proposal: a selection of songs that Oscar-winner New York filmmaker Martin Scorsese has used in some of his best-known scenes. The Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is the venue chosen for Gonzalo de Araoz’s energetic ensemble to give two performances of Scorsese After Hours, which includes purpose-made arrangements of songs like Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones, from the soundtrack of Godfellas (1990), or I’m Sorry, that singer Brenda Lee made popular in 1960 and that was included in Casino (1995), among others. The show is on Saturday, 19 September.
On the other hand, 14th FIMUCITÉ also features the Coro Polifónico de la Universidad de La Laguna, who is giving the recital Cinemass on 20 September, that includes a fabulous repertoire of choir pieces that have been included in unforgettable films like Gabriel’s Oboe, of the soundtrack legendary Ennio Morricone composed for The Mission, to key pieces from Les Choristes, by Bruno Coulais, or Leonard Cohen’s popular Hallelujah included in the soundtrack of the animation film Shrek, among others. This concert is an original co-production of FIMUCITÉ the Krakow Film Music Festival and Soundtracks Live!
III Premios de la Música para el Audiovisual Español [Spanish Film Music Awards]
Also, on Saturday the 26th just before the second Money Heist concert, the III Premios de la Música para el Audiovisual Español Award Ceremony will be held at the Auditorio de Tenerife, organized by the Asociación de Compositores de Música para Audiovisual (Musimagen), in collaboration with FIMUCITÉ. Winners of the different categories (orchestral score, electroacoustic score, original music for series and original music for commercials) will be revealed on 3 August. They are all guests at the festival along with Darío Palomo, president of Musimagen.
This year was meant to be about comics and superheroes but this theme has been put off to 2021 so that its great influence and contribution to film can be celebrated as it deserves, with a wonderful repertoire of scores that have made history and keep adding to new projects and creations.
Bruckner’s 7th Symphony closes the extraordinary series of concerts with which the Sinfónica and Auditorio de Tenerife resumed their activity on 19 June. The orchestra’s honorary conductor, Víctor Pablo Pérez, will lead the ensemble at 7:30 pm on Friday, the 10th at the Sala Sinfónica. This Santa Cruz venue is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero.
Auditorio de Tenerife kindly asks the audience to arrive at the lobby 15 minutes before their designated time to enter the auditorium (it depends on your row and it is specified on your ticket and on the email you get the day before the concert) for a hassle-free access to the theatre. This initiative, which also includes taking your temperature and wearing a face mask at all time, is part of Auditorio de Tenerife’s contingency plan against the Covid-19, the first in Spain to obtain the AENOR certification. Both the GastroMag coffee-bar and the car park are available.
The Cabildo’s orchestra is giving a concert that includes exclusively the four movements of Symphony nº 7 in E major for chamber orchestra by Anton Bruckner (1824-1896), arranged by H. Eisler, E. Stein and K. Rankl, a version that the Tenerife ensemble is performing for the first time.
The score, one of the Austrian composer’s most widely performed works, was the first symphony by this author to be played by Víctor Pablo Pérez and Sinfónica de Tenerife in tandem, although this time it has been arranged for 8 wind instruments, kettledrums, and 14 string instruments.
The Burgos-born conductor studied at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and at Hochschule für Musik in Munich. From 1980 to 1988 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the Sinfónica de Asturias and from 1986 to 2005 of the Sinfónica de Tenerife. In 1993 he took charge of the Sinfónica de Galicia until 2013, when he joined the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid as artistic director and principal conductor. He has been artistic director of the Joven Orquesta de Canarias since 2017. This ensemble is made up of young musicians from all the archipelago.
He has received numerous awards: Premio Ojo Crítico de Radio Nacional de España (1990), Premio Ondas (1992 and 1996), Premio Nacional de Música (1995), Medalla de Oro a las Bellas Artes (1999), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife (2006), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Galicia (2013), Hijo Adoptivo de Tenerife and Medalla de Oro del Gobierno de Canarias. Apart from conducting nearly all the Spanish orchestras, Víctor Pablo Pérez is also invited by international ensembles and he often takes part in major international festivals.
The tickets for the last two concerts of the Sinfónica de Tenerife’s extraordinary series are now on sale at five euros. The third concert is titled Serenata nocturna and its repertoire includes works by Haydn, J. C. Bach and Mozart under the baton of leader and conductor David Ballesteros. It is taking place on Friday, the 3rd at 7:30 pm in the Sala Sinfónica of this venue, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero. Because of the high demand (tickets for the 3rd July concert were sold out the same day they were put on sale, Tuesday, the 30th), a new performance has been scheduled for 4 July at the same time.
How to buy tickets
Tickets can be purchased in twos on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and on 902 31 73 27. If you wish to buy a single seat or an odd number of seats, you need to arrange it by telephone.
Safety and prevention measures
Auditorio de Tenerife kindly asks the audience to arrive at the lobby 15 minutes before their designated time to enter the auditorium (it depends on your row and it is specified on your ticket and on the email you get the day before the concert) for a hassle-free access to the theatre. The new safety measures currently in place in the building include the compulsory use of a face mask, having your temperature taken and no breaks. Both the GastroMag coffee-bar and the car park are available.
About the repertoire
The Cabildo’s orchestra has prepared a repertoire that includes Symphony nº 44 in E minor “Trauer”, Hob.I:44, by Franz Joseph Haydn; Symphony nº 6 in G minor, op. 6, W. C12, by Johann Christian Bach, and Serenade nº 6 in D major, “Serenata notturna”, KV 239, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
David Ballesteros is currently a violinist at the London Symphony Orchestra where he has played from classical repertoires to film soundtracks like Star Wars or Harry Potter, regularly working with Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. He also takes part in the Orquesta BandArt, where he is head of the social integration area carrying out activities in hospitals, old people’s homes, and prisons.
Tenerife-born Ballesteros started his studies at the Conservatorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he did conducting and performing music of the Classical period with the original instruments. He has worked with composers like Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Adés, James MacMillan, Laura Vega, José Brito, Manuel Bonino, Ernesto Mateo, Sergio Rodríguez, or Ernesto Aurignac. He has taught at the Orquesta Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, the New World Symphony in the United States, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España and in London’s Guildhall School of Music, among other institutions. He has been a teacher at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2015.
Bruckner’s Symphony nº 7 is Sinfónica de Tenerife next concert at the Auditorio and also the last of this extraordinary series. It is taking place on Friday, 10 July at 7:30 pm and will be led by honorary conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez.
Auditorio de Tenerife has increased the seating capacity of its main stage to 300 to welcome Sinfónica de Tenerife’s second concert, Divertimento, with a reduced number of musicians. It is taking place on Friday, the 26th at 7:30 pm. Tickets will be on sale for the general public on Wednesday the 24th. This repertoire will also be played on Saturday, the 27th at 8:30 pm in Teatro El Sauzal. Tickets are available on www.teatroelsauzal.com and at the theatre’s box office.
Este aumento en las localidades del Auditorio se debe, por un lado, a que la isla se encuentra bajo la legislación de la nueva normalidad y, por otro, al éxito y buena acogida de las nuevas normas de seguridad e higiene que fueron puestas a prueba en los dos conciertos de Titán de Mahler el pasado fin de semana, que se desarrollaron sin ninguna incidencia.
The main changes include the audience arriving an hour before the show starts, entering the auditorium gradually, wearing a face mask, and having their temperature taken. Before the concert the audience is informed about all the measures, which you can also see here. The GastroMag coffee bar and Auditorio de Tenerife car park are available for this music series.
For this new Auditorio de Tenerife’s concert, the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by Councillor Concepción Rivero, is putting 300 seats on sale next Wednesday while they are available for Sinfónica subscribers from today.
Tickets cost five euros and you can buy a pair of seats here on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com or calling 902 31 73 27; for one seat or an odd number of seats, can only be purchased by telephone from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The box office is also available Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. You need to make an appointment on https://auditoriodetenerife.sedelectronica.es/citaprevia.0 or on 922 56 86 25.
About the repertory
This time the Cabildo’s orchestra will play a musical repertoire with David Ballesteros acting as leader of the orchestra/conductor. The pieces include St. Paul’s Suite, op. 29, by Gustav Holst; Holdberg Suite, op. 40, by Edvard Grieg; I crisantemi, by Giacomo Puccini, and Divertimento in D major KV 136, by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.
Holdberg Suite, op. 40 by Edvard Grieg is a musical tribute to Norwegian playwright and essayist Ludvig Holberg on the 200th anniversary of his birth. It is an evocation of 18th century dance suites of his native country.
Giacomo Puccini’s I crisantemi was composed for a string quartet or a string orchestra. Its melancholy, grieving language maintains the exciting identity of the Italian author.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Divertimento in D major KV 136 brings the concert to an end with enthusiastic, youthful excitement. The three movements correspond to the structure of Italian overtures and are permeated with the idiosyncrasy and light of Mediterranean music.
Ballesteros is currently a violinist at the London Symphony Orchestra where he has played from classical repertoires to film soundtracks like Star Wars or Harry Potter, regularly working with Simon Rattle and Valery Gergiev. He also takes part in the Orquesta BandArt, where he is head of the social integration area carrying out activities in hospitals, old people’s homes, and prisons.
Tenerife-born Ballesteros started his studies at the Conservatorio de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, where he did conducting and performing music of the Classical period with the original instruments. He has worked with composers like Sofia Gubaidulina, Thomas Adés, James MacMillan, Laura Vega, José Brito, Manuel Bonino, Ernesto Mateo, Sergio Rodríguez, or Ernesto Aurignac.
He has taught at the Orquesta Simón Bolívar in Venezuela, the New World Symphony in the United States, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Joven Orquesta Nacional de España and in London’s Guildhall School of Music, among other institutions. He has been a teacher at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland since 2015.
Auditorio’s next concert, part of this Sinfónica de Tenerife extraordinary repertoire, is Serenata nocturna. It will take place on 3 July under the same leader of the orchestra and conductor. The series closes on 10 July with Bruckner’s Symphony nº 7, under the baton of Víctor Pablo Pérez, who was also in charge of the first two sessions.
Next performances of Sinfónica de Tenerife:
26th of june: Divertimento
3th of july: Serenata nocturna
10th of july: Séptima de Bruckner