The Sinfónica 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 the second season concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, the 2nd at Auditorio de Tenerife. The programme includes works by Schumann, Shostakovich and Ginastera and will be conducted by Juanjo Mena. It is also the first time the 2020/2021 season Artist in Residence, cellist Pablo Ferrández, is taking part. 

The Cabildo’s orchestra will play with the reduced orchestra now in place the Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 12 by Robert Schumann, Dmitri Shostakovich‘s Chamber Symphony, op. 110a -arranged by Rudolf Barshai- and Variaciones concertantes, op. 23 by Alberto Ginastera.

Tickets for all the concerts of the first part of the season are available from today, Monday the 28th. You can also get the Pack Otoño [Autumn Package], that includes five concerts with 10% discount. 

You can book them via the website and by telephone on 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 on and on 922 568 625, where they can also answer all 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 Cabildo cultural centre to tackle 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. 

The Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 12 was written by Robert Schumann in 1850, during a period regarded as his most creative.  Like an elegy, this composition, in which the cello has a conversation with the other instruments, evokes an atmosphere of withdrawal and melancholy. 

Chamber Symphony, op. 110a -arranged by Rudolf Barshai- is by Dmitri Shostakovich and has never been played by Sinfónica de Tenerife before. It is of an autobiographical nature and quotes from many of his main works are easily identified like his First and Tenth Symphonies, his opera Lady Macbeth, or his first Cello Concerto. 

Alberto Ginastera‘s Variaciones concertantes, op. 23 is one of the main works of the Argentinian composer’s “subjective nationalism” period, in which folklore and traditional music play a fundamental role as groundbreaking creative elements. 

Juanjo Mena was awarded the Premio Nacional de Música in the Performance category in 2016 and is internationally regarded as one of the most renowned Spanish conductors. He is currently principal conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival. He has been principal conductor of the BBC Philharmonic, Guest principal conductor of the Bergen Filharmoniske Orkester and the Teatro Carlo Felice in Genoa, in addition to principal conductor and artistic director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Bilbao.

He has led prestigious ensembles including the philharmonic of Berlin, London, della Scala (Milan), Oslo and Rotterdam, the symphony orchestras of Bavaria Radio, Bamberg, Swedish Radio, Danish National and NHK Tokyo, French National Orchestra, the Konzerthausorchester Berlin, the Tonhalle-Orchester Zürich and the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. In America he has conducted the symphony orchestras of Chicago, Baltimore, Cincinnati, Montreal, Pittsburgh and Toronto, the New York and Los Angeles philharmonics and the Cleveland, Minnesota, Philadelphia and Washington orchestras, among others.

Cellist Pablo Ferrández, Sinfónica de Tenerife‘s resident artist for the 2020/21 season has been recognised at the XV International Tchaikovsky Competition, ICMA Young Artist of the Year and in 2018 he won the Premio Princesa de Girona for his “exceptional talent and international scope”. In the last seasons he has taken part in music engagements like the Hollywood Bowl with Los Angeles Philharmonic, with Bavaria Radio Symphony Orchestra and has collaborated with Anne-Sophie Mutter playing Brahms Double Concerto in Madrid and Oxford; he also made his debut with Bamberg Symphony, or collaborated with Anne-Sophie Mutter, Khatia Buniatishvili and the London Philharmonic playing Beethoven‘s Triple Concerto.

Ferrández has also performed with Filarmonica della Scala and R. Chailly, Mahler Chamber Orchestra and D. Gatti, Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra, BBC Scottish Symphony, RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Dusseldorf Symphony at Elbphilharmonie, Orchestra Sinfonica Nationale RAI, St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra, Orquesta Nacional de España, Orquesta de RTVE, or Orquesta Sinfónica de les Illes Balears.