Dos proyectos procedentes de Bélgica, uno desde Galicia y cuatro formaciones tinerfeñas protagonizarán la segunda semana de conciertos del Festival Internacional Canarias Jazz & Más, que fijará sus escenarios en Tenerife y Gran Canaria.
El jueves 6 de agosto arrancarán los conciertos con el trío Sumrrá en el escenario de la Sala de Cámara del Auditorio de Tenerife, con su jazz experimental y su gusto por la improvisación; el viernes 7, la actividad en la capital santacrucera seguirá en ese mismo entorno, aunque el escenario se desplazará a la trasera del auditorio, en la Plaza de los Alisios, con un programa esta vez protagonizado por dos proyectos que llegan directamente desde Bruselas -Julien Tassin Trio y Next.Ape- y por la Orquesta de Jazz del Atlántico dirigía por Natanael Ramos. Y para cerrar, el sábado 8 en el mismo escenario, el reputado saxofonista Kike Perdomo presentará su nuevo espectáculo, inspirado en la danza de la lluvia e interpretado en formato de sexteto, en una jornada netamente canaria en la que también participarán A Few Colors -banda liderada por Eliseo Lloreda- y 2 For The Road.
Todos los conciertos comenzarán a las 20.30. Las entradas para ver a Sumrrá cuestan 15 euros y se pueden adquirir aquí. Para los que se celebrarán en la Plaza de los Alisios, la entrada cuesta dos euros y se pueden solicitar aquí para el viernes y aquí para el sábado.
Sumrrá es la suma de tres magníficos músicos que han construido una propuesta de las más sólidas del jazz nacional, con una música única, original, creativa y sobre todo con mucha libertad e improvisación. En sus conciertos presentan un sonido realmente propio y característico, lleno de fuerza y dramatismo, acompañado de grandes dosis de técnica, lirismo, swing e incluso humor.
La música de Julien Tassin se refleja en su forma de tocar: sincera, clara y sin fronteras. Su tono de guitarra es suave y lírico, pero salvaje al mismo tiempo. Todas sus composiciones están marcadas por el timbre particular de su instrumento y su fraseo original, creando un lenguaje musical original que dibuja influencias del blues al rock y el jazz.
Next.Ape es un cuarteto afincado en Bruselas que mezcla psicodelia, rock y trip-hop, en la encrucijada de Radiohead, Portishead, Damon Albarn, Modeselektor y Miles Davis. La banda ha dado forma a su propio sonido, que se sostiene sobre un tambor de caja, un bajo profundo en el Moog, una guitarra distorsionada, algunos teclados oscuros y una voz clara y carismática.
La Orquesta de Jazz del Atlántico es el buque insignia del Atlantic Jazz Lab. Bajo la dirección de Natanael Ramos, la Orquesta nos trasladará en un fascinante viaje en tren por toda la obra de Duke Ellington, el gran maestro del jazz y el swing. Un total de 15 músicos recorren uno de los repertorios más aplaudidos de todos los tiempos.
Kike Perdomo es uno de los músicos canarios más prolíficos del jazz. Suma ya 12 discos, muchos grabados en colaboración de artistas internacionales de primera línea como de Bill Evans, Chuck Loeb o Josh Dion. En esta ocasión lidera un sexteto que interpretará su particular versión de La danza de la lluvia, un rito ceremonial que se ejecuta para invocar las precipitaciones y asegurar el éxito de la cosecha.
Giosy Moltino (voz) y Franco Nasi (guitarra) forman 2 For The Road, un dúo de soul acústico con muchas influencias de los artistas de la Motown, que tiene múltiples influencias también de otros géneros como el jazz, el blues o el R&B. Temas propios, versiones de grandes temas de la música popular, con el poderío de la voz de Giosy y la maestría a la guitarra de Franco.
Eliseo Lloreda (guitarra), Felu Morales (bajo) y Pedro Marcos Volf (batería) forman A Few Colors, un trío de jazz fusion y flamenco con un disco ya en el mercado titulado Hostile Environment, en el que sus tres componentes plasman con total libertad la música que les hace felices.
Auditorio de Tenerife, que depende del Área de Cultura, Educación, Juventud y Deportes del Cabildo insular de Tenerife, que dirige la consejera Concepción Rivero, y la Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme firman un acuerdo de colaboración por tercer año consecutivo para ofrecer a los técnicos de las artes en vivo de la isla cinco cursos formativos especializados. Las sesiones comenzarán en octubre y abordarán diferentes ramas del trabajo escénico.
Durante el acto de la firma del convenio, la consejera Concepción Rivero reconoció que “es una colaboración muy importante para nosotros, ya que valoramos mucho la apuesta por la formación de nuestros jóvenes”. Por su parte, Esther Martel Gil, directora de la Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme, detalló que “el acuerdo se renovó tras una valoración precoronavirus de las acciones realizadas en 2019, aportando mejoras para 2020”. “Presentamos ahora cinco nuevos cursos que responden a las necesidades reales del sector de los espectáculos”, agregó la responsable de la fundación.
El gerente de Auditorio de Tenerife, Daniel Cerezo, aseguro que “después de estos momentos de incertidumbre, agradecemos la continuidad del acuerdo y las mejoras implementadas”. El jefe de Producción técnica de la institución cultural, Jorge Cabrera, explicó que “agradecemos la implicación de Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme, sobre todo con la situación que estamos viviendo, en la que esto es una bocanada de aire fresco para el gremio de los técnicos y, ahora que estamos en casa, es el momento perfecto para formarnos”.
De esta manera, se plantean cinco formaciones intensivas de carácter técnico-artísticas con el objetivo de mejorar los conocimientos, tanto de los profesionales de las islas como de los jóvenes estudiantes del sector del espectáculo. Las formaciones serán las siguientes: Masterclass de análisis de sistemas acústicos I y II; Curso de iluminación para teatro, musicales y danza; Curso de regiduría del espectáculo en directo; Curso de técnicas de vídeo aplicadas a la escenografía, y Curso de introducción para la producción técnica.
Los cursos se desarrollarán íntegramente en las instalaciones de Auditorio de Tenerife, que pondrá los recursos técnicos, materiales y humanos necesarios para su óptima celebración. Cada uno de los ponentes de los cursos seleccionados son profesionales que han colaborado anteriormente con el Auditorio de Tenerife, con una amplia experiencia en su sector, y que conocen el contexto de trabajo en el mundo del espectáculo tanto en las islas como a nivel nacional.
Gracias a la colaboración de Fundación MAPFRE Guanarteme, el importe de los cursos será bonificado, teniendo en especial consideración la situación actual provocada por la COVID-19, siendo la cuota de inscripción para profesionales de 30 euros más IGIC y, para estudiantes y desempleados, gratuita, por persona y curso.
Cada uno de los cursos contará con 15 plazas a las que podrán optar los profesionales con experiencia laboral en el sector audiovisual o personas que estén cursando o hayan finalizado la formación académica de al menos un Ciclo Formativo de Grado Superior en el sector audiovisual (Imagen y Sonido).
Toda la información sobre cada curso, los ponentes, el temario y el proceso para las inscripciones podrá consultarte aquí.
The Festival de las Artes del Movimiento FAM is opening its Special 2020 Festival tomorrow, Friday the 31st at 8:30 pm in Espacio La Granja, with DANCE, NO GOAL, by choreographer and dancer Carlota Mantecón. It is a co-production between Auditorio de Tenerife, under the Department for Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of Cabildo de Tenerife that is run by Councillor Concepción Rivero, and the Plesni Teater Ljubljana/Dance Theatre Ljubljana in Slovenia. Tickets are on sale on www.auditoriodetenerife.com.
Carlota Mantecón -along with Luz Prado Codina and Tamara Ascanio- is presenting the result of her latest creation, a premiere that will take place simultaneously at the Plesni Teater Ljubljana [Ljubljana Dance Theatre]. The project has been marked by the health crisis, which forced the artists to adapt the way they worked. It initially included exchanges with the Slovenian artists, which were finally replaced by new technologies.
The dancers, authors of this movement cocreation, include three Spaniards and three Slovenian: María de la Cruz Álvarez Galván, Mari Lina Sánchez Díaz, Wenseslao Gutiérrez Barrios, Majda Lekše, Metoda Pavlič and Maja Culiberg.
Mantecón is director and choreographer while Luz Prado Codina is the visual artist, and Tamara Ascanio deals with voices. Alberto Reverón is in charge of the videos, Silvia Navarro is costume assistant and the lighting design is by Cristina Bolívar. As for the Slovenian team, Urša Adamič is the dramaturg and assistant, Pila Rusjan is the video artist while lighting adaptation is by Janko Oven. The creative production is led by Katja Somrak, with Sara Serrano as her Spanish counterpart.
DANCE, NO GOAL is coproduced by the Cabildo de Tenerife by means of a stage production grant, Auditorio de Tenerife and Plesni Teater Ljubljana/Dance Theatre Ljubljana (Slovenia). The Ljubljana Dance Theatre scheme is subsidized by the and Ljubljana Town Council, Culture Department.
FAM continues on 20 September with Ígnea, by Colectivo Lamajara, which is also subsidized by the Cabildo de Tenerife. They will do their residency in both the Auditorio de Tenerife and Espacio La Granja, a venue under the Government of the Canary Islands, where it will also be performed at 8:30 pm. You can buy your tickets no won the website, at the box office or calling 902 317 327.
Auditorio de Tenerife presents the shows scheduled for the second half of the year in the wake of the changes brought about by the health crisis and after network collaboration with local professionals to support them. All in all, upcoming activity now includes 65 performances of 61 music, dance, theatre, and opera shows; in addition to 217 performances in some twenty municipalities across the island, which are part of the Tenerife Artes Escénicas scheme, managed by Auditorio de Tenerife. The councillor of Culture, Education, Youth, Museums and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Concepción Rivero, declared that “we won’t allow the coronavirus to put an end to culture, we’ll get through it and adapt”.
“This situation has changed everything and we want to be cautious”, admitted Rivero, who said that “we’re presenting these shows which are to be performed in the Auditorio and in other municipalities on the island, after having worked as a network since the health crisis started, and having been in constant contact with national and international networks of similar venues that manage and produce live art”.
As for Auditorio de Tenerife’s artistic director, José Luis Rivero, “there’s been a lot of online activity and it’s time to return to live performances as the contact between audience and artists on the stage is fundamental”. “No Canarian company without performances” has been a motto for this new phase, Rivero said.
So, after the reopening of the Auditorio with Sinfónica de Tenerife’s extraordinary series, we’re presenting FAM and MEI 2020 special festivals, the Sinfónica and Ópera de Tenerife seasons, and an adapted programme including a new Auditorio de Tenerife’s Ciclo de Cámara [Chamber Series], organ, jazz and electronic music concerts. There will be other shows as the situation allows.
The way tickets will be put on sale is different, as they will be made available closer to the date of the event, so that we can meet the needs and guidelines established by the health authorities. Also, a system called efecto sanitario [health effect] has been implemented that allows people who live together to buy a number of seats while it automatically cancels the seats around, so that we make sure the safe distance is kept. Face masks during performances are still compulsory.
Auditorio de Tenerife guarantees the safety and hygiene of all its shows through its Contingency Plan against covid-19, being the first auditorium in Spain to be AENOR-certified. The same external company also certifies the Safe Tourism label for Auditorio. This label was created by the Instituto para la Calidad Turística Española (ICTE) [Office for Spanish Tourist Quality]. “These certifications guarantee safety and health both for workers and audience”, the councillor added.
To put the programme together, which is backed by the Government of the Canary Islands, the need to support the local performing arts professionals has also been considered. This sector has been hugely affected by the situation, so we have coordinated with other festivals and cultural initiatives of the islands, joining forces for the benefit of Canarian creators and companies.
Music will lead the return to activity with the Festival Canarias Jazz & Más, which on 6 August is bringing Sumrrá to the Auditorio de Tenerife. A jazz trio that was scheduled to play at the Auditorio in April but had to be cancelled. Tickets are now on sale. Also, on the 7th and 8th different groups will play live at Plaza Alisios. Next comes Lina & Raül Refree’s electronic fado (8 October); Canarias Jazz Showroom concerts (9 & 10 October), Alexis Alonso Quartet (30 October) plus North American Uri Caine (8 December) are some of the other options in this music style.
The new Ciclo de Cámara de Auditorio de Tenerife [Chamber series] includes classical music concerts with ensembles like Orquesta Barroca de Tenerife (17 September), Ensemble Hespérides (1 and 29 October), MUSIca ALcheMIca & Lina Tur Bonet (19 November), Creativa Música Panhispánica (25 October) and Quantum Ensemble (17 December). Also, on 13 September there will be an organ concert by Loreto Aramendi, main organist of the Cavaillé Coll organ (1863) at the Basílica de Santa María del Coro de San Sebastián and international soloist.
From 18 September to 18 December Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife will give six concerts with works by composers like Strauss, Mahler, Schumann, Shostakovich, Mozart and Brahms, plus a concert to suit all the family: Suena… ¡El circo! (14 November).
The Auditorio will also welcome two concerts of the Festival Internacional de Música de Cine de Tenerife, Fimucité, that on 25 and 26 September is performing Somos la resistencia: La casa de papel en concierto, premiering live the soundtrack of successful Netflix series’ Money Heist, the first Spanish series to receive an Emmy Award.
Other music shows include El Mesías participativo (22 December) in collaboration with Fundación “la Caixa”.
As for the performing arts, the Special 2020 MEI Muestra Escénica Iberoamericana [Latin America stage showcase] is scheduled for 13 to 30 September at 8:30 pm in Teatro El Sauzal. The programme, that has been coordinated with Canarian festivals Temudas and Mueca, has been adapted to the circumstances, and has kept Nuria Espert’s Romancero gitano, and Siete hombres buenos by 2RC Teatro, which are rounded off with these shows: El crimen de la calle Fuencarral and Todo el cielo, by Unahoramenos; ¡Valientes!, by Burka Teatro; Informe Lope, by Morfema Teatro; Fábula del topo, el murciélago y la musaraña, by Delirium Teatro; and San Juan, by Teatro La República in co-production with Teatro Cuyás. Many of these performances are either premieres or first performances by Canarian companies. Tickets will be on sale soon on www.meitenerife.com, where you’ll find all the information.
Regarding the Festival de las Artes del Movimiento, FAM [Movement Arts Festival], most of the performances in this 2020 Special will take place from 12 to 31 October at the Auditorio de Tenerife, including national shows onstage and on the street. There will also be shows on other dates, like Dance, no goal, which is the result of Carlota Mantecón’s residency in collaboration with Luz Prado Codina and Tamara Ascanio, a coproduction with Slovenia you can enjoy at 8:30 pm on Friday, 31 July at Espacio La Granja. The same Government venue, which collaborates with FAM, welcomes Ígnea, by Colectivo Lamajara at 8:00 pm on 20 September. Tickets for both events are now on sale. December brings the new show by Lava Compañía de Danza: Kick the bucket, a choreography by Iván Pérez. The network Acieloabierto and Danza a Escena, both INAEM members collaborate with FAM. This festival has the European Union EFFE label (Europe for Festivals. Festivals for Europe).
Special care has been taken with artist residencies work in harmony with creators who benefited from Cabildo de Tenerife’s grants for stage production. Carlota Mantecón, Paloma Hurtado, Paula Quintana, Élida Dorta, Rebeca Píriz, Nikka XxX, Daniel Abreu and others who were invited by Numa Circuit 2020 are some of the artists who will carry out residency programmes at the Auditorio and in collaboration with Espacio La Granja. “To perform something, it must first be researched”, Auditorio’s artistic director explained.
The Tenerife Artes Escénicas y Música Project (TAEM) is also back to boost the sector with 217 theatre, dance, circus, music, and street art performances. The last time it was on, 86 companies, 27 Tenerife town councils, and 3 private venues took part.
Ópera de Tenerife comes back with Donizetti’s Requiem on 24 October, a tribute to the victims of this health crisis, under the baton of Alessandro Palumbo. Lucrezia Borgia by Donizetti, that had to be cancelled at the last minute due to the pandemic, will meet the audience on 24, 26 and 28 November, with Andriy Yurkevych as music director and the voice of soprano Yolanda Auyanet. Finally, on 12 December Ópera de Tenerife will give an opera gala featuring renowned singers like international soprano Olga Peretyatko, and Sesto Quatrini as music director. The three performances will take place at the Auditorio de Tenerife with a reduced version of the Sinfónica de Tenerife.
Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social department has also resumed work with projects like Teatro en la Escuela, Danza en Comunidad or Coro Juvenil. All the schemes are carried out in close collaboration with the education and social centres on the island in line with the guidelines established by the Department for Education of the Government of the Canary Islands. On 19, 20 and 21 November, Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes ROCE’s gathering “Encuentro 2020”. Auditorio is a member of ROCE, which stands for Educational Concert Organizers Network.
All the information on health measures, shows, and ticket sale is available on www.auditoriodetenerife.com. You need to make an appointment on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar before coming to the box office, which is open Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. The telephone number 902 31 73 27 to buy tickets is also available in the same office hours.
The president of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Pedro Martín, and the councillor of Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, Concepción Rivero, presented today the programme of the first part of Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife season, to begin on 18 September at the Auditorio de Tenerife. The programme includes six concerts, taking part in different festivals, Ópera de Tenerife plus its outreach programme.
“Being able to do this presentation”, the president said, “is, in a way, the best demonstration of returning to normal, as there is no normal in a community with no cultural options” and added that “that’s why it’s so important that we can listen to Strauss, Mahler or Schumann at the Auditorio in the coming months, apart from making this music played by the Orquesta Sinfónica reach all the community”. In this regard, Pedro Martín said that in the next season “there will be some family concerts, to spark vocations, in addition to giving access to schools and bringing classical music to groups who cannot easily come to the Auditorio, like the elderly and those who are confined in prisons”.
Siempre Contigo [Always with you] is the motto chosen by the Cabildo’s Orchestra to set the basis of a season marked by social distancing but committed to being consistently close to people. During lockdown, many orchestra’s musicians built interactive links with Tenerife’s people by means of home-made videos that show how music brings people together when direct contact is impossible. So, we’re only giving the green light to concerts to be held from September to December, as certain circumstances connected to Covid19 may arise. That’s why we try to work cautiously and just programme for the next four months”, the island’s councillor for Culture, Concepción Rivero pointed out.
Depending on how the current health situation evolves, Sinfónica de Tenerife’s programme will be adapted to the indications given by the appropriate authorities. That is why the season has been divided in two parts: from September to December 2020 and from January to July 2021, which will be presented later. The current programme can be seen and downloaded on http://sinfonicadetenerife.es.
Auditorio de Tenerife will continue to apply, at least for the first part of next season, the safety measures that have been certified by AENOR, which backs their effectiveness. This involves adapting the programme to the new requirements, including reduced seating capacity, no intermission, keeping physical distance both on the stage and in the stalls, compulsory use of face masks or temperature taking.
Seats will not be available until September and sales will be staggered. So, from the 2nd to the 8th, last season’s subscribers will have a priority period to buy their seats; from the 9th to the 11th users can buy a package for the first 6 concerts; finally, from 12 September on tickets will be available to those coming to any of the concerts in this first part.
Sinfónica de Tenerife principal conductor, Antonio Méndez, will lead the opening concerts, which includes Metamorphosen, TrV 290 by Richard Strauss and Symphony nº 4 in G major (arranged by Klaus Simon) by Gustav Mahler, featuring French-Danish soprano Elsa Dreisig.
The second programme will be played on Friday, 2 October under the baton of Juanjo Mena and cellist Pablo Fernández as soloist, who is also resident artist this season. The Cabildo’s orchestra has put together a programme that includes Cello Concerto in A minor, op. 129 by Robert Schumann, Chamber Symphony, op.110a by Dimitri Shostakovich Alberto Ginastera’s Variaciones concertantes, op.23.
October welcomes the third symphonic programme conducted by Anna Rakitina featuring trumpetist Manuel Blanco as guest soloist. They will play The Magic Flute, overture K.620 by Wolfgang A. Mozart, Trumpet Concerto in E major by Johann N. Hummel and Symphony nº 5 in C minor, op. 67 de Ludwig Van Beethoven.
Lucas Macías will lead Sinfónica de Tenerife’s fourth concert on 6 November, featuring Tenerife clarinettist Maximiliano Martín Lechado as soloist. They will perform two scores by Aaron Copland, Quiet City Clarinet Concerto; to end with Ludwig Van Beethoven’s Symphony nº 4 in B flat major, op.60.
Two events are scheduled for December; the first is on Friday the 4th and features honorary conductor, Víctor Pablo Pérez and Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulovic as soloist. The programme includes Violin Concerto nº 3 in G major "Strassburg", K.216 by Wolfgang A. Mozart and Symphony nº 3 in E flat major "Heroic", op.55 by Ludwig Van Beethoven.
The second concert of the month, and last of the first part of the season, will take place on Friday, the 18th. The orchestra will be led by its principal conductor Antonio Méndez and will play Serenade nº 1 in D major, op. 11 by Johannes Brahms and Symphony nº 3 in E flat major "Renana", op.97 by Robert Schumann.
With Suena…¡El Circo!, the Cabildo’s orchestra refreshes the old concerts for schoolchildren and families. These will take place from 11 to 14 November. This programme is aimed at Primary School children and it includes the script and voice of storyteller Ana Hernández Sanchíz and juggler El Gran Rufus.
The island’s orchestra will also feature in Ópera de Tenerife productions to take place in the first part of the season. Once again, they will also play at FIMUCITÉ extraordinary concert. At the Auditorio de Tenerife on 25 and 26 September the festival is presenting a programme led by Tenerife conductor Diego Navarro and titled Somos la Resistencia: La Casa de Papel en Concierto. [Soundtrack of the Money Heist series]. The original music by Manel Santisteban and Iván Martínez Lacámara will be accompanied by the voices of Cecilia Krull, Fran León and Pedro Alonso.
On 10 October, El Sauzal will be host to another extraordinary programme of Sinfónica de Tenerife conducted by Ignacio García Vidal, featuring the voice of narrator Enrique Lanz and Compañía de Títeres Etcétera, to perform the score of Peter and the Wolf, op.67 by Serguéi Prokofiev.
The outreach programme “Música Abierta” will start in November. This programme has been carried out in elderly people’s homes and prisons on the island in past years. The event includes works by Foster, Boccherini or Mozart plus the voice of narrator Ana Hernández Sanchíz.
We’ll present our next season soon, and the Auditorio team wishes to tell you how, after spending some time away, we’re coming back to our other home, Casa de las Emociones [The Home of Emotions].
We can’t wait to get back and everything’s ready now to get together again with no risks. So that you feel safe, just like at home.
See you soon!
Auditorio and Sinfónica de Tenerife have renewed the trust of the audience after their return with an extraordinary series of concerts, which were attended by more than 1,700 people. A reduced orchestra played the four repertoires in seven sessions -including one at the Teatro El Sauzal- which were all sold out. The new safety and hygiene measures were willingly accepted by the audience.
The Department for Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, saw reality match the results of the survey conducted by Auditorio de Tenerife to 2,500 people: over half the public is willing to come as soon as activity resumes. Only 17% of people asked opted to wait for one or two months after reopening.
The distance between seats, constant sanitization, staggered access to the auditorium and gel dispensers are some of the measures that make the public feel safe. Apart from these, Auditorio has also made it compulsory to wear face masks, and have your temperature taken before coming into the building. Auditorio de Tenerife is the first theatre in Spain to have its Contingency Plan to deal with COVID-19 certified by AENOR, which gives confidence to audiences, artists, and workers. The same company has also certified the Safe Tourism label for Auditorio, which was created by the Instituto para la Calidad Turística Española (ICTE).
Sinfónica de Tenerife was one of the first Spanish orchestras to resume activity with audiences. The first programme in the series, which was played on 19 June, Titan by Mahler, quickly sold out the 188 seats that were available, so a new session was offered with the same result.
The seating capacity was increased to 300 for the next concert, Divertimento, meeting the new measures put in place for the new normal period regarding indoors shows. A day later, 26 June, the same repertoire was played at Teatro El Sauzal with 127 seats.
The Cabildo’s Orchestra also sold out the first session of Serenata Nocturna, on 3 July, so a second concert was offered on the following day when just ten tickets went unsold. The last concert, Bruckner’s Seventh Symphony, on 10 July was quickly sold out although an extra 100 seats were made available on the same day thanks to the change in the regulations made by the Government of the Canary Islands.
The first and fourth programme was led by Sinfónica de Tenerife honorary conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez, while the second and third concerts were conducted by Tenerife-born David Ballesteros, who was leader of the orchestra and conductor.
Both Sinfónica de Tenerife and Auditorio will very soon announce their programmes for the rest of 2020, which will be marked by the current situation both in terms of contents and delivery.
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 contingency plan to tackle COVID-19 of Auditorio de Tenerife, which is under the Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, run by councillor Concepción Rivero, has obtained the AENOR certification for the implementation and efficiency of the new protocol at concerts and events in safe facilities. It is the first concert hall in Spain to get the certification and to obtain it, the external company in charge carried out an thorough audit both of the premises and the documents, supervising the organisation, safety, and hygiene measures put in place for this new phase.
The AENOR certificate is an external guarantee of the efficacy of the measures applied by the institution against the risks this pandemic involves. It also endorses that the initiative meets the guidelines and requirements of the different health authorities issued by 20200703 NP national and international organisations regarding COVID-19 prevention and hygiene. “This shows Auditorio de Tenerife, and therefore the Cabildo de Tenerife, is committed to offering a safe environment to hold concerts and shows in the building”, councillor Concepción Rivero pointed out.
The assessment done by AENOR examines issues like risk management; health management in the workplace; training, information and communications; organisational measures (controlling audience numbers, distance and screens); protection (using personal protective equipment), as well as good cleaning and hygiene practices, etc.
The audit checked the measures implemented by the Auditorio, from signposting in English and Spanish or providing hygienic tables to risk management for workers.
The organisational measures put in place by the Auditorio were also checked, including workers, audiences, and artists; the cleaning and disinfection plans; the facilities maintenance plan; and the guidelines regarding waste management. The auditors also saw a rehearsal of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife and a concert with audience by this orchestra, as well as the cafeteria service located at the Auditorio’s lobby.
AENOR is a professional services company that identifies and helps correct gaps in the competitiveness of companies and the economic fabric in general. It contributes to the transformation of society by building trust among organisations and people through assessments (certification, inspections, and tests) training and information.
It is the leading certification company in Spain. More than 82,000 work centres worldwide have AENOR certifications in fields like Quality Management, Sustainability, Verification of Non-financial Information, Animal Welfare, Safety and Health in the Workplace, Digitalization or Compliance. It is a global company working in 90 countries and has 20 offices in Spain and its own auditors in every Autonomous Region.
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