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The tenor was to perform in an opera gala dedicated to Verdi

 

According to the singer's agency, Celso Albelo will not participate during the season 2023-2024 of Opera de Tenerife. The tenor was due to perform at the Verdi Singular Operagala next June, as it was announced on 12 April during the presentation of the opera season in Auditorio de Tenerife.

The Auditorio de Tenerife regrets the absence of the tenor. The representatives of the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council, Enrique Arriaga and Alejandro Krawietz, deputy councillor and deputy island director of Culture, respectively, expressed their pleasure at the participation of Celso Albelo in the Symphony Hall during the presentation of the season. Opera de Tenerife is currently negotiating a new programme for the 22 June.

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This atypical concert and ˊperformanceˊ, with seven performers who will play one hundred instruments and objects, takes place on Saturday

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife is offering Interpretando a Tom Waits (Performing Tom Waits), a show by the Canadian company L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres (the orchestra of men-orchestra) in the form of a tribute-performance to the North American musician. The atypical staging of this concert takes place on Saturday [24], at 7:30 p.m. in the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

With the colourful repertoire of the musical icon Tom Waits (California, 1949), L’orchestre d'hommes-orchestres offers an experience that looks more like a carnival show or a musical circus than a mere concert. With almost 100 objects and invented instruments, the seven frenetic multi-instrumentalists perform facing one another and on top of one another, exchanging instruments and voices. The leitmotif stems from the personality of the well-known folk singer and composer.

This creation by L’orchestre d’hommes-orchestres includes a text and music by Tom Waits, Chuck E. Weiss, and Kathleen Waits-Brennan. With a lighting concept by Marc Tétreault and operated by Philippe Lessard-Drolet, Frédéric Auger is the sound engineer and technical director for the project. The performers who will bring this performative concert to life are Bruno Bouchard, Gabrielle Bouthillier, Jasmin Cloutier, Simon Elmaleh, Patrick Ouellet, Liette Remon, and Nadine Lizotte.

In 2002, when L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres was founded in the city of Quebec, Canada, the members of the group had no idea that they were creating a springboard for performing arts. Unclassifiable and bordering on several artistic disciplines, the company has created twenty original productions for the stage and public spaces, notably including Shattered Cabaret, Tintamarre Caravane, Les Palais, and this Performing Tom Waits.

Invited to perform on the main stages in both Quebec and abroad, L'orchestre d'hommes-orchestres has presented productions in over 80 cities in twenty countries in Europe, America, and Oceania. In 2013 it received the City of Toronto Glenn Gould Protégé Prize by Robert Lepage and in 2015, the City of Quebec prize.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed, and large families.

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The programme with pieces by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky will also mark the debut of the cellist Kian Soltani as the guest soloist.

 

Hugh Wolff is making his debut in charge of the Sinfónica de Tenerife to conduct the closing concert of the season 2022-23, which includes a programme with pieces by Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky. It will also mark the debut of the cellist Kian Soltani as the guest soloist of the orchestra. This musical evening takes place in the Auditorio de Tenerife this Friday [23rd] at 7:30 p.m.

The event will begin with the Cello Concerto No. 1 in E-flat major, Op. 107, by Dmitri Shostakovich, premiered by Rostropovich in 1959, critics consider it to be the archetype concerto of the 20th century, in which he presents the soloist instrument distanced from the concept of nineteenth-century beauty. Four catchy notes are used to create the entire concerto, this formula shows the sarcastic side of the composer, who thus caricatures the political views of his country.

After the interlude, there will be a performance of Symphony No. 6 in B minor, the “Pathétique Symphony” by Tchaikovsky. This piece was devised as a kind of musical autobiography which reflects everything from the composer’s happiest days, expressed in the frenetic Allegro molto vivace of the second movement; to his particular farewell letter with the Adagio lamentoso of the fourth movement.

Hugh Wolff began his professional career as an assistant conductor to Rostropovich in the National Symphony Orchestra in 1979. He has also been the lead conductor of different groups such as the Belgian National Orchestra, the HR-Sinfonieorchester Frankfurt, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, of which he was also musical director. He also carried out this latter professional role at the Grant Park Music Festival Chicago and at the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra.

Wolff has conducted the main American orchestras, such as the Boston Symphony, the Chicago Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, and the San Francisco Symphony. He has also had a presence at different summer festivals such as those of Aspen, Ravinia, and Tanglewood. In Europe, he regularly conducts the Czech Philharmonic, the Leipzig Gewandhaus, the London Symphony, the Orchestre National de France, the Orchestre National de Lyon, the Philharmonia Orchestra, the Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin and the Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks.

His recognitions notably include the “Stanford and Norma Jean Calderwood Director of Orchestras” of the Boston New England Conservatory, which enabled him to lead four orchestras and teach the art of orchestra conducting to postgraduate students.

Kian Soltani began playing the cello at the age of four. Aged 12 he began his studies at the Basel Music Academy, and in 2014 he obtained a scholarship from the Anne Sophie Mutter Foundation. Soltani made his debut with the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, the Czech Philharmonic, the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in the 2021/22 season. In addition to participating with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, he offers concerts with the Staatskapelle Berlin and the Tonhalle Orchestra Zürich, as well as with the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, and the Orchestra Vienna Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

His most recent recognitions notably include first place at the 2013 International Cello Competition in Helsinki and the Leonard Bernstein Award in Germany in 2017. He also received the Credit Suisse Young Artist Award.

As a chamber musician, Kian Soltani has played at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the Salzburg and Lucerne Festivals, as well as at the Wigmore Hall in London and the Pierre Boulez Saal in Berlin.

ATADEM, the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music, is once again offering a free talk beforehand for members and the general public on the characteristics of the two pieces that make up this musical programme. On this occasion, Tania Marrero will be in charge of this event at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín".

The tickets for this last concert of the season can be purchased until the day of the event on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office, and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The bands participating in this last day come from El Sauzal, Santiago del Teide, and Icod de los Vinos.

 

This Sunday [18th], at 11:30 a.m., the Auditorio de Tenerife hosts the last concert of the "Primavera Musical" cycle, with the performance of the wind bands San Pedro (El Sauzal), Santiago del Teide, and José Manuel Cabrera Mejías (Icod de los Vinos). This cultural activity started in 2005 as an initiative by the federation 'Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música' and since then it has had the collaboration of the Tenerife Island Council. This year, 36 groups performed in the Chamber Hall.

The wind band San Pedro from El Sauzal starts Sunday's concert. The performance, directed by Francisco Jairo Cabrera Estévez, will start with Medley Boleros I, with arrangements by José Molina, followed by the Pasodoble Impressions, by Ernesto García Climent, Torrents of Fire, by Larry Neeck, to conclude with Coldplay on stage, arranged by Michael Brown.

Four pieces will also be performed by the Santiago del Teide music band. They will start with African Symphony, by Van McCoy and arrangements by Naohiro Iwai, followed by Destellos del alba, by Ferrer Ferrán, Rhapsody for Euphonium, by James Curnow, and El Cumbanchero, by Rafael Hernández, arranged by Naohiro Iwai. The band will be conducted by Jorge Pujol Fumero.

The band José Manuel Cabrera Mejías, from Icod de los Vinos, will be in charge of closing this year's edition of Primavera Musical. Juan Alexis González Rodríguez will direct the musicians with a repertoire that starts with Pacific Dreams, by Jacob de Haan, followed by Hindenburg, by Michael Geisler, and the Pasodoble Consuelo Císcar, by Ferrer Ferrán.

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The Italian musicians Paolo Oreni and Alessandro Marangoni will play on Sunday the programme ˋDe Bach a Gershwinˊ (From Bach to Gershwin)

The Auditorio de Tenerife has programmed for next Sunday at 12 noon a symphonic organ and piano concert, featuring the Italian musicians Paolo Oreni (organ) and Alessandro Marangoni (piano), who will play De Bach a Gershwin (From Bach a Gershwin) in the Symphony Hall.

The programme includes an unusual combination of piano and organ, which will play together like chamber and symphonic music at the same time, exploring all the timbric and colour possibilities of both instruments. The programme begins with Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) and the Concerto BWV 1685 in the Busoni version to move on to two pieces from the great solo piano repertoire by Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) with the Scherzo No. 2. It will continue with the organ through the Prometheus of Liszt, in the version by Jean Guillou, a maestro of Paolo Oreni who has also played the organ of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The Italian composer Carlo Galante (1959) has written Gioachiniana, a work dedicated to the duo Marangoni-Oreni on themes by Rossini: concert arias for the audience with a Spanish ending, in which both instruments play a single instrument. The concert concludes with the famous Rhapsody in Blue by Gershwin in a transcription for piano and organ by Marangoni and Oreni. These musicians are trying to bring back the repertoire for piano and organ, and even commission contemporary composers to create new compositions for this duo.

Paolo Oreni was born in 1979 and began his musical studies with the organ at the age of 11 with Walter Zaramella at the Gaetano Donizetti Institute of Music Studies. In 2000 he received a scholarship from the Ministry of Culture of Luxembourg and the Cooperative Credit Bank of Treviglio and moved to Luxembourg where he won First Place in the "Prix Interrégional-Diplôme de Concert" International Competition (2002). A crucial moment in his career was meeting the maestro Jean Guillou at the master classes he attended in Paris and in Zurich.

He has won several awards at international competitions, including an Honourable Mention at the Ville de Paris Competition in 2004. He has also played at the Scala de Milan and with orchestras such as the Verdi Symphonic Orchestra in Milan, the Jeune Orchestre in Paris, The Chamber Orchestra in Bolzano, the Symphonisches Orchester in Zurich and the Bochumer Symphoniker. He works intensely as a soloist and with orchestras and chamber groups, with over 100 concerts a year at the world's most important auditoriums and churches. Since 2006 he has been regularly invited by the Diocese of Munich to the Basilica of Ottobeuren and the Cathedral of Altemberg to give master classes in improvisation and the organ repertoire.

 

Alessandro Marangoni is the winner of several national and international competitions. He is renowned on the international scene thanks to important concert activity as a soloist at the main European festivals and his intense chamber music activity. He was born in 1979 and holds a doctorate from the University of Pavia. In December 2007 he made his début with Daniel Barenboim at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan. Some of his recent successes include a tour of Mozart concertos alongside the Amadeus Kammerorchester of the Mozarteum of Salzburg and the I Filarmonici Europei Orchestra.

With Quirino Príncipe he founded the duo Alexander Quirini and Quirino Alessandri, creating monographic programmes on Rossini, Chopin, and other great composers. He has held over one hundred concerts with enormous success in the virtual world of Second Life. He collaborates with the jazz musician and composer Sandro Cerino, with whom he recorded the album Sconfini. He won the prestigious Italian Critics Prize “F. Abbiati” and the International Classical Music Awards (ICMA). He is the artistic director of Forte Fortissimo TV and of the Almo Collegio Borromeo in Pavia (Italy).

Built in the 20th century by the prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team, the Auditorium's organ is considered a unique instrument for its design, sound, and musical ranges. The sounds are produced by 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall, which are controlled by the organist from on-stage through to where he is performing.

The tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office, or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.

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Once the proposals are selected, a catalogue will be drafted and offered to educational centres in Tenerife for the school year 2023-2024

 

Theatre, dance, movement art companies and music groups on the island can now register for the new edition of "Teatro en la Escuela" (Theatre at School). The programme by the Auditorio de Tenerife is organised under the Island Council's Culture Area. After making a selection of the registered projects, they will create a catalogue with which the educational centres can apply for performances or creative processes for the next school year 2023-2024.

The rules of this programme organised by the Educational and Social Area of the Auditorium can now be checked on the website https://auditoriodetenerife.com/es/educativa-y-social/teatro-en-la-escuela. The selection will be undertaken by an assessment committee based on the criteria published and in accordance with the principles of objectivity, competition, and advertising.

The companies or groups must present their projects for shows or creative processes in the form of a dossier and accompanied by a teaching guide tailored to the age of the pupils it is aimed at, which can be for preschool, primary, secondary, baccalaureate education, and training cycles. The registration period ends on 23 June.

Professional theatre, dance, and movement arts companies can participate, along with music groups that have been legally established, with business addresses or permanent headquarters on the island of Tenerife. Projects that are supported by professionals (theatre, dance, and music) and multidisciplinary teams in the education sector, pedagogy, etc. will be favourably viewed.

In the case of shows, their duration must range between 45 and 75 minutes; in terms of creative processes, they will be counted as two shows and must be formed by five working sessions. Thus, each selected project can choose ten shows or five creative processes to implement throughout the year.

This eighth edition begins in September and runs until June 2024, coinciding with the school year. Just like every year, the advertising and coordination with the schools from the catalogue resulting from the selective process will be carried out by the team from the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The objectives of this programme notably include making students aware of performing and musical languages in their own educational context, as well as providing access to and disseminating the performing and music arts among pupils on the island. On the other hand, it is important to link academic aspects to the professional context of performing and musical arts in Tenerife.

Thus, another of the goals is to encourage values focused on dance and movement arts, relating to art, health, the body, and movement, linked to the artistic discipline of dance in a cross-cutting and cross-disciplinary way. In this regard, enriching and diversifying communicative, expressive, and creative possibilities through musical language is also included.

Encouraging the all-around development of students through arts and creating the foundations to encourage the socialisation of students within the school space through cultural activities are other aims of this initiative which is celebrating its seventh consecutive year.

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On Thursday this week, the cellist Camille Thomas, who will play a Stradivarius from 1730, performs this programme with the pianist Julien Brocal

 

The Chamber Music Cycle of Auditorio de Tenerife presents the concert À mon ami -  Chopin y Franchomme, el crepúsculo de los dioses (The twilight of gods), with the cellist Camille Thomas and the pianist Julien Brocal. The French musician will play in Tenerife the renowned Stradivarius Feuermann from 1730, on loan from Nippon Music Foundation, that belonged to Franchomme.

The programme is featured by the musicians and composers Frédéric Chopin (1810-1849) and August-Joseph Franchomme (1808-1884), whose friendship inspired Thomas for this concert. The last letter Chopin wrote in his life was to Franchomme and those where his words: “I love you and that's all what I can tell because I'm falling from sleep and weakness”.

At the twilight of his life, Chopin composed his sonata for cello and piano dedicating it to his dear friend, the cellist Franchomme. The day before his death Chopin asked to hear it and Franchomme, at his bedside in a salon in the Place Vendôme, played the second and third movements.

According to Camille Thomas, "it's like the testament of a life that ends in full swing, each note of the sonata reflects the immense human and artistic friendship that bonded both of them." Through music, they became immortal" explains the artist who highlights that "Chopin confessed that his favourite instrument was the cello and apart from piano compositions, he exclusively composed for this other instrument."  

Optimism, vitality and joyful exuberance are elements of Camille Thomas's rich and compelling personality. The young Franco-Belgian cellist, who signed an exclusive contract with Deutsche Grammophon in April 2017, understands art's power to bring people together, to unite individuals from diverse cultures, countries and backgrounds. Thomas declared "I strongly believe that music has the power to enlarge the heart, to make you feel everything with more intensity, because music offers hope for the beauty and greatness of the soul."

Voice of Hope is her second Deutsche Grammophon’s album that was released in June 2020. It is the world premiere recording of Fazil's Concerto for Cello and Orchestra 'Never Give Up', the composer's response to terrorist attacks on Paris and Istanbul. It was written expressly for Thomas, who gave its world premiere performance in Paris in April 2018. It is the first classical album recorded in partnership with UNICEF, reflecting the cellist's desire to help others through her music.

Camille Thomas has already worked with such conductors as Paavo Järvi, Mikko Franck, Marc Soustrot, Darrell Ang, Kent Nagano, and Stéphane Denève, and with orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Academia Santa Cecilia, the Sinfonia Varsovia, Staatsorchester Hamburg in the Elbphilharmonie, the Lucerne Festival Strings in the Herkulessaal in Munich, the Orchestre National de Bordeaux, and Brussels Philharmonic.

Named BBC Music Magazine's 2018 Revelation of the Year, Julien Brocal began learning the piano at the age of five and performed for the first time at the Salle Cortot (Paris) at the age of seven. He was spotted in January 2013 by Maria João Pires during an advanced course at the Cité de la Musique (Paris). She then invited him for an artistic residency at the Chapelle Musicale Reine Elisabeth in Belgium.

The pianist has offered several recitals around the world. Brocal is a regular chamber music partner of cellists Lidy Blijdorp, Camille Thomas and violinist Rosanne Philippens, co-organizing with pianist Julien Libeer the chamber music festival "Pause Festival" in La Donaira, Andalusia. In addition to playing in traditional halls, he has created in his studio a "Musical Garden" a creative ecosystem reflecting the principles of permaculture by providing a space to produce live performances, recordings and residencies.

Julien Brocal also works to bring music and the arts, to organize workshops to introduce classical music, and educational projects for children in difficulty. He has contributed to the development of the children's choir Equinoxe created by Maria João Pires. Likewise, he is involved as a conductor in the children's choir Singing Molenbeek which works in the schools of Molenbeek in Brussels. He has initiated regular sessions of Musical Breathing with the Doctor in psychology of emotions Ilios Kotsou.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.

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Gustavo Trujillo from Tenerife will present his work ‘Tangaraste’ in a programme encompassing 53 works and 39 composers

The first concert will be on 8 September with the involvement of Frank Peter Zimmermann as a violin soloist

Tomorrow marks the start of the period for renewing subscriptions with cheaper prices

 

 

The 2023-2024 season of the Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra), under the slogan Your music in good hands, includes 19 season concerts and the world première of two works: Tangaraste, by Gustavo Trujillo, and Elegía a Ruth Schweikert, by Antoni Parera Fons. The first event will be on 8 September in the Auditorio de Tenerife with the participation of the violinist Frank Peter Zimmermann in a programme conducted by Joseph Swensen. The orchestra’s activity is completed throughout the year with its regular involvement in the Opera de Tenerife, special programmes and socio-educational initiatives for the dissemination of symphonic music to new audiences.

The acting island Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga, stated that “tomorrow [Tuesday 13] marks the start of the period for renewing subscriptions where we have approved a considerable price reduction compared to previous years, with them costing from 162 Euros for the entire season.” The same applies to the tickets for each concert, whose prices have been set at 15 and 10 Euros according to the seating area in the Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The acting island director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz, highlighted that “the Island Council has maintained the idea of promoting the work of regional composers. To this end, it has given an opportunity to Gustavo Trujillo of Tenerife who is premièring his work Tangaraste. Likewise, he is responsible for curating the rest of the night’s programme, as was the case this season with Rubens Askenar.”

In addition to Gustavo Trujillo, there will be another regional composer in the season: Laura Vega. In total, there are 39 authors from every era who created the 53 works that the Sinfónica de Tenerife will perform in the season concerts. The programme notably includes the performance of the fifth symphonies by Beethoven – the opening event of the season – Tchaikovsky, Mahler, Sibelius and Nielsen.

Eighteen maestros will be facing the nineteen programmes. Víctor Pablo Pérez, an honorary conductor of the Orchestra, will participate in two concerts. As newcomers at the helm of the Sinfónica de Tenerife, there will be Paul Daniel, Julio García Vico, Ludovic Morlot and Emilia Hoving. Apart from Hoving, the women who will conduct the orchestra are Yi-Chen Lin, Marta Gardolinska, Tabita Berglund, Emilia Hoving, and Shiyeon Sung. One of the season highlights will once again have the tenor José Manuel Zapata conducting and presenting "The crazy history of music for Zapata and Orchestra"

Prominent national and international musicians will perform as guests. The musicians who will make their début during the upcoming season are the violinistsNikita Boriso-Glebsky and Bomsori Kim; the pianists Vadym Kholodenko, Martín García García, Zlata Chocieva, Yeol Eum Son, and Jaeden Izik-Dzurko; the cellists Bruno Philippe and Zlatomir Fung; Leo Rondón with the cuatro of Venezuela; The flautist Mathieu Dufour and the tenor Christian Elsner. 

Carlos del Ser, the oboe soloist of the Sinfónica de Tenerife, and the percussion section will also play a key role during this season where piano (five programmes) and violin (4 programmes) are the most played instruments during the 19 concerts cycle. Apart from Christian Elsner, the singers Belén Elvira, Raquel Lojendio, Cristina Faus, and the members of the Coral Reyes Bartlet, under the direction of José Híjar Polo, will also participate during the season that kicks off on September 8, 2023.

The prices of the subscriptions have been set at 242 Euros for seats in Zone A of the Symphony Hall and 162 Euros for those in Zone B. The preferential renewal period for current members who want to keep their seats begins today [Tuesday 13] and runs until 24 June. From 27 June to 1 July, the current season members who wish to change seats will be able to renew.

On 4 July, the sales period opens for the new season members and it will also be possible to acquire a subscription for the first ten concerts only. On the other hand, individual tickets – priced at 15 and 10 Euro – for any programme can be purchased from 20 July on. Those aged under 30 can attend any concert for 5 Euros and discounts also apply to large families and unemployed people.

The information for purchasing any type of subscription can be viewed on the web pages: www.sinfonicadetenerife.es  and www.auditoriodetenerife.com. You can also purchase the subscriptions and/or tickets at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except for public holidays and the month of August.

 

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The violinist Abel Tomàs is making his debut with the orchestra, which premières as part of its musical repertoire the Concerto for violin by Roberto Gerhard

 

The Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, conducted by Edmon Colomer, will offer its Gerhard and Schumann concert, which will involve the debut of the violinist Abel Tomàs in the orchestra season. This new concert takes place in the Auditorio de Tenerife on Friday, 16 June at 19:30 p.m. The evening will begin with the premiere in the repertoire of the Symphony Orchestra of the Concerto for violin by Roberto Gerhard. This piece, written in exile between 1942 and 1945 by the Catalan masestro, includes a large part of his musical influences, from Albéniz to Granados, to the dodecaphonic language of Arnold Schönberg. In addition to the autobiograhical allusions, the score deals with the pursuit of his development as a composer, concluding with a tribute, to the then banned sardana.

After the break, the orchestra will perform Symphony nº 2 in C major, op. 61 by Robert Schumann.  Written in 1845, when the author was beginning to show the first symptoms of deteriorating mental health, this piece, with reminiscences of Bach and Mozart, embodies his state of mind, and ends by appealing to the strength to live.

Edmon Colomer, in addition to founding the National Youth Orchestra of Spain (JONDE) in 1983, was princal conductor of the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra between 1985 and 1986, and founder of the Orchestra of Cadaqués in 1988. Likewise, he has conducted other orchestras such as Simfònica de Balears, Simfònica del Vallès and Filarmónica de Málaga in Spain; Orchestre de Picardie in France; Daejeon Philharmonic in South Korea; in addition, he has been the guest conductor of the Eastern Music Festival in the United States.

His recognitions notably include “Chevalier dans l’ordre des palmes académiques,” a distinction awarded by the French Ministry of Culture in 2002, and he has been an academic in the Reial Acadèmia Catalana de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi since 2019. In 2020 and 2021 the Regional Government of Catalonia invited him to curate the Any Robert Gerhard.

Colomer records for radio and TV programmes in Europe, North and South America, Korea, and Japan for labels like Auvidis-Naïve, Assai, Harmonia Mundi, Calliope, Triton, Naxos, Ensayo, Virgin, and Philips. He has carried out the recordings with the National Youth Orchestra of Spain, Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya, English Chamber Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Orchestre de Picardie, and with the choirs of Radio France, BBC, and Orfeó Català.

Abel Tomàs began his music studies within his family environment, before becoming a pupil of Zakhar Bron and Serguei Fatkouline at the Reina Sofía Higher School of Music and with Víktor Tretjakov at the Hochschule für Musik Köln. Aged 16, he joined the internationally renowned Cuarteto Casals, a chamber group with which he maintains very intense artistic activity with concerts in European concert halls and tours around Latin America, the United States and Japan. The quartet obtained the 2006 National Music Prize, the 2005 City of Barcelona Prize and the 2016 National Award of Catalonia.


The Catalan violinist has won several national and international competitions in Spain and Argentina. As a soloist he has performed with several groups. noteworthy of which are Orquestra Sinfónica of Barcelona, Orquesta Sinfónica of Vallès, and the Orquesta Sinfónica of Euskadi. He has worked under the direction of James Judd, Junichi Hirokami, Victor Pablo Perez, Carlo Rizzi, Rubén Gimeno, and Zubin Mehta.


Aside from his concert activity, Abel Tomàs teaches chamber music classes at the Higher School of Music of Catalonia in Barcelona, he has been guest professor of chamber music at the Musikhochschule in Cologne. He was also a guest professor at the Escuela Forum Musikae in Madrid and at the Higher Conservatoire in The Hague.

The Asociación Tinerfeña de Amigos de la Música (Tenerife Association of Friends of Music) will give a free talk beforehand. On this occasion, Lourdes Bonnet Fernández-Trujillo will analyse the pieces that comprise this musical event between 18:30 and 19:15 in the Avenida Hall, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The tickets for this penultimate season concert can be purchased until the day of the concert on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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The concert starts at 11:30 in the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife

 

On Sunday, 11 June from 11:30 am, the second last concert of the Primavera Musical cycle will be held at the Auditorium's Chamber Hall. It is organised by the federation Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música with the collaboration of the Tenerife Island Council. The brass bands from Arona, Garachico, and Las Candelas, from the municipality of Candelaria, will participate in this concert.

José Luis Domínguez Rodríguez will direct the brass band from Arona that will play the pasodoble Clara Gimeno, by Óscar Biendicho, where Alberto Domínguez Trujillo will play as a tuba soloist. The band will continue Marche Hongroise, by Hector Berlioz, to finish its participation with At World’s End from Pirates of the Caribbean, by Hans Zimmer and arranged by Erik Rozendom.

The second brass band to perform on the stage of the Chamber Hall will be the Agrupación Musical Garachico under the direction of Antonio Gutiérrez León. Their programme includes the Pasodoble 1903, by Enrique Alborch Tarrasó, Las playas de Río, by Kees Vlak, and Spain, by Chick Corea, and arranged by Paul Murtha. The latter will be interpreted for the first time by this band.

The band Las Candelas will participate in this edition of Primavera Musical with a repertoire that starts with Festive Overture, by Shostakovich, Highlights from Chess, by Ulvaeus and Andersson arranged by Johan de Meij, and the Pasodoble Nivaria, by Ferrer Ferrán. The band from Candelaria is directed by Mauro Fariña Alonso.

The Primavera Musical cycle started in 2005 under the organisation of the federation Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música and the collaboration of the Tenerife Island Council from the very beginning. This activity aims to foster and disseminate what the brass bands do throughout the year in their different municipalities. Hence, the 36 member bands of the federation will offer a concert in the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife. This year's edition finishes on the 18 June with the participation of the bands José Manuel Cabrera Mejías (Icod de los Vinos), Santiago del Teide, and San Pedro (El Sauzal).

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The symphonic poem Tannhäuser inspired by the opera created by Richard Wagner is being performed this weekend

 

Tannhäuser, a symphonic poem in three movements for choir and orchestra, based on the opera of the same name by Richard Wagner, is the closing show of the Opera of Tenerife this weekend with the participation on stage of over 9 people [Friday 9 and Saturday 10]. It will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium's Symphony Hall with the participation on the stage of over 130 people: 78 musicians from the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra and 60 voices from the Resident Choir of the Intermezzo-Tenerife Opera, conducted by Pedro Halffter, author of the proposal that maintains the solemnity and legendary spirit of Wagner.

This version by the Madrid conductor and composer, who is coming to Tenerife after conducting Madame Butterfly at the Canadian Opera of Montreal, adapts the original production which lasts for over three hours to make it a great 90-minute concert. For Halffter, who conducted Florencia in the Amazon last season, Tannhäuser is “one of the most wonderful works” that he has had the opportunity to conduct many times.

It took him two years of work to create this symphonic poem with which he wanted to bring people closer to the work of the German maestro in a versatile way and it premièred in February 2020 at the symphony hall of the Miguel Delibes Cultural Centre in Valladolid. The concert is divided into three movements:  Der Venusberg, Auf der Wartburg (The Wartburg), and Tannhäusers Pilgerfahrt (Tannhäuser's pilgrimage). “The music of Wagner is extraordinarily thrilling and I hope that this version will make people experience the grandeur of the opera Tannhäuser,” hopes Halffter.

The opera libretto brings together several medieval legends, all based on historical figures. The plot focuses on Tannhäuser, a knight and troubadour who enjoys carnal pleasures on Venusberg, or the Mountain of Venus, where he has lived for some time, seduced by the goddess of love. At one point, he decides to return to the world because he misses the love that is felt by other mortals.

He returns to the castle where his beloved Elisabeth lives and takes part in a singing competition in which the prize is the hand of his sweetheart. When Tannhäuser sings his song and extols the carnal love he experienced on Venusberg, everyone present, overwhelmed, accuses him of blasphemy and of being an abominable sinner. The knights prepare to strike him down with their swords, but Elizabeth intervenes and pleads for mercy, as she trusts that Tannhäuser will return to God. Suddenly, a choir of young pilgrims passing close to the castle is heard. Tannhäuser runs to join them and shouts “To Rome!” the only place where he can find forgiveness.

However, Tannhäuser returns from the Italian capital desolate because the pope has refused him absolution saying that, just as his old staff will never bloom, nor will he obtain forgiveness for his terrible sin. Tannhäuser declares that he only wishes to return to the arms of Venus. The goddess appears, and he goes towards her until a friend reminds him of Elisabeth. Venus vanishes and a procession approaches with the coffin of his sweetheart. He pleads for the lifeless body of Elisabeth to be prayed for, and he dies instantly. At that point, the chorus of pilgrims approaches again, bearing the staff of the pope which has completely bloomed: God had forgiven Tannhäuser.

Pedro Halffter has conducted on renowned stages like the Musikverein in Vienna, the Konzerthaus in Berlin, London's Queen Elizabeth Hall, the Théâtre du Chatelet of Paris, the Teatro Real in Madrid, the NCPA of Beijing, The Tchaikovsky Hall of Moscow, and the Verdi Theatre of Trieste. He has also conducted notable orchestras like the London Philharmonia Orchestra, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Staatskapelle Berlin, Dresdner Philharmonie, Sinfonica Nazionale della RAI, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino and the most important symphony orchestras of Spain.

He worked as artistic director for the Maestranza Theatre of Seville, for the Real Orquesta Sinfónica of Seville, and the Orquesta Filarmónica of Gran Canaria. He was the main guest conductor of the Nürnberger Symphoniker and the main conductor of the Young Orchestra during the Bayreuth Festival. He has recorded for leading labels such as Deutsche Grammophon, Warner Music, and Warner Classics.

The Opera de Tenerife is an initiative organised by the Island Council through the Auditorio de Tenerife with the collaboration of the ICDC (Regional Institute of Cultural Development) and the INAEM (National Institute of Performing Arts and Music).

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 05:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. There are discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed, large families and groups of more than five people.

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Gener is also a writer and visited the Auditorio de Tenerife in February with ˋLove, love, loveˊ. On Wednesday he returns to delight us with his piano music

 

Next Wednesday, the 7th at 7:30 p.m., the Auditorio de Tenerife programs a conference in the Chamber Hall with the musician and educator Ramón Gener to break down all details of the new Ópera de Tenerife's season. The tickets for this show cost €8. Gener will play the piano himself and will also have musical accompaniment.

This musician and educator will offer different perspectives from which to discover the 2023-2024 season titles of Ópera de Tenerife: the feelings, the music, the topics, and the characters... A great opportunity for all those who wish to learn more and for those who have never dared to go to an opera.

Before and after the conference, the Agapea bookshop of Tenerife will set up a stand outside the auditorium’s hall, where the books of Ramón Gener, who will be signing copies at the end of the event, will be available for purchase. He has published three books titled Si Beethoven pudiera escucharme (2013), El amor te hará inmortal (2016) and Beethoven, un músico sobre un mar de nubes (2020).

The operatic proposals of this season are María Moliner, a new creation opera by Antoni Parera Fons (October); Manon, by Jules Massenet, a co-production by Tenerife, Chile and Oviedo (November); the concert version of Samson et Dalila by Camille Saint-Saëns (December); the chamber opera Trouble in Tahiti by Leonard Bernstein (January); the Auditorium's own production Rusalka, by Antonín Dvorák (March); the family opera L'enfant et les Sortilèges, by Maurice Ravel (April); and the opera gala Verdi singular (Unique Verdi) by Giuseppe Verdi (June).

Ramón Gener's lectures in Tenerife take place throughout the season in the Chamber Hall at 7:30 p.m.; in each case, the nearest opera will be highlighted. The next meeting with the renowned communicator is on 4 October to talk about María Moliner; on 7 November to talk about Manon; the 28 November will be the turn of Samson et Dalila; the 17 January will be the turn of Trouble in Tahiti, and the 21 February of Rusalka.

Ramón Gener was born in Barcelona and holds a degree in Humanities and Business Studies. He started to study music at the Higher Music Conservatory Liceu when he was 6 years old to complete his training later on with the pianist Anna Maria Albors.

The soprano Victoria de los Ángeles recommended he study singing under her supervision. He finished his singing training in Warsaw with the baritone Jerzy Artysz and in Barcelona with the tenor Eduard Giménez. After a career lasting several years as a baritone, he began a new phase as a musical educator, offering conferences about classical music and opera.

The echo of these conferences took him into the world of television. He started at the regional level on TV3 with the programme Òpera en Texans. He then continued at the national and international level with programmes such as This is Opera; This is Art and 200, una noche en el Prado. His programmes have been recorded in Spanish and English; they have been broadcast and continue to be broadcast in many countries around the world. He currently collaborates with the radio programme No es un día cualquiera for Radio Nacional de España (RNE)

He keeps on giving conferences, lectures and is invited to collaborate in RNE. Likewise, he is immersed in preparing his new TV program and his new book. Ramón Gener visited the Auditorio de Tenerife for the last time in February this year to present the show Love, love, love with José Corbacho.

The tickets for this new conference about Ópera de Tenerife are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Check the special discounts for the audience under 30 years of age, students, unemployed and large families.

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