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El Coro Juvenil de Auditorio de Tenerife actuará esta noche por primera vez en Mueca, el Festival Internacional de Arte en la Calle que se inaugura hoy en Puerto de la Cruz. Dirigida por Roxana Schmunk, la formación coral de Auditorio ofrecerá su repertorio a partir de las 22:00 en el Jardín Botánico de la ciudad portuense, en la que será la primera incursión de la música coral en este evento.

Las piezas a interpretar serán And so it goes, de Billy Joel, con arreglos de Audrey Snyder; Azul, de Julio Domínguez, con textos de Rafael Arozarena; Indodana, canción tradicional sudafricana con arreglos de Michael Barret y Ralf Schmitt; Barline Sange, una recopilación de canciones para niños de Edvard Grieg; Only in sleep, de Ēriks Ešenvalds con textos de Sara Teasdale y Hallelujah, de Leonard Cohen, con arreglos de George Wu.

La cita coral de Mueca incluirá también la participación de la Asociación Cultural Reyes Barlett, miembro de la Red de Coros de Tenerife.

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Alejandro Abrante is the stage director of this production

Ópera de Tenerife is putting on Verdi’s The Traviata at Magma Arte & Congresos in Adeje next weekend. The show is taking place at 7:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday with the collaboration of the Government of the Canary Islands through its Local Ministry for Tourism. The production which has been fully made on the Island, is being put on outside Auditorio de Tenerife as the Cabildo’s aim is to bring the genre to new audiences. This production will then go on stage the following weekend, [on the 18th and 19th], at the grounds of former Hotel Taoro, in Puerto de la Cruz at 9:00 pm

This opera is about a woman, Violetta Valéry, and her love for Alfredo Germont, which is frustrated because of the moral standards of 19th century society. As stage director, Alejandro Abrante portrays the atmosphere and the characters Verdi employed to depict the details of a male-centred society. Jorge Cabrera’s stage design, which has been technically conceived to take the opera out of the usual stage, will transport viewers to a 19th century Paris where constructive elements and the new materials brought by the industrial revolution, like forged iron or glass, blend together.

Alessandro Palumbo, as he did last year at the Paraninfo and in Garachico, where this production was premiered, will be the musical director with Orquesta de la Academia Opera de Tenerife [Opera de Tenerife Academy Orchestra]. Singers include Julia Muzychenko (soprano); Nina Solodovnikova (soprano); David Astorga (tenor); Gillen Munguía (tenor); Daniele Terenzi (baritone); Pablo Gálvez (baritone); Borja Molina (baritone); Christina Campsall (mezzo soprano); Francesco Venuti (bass-baritone); María José Torres (soprano); Badel Albelo (tenor); Aleksandr Utkin (bass-baritone); Ángel Silva (baritone); Argel Campos (tenor) and Néstor Suárez Alonso (bass). The event also features Coro de la Ópera de Tenerife, directed by Carmen Cruz.

Costumes are by Tenerife designer Javier Caraballero and have been made by the Auditorio de Tenerife dressmaking team with the occasional collaboration of students of CIFP Las Indias, following a detailed study of the uses and customs of the period, in order to make them as realistic as possible. 

Based on Alexandre Dumas’s novel Camille, The Traviata is one of the best-known compositions by Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901). It begins at a party taking place in a luxurious hall, where courtesan Violetta Valéry meets young Alfredo Germont. The act ends with the popular toast “Libiamo ne’Lieti calici”. This piece praises the hedonistic life in 19th century Paris, that succumbs to the material pleasures of life.

From that moment on, viewers will feel a range of emotions, from joy to frivolity, gender violence to sadness, through a succession of situations that will make them feel all the phases of deepest love. The lovers will suffer the consequences of their social milieu, highly male-centred. The mishaps in their romantic adventure will lead them to an unavoidable dramatic outcome.

Tickets for any of the performances can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; on auditorio’s website or calling 902 317 327. Tickets for the performance in Adeje, can also be bought at Magma Arte & Congresos box office from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday to Friday; for   Puerto de la Cruz, you can also get them at Castillo San Felipe Tuesday to Saturday, from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm and 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

In parallel and in collaboration with Puerto de la Cruz Town Council, there is a talk at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, the 14th entitled “La traviata, un volcán de emociones” [The Traviata, a volcano of emotions] at Salón de Plenos in Ayuntamiento de Puerto de la Cruz. The following day, Wednesday, the 15 at 7:00 pm, the last Primavera Violeta talk will be held at Sociedad Cultural Liceo de Taoro, in La Orotava. Its title is “La imagen de lo invisible en el reflejo de las tres mujeres que inspiraron a Verdi ‘La traviata’: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier y Violetta Valéry” [The image of the invisible reflects on the three women who inspired Verdi’s The Traviata: Alphonsine Duplessis, Marguerite Gautier and Violetta Valéry].

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Auditorio de Tenerife, as the headquarter of Festival de Creación y Experimentación de Canarias Numa Circuit [Creative and Experimental Festival], is hosting two activities this year -an artist residency and a concert- to culminate on Saturday, the 11the with two live events. The first one is taking place at Sala Puerto at 7:30 pm with the final exhibition of the Big Band of Visual Noise (BBVN). The second one starts at 9:00 pm with the Norwegian band Supersilent, known for their fusion of improvisation and avant-garde jazz.

Supersilent was set up in 1997 as the result of sporadic collaborations of several musicians. Its members have changed throughout their history although its most steady ones are Arve Henriksen (voice, trumpet and electronic percussion) and Stale Storlokken (synthesizer and piano). In their Tenerife concert they will be joined by Helge Sten - synthesizer, electrical guitar and electronic effects.

Supersilent has become a cult group and their emergence more than thirty years ago was fundamental in the shaping of contemporary Norwegian jazz, having a definite influence on several generations of musicians. Throughout the years they have kept building and defining a style that is characterised by a dark musical aesthetics that is also optimistic, powerful and subtle, as emotional as intelligent and reflexive. In short, deep music that is capable of showing simplicity.

Their style has evolved a great deal throughout their history, although improvising has always been their musical tool. Supersilent generates powerful, dark, elegant, dynamic and fresh music. With an increasingly electronic, minimalist language, in their last record -14- Supersilent offers an updated revision of their style. This record is one of their most intense. Their fourteen records have been produced by Norwegian label Rune Grammofon.

BBVN is a large stage project made up by a wide group of musicians and visual artists who blend music and visual arts giving as a result a musical performance ruled by abstract and experimental languages and based on structured improvisation.

The group has been working in an artist residency since Monday, 6 May at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife. The result of their work can be enjoyed on Saturday. Admission is free.  

BBVN was set up in 2010 as a production associated to NUMAcircuit. It made its debut at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala de Cámara in 2011. BBVN is on to a new phase marked by the integration of compound musical and visual structures subjected to personal interpretation, giving it a solid, unified presence. 

The group currently consists of David Perreko, drums & percussion; Ricardo Marichal, tenor saxophone; Juanjo Jorganes, trumpet; David Ramos, synthesizer and electronic effects; David Paredes, electrical guitar and modular synthesizer; Rafael Pinillos, electrical guitar and electronic effects; Miguel Jaubert, cello and electronic effects; Joachim Spieth, trumpet, flugelhorn and electronic effects; Alejandro Delgado, visual art; Dea-Woon Kang, Lighting and visual art; and Miguel Panki Rodriìguez, visual art.

Tickets can be bought at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.m

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El Festival de Música Antigua de Tenerife (Fimante) ofrece, dentro del ciclo Nova Ars Organorum, el concierto El pleno barroco en su esplendor: polifonía, policoralidad y órgano. Protagonizan la velada el organista de la Catedral de Palencia, David Largo Dios, y la Camerata Lacunensis, formación fundada en La Laguna. El concierto será este sábado [día 11], a partir de las 20:30 horas, en la iglesia de San Agustín de La Orotava, con entrada libre.

La directora artística de Nova Ars Organorum, Rosario Álvarez, asegura que “si existe un estilo que defina perfectamente al siglo XVII español, ese es el mundo suntuoso de la policoralidad, que combinada con la polifonía clásica y con la omnipresente música de órgano de las iglesias, nos muestra la habilidad de los compositores de aquella época para hacer transitar los sonidos por las naves de los edificios en un juego de contrastes y combinaciones admirables”.

Un gran ejemplo de ello es Carlos Patiño, el excelente maestro de capilla de Felipe IV, con más de un centenar de obras policorales en su catálogo. La musicóloga asegura que no hay mejor templo para experimentar los sonidos de este autor que la iglesia de San Agustín de La Orotava “con sus altísimas y espaciosas naves y su órgano barroco alemán: el disfrute está servido”.

David Largo Dios es, además de organista en la Catedral de Palencia, profesor de órgano en el Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Segovia. Nació en Palencia donde primeramente realizó sus estudios de piano, luego los estudios de grado medio de Órgano con Roberto Fresco y Miguel del Barco Díaz, y posteriormente los estudios superiores en el Real Conservatorio Superior de Música de Madrid. También es licenciado en Musicología por la Universidad de Valladolid y ha concluido los estudios de grado medio de Clavicémbalo.

Tras sus inicios en el mundo del órgano con Lucía Riaño, ha realizado numerosos cursos de perfeccionamiento en el órgano con los más prestigiosos organistas internacionales (M. Torrent, O. Latry, D. Roth, W. Zerer, entre otros) y en la actualidad continúa su formación con Bine Bryndorf en Copenhague.

Como solista y organista acompañante desarrolla una intensa actividad concertística por gran parte de la geografía española, portuguesa y en Alemania. También ha ejercido la docencia de órgano en el Conservatorio de Música de Palencia entre 2009 y 2012. Forma parte del equipo de profesores del Curso Nacional de Organistas Litúrgicos (Valladolid) y del Curso de Iniciación al Órgano Barroco Español (Olmedo, Valladolid). Y también es integrante del comité de supervisión técnica para las restauraciones de órganos que se llevan a cabo en la provincia de Valladolid.

La Camerata Lacunensis, dirigida por Francisco José Herrero, fue fundada en 1993 en el seno de la Universidad de la Laguna. Está celebrando, por tanto, durante este curso 2018-2019 su 25º aniversario. Esta formación es internacionalmente reconocida no sólo por su trabajo técnico e interpretativo sino, muy especialmente, por la emotividad y el don especial para transmitir sentimientos y conmover a los públicos más diversos

Su enorme versatilidad le permite abordar un repertorio que abarca desde el Renacimiento y Barroco hasta lo contemporáneo, tanto sacro como popular. Avalan su trayectoria casi una treintena de premios tanto nacionales como internacionales, haber actuado por todo el mundo, diez registros discográficos y ser requerida regularmente por grandes compositores para el estreno de sus obras.

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The Cabildo de Tenerife presented today, Monday the 6th, the main new features in Sinfónica de Tenerife’s 2019-2020 season, which is Antonio Méndez’s second as principal conductor. The central idea of the 19-concert series is balancing the old and the new, the well-known and what is yet to be discovered. Starting on 13 September, it will go on until 26 June with some fifty pieces from different periods interpreted.

The President of Cabildo, Carlos Alonso, the island Director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero, and the principal conductor of Sinfónica, Antonio Méndez, revealed the details of next season’s programme. Alonso stated that “bringing in Antonio Méndez last season was a good move and he’ll continue with his work this year to lead Sinfónica down the right path. Sinfónica is the flagship of the Island, which we take everywhere through a wide-raging outreach programme. Young people can subscribe to the 19 concerts for 20 euros and there are also discounts for people aged over 65”. 

For his part, José Luis Rivero pointed out “the combination between tradition and newness with a classic repertoire but including new pieces too, like the world premiere of two works by Tenerife composers Rubens Askenar and Gustavo Trujillo”. He also said that Sinfónica has adapted to the new times with a diverse offer, “with the 19 concert subscription for the most loyal followers but also with subscriptions that include a specific number of concerts so that everyone can enjoy music”. 

Antonio Méndez defined the 19-20 season as “the balanced season, a balance between known and new music, with a repertoire that is full of possibilities, representing the personality of Sinfónica de Tenerife”. One of the highlights of the season will be the music by Robert Schumann, with a full series of his symphonies and concerts. Méndez also opts for programmes to reaffirm Sinfónica de Tenerife’s own identity and sonority, like the opening concert which features a repertoire on the sea devoted to Richard Strauss or Mahler’s impressive Third in the closing concert. 

In choosing the old and the new, current music will have a special place with two world premieres of Tenerife composers Rubens Askenar –with a composition chosen at the joint call of Fundación SGAE and Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas (AEOS), at the proposal of Sinfónica de Tenerife– and Gustavo Trujillo, in addition to novelties on the Island by composers like Daníel Bjarnason, Knut Vaage or Juan Durán. At the same time, the orchestra is also offering a wide representation of  20th century music “as well as beautiful surprises like great classics by Bach, Mendelssohn, Schumann or Wagner to be performed by Sinfónica for the first time”, Méndez explains. 

The choral symphonic repertoire is once again one of the central points in the new season with great works by Bach, Mendelssohn and Mahler, for which Sinfónica will work together with the island’s choirs besides the Cor de Cambra del Palau of Música Catalana of Barcelona. 

Consistent with this programme, the new series of concerts bases its image in the motto “I am Sinfónica”, defined by the values and emotions that the orchestra wishes to portray through the island’s landscape, and a representation of major professionals who give it all for their work and enjoy it immensely.

Top-level guest soloists and conductors

Once again, the Sinfónica de Tenerife features artist in residence and in the 2019-2020 season, they welcome violinist Veronika Eberle, who will make her debut with the orchestra and will perform in three programmes both as soloist and conductor.

Guest soloist musicians include Inon Barnatan (piano), Sebastian Jacot (flute), Marta Bauzá (soprano), Mireia Pintó (alto), Anna Alás (alto), Airam Hernández (tenor), Mark Stone (baritone), Clara Mouriz (soprano), Rafał Blechacz (piano), Evgenny Konnov (piano), Jean-Guihen Queyras (cello), Gerhild Romberger (contralto), in addition to Cor de Cambra of Palau de la Música Catalana, and tenor José Manuel Zapata, who will lead the programme Concerto for Zapata and Orchestra in February 2020.

The season also includes other artists who are already familiar to the public of Tenerife like Fernando García-Campero (bass), Raquel Lojendio (soprano), Coro de Voces Blancas de Conservatorio Profesional de Música, conducted by Juan Ramón Vinagre, or the orchestra’s musicians: Raúl Mirás (cello), Sviatoslav Belonogov (viola) and percussionists Francisco Díaz Martín, Emilio Díaz Martín, Carlos Llácer Cantó and Juan Antonio Miñana Osca. 

New conductors to lead Sinfónica de Tenerife for the first time include Gergerly Madaras, Alexander Shelley, Eivind Gullberg Jensen, Daniel Bjarnason and Chloé van Soeterstède, in addition to stage manager Alexander Medem, and didactic director François López-Ferrer. Antonio Méndez will conduct eight of the 19 programmes and honorary conductor Víctor Pablo Pérez will be leading three concerts. Guillermo García Calvo meets once more with the Cabildo’s orchestra in a programme in collaboration with Escuela de Actores de Canarias [Canary Islands Drama School].

Apart from the 19 season concerts, Sinfónica de Tenerife’ activities also include a wide catalogue of concerts to bring music closer to the Island’s residents; taking part in Ópera de Tenerife, in Festival de Música de Canarias or Fimucité; didactic concerts for children and families; participating in extraordinary programmes in the town of La Laguna in Plaza del Cristo or the Cathedral, and at Christmas, in collaboration with the Port Authorities; playing in events included in Ciclo de Cámara de Tenerife [Chamber Music series] and their usual presence in hospitals or socio-health centres. All these events amount to more than one hundred throughout the season and reach thousands of spectators.

Flexible subscriptions

The aim of bringing live music to as many people as possible is once again the  philosophy that rules the subscription system of Sinfónica de Tenerife. Like last year, apart from the subscription for the whole season, subscriptions for 10, 4 and 3 concerts will also be available. The commitment of the Cabildo’s orchestra with young people translates into offering them the chance to enjoy the full season por just 20 euros. Also, users of the TEN+ card will have a 70% discount. In addition, discounts and bonuses will be available this year to reward the commitment and loyalty of orchestra’s subscribers, as well as promotions for companies and discounts for large families.

Current subscribers can renew their subscriptions from Monday, 6th May at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín. Non-subscribers can purchase their tickets from 3 June on. Standard tickets for all the concerts will be on sale from 7 September. Please see all the subscriptions, deadlines, advantages and special prices on www.sinfonicadetenerife.es.

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Next week Sinfónica de Tenerife pays a tribute to composer Manuel de Falla with the performance of one of the landmarks in the national repertoire, The Three-cornered Hat, to commemorate his one hundredth anniversary. The programme, focused on music inspired by Spain, combines contemporary Marcos Fernández-Barrero with early 20th century Debussy and Spanish composer Falla. The concert is at 7:30 pm on Friday, 10 May at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín’s Sala Sinfónica under the baton of Antonio Méndez and the participation of Conservatorio Profesional de Tenerife’s Women’s choir, led by Juan Ramón Vinagre, winners of the XLVIII Certamen Coral de Ejea. [Ejea Choral Competition]

The orchestra’s principal conductor presents the premiere in the Canaries of Nocturno Sinfónico, by Marcos Fernández-Barrero (Barcelona, 1984), commissioned by Fundación SGAE and the Asociación Española de Orquestas Sinfónicas (AEOS). Inspired by the world of dreams the composer describes this piece as “a sonorous visit to those characters who people our dreams and then disappear in the morning”.

French composer Claude Debussy (1862-1918) has a significant presence in the current Sinfónica de Tenerife season, as one of its main features is the series dedicated to his work. His piece Nocturnes, a musical vision in which Debussy “depicts an atmospheric nighttime” inspired by Henri de Régnier’s symbolist poems. The piece will be interpreted by Sinfónica de Tenerife and the Women’s Choir of Conservatorio Profesional de Tenerife, directed by Juan Ramón Vinagre. As winners of the 48th Ejea Choral Competition last April, the choir will represent this renowned contest in the next National Grand Prix for Choral Singing to be held in 2020.

Dreams are also the inspiration in the next piece to be performed by the Cabildo’s orchestra. It is a dream about Spain, which was not included in the history of music until the 19th century. Debussy, interested in the music of this part of the world, reached the Spanish repertoire via Falla and Albéniz and their stay in Paris. Iberia is made up of three movements that try to depict everyday life, offering a portrait of our country’s popular culture that is closer to his imagination than to specific references.

The orchestral suites The Three-cornered Hat closes the event in which Sinfónica de Tenerife commemorates the one hundredth anniversary of one of the milestones in the Spanish repertoire. The work is based in the play by writer Pedro Antonio Alarcón, which Manuel de Falla (1876-1946) wrote as a ballet, with the collaboration of Diaghilev (as choreographer and playwright) and Picasso (as stage and costume designer). It was premiered at London’s Alhambra Theatre in 1919. In this piece Falla depicts the characters and settings with fandangos, farrucas, magical nocturnes, jotas navarras, an example of his talent to raise Spanish popular music to academicism.

Tickets are available at the box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday; by phone on 902 317 327; or via the internet on www.sinfonicadetenerife.es  and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

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Quantum Ensemble, group resident in Auditorio de Tenerife, closes the 2018/2019 season on Thursday, the 9th at 7:30 pm with Claroscuro. The concert also features two of the founding members of the ensemble, clarinettist Cristo Barrios and pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez with the Austrian string quartet Minetti. An explanatory talk by RTVE’s Radio Clásica musicologist Eva Sandoval will take place at Sala de Cámara in Auditorio de Tenerife an hour before the concert starts.

The programme of this concert invites us to reflect on two complex creative personalities who have produced two of the most important catalogues in the history of music: Mozart and Shostakovich. The two quintets we are going to listen to – Mozart’s clarinet and Shostakovich for piano – are pieces of great transparency and emotional depth.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday except holidays, on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

Cristo Barrios explains that “this is particularly so in the case of Mozart, whose piece is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the chamber music repertoire of all times: classical music aesthetics raised to one of its highest points in terms of sensitivity and expressive subtlety. The contrast is evident if you think about how close it is with the creative process of Così fan tutte (1790), in Mozart’s case, and Symphony nº 7 (1941), known as Leningrad, in the case of Shostakovich”.

 “The contrast between, on the one hand, the textures and the emotions in Shostakovich’s quintet, so translucent at times, and the symphony that is generally associated to the siege of Leningrad during the Second World War, on the other hand, is evident”, the clarinettist explains. Though not quite as obvious from the surface of music, the contrast between Mozart’s quintet and the opera that crowns the cycle of collaborations with librettist Da Ponte is equally deep. It is a summary of the cynical and stark view that the philosophy of the Enlightenment -so fashionable at the time it was composed- has of human nature.

On the other hand, while in the clarinet quintet there is no truth other than that of its moving, deep feelings, in Così fan tutte nothing is actually what it seems to be and all the expectations of honesty, loyalty and commitment are truncated. It is in these intense and significant contrasts where one can appreciate the creative versatility and ambition of the composers whose chamber pieces are included in this concert”, Cristo Barrios adds.

Since it was set up in 2003, the Austrian quartet Minetti has won the most prestigious competitions for string quartets: Haydn Competition in Vienna, Schubert Competition in Graz, and Rimbotti Competition in Florence in addition to Austria’s Grosses Gradus ad Parnassum award. In the 2008/09 season, Minetti was Rising Star at ECHO (European Concert Hall Organization), which meant the beginning of a great career. They have performed at Musikverein in Vienna, Salzburg’s Mozarteum, Wigmore Hall in London, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Barcelona’s Palau, Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels, Philharmonie in Berlin and Colon, etc. They have also toured America, Australia, Japan and China. Their members are Maria Ehmer violin; Anna Knopp, violin; Milan Milojicic, viola, and cellist Leonhard Roczek.

Quantum Ensemble is increasing their activities in Auditorio de Tenerife’s Educational and Social Area, which has the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”. So, at 11:00 am on Thursday, the 9th they are also welcoming 270 secondary school children from six municipalities on the Island.

Besides, as part of their outreach actions, at 5:00 pm on Wednesday, the 8th they are offering a sensory musical session with the help of Obra Social “la Caixa” volunteers. Finally, on Friday, the 10th, as part of their teaching activities, clarinettist Cristo Barrios is giving a performance class for students of the Conservatorio Profesional and the Superior de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife, institutions that collaborate in this activity.

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Cuatro bandas protagonizan este domingo [día 5] en el Auditorio de Tenerife la séptima cita con el ciclo Primavera Musical, organizado por la Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas con la colaboración del Cabildo. El concierto se desarrollará en la Sala de Cámara a partir de las 11:30 horas con entrada libre hasta completar aforo y contará como protagonistas con las formaciones A.M.C. José Manuel Cabrera Mejías (Icod de los Vinos), A.M. Garachico, A.C.M. Crearte (Tejina) y A.M. Princesa Yaiza (El Rosario).

La Asociación Músico-Cultural José Manuel Cabrera Mejías, de Icod de los Vinos, será la primera en tocar en esta cita matutina. Los 35 músicos de la banda comenzarán con el pasodoble Actualidad Fallera, de Ferrer Ferrán, para continuar con la Marcha Mora Irak, de  Miguel Ángel Más Mataix. Siempre bajo la dirección de Juan Alexis González Rodríguez, terminarán con el tema principal de Gladiator, de  Hans Zimmer y Lisa Gerrard, con arreglos de Frank  Bernaerts.

Los 35 músicos de la Asociación Músico-Cultural Crearte de Tejina tomarán el relevo del concierto interpretando A Joyful Journey, de Robert Sheldon. Seguidamente, la banda dirigida por José Juan Suárez González hará sonar Out of Africa, de John Barry, con arreglos de Johan de Meij. Los intérpretes terminarán su repertorio interpretando el tema Four Winds, de Robert Sheldon.

La Asociación Musical Garachico será la siguiente en intervenir. Sus 30 músicos, bajo la batuta de Antonio J. Gutiérrez León, comenzarán tocando por primera vez el pasodoble de concierto Peiró, de Ferrer Ferrán. Continuará el repertorio con un estreno absoluto del compositor canario Sergio Rodríguez González: La Canasta (suite), que cuenta con los movimientos La fuerza del amor, Un triste mambo, Juegos de familia y Fin de fiesta. Finalmente, los músicos de Garachico harán sonar Ratafia, de Willy Fransen.

Cierra el concierto la Asociación Musical Princesa Yaiza, de El Rosario, dirigida por Juan Antonio Rancel Tejera y compuesta por 35 músicos. La primera pieza en tocar será A mi madre, de Roque Baños, para continuar con Les Miserables, de Alain Boublil y Claude-Michel Schonnberg, con arreglos de Marcel Peeters. Para terminar el concierto han elegido la obra Autumn Leaves, de Josef Kosma y J.Prevert, con arreglos de Peter Kleine Schaars.

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Sinfónica de Tenerife has put together an unrepeatable programme blending Wagner’s dramatism –with Tannhäusser– with Strauss’s depth in the symphonic poem Thus Spoke Zarathustra. To complement it, they will also perform his Concerto for oboe and Orchestra in D major with François Leleux, artist in residence this season, as soloist. The concert brings together more than 100 musicians at Sala Sinfónica in Auditorio de Tenerife, and is led by the principal conductor of the orchestra, Antonio Méndez. It is taking place on Friday, the 3rd at 7:30 pm thanks to the collaboration between the Cabildo’s orchestra and Joven Orquesta de Canarias (Jocan) [Young Canarian Orchestra].  

About the event, the Island Director for Culture and Education, José Luis Rivero, points out that it symbolises “the will to generate collective working structures in cultural areas” which in this case materialises in the participation in the concert of 12 musicians of the Joven Orquesta de Canarias. The outreach programme of the orchestra, through Cabildo’s Tenerife 2030 initiative, fosters this collaboration in which “young interpreters of the islands have the chance to interact with Sinfónica’s teachers and work for a week with a conductor like Antonio Méndez and a soloist like Leleux, both of unquestionable quality and who have performed in the major stages worldwide”.

German philosopher Friedrich W. Nietzsche (1844-1900) is the connection of this Romantic programme, which starts with the overture Tannhäusser by Richard Wagner (1813-1883), with whom he had an intense friend-hate relationship. The German philosopher had a not very well-known composing facet, which Wagner mocked. This led to the break-up of their friendship, among other things. As musicologist and doctor in Philosophy, Marina Hervás, says in her programme’s notes, “one of the theoretical conflicts between them, which marks the pieces [in this concert], is depth and redemption”. The overture of this 19th century opera has a delicate melody that explores that musical redemption.

Thus spoke Zarathustra op. 30 is considered to be the second piece in which Richard Strauss (1864-1949) showed his interest in Nietzsche. This symphonic poem -whose first notes film lovers can identify with 2001, A Space Odyssey– starts from a selection of a few fragments from the homonymous title by the German philosopher. Although a direct translation of the text which inspires the music is not evident, Strauss articulates his composition around the “Superman” motif and looks into some isolated episodes of the spiritual journey described in Nietzsche’s work.

Tickets can be bought at the box office, from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday; by phone calling 902 317 327; or on the internet  www.sinfonicadetenerife.es  and www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

Artist in residence

For the first time Sinfónica de Tenerife 2018-19 season presents an artist in residence, musician François Leleux, who is taking part in two programmes, one as solo oboe and another one as conductor. The concert on Friday is an excellent chance to enjoy his interpretation of the Concerto for Oboe and Orchestra in D major, TrV 292/op. 144 by Strauss. Regarded as a post-war rarity, instead of showing the horror of war, the author composes a carefree, kind piece that is extremely complex for the soloist.

In addition to this concert, Leleux is offering on Thursday, the 2nd, one of the master classes Sinfónica de Tenerife has scheduled for the season included in their socio-educational area. With these activities, which are organised in collaboration with Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Joven Orquesta de Canarias, and sponsored by Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social ‘la Caixa’, the orchestra supports the training of young musicians of the Island, making the most of soloists taking part in the season programme. Violinist Michael Barenboim will give the last master class this season on 13 June.

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Auditorio de Tenerife joins in the events held to celebrate International Jazz Day 2019 on Tuesday, the 30th with a concert featuring artists from different countries.  At 08:30 pm the Sala de Cámara welcomes these musicians who are among the most talented of the current jazz scene.

Artists coming to Tenerife include Armenian pianist Liya Grigoryan, multiple award-winner, and currently living in the United States; Israeli musician Eran Har Even; Sara Decker, the German singer, who won an award in Montreux, and will be accompanied by excellent musicians, including one of the most international Canarian artists: Kike Perdomo.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm, Monday to Saturday, except on holidays; on www.auditoriodetenerife.com  or calling 902 317 327.

Pianist Liya Grigorian was born in Armenia and started her musical studies when she was 5 years old at Kim Nazaretov Jazz School in Rostov-on-Don, Russia. Aged 6, she was actively taking part in musical competitions and playing in festivals in Russia and Europe. She won her first award in 1998 when she was just 7 at the International Jazz Competition for young musicians in St. Petersburg.

Israel-born Eran Har Even is a guitarist, composer and teacher. Since he arrived in Holland, where he now lives, he has made a name for himself in the Dutch jazz scene, recording and performing with some of the best musicians in local and international concerts. He is also working on a method on guitar polyphony in the jazz language.

German artist Sara Decker is a jazz singer and composer specialised in emerging pop styles mixed with jazz artistic improvisations. She is well-known for her subtle tone, impressive register and her stories sung from the heart.

Kike Perdomo is a Canarian musician, producer, teacher, sound engineer and composer. After living in mainland Spain, in the 1990s he played in different clubs and festivals of the jazz scene. He has also played with rock singers including Luz Casal, Miguel Ríos and Joaquín Sabina travelling across Spain and Latin America. He works in projects like Big Band de Canarias, Imazighen, Collective, Mojo, Esther Ovejero Qt, Ensemble Salvaje, and Nuclear Jazz Professors.

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The Primavera Musical series, organised by Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas in collaboration with the Cabildo, is bringing four bands totalling 180 musicians to Auditorio de Tenerife. The concert is taking place at 11:30 am on Sunday, the 28th at Sala de Cámara. Admission is free.

The first group to play is Asociación Musical Amigos del Arte, from San Andrés, made up of 40 musicians who are conducted by Juan Antonio Domínguez Martín. Their repertoire starts with the paso doble Pepita Greus, by Pascual Perez Choví, to then go on with The Last of The Mohohicans, by Trevor Jones. Finally, they will interpret Malando Vlak’s Rivieren Cyclus.

Asociación Musical Fasnia, which also has 40 members, start their performance with Manuel Lillo’s paso doble Isla de la Toja. Next, they are playing Queen of the Dolomites, by Jacob de Haan. The band, led by Radamé Rodríguez Gómez, will finish with The Blues Brothers Revue, arranged by Jay Bocook.

Then, Asociación Musical de Adeje is coming on stage. The group is made up by 40 musicians who are led by Francisco José Flores Casañas. They are starting with paso doble Solera fina by Pascual Marquina to go on with Castles in Spain, by R. Beck and J. Mabar. They have chosen the soundtrack of Guardians of the Galaxy arranged by Michael Brown to end their performance.

The 60 members of Asociación Amigos del Arte de Güímar, under the baton of Benigno González Coello, will close the sixth concert of Primavera Musical. Once again, they open with a paso doble, Al Centenario, by Ferrer Ferrán, to then play the overture Prince Igor, by Alexander Borodin. They will put the finishing touch with the Afro-Cuban piece with variations Conga del Fuego, by Arturo Márquez.

The next Primavera Musical concert is taking place on 5 May at the same time and in the same venue. It features the bands of José Manuel Cabrera Mejías (Icod de los Vinos), Garchico Crearte (Tejina) and Princesa Yaiza (El Rosario).

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The Cabildo de Tenerife is celebrating International Dance Day this weekend with different activities as it continues with its commitment to this discipline -which it has supported from the start- by organising a performance in La Laguna, several workshops and a great exhibition of different local schools that are welcomed on Sunday, the 28th at the foyer of Auditorio de Tenerife.

The details of this celebration were disclosed today, Friday, the 26th at a press conference by the Head of Artistic Projects of Auditorio de Tenerife, Enrique Camacho; the coordinator of the Laboratorio de Artes Vivas Tenerife LAV, Javier Cuevas; and the dance teacher of Teatro Victoria, Patricia Monroy.

Enrique Camacho explained that “the Cabildo has been applying policies to support dance for many years, always with the sector’s collaboration, in an attempt to put it in the position it deserves”. “Although this is a very important celebration for us, at Auditorio de Tenerife we celebrate dance 365 days a year”, he added.

In the same line, Javier Cuevas stated that “this International Day is important, but more so is the steady support received from Cabildo de Tenerife, to groups of Canarian dance, who have solid circuits and high-level Canarian creators, who have won different national dance awards”.

In Patricia Monroy’s opinion “all the island’s schools celebrating together International Dance Day at Auditorio de Tenerife are being part of a great event, a day when we share moments with all our colleagues”. The dance teacher encourages the public “to dance, whether you’re a dancer or not, it’s really therapeutic”.

The first activity is taking place tonight [Friday, 26] at 9:00 pm at Sala Principal of Teatro Leal in La Laguna with the show Should they may be, by Centro Coreográfico de La Gomera. The driving force behind this piece, created and performed by Gregory Auger and Martín Padrón, is the complexity of human beings and their need to express, tell, convey, and the noise in their busy, restless minds, which are difficult to tame.

The show deals with concepts like human strengths and weaknesses, their vital need to move, feel and go down a path as well as the fall into the abyss of thoughts, lack of faith, freezing fear, and the need to free themselves from their traumas. Tickets can be purchased at Teatro Leal box office from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

From 10:00 am to 7:00 pm on Saturday, the 27th, an activity is taking place at Sala de Cámara of Teatro Leal under the title “Experiencia de sentimiento a través del cuerpo físico y mental para vivenciar y magnificar nuestra presencia: aplicación de los Elementos Fundadores Básicos del Movimiento en contextos artísticos, socioeducativos y sanitarios” [Experience feeling through the physical and mental body to magnify our presence: applying the Basic Founding Elements of Movement in artistic, socio-educational and health contexts]. 

This free event is aimed at primary and secondary school teachers, dance and movement arts teachers, psychologists, choreographers, artists related to dance, to the movement and body arts, and to everyone who has an interest in treating their bodies in psychosomatic, socio-political and health aspects. Both activities are part of the Tenerife LAV programme, of the Cabildo’s Distrito de las Artes.

On Sunday the 28th, Auditorio de Tenerife welcomes a great dance festival with the participation of 34 schools and academies of the island, which will exhibit such different styles as flamenco, classical, hip-hop or contemporary. Admission is free.

Performances start at 4:00 pm and include the screening of a video with the Message for International Dance Day, which in 2019 is by Karima Mansour, Egyptian dancer, choreographer and educator.

This established yearly event of Auditorio de Tenerife is part of its Educational and Social Area with the collaboration of Fundación Cepsa and Obra Social “la Caixa”.

The schools taking part are: Centro Internacional de Danza Tenerife, Colegio Hispano Inglés, Escuela Municipal de Danza de El Sauzal, Escuela Flamenca Ana Lamadrid, Academia LatinSalsa, Escuela de Danza Pointe, Escuela de Danza de La Laguna Lenita Lindell, Centro de Formación Teatro Victoria, Colegio Nuryana, ADL Dance, Club Deportivo Tinerdanza, Escuela de Música y Danza de Adeje (EMMA), Grupo Coreográfico Colegio Virgen del Mar, Escuela Municipal de Danza Candelaria, Escuela de Ballet La Salle S.I., Ballet Chic & Chic, Colegio Alemán, Claqué Tenerife, Estudio de Danza Onelia Hernández, Prodance Tenerife, Colegio Carmen Alvarez de la Rosa, Barranco Hondo, Pura Salsa y Sabor, Escuela de Baile, Curso de danza, EMOD Ayuntamiento de Guía de Isora, Academia Ana Manrique, Corazón Flamenco, Escuela Danza María Mora, Urban Dance de Güimar, Danza Clásica Pureza de María (Santa Cruz y La Cuesta), ele.Be.Studio, Evolución Ballet, Proyecto2022, BH Dance Barranco Hondo, Studio54 Dance y Orbital Mambo.

Apart from the exhibition, Auditorio de Tenerife rounds the day off with some training sessions to take place from 4:30 pm to 5:30 pm. The bachata workshop, given by teachers Cesar Méndez Jorge and Bibiana Muñoz García of Academia LatinSalsa, will be held at Sala Multiusos and is targeted at youths and adults wishing to learn the basic steps of this dance. Bachata is a social dance from the Dominican Republic which is now danced worldwide.

There is also another workshop in sevillanas and rumbas, at Sala Puerto in Auditorio de Tenerife given by Ana Manrique de Lara Gonzalez and Aida Herrera Ramírez of Academia Ana Manrique. This session is addressed to children aged 3 to 14 and is an initiation in sevillanas and rumba. At 6:00 pm they will have the chance to show what they have learnt in each workshop at Plaza Castillo, outside Auditorio. Please register for free on www.auditoriodetenerife.com

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