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Enrique Arriaga highlights "this is our proposal in a year in which we will not enjoy the festivities as we have traditionally done".

 

 

On Friday and Saturday this week after 7:30 pm, Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will offer a concert devoted to Carnival. Tickets are already sold out. Details of this new concert were given today [Wednesday 10th] by Enrique Arriaga, councillor for Culture of Tenerife Island Council; by Víctor Pablo Pérez, honorary conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, and Agustín Ramos, composer from Tenerife who arranged two pieces that the orchestra will play. One of the pieces Esto es Carnaval (This is Carnival) is a world première. The programme will be completed by “Carnival of The Animals”, by Camille Saint-Saëns; the script of this piece with be narrated by Antonia San Juan, actress, and played by the pianists Miguel Ángel Dionis and Javier Lanis.

As Enrique Arriaga highlighted “we are living an atypical year during which we will not be able to enjoy our fiesta; this is the first time that the streets will not be filled with colour and joy". He also stressed that "that's the reason why the Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife wanted to offer these concerts". Arriaga pointed out that "I can't stop thinking about all those businesses and restaurants that won't be able to take part in the Carnival this year, but it is essential that we maintain caution."

Víctor Pablo Pérez, honorary conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, observed that "Carnival of The Animals" is a piece with several motivations. The actress Antonia San Juan will be on charge of the narration. The maestro anticipated that "it's going to be a lot of fun, interesting, atypical and probably biting, but that's how Carnival is. It is our way of feeling Carnival is alive. Hopefully next year it will take place with the same circumstances that we all know."

Agustín Ramos noted that "when I received the commission for this Carnival-themed work (Esto es Carnaval), I preferred to make a medley of well-known themes by people of Tenerife instead of a completely new creation. Once the audience listens to it, it will remind them of many moments experienced in our Carnival. It will be a carnival show for everyone."

The works Tenerife en Carnaval and Esto es Carnaval - a suite version - have been arranged for orchestra by Agustín Ramos. They review the best known tunes along Carnival's history whilst they group together different popular compositions that aim to synthesise the spirit of Carnival. Particularly noteworthy is the climax reached with rhythmic compositions of Latin orchestras, in which soloist and choir usually interact. On this occasion this will be emulated by different soloists of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife. Among the most popular themes are: Caballo viejoOjalá que llueva café or Sigan bailando, as well as samba and batucada rhythms.

Tenerife Island Council and Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife have decided to acknowledge the career of Agustín Ramos (Candelaria, 1941) composer of the hymn par excellence of Carnival “Santa Cruz en Carnaval”. In this way, the orchestra joins the island's most international festival during this edition marked by current pandemic circumstances. 

During 15 years (1971-1986), Agustín Ramos was linked to Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife as principal trumpet player.  He was previously principal trumpet player in the Municipal Band of Santa Cruz de Tenerife (1959-1984). After beginning his studies on the island with Antonio González Ferrera (solfège), Eneldo Díaz and Ernesto Correa (trumpet) and Santiago Sabina (harmony), he continued his studies in Madrid with José Ortí; his orchestra's conducting teachers were Armando Blanquer and Crescensio Díaz de Felipe. His teaching work stands out for his position as professor of trumpet at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife.

Víctor Pablo Pérez studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid and at the Hochschule für Musik in Munich (Germany). He was artistic director and chief conductor of Symphony Orchestra of Asturias between 1980 and 1988 and of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife between 1986 and 2005. In 1993 he started as conduct the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, a task he carried out until 2013. That same year he joined the Orchestra and Choir of  the Community of Madrid as artistic director and conductor. Since January 2017 he has been the artistic director of the Youth Orchestra of the Canary Islands. 

Antonia San Juan, actress and filmmaker from the Canary Islands, won the Gold Medal of the Canary Islands. The actress is known for her regular appearances in TV series, theatre tours and film productions. She became known to the general public thanks to Pedro Almodóvar and his film All About My Mother, one of the director's best-known films. At a very young age, San Juan moved to Madrid to begin her theatrical career. She has stood out from very early on as a monologuist in bars and theatre cafés in Madrid. She has also followed her career as professional scriptwriter and producer. 

Miguel Angel Dionis García was born in Santa Cruz de Tenerife. After finishing his intermediate studies with Concepción Hernández Peraza, he continued his musical training with Miquel Farré in the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona. He currently teaches at the Conservatory of Music of Barcelona and at the School of Music of Catalonia. 

Tenerife native, Dionis García, has won several awards in competitions: XI National Piano Competition "Joan Massiá"; XXIV Interpreters' Competition of Catalonia; Competition of "Círculo XII de Enero”; Music Soloist of the Regional Government of Catalonia; XXV Competition for Musicians of Catalonia and the award Sofía Puche. Since 2001 he has been musical director of Mozart's The (little) Magic Flute, a production of the Gran Teatre del Liceu (Barcelona).

The Chilian pianist Javier Lanis studied with Elisa Alsina, Robert Roux and Anatol Ugorski at Chile University, Rice University (United States) and Hochschule für Musik Detmold (Germany). He currently teaches music at the Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife. 

Thanks to his exquisite sensitivity and overflowing musical energy, he won the Claudio Arrau International Piano Competition (1991). He has also performed with Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife, National Symphony Orchestra of Chile, Symphony Orchestra of Concepción (Chile), Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie (Germany) and Dogma Chamber Orchestra (Germany).

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Four musicians will tackle a programme comprised of pieces by Díaz-Jerez, Stravinsky and Rimski-Kórsakov

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Thursday [11th] at 7:30 pm, the Auditorium welcomes the concert Temptations by Quantum Ensemble. Tickets are already sold out. The programme will tackle a repertoire comprised of pieces by Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, Igor Stravinsky and Nicolái Rimski-Kórsakov. 

On this occasion, the chamber ensemble will consist of Alissa Margulis, violinist, Cristo Barrios, clarinettist, Adolfo Gutiérrez cellist and Gustavo Díaz-Jerez, pianist. The title of this concert is based on the fact that since ancient Greece, strong condemnations against music appeal to the senses, against its ability to excite primitive emotions; thus, music was understood as a social threat. 

At the same time, numerous compositions have been inspired by vices and temptations; they have recreated the sounds of the underworld and have travelled the arduous path that leads from sin to redemption. As a preview of the concert, Cristo Barrios explains that "the devil dances, overjoyed, at the end of ‘The Soldier's Tale’ because he has managed to seize the protagonist's soul. Meanwhile, Scheherazade is able to save her life for one more day by postponing the end of her stories”. "Temptation disrupts plans and makes men know their limits." states the founder member of Quantum Ensemble.

The concert will take place at the Chamber Hall and will start with Metaludes (notebook 5) by Díaz-Jerez, that include the world première Hidden States. This will be followed by Stravinsky's L'Histoire du soldat (‘The Soldier's Tale’), to finish with Shéhérazade, symphonic suite, op. 35 by Rimski-Kórsakov, arranged for violin, clarinet, chello and piano by Pablo Díaz.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". Likewise, the correct and compulsory use of masks is reminded. The concert will take place in compliance with all health and safety measures based in the contingency plan against COVID-19 of Auditorio de Tenerife, the first Spanish auditorium to be certified by AENOR.

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"A (musical) river runs through it" is the orchestra proposal, which is also offered for school shows.

 

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Saturday [6th] at 12:00 noon, the Auditorium welcomes a concert for family audience that will be held at the auditorium's Symphony Hall. "A (musical) river runs through it" will be conducted by Ruben Gimeno and narrated by Ana Hernández Sanchiz.

Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife will perform a programme comprised of Pizzicato Polka, by Johann and Joseph Strauss; Largo from "Winter" from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi; ‘Thunder and Storm’, Symphony no 6 or Pastoral Symphony Op. 68 by Ludwig van Beethoven; ‘The Moldau’ symphonic poem by Bedřich Smetana; Slavonic Dance no 8 (Furiant) Op. 46 and Slavonic Dance no 6 (vals) Op. 46 by Antonin Dvořák. The selected pieces evoke the aquatic nature of the planet and will be linked by a poetic guiding thread in order to spark the imagination of listeners across aspects as diverse as the landscape and sustainability.

This week of educational concerts got underway on Wednesday 3 February 21, it continued yesterday and will continue today [Friday 5] with social inclusion groups and school pupils. It is estimated that more than 300 people will watch the show over these days before the family concert. Those attending come from Centro Probosco (La Orotava); Nursery and Primary School Samoga (El Sauzal); Orobal (Los Cristianos); Canarian Autism Disorders Spectrum Association (APANATE), the Canary Islands Asperger Association (ASPERCAN), Nursery and Primary Schools San Bartolomé and Punta del Hidalgo Primary School (San Cristóbal de La Laguna); Sonsoles Soriano Tutelary Foundation, Nursery and Primary Schools Miguel Pintor González and El Tablero (Santa Cruz de Tenerife).

The guardians of these groups have received a teaching guide beforehand about this concert in order to work with their pupils on the relationship of water with different artistic languages and forms: music, dance, poetry, painting and the visual arts.

This activity of Symphony Orchestra of Tenerife is part of the commitment by Tenerife Island Council to offer first-rate cultural programming that is available Tenerife audiences, especially the youngest, through innovative and interdisciplinary proposals. During the 2019/20 season, more than 2,000 Primary Education pupils from 28 schools in 8 municipalities on the Island took part.

Rubén Gimeno, the current artistic director of the Youth Orchestra and Choir of the Community of Madrid (JORCAM) and of the Youth Orchestra of the Basque Country (EGO) was also the Principal Conductor of the Symphony Orchestra of Vallés. He has run a large number of the main Spanish groups such as the Symphony Orchestra of Galicia, Spanish National Orchestra, Orchestra of the Basque Country, Symphony Orchestra of Castille and León, Orchestra of Valencia, Orchestra of Barcelona, National Orchestra of Catalonia, Orchestra of Granada, Orchestra of the Community of Madrid, Orchestra of Palau de les Arts or Orchestra of Gran Teatre del Liceu. 

The baton of Gimeno has also conducted several foreign orchestras like Norrkoping Symphony, Gavle Orchestra, Prague Philharmonia, Rheinische Philharmonie, Orchestra MMCK (Japan) or National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, among others.

His activity in the lyrical field has led him to direct productions of the Teatro Campoamor in Oviedo, Don Gil de Alcalá, Marina, La Gran Vía and Agua, Azucarillos y Aguardiente or La del Soto del Parral at Teatro de la Zarzuela (Madrid). The Valencian director also collaborates intensely with the “Opera in Catalonia” series. He has conducted The Tales of Hoffman, L’Elisir d’Amore, Nabucco, La bohème, Orpheus and Eurydice, Madama Butterfly and Goyescas.

Ana Hernández Sanchiz is a Spanish actress who combines musical teaching and cultural management. She currently collaborates with the programmes of the main national symphony orchestras, as well as other prestigious institutions such as the Teatro Real, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro de la Maestranza, Kursaal Auditoriums and Baluarte. 

Hernández Sanchiz, is carrying out the project “Adopt a Musician” at the National and Symphonic Orchestras of Bilbao and Seville. In Latin America she has collaborated with the Grand National Theatre of Lima, Teatro Solís of Montevideo, National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia, Nacional Juvenil Bicentenario Symphony Orchestra of Perú, Nacional Orchestra of Argentina and Symphony Band of Montevideo. 

She has recorded several records as narrator of musical tales and stages creative workshops in socio-educational projects with different groups. She is also a co-founder and member of the companies of women stage creators Arquetípicas and Atlantis.

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The twelve singers, who are starting their specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture, Alejandro Krawietz

 

The eighth edition of Opera (e)Studio got underway today at Auditorio de Tenerife. During the launch event, the twelve singers who are starring in this year´s edition for specialised training, were welcomed by the island´s director of Culture for the Council of Tenerife, Alejandro Krawietz; the artistic director of the Auditorium, José Luis Rivero, and the director of Opera (e)Studio, Giulio Zappa.

Krawietz welcomed the singers to the island and explained to them that “Opera (e)Studio is an extremely important project for the Council of Tenerife. I imagine it is for you too”. He hoped they would remember this experience “as an interesting stage of their professional trajectory” and that over these two months they would also “find time to enjoy the island”.

José Luis Rivero pointed out that “we are really delighted to be staging Il matrimonio segreto at such a difficult time; it is a great responsibility for everyone. You have been selected from among many hopefuls and that is why I am congratulating you; I wish you lots of luck and lots of work”. 

Giulio Zappa, director of Opera (e)Studio, reviewed the working process that the singers will undertake during their stay and emphasised the difficult current circumstances. He asked the singers to “strictly adhere to the safety protocols". “From today, we begin working and I am completely at your disposal”.

The young people, chosen from 195 hopefuls, will spend two months of intensive training on the island, during which they will receive classes from professionals in the sector to prepare their roles in the opera Il matrimonio segreto, a co-production by Auditorio de Tenerife, Teatro Regio di Parma and Teatro Massimo di Palermo.

The singers, who are aged between 22 and 31, will form two casts each comprised of six roles, of Il matrimonio segreto, by Domenico Cimarosa. From 18th to 21st March, this opera will première at the Auditorium´s Symphony Hall in four performances. 

Both basses Ignas Melnikas, Lithuanian, and Francesco Leone, Italian, will play Geronimo. Both Italian sopranos Eleonara Nota and Marilena Ruta will play the role of Elisetta. Both sopranos, Giulia Mazzola, Italian, and Veronika Seghers, German, will be Carolina. Fidalma will be played by both mezzo-sopranos Mara Gaudenzi, Italian, and Claire Gascoin, French. The Spaniard Jan Antem and the Chilean Ramiro Maturana have been chosen for the role of Conte Robinson, baritones, while both tenors Bekir Serbest, Turkish, and Antonio Mandrillo, Italian, will play the role of Paolino.

The musical direction of this artistic proposal is provided by Davide Levi, in charge of the OST (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) and Roberto Catalano is responsible for stage management. The rest of the team is completed by the set designer Emanuele Sinisi, the costume designer Ilaria Ariemme and the lighting designer Fiammetta Baldiserri.

This programme for young artists is aimed at offering highly specialised training on the international lyrical scene, and acts as a showcase and springboard for many of them. Opera (e)Studio also provides visibility for the technical production work of Auditorio de Tenerife. The Auditorium obtained in 2019 and 2020 the recognition of the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, which reflects development, sustainability, job creation and training.

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The first concert took place in the Symphony Hall and was attended by 3rd and 4th year Primary Education pupils

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga, hosted the first concert for schoolchildren since the lockdown last March. Tenerife Philharmonic Orchestra staged the show “Peter and the Wolf”.

Directed by José Antonio Cubas Delgado, twenty musicians and eight actors performed a musical tale under the strict control of the safety measures implemented by Auditorio de Tenerife, for the entry into the hall of the children, the stage performers and the performance of the show.

“The orchestra is a family”, announced one of the narrators before beginning to present the string, woodwind, brass and percussion instruments. Each instrument represented one of the characters: the bird, the duck, the hunters, the wolf and Peter himself, the main character of the story. The role of the concertmaster and that of the conductor were also explained to the children before they delved into the musical story.

The pupils -always maintaining social distancing- interacted with the show by answering the questions of the narrators, asking questions and looking around the entire hall to find the evil wolf.

Thus, learning about the families of instruments, how to distinguish them and classify them were some of the aims set by this educational project. These concepts were conveyed to pupils through the creative process entailed by a concert created specially to teach small children through music.

The pupils that visited Auditorio de Tenerife came from the Nursery and Primary Schools Miguel Pintor González, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Melchor Núñez Tejera and Punta del Hidalgo, de La Laguna. Beforehand, the schools received teaching activities to complement the show. In view of the circumstances, these materials were created online in order to facilitate access for all pupils.

The contingency plan against Covid-19 of Auditorio de Tenerife was the first one certified by AENOR for an auditorium. This certification allows the Auditorium to carry out its programme completely safely. Measuring temperature, constant cleaning and disinfection, renewal of air and the obligatory and constant use of masks are just some of the measures implemented. All of the measures can be consulted on our website www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

Next concert for pupils and social collectives is titled "A (musical) river runs through it" and it will take place next week with Tenerife Symphony Orchestra. A family concert will be held next Saturday [6th] at 12:00.

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The National Dance Award winner and the Canadian performer offer a show that blends cinema, performance dance and music

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Sunday [30th] at 7:00 pm Fordlandia, will be featured by Lucía Lacarra, National Dance Award winner and the Canadian renowned dancer, Matthew Golding. Cinema and performance dance, light and music blend with the styles of four highly talented choreographers to create a complete work of art.

This show, which fully exploits the creative and technical possibilities of theatre, is divided into scenes of the neoclassical duet with music by composers such as Frédéric Chopin, Gueorgui Sviridov, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Arvo and Pärt that were created by the choreographers Anna Hop, Yuri Possokhov, Juanjo Arqués and Christopher Wheeldon.

The starring couple walk an artistic tightrope between dance and cinematic reflection. Inspired by the experience of lockdown, a work of dance art with multiple layers emerges where, according to Lacarra, “each person has to decide for themselves if they should pay attention to reality or dreams, to disenchantment or hope”. Without a narrative, it is based on relationships and above all, the different forms of forced separation that can exist in a relationship, even with love.

Lucía Lacarra, a native of Zumaia, Gipuzkoa, arrived at the Víctor Ullate School aged 14 and at the age of 15 she began her professional career at Víctor Ullate Ballet. She has been the principal dancer for major companies the National Ballet of Marseille, San Francisco Ballet, the Bavarian State Opera Ballet and Ballet Dortmund. She has won several awards: Nijinsky Award, Prix Benois de la Danse, Dance Open and the National Dance Award. She was named the Dancer of the Decade at the Kremlin in Moscow and Chamber Dancer of the State of Bavaria. She is the founder of GOLDENLAC Producciones. 

Golding, a dancer born in Canada, graduated from the Royal Ballet School. He won the Youth American Grand Prix and the Prix de Lausanne. He has been the principal dancer for major companies such as the Dutch National Ballet, the Royal Ballet of London and the guest star at the Mariinsky, Bavarian State Opera Ballet, English National Ballet, Tokyo Ballet and Oslo Opera He performed the Lead Roles and recorded the DVD versions of Cinderella by C. Wheeldon, Don Quichot by A. Ratmansky and Swan Lake by A. Dowell. As a co-founder of GOLDENLAC Producciones, Fordlandia is the first show he has created and directed.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  and by phone dialling 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. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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The maestro, who was the conductor of the island group between 1968 and 1985, will go before the orchestra next week

 

The Island Council wishes to pay tribute to  Armando Alfonso in the  year that he will turn 90 with an extraordinary concert by the Tenerife Symphony on Friday [29th] at 7:30 p.m. in Auditorio de Tenerife. The maestro, who was the conductor of the island group between 1968 and 1985, will go before the orchestra next week.

The details of this concert were announced today [21st] by the president of the Island Council, Pedro Martín; the vice-president and councillor for Culture Enrique Arriaga and by Armando Alfonso himself, who has designed a programme for the occasion that includes Suite No. 3 in D major (Aria), by Johann Sebastian Bach; Romeo and Juliet Overture-Fantasy by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky; and Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73, by Johannes Brahms.

Mr. Martín explained, "we have made a great effort to keep this concert because it is a way to recognise one of the most distinguished people who has ever passed through the Tenerife Symphony". "To think that a person who has retired from the world of culture cannot contribute anything would be a very grave mistake," added the president of the Island Council, considering that this concert is "a beautiful way to combat the permanent sadness that we face daily in this pandemic" and hoping that tickets are sold out.

Likewise, Enrique Arriaga reminded us that "not everything is bad news and today a concert will be presented that will feature the invaluable direction of Mr. Armando Alfonso as conductor at the unbeatable price of five euros". Arriaga noted that "the Auditorium's protocols allow for safe cultural programming at any alert level." He also made reference to the honouree: “Armando Alfonso was the main conductor of the Canary Islands Chamber Orchestra –called the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra from 1970 onwards– for seventeen years, a period in which the island group would expand its repertoire extraordinarily and, in fact, during this time more than a hundred pieces were performed for the first time by the orchestra”.

Alfonso noted that “it is always a pleasure to be in front of the orchestra because I consider it a part of me, and it is one of the most prestigious orchestras in Spain”. He added, “this concert is very special for me because there are circumstances surrounding it that don't typically coincide: my ninetieth year of life, which not everyone can say they live to; the fact that the orchestra is paying tribute to me by having me direct a concert; the fact that the symphony is celebrating 50 years with its current name; and the fact that two months ago my wife passed away and this concert is a ceremony that I want to give to her, in her memory". Alfonso explained that "one piece of the programme, the first, is specially designed for her, being an Aria by Bach, and the rest of the programme is also of utmost musical quality – even for those who are not used to classical music”.

In 1970, Alfonso was appointed professor of Harmony, Counterpoint and Fugue, and Composition at the Santa Cruz de Tenerife Higher Conservatory of Music. In 2002, he was elected academic of the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Alfonso studied piano and composition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Madrid, expanding his studies at the Higher National Conservatory of Paris, where he received instruction in conducting.

He got his start in conducting with the Spanish ballets of Pilar López and María Rosa, with whom he travelled through Spain, Europe, and Asia. He has also led some of the most important Spanish musical groups, among which are the National Orchestra and the Spanish Radio Television Symphony Orchestra, in addition to carrying out his work in France, Italy, Belgium, Holland, Ireland, Czechoslovakia, the United States, Mexico, and Japan.

As a composer, Alfonso has tackled different genres and instrumental combinations. His pieces have been performed in Spain, France, and Italy, and some of his pieces have been recorded as part of the La creación musical en Canarias("Music Creation in the Canary Islands") collection.

The programme

In 1730, Johann Sebastian Bach composed Suite No. 3 in D major (Aria), BWV 1068, for orchestra and it is one of the best known orchestral pieces by the Teutonic composer. The piece is an Italian-style adagio that contrasts with the French style of the suite's first movement, highlighting in its development the melodic lines of the violin and viola, a conversation that is interwoven with the main melody.

Based on the play of the same name by William Shakespeare, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky composed Romeo and Juliet in 1869 – an instrumental drama in which he depicts the tragedy of the lovers from Verona. The version subtitled as an Overture-Fantasy is a revision of the original score which the Russian author rewrote in 1879 after the piece's poor reception at different European venues. One of the most curious harmonic devices employed by Tchaikovsky is the alternate use of two dissonant chords that symbolise the impossible love of the protagonists.

During the summer of 1877, and while visiting the Austrian Alps, Johannes Brahms composed Symphony No. 2 in D major, Op. 73. Branded by the author himself as "melancholic music, although at the same time cheerful”, the piece takes place in an apparently bucolic atmosphere, preserving the usual form of a classical symphony in four movements.

Tickets can be purchased at a single price of 5 euros on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by phone dialling 5 317 327 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. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves and enjoy of this cultural experience. By purchasing tickets, you accept of the measures implemented by the cultural centre of the Island Council to combat COVID-19, such as the correct only masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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Juan de la Rubia will play the unique organ housed in the walls of Symphony Hall this Sunday in our cultural space

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On Sunday [24th] Juan de la Rubia, main organist of the Sagrada Familia of Barcelona, will give the organ concert Ecos desde el espejo ("Echoes in  the Mirror"). He will tackle music by Bach, Mendelssohn, Guridi, and De la Rubia himself, breathing life into the unique instrument in Symphony Hall.

This will be the first opportunity of the year to have the experience of listening to the Auditorium's organ, built by prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team. It is a 21st century instrument that is unique because of its design, but also because of its sound and registration, which come from the 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic hall – controlled from on-stage by the console where the organist plays.

The programme consists of Vivaldi's Concerto in D major, transcribed by Bach, Variations sérieuses by Mendelssohn, transcribed by R. Smits, and Ten Basque Melodies by Guridi, transcribed by Juan de la Rubia himself, who will end the concert with a bit of improvisation.

This concert, which has the collaboration of the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Art, brings the art of transcription to the fore.  It represents a key to organ repertoire which, while extensive in and of itself, is nourished by these interpretations.

Juan de la Rubia, main organist of the Sagrada Familia, is originally from Vall d'Uixó (Castellón), where he began his studies under his father and Ricardo Pitarch, ending them in several European capitals. During his beginnings, he received up to five Extraordinary Awards in various specialities, in addition to the First Prize in the Permanent Competition of Musical Youth of Spain (2002) and the El Primer Palau Award (2004) – recognition that helped to boost his career notably. 

His incessant activity as a soloist, conductor, accompanist, and continuist has taken him to the main stages of some thirty countries in the world. In the last decade, De la Rubia has also specialised in improvisation for silent films, noteworthy of which are "Faust" and “Nosferatu" by Murnau and "Metropolis" by Lang. Member of the Reial Acadèmia de Belles Arts de Sant Jordi and Professor at the Escola Superior de Música de Catalunya, he regularly conducts master classes in the cities of Budapest, Stuttgart, and Rome.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  and by phone dialling 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. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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On the 22nd and the 23rd, the singer and the pianist Juan Francisco Parra will present the piece by Jean Cocteau and music by Francis Poulenc

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Councilt hat is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. On January 22nd and 23rd at 7:30 pm, the Chamber Hall of the Auditorium welcomes the opera in one act entitled La voz humana ("The Human Voice"). Soprano Carmen Acosta and pianist Juan Francisco Parra will breathe life, under the direction of Víctor Manuel Dogar, into the piece by Jean Cocteau released in 1959, featuring music by Francis Poulenc.

Both Canarian artists will bring this opera by the French poet to life on stage – a monologue he wrote with the cadence and musicality of the greatest possible tragedy: knowing that you are despised by the being that you love, thrown into a miserable survival and forced to live with anonymous and close beings for whom you feel no affection. The protagonist is a lonely woman faced with the misfortune of heartbreak, of betrayal, of the vertiginous descent into hell as she finds herself marginalised – the victim of a tragedy.

The poet's verses were joined with the music of Poulenc to breathe life into La voz humana ("The Human Voice"), based on the 1930 play of the same name, and turn it into a masterful one-act opera for a single character. In this production, the costume and set design are by Yaiza Pinillos, while the lighting is thanks to Aaron S. Ramos. This is a production by Vector de Ideas.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  and by phone dialling 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 holidays. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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The company Nómada premières on Saturday "El pastor" ("The Shepherd"), and “Directo 9" ("Direct 9”) by the Galician company Pisando Ovos

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor of Culture Enrique Arriaga. Until Sunday [17th] it has programmed five contemporary dance pieces within the Arts of Movement Festival FAM. The pieces are A la escucha ("Listening"), NozomuEl pastor ("The Shepherd"), Directo 9 ("Direct 9") and The marriage of heaven and hell. They are all shown at 7:00 pm at the Chamber Hall ("Sala de Cámara") and the Symphony Hall of the Auditorium. Tickets, at a single price of eight euros, are on sale at www.famtenerife.com.

On Thursday the 14th the piece A la escucha ("Listening") of the creator and dancer from Tenerife Teresa Lorenzo, will be shown.  In this piece, the performer asks herself questions related to what we understand as improvisation, about how we react –consciously or not– to a stimulus. These concerns are explored on stage with her body as a tool and with music as a conductor. Lorenzo explains that “it has been proven that, when faced with a stimulus, intuition generates more information than is processed by the rational part of our brain: in that case, do we think when we improvise? Do we react as an animal would, by instinct?”

The Natalia Medina Dance Company will present on Friday 15th Nozomu, a piece with five dancers that was conceived during the lockdown due to the need and desire of its creators to dance, to dance together, to meet again. This work is a hymn to hope, a celebration of life, of sharing; it is a toast to our customs and needs, full of enthusiasm and laughter. "We all need the same thing; it is a free-flowing dance that floods over our souls and helps to heal these moments that are so painful" as they explain.

On Saturday the 16th there will be a double session that takes place in the same hall. It starts at 7:00 pm with the première of El pastor ('The Shepherd') by the Nómada company. The project arose during the lockdown when the actor, choreographer, and dancer Roberto Torres listened to the speech of a Mexican coach who works with multinational companies in the United States – a speech that surprised him. This motivational speech in which competition and being the best are valued sounds like manipulation to him and he considers it a danger because at no time does it talk of "us”. This makes him think that, in these times (as in others in history), dangerous leaders can emerge with truths that they cry or embellish to seduce the meek and to ignite the unsatisfied.

After a 15-minute intermission, Directo 9 ("Direct 9") will begin, by the Galician company Pisando Ovos – a piece targeting the new stage languages and which has a contemporary creative tone, and one in which the concert takes on the form of a meeting of today's society. The company's creation returns to one of the most important points of its work: full bodily dedication, based on daily actions and movements – on this occasion bouncing and jumping. This choreographic investigation revolves around the harshness of extreme physical states that wander toward a poetic composition through remnants of movement and personal essences which materialise through the dancers.

The week ends with the proposal from Madrid entitled "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell", by Instituto Stocos – that will be shown at the Symphonic Hall. "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell" is a cross-disciplinary piece inspired by the book of the same name by William Blake which combines dance, electroacoustic composition, interactive technology, and cognitive sciences in a stage format. The central core of Blake's original piece is the re-establishment of the union of apparently irreconcilable opposing pairs. On the one hand, the virtuous clarity of techno-scientific analytical thinking (reason, the philosophical logos; metaphorically, Heaven) and, on the other hand, the overwhelming creative forces of the imagination that emerge from bodily energy (intuition, the philosophical mythos; metaphorically, Hell). In this stage version of the piece, the union of these polarities, which seem antagonistic in nature, is embodied through the relationship and coupling of body and interactive technology.

Collaborating with FAM is the Government of the Canary Islands and the "Danza a Escena" Programme of the Spanish Network of Theatres, as well as the "A cielo abierto" Circuit of the Street and Unique Space Dance Network, both part of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music, which in turn is under the Ministry of Culture of the Government of Spain. This festival has the EFFE Seal (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) of the European Union, a quality distinction that is awarded to festivals with an artistic mission, commitment to local communities, and a strategic vision at the European level.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com  and by phone dialling 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 holidays. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www./auditoriodetenerife.com/contact-us and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays. Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall and to offer a completely safe experience.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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Next Tuesday, the renowned musician and composer will perform the programme entitled "Five Centuries of Spanish Keyboard Music" ("Cinco siglos de música española para teclado")

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councelor Enrique Arriaga. Next Tuesday [19th] at 7:30 p.m the Auditorium welcomes a concert by pianist Gustavo Díaz-Jerez. The program, entitled "Five Centuries of Spanish Keyboard Music", includes the world première of the piece "Melussyne", which was written by this renowned Canarian musician and composer.

This recital is a journey through five centuries of keyboard music composed in Spain from the mid-16th century, with Antonio de Cabeçon, to the present day. From the 17th century, the music of Francisco Correa de Arauxo will be heard, and from the 18th century, that of Antonio Soler. The 19th century will bring the Canarian songs of Teobaldo Power.

From the 20th century, part of "La Iberia", by Isaac Albéniz, has been selected, and to represent the 21st century there will be compositions by Díaz-Jerez himself, such as some of his Metaludes for piano and a world première: Melussyne. The audience will be able to see and appreciate the musical transformation from composition for the organ and harpsichord to the piano of today. “A true musical journey through time”, in the words of Díaz-Jerez himself.

Gustavo Díaz-Jerez is one of the greatest exponents of musical interpretation and creation in Spain. He has performed at Carnegie Hall, Allice Tully Hall, the Musikverein, the Concertgebouw, etc. In addition, as a soloist he has been conducted by Skrowaczevski, Fischer, Bamert, Lü Jia, Herbig, Encinar and Víctor Pablo with most of the main Spanish orchestras and with foreign groups. He is currently a professor at Musikene (Basque Country), holds a PhD in musical arts (Manhattan School of Music), and is a Permanent Academician at the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts.

Tickets can be purchased on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com and by phone dialling 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 holidays. They can also be obtained by going to the box office at the same time by appointment.  Appointments can be requested on www.auditoriodetenerife.com/contactar and by dialling 922 568 625. Those lines are also open to answer questions, from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except holidays.

Ticket sales close two hours before the start of the show to finish setting up the hall.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of  masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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From Tuesday to Sunday, recently created national pieces will be presented, as well as the première of 'El pastor' ('The Shepherd') by the Nómada company.

 

Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the councillor Enrique Arriaga. Next week, the auditorium will host seven shows from the Movement Arts Festival (FAM). From Tuesday [12th] to Sunday [17th], there will be contemporary dance pieces recently created by national artists and the première of 'El pastor' ('The Shepherd') by the Nómada company. Tickets, at a single price of eight euros, are on sale until two hours before the start of each performance.

All shows begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Chamber Hall ("Sala de Cámara") of Auditorio de Tenerife. Except for those on the weekend, they last between 45 and 75 minutes. On Saturday there is a double session at 7:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m., and on Sunday the event takes place in the "Sala Sinfónica" ("Symphony Hall"), also at 7:00 p.m.

The creator and dancer from Tenerife, Acerina Amador, opens the contemporary dance week on Tuesday [12th] with "Refugio" ("Refuge"), a piece that arises from the need to create a space for common reflection around the human/non-human animal theme.

On Wednesday [13th], Acerina Toledo presents the duet "Divino desierto" ("Divine Desert"), inspired by the islands of origin of both performers, Fuerteventura and Lanzarote, which have served as inspiration due to their peculiarities and physical and internal deserts.

“A la escucha" ("Listening"), by Tenerife's Teresa Lorenzo, can be enjoyed on Thursday [14th]: a solo that is based on the artist's conclusion that to improvise is to solve an unexpected problem by making use of all the potential of human beings –thoughts, feelings, and intuition– to finally bring about a reaction.

The Natalia Medina Dance Company of Gran Canaria will present "Nozomu", a piece with five dancers that was conceived during the lockdown due to the need and desire of its creators to dance, to dance together, to meet again.

The company Nómada premieres, on Saturday at 7:00 p.m., "El pastor" ("The Shepherd"), a project that arose during the lockdown when the actor, choreographer, and dancer Roberto Torres listened to the speech of a Mexican coach who works with multinational companies in the United States – a speech that surprised him. This motivational speech in which competition and being the best are valued sounds like manipulation to him and he considers it a danger because at no time does it talk of "us". This makes him think that, in these times (as in others in history), dangerous leaders can emerge with truths that they cry or embellish to seduce the meek and to ignite the unsatisfied.

After a 15-minute intermission, "Directo 9" ("Direct 9") will begin, by the Galician company Pisando Ovos – a piece targeting the new stage languages and which has a contemporary creative tone, and one in which the concert takes on the form of a meeting of today's society.

The week ends with the proposal from Madrid entitled "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell", by Instituto Stocos – a cross-disciplinary piece inspired by the book of the same name by William Blake which combines dance, electroacoustic composition, interactive technology, and cognitive sciences in a stage format.

The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept of the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and attendance to the event only with people you are living with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on our website.

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