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Pablo González conducts this Friday's concert with the sponsorship of the Fundación Occident

 

This Friday (7th) at 7:30 p.m. the Canadian pianist Jaeden Izik-Dzurko is making his solo debut in the Sinfónica de Tenerife season. The María Canals Competition 2022 winner will perform in the Piano Concerto No. 2022 by Brahms, part of a programme supported by the Fundación Occident, which will be conducted by Pablo González. In addition to the Brahms piece, the orchestra will perform Symphony No. 5 by Nielsen.

Pablo González notes that "this is a fascinating programme that will allow us to enjoy two composers whose music exudes emotion and intense feelings, although expressed in very distinctive ways". The conductor from Oviedo highlights "the range from the intimate melancholy to the robust optimism of the Brahms score, along with the exploration of the individual's battle against power and the quest for hope in wartime, in Nielsen's composition". González is returning to conduct the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra seven years after he last did so, and oddly, in a concert with the same composers back then.

The Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major, Op. 83 by Johannes Brahms is a masterpiece of musical creation, composed in 1881. Unlike his first concerto, contemporary critics greeted this piece with great acclaim, a testament to its depth and technical complexity. Unlike his first concerto, contemporary critics greeted this piece with great acclaim. Following the example set by Liszt, the German composer changed the traditional approach to the classical concerto, by introducing a second fast movement after the first movement.

After the interlude, there will be a performance of Symphony No. 5, op. 50 by Carl Nielsen., Composed in 1922, this piece is engaged with his era and framed by the prevailing social atmosphere of chaos in the wake of the First World War. Unlike symphonies of this period, the work only has two movements featuring different chaotic and warlike elements that hastily run into a final coda in which humanity ultimately triumphs.

Pablo González studied at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London, and his distinctions include First Place in the Cadaqués Orchestra International Conducting Competition” and the “Donatella Flick”. He was the principal conductor of the Spanish RTVE Orchestra, and from November 2018 up until the end of the 2022-2023 season, he served as the artistic advisor of the RTVE Symphony Orchestra and Choir. Previously, he was the main conductor of the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona I Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) and principal chief guest conductor of the Orchestra Ciudad de Granada.

Besides the Sinfónica de Tenerife, González has conducted important international orchestras such as the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Warsaw Philharmonic, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, NHK Orchestra (Japan), Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de México, Kyoto Symphony Orchestra, as well as the main Spanish orchestras.

The 25-year-old Canadian Jaeden Izik-Dzurko graduated in music from the Juilliard School and undertook a master's degree in music from the University of British Columbia. He studies with Jacob Leuschner at the Hochschule für Musik in Detmold and with Benedetto Lupo at the Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia.

In 2022, he also won the Maria Canals International Music Competition and took First Place in the Hilton Head International Piano Competition. He was recently awarded First Place in the 20th International Paloma O'Shea Santander Piano Competition, the Canon Public and Chamber Music prizes.

Izik-Dzurko has performed with the Bilbao Orkestra Sinfonikoa, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra, the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra, the Kamloops Symphony Orchestra, the Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Madrid, the Orquesta Sinfónica de RTVE and the Real Orquesta Sinfónica de Sevilla. He has appeared as a recitalist in venues such as the Wigmore Hall in London, the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York, the Salle Cortot in Paris and the National Music Auditorium in Madrid.

ATADEM, the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music, is offering the usual free talk beforehand on the characteristics of the two pieces that make up this musical programme. On this occasion, it will be presented by Carmen Celia Cabaña y García at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

The tickets for this concert can be purchased until the day of the event on the website www.sinfonicadetenerife.es, at the auditorium's box office and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please note that tomorrow (Tuesday 4) is the renewal deadline for renewing the subscriptions for next season. On Thursday (6), the period begins -until Monday 10- for subscription holders who wish to change their seats.

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The catalogue with the selected shows and processes will be offered to the island's schools for the 2024-2025 school year.

 

Theatre, dance, movement art companies and music groups on the island can now register for the new edition of "Teatro en la Escuela" (Theatre at School). The programme by the Auditorio de Tenerife and the Island Council's Culture Area will select the registered projects and create a catalogue with which the educational centres can apply for performances or creative processes to work with their students during the 2024-2025 school year.

The rules of this programme organised by the Educational and Social Area of the Auditorio de Tenerife can now be checked on the website https://auditoriodetenerife.com/es/educativa-y-social/teatro-en-la-escuela. Theatre, dance and movement arts companies, contemporary circus, performance and live arts, as well as other forms linked to the performing and musical arts, must present their projects for shows or creative processes in the form of a file and accompanied by a teaching guide tailored to the age of the pupils it is aimed at, which can be for preschool, primary, secondary, baccalaureate education, and training cycles. The registration period ends on 21 June.

One of the new features is that specific topics are included in the projects presented. These may be representations or processes linked to multiculturalism, interculturality and the objectives of some of the Unesco Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) mentioned in the principles, such as promoting mental health or eliminating gender disparity.

An assessment committee will undertake the selection based on the criteria established in these rules, following the principles of objectivity, competition, and advertising, guaranteeing the transparency of all the actions carried out to select them.

This ninth edition begins in October 2024 and runs until June 2025, coinciding with the school year. The objectives of this programme notably include making students aware of performing and musical languages in their educational context, as well as providing access to and disseminating the performing and music arts among pupils on the island. On the other hand, it is important to link academic aspects to the professional context of performing and musical arts in Tenerife.

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

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

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The performing ensembles come from Guía de Isora, Valle de Guerra and San Andrés.

 

On Sunday (2nd), at 11:30 a.m., the wind bands Virgen de la Luz (Guía de Isora), Nuestra Señora de Lourdes (Valle de Guerra, La Laguna) and Unión Musical Aída (San Andrés, Santa Cruz) offer part of their repertoire during the penultimate concert of the current edition of the Primavera Musical cycle. It is an initiative for the 37 music bands of the Tenerife Federation to be heard in the Chamber Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

Antonio Fariña Díaz is the director of the Virgen de la Luz music band, created in 1991, which has prepared three works to perform this Sunday. The ensemble will begin its concert with Nerva by Manuel Rojas, followed by Overture to a new age by Jan de Haan. The band will conclude the performance with the pasodoble En er mundo, by Jesús Fernández and Juan Quintero Muñoz, with Alicia Martín Clewett on saxophone and Adán Díaz Pérez on trumpet as soloists.

Stepping onto the Chamber Hall stage, next is the Agrupación Musical Nuestra Señora de Lourdes, a wind ensemble from Valle de Guerra, which is preparing to celebrate its thirtieth anniversary next year. Under the direction of Isaac González Ramos, the wind ensemble from Valle de Guerra will perform the pasodoble Enrique López by Antón Alcalde, Amadeus favourites, with arrangements by Koos Mark, and The second waltz from jazz suite nº2, by Dimitri Shostakovich, arranged by André Waignein.

The Sunday matinee ends with the group Unión Musical Aída from San Andrés (Santa Cruz), under the direction of Juan Alexis González Rodríguez. The band's performance begins with the Christian march La leyenda del Cid by Miguel Ángel Mas Mataix, followed by the concert piece Lorraine, composed by Jacob de Haan. The performance culminates with the Pasodoble Patricia Sanz by the Valencian Ferrer Ferrán.

This edition of the Primavera Musical cycle, organised since 2005 by the wind bands federation 'Federación Tinerfeña de Bandas de Música' with the collaboration of the Island Council, will end next week with the performance of four wind ensembles from Santiago del Teide, Icod de los Vinos, El Tanque and La Orotava.  

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This weekend, the Espacio La Granja also welcomes the companies Poliana Lima and Reinaldo Ribeiro.

 

The 14th edition of the Arts and Movement Festival FAM begins this Saturday (day 1) with Go Figure, a show by Sharon Fridman, candidate for two Max Awards for the Performing Arts (Best male dance performer and Best choreography). The performance takes place at 8:00 p.m. at Espacio La Granja, the theatre that welcomes the first proposals of the festival. Tickets for the indoor shows, which will take place from 1 to 9 June, have a single price of 8 euros, and several discounts are available.

The show Go Figure stars Shmuel Dvir Cohen and Tomer Navot, a duo competing for the national award ex aequo. This show is a landscape of inequity in which Shmuel can observe the functioning of his body, acknowledge it, take into account what conditions exist, and define its movement, transforming it into a bridge that reaches out towards connection with others. Tomer responds to this call, accepting the invitation to engage in dialogue, and crosses the bridge. While searching for a point of balance that arises from the limits that impose or reveal both capacities, a beautiful woman emerges who only wishes to be herself. This lovely woman is the result of the will to seek support without losing her identity.

The performance of The Common Ground can be enjoyed on Sunday (2nd) at 7:30 p.m. at Espacio La Granja. This dance sextet explores the relationship between the diverse (diversity) and the standard (community). It takes a fictional choreographic approach that evokes fantastic dimensions with incursions into the monstrous or the mythical. The cast of this play by the company Poliana Lima is made up of six performers. Four of them migrated to Spain and have different profiles; the other two are Spanish. Three of the members are racialised. Each has a specific cultural heritage and a multicultural artistic career, with incarnate vital experience in their identities and bodies, the result of the crossing of cultural lineages.

On Monday (3rd) at 8:00 p.m., the Espacio La Granja programmes NO/MAS/SACRE, a duet directed by Reinaldo Ribeiro in collaboration with the dancer Aymará Parola and the pianist Lea Petra, who are the protagonists of the proposal. The performance runs contrary to a trivial dialogue with Stravinsky, completely immersing itself in its underlying complexity. It claims the right to ire, virtuosity and excellence. The piece unfolds in the seemingly classic triangle of piano, pianist and ballerina only to subvert expectations through a dizzying ritual of the pleasurable, the grotesque and the transgressive.  NO/MAS/SACRE explores the limits of the human body, in which movement and sound redefine the rules and laws that govern their encounter.

The festival offers 15 shows by 13 Spanish dance companies. It will continue on Wednesday (4th) at Espacio La Granja at 8:00 p.m., presenting the first large-format performance of Mucha Muchacha, interpreted by the eponymous company and which is inspired by the female artists of the generation of 1927.

Wednesday, 5 June, the solo artist Marcia Vázquez will offer the first outdoor performance, Onde pousa a humidade, at 5:30 p.m. in Plaza del Príncipe and 7:30 p.m. outside Espacio La Granja. Also scheduled for that day is This is Alfred, interpreted by Elías Aguirre with double bassist Jorge da Rocha at 6:00 p.m. at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts). At Espacio La Granja at 8:00 p.m., Oro negro will be performed by the Poliana Lima Company. On Thursday, 6 June, Luz Arcas and her company La Phármaco will offer the public the live-music show Mariana at the Teatro Guimerá at 8:00 p.m.

FAM continues outdoors on Friday, 7 June, with the duet performance La medida que nos ha de dividir interpreted by the Qabalum Company at 6:00 p.m. in Plaza del Príncipe and 8:30 p.m. outside the Teatro Guimerá. For a different experience, Vacío espiritual will be performed by Richard Mascherin in Plaza del Chicharro at 7:00 p.m., and an hour later, the duet performance of Otempodiz will be offered by the Ertza Company outside the Teatro Guimerá. The show is nominated for the Best Street Show at the next Max Awards. The only indoor performance scheduled for Friday will be In-Side, an interpretation by Lucía Montes and Mado Dallery at 6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. at the Museo de Bellas Artes (Fine Arts).

Two performances have been scheduled for Saturday, 8 June. The first is He aquí un acto romántico, by the Richard Mascherin Company (nominated for the Max Award for Best Male Dance Performer) at 6:00 p.m. at Espacio La Granja, and the second is Sonoma, at 8:00 p.m. at Teatro Guimerá, by the company La Veronal, led by Marcos Morau, winner of the National Dance Award.

The Symphony Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife hosts the festival's grand finale, the large-format show Mont Ventoux, interpreted by the Spanish company Kor'sia, which takes place on Sunday, 9 June at 7:30 p.m. The show has three nominations for the Max Awards 2024, to be presented on 1 July at the Auditorio de Tenerife: Best Dance Performance, Best Choreography and Best Musical Composition.

The programme is a showcase of the talent in Spain. It will delight audiences with the power of live dance in the capital with large-scale theatrical performances, outdoor solo performances, award-winning duets, interdisciplinary pieces and many more acts in different formats and offering different concepts that go from reflections on the passing of time to representations of the gravitational effect on bodies, all interpreted through the lens of contemporary dance.

The FAM festival is an initiative promoted by the Auditorio de Tenerife with the collaboration of the Canary Islands Government, through the Regional Institute of Cultural Development, the Autonomous Department of Cultural Affairs of the City Council of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the programme "Danza a Escena", which is part of the Spanish Network of Theatres of the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM) of Spain's Ministry of Culture. All information and ticket sales are available on www.famtenerife.com and at each venue's point of ticket sales.

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The Viennese duo Valentin and Julia Christine Lukan features this Sunday's matinee.

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife in collaboration with San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts, is offering one of the concerts of its organ cycle this Sunday (2nd June) in the Symphony Hall. The matinee Cielo e terra features the Viennese duo of organist Valentin Lukan and harpist Julia Christine Lukan.

The Auditorio organ, built by Albert Blancafort and his team, is a 21st-century instrument unique not only for its design but also for its sound and musical ranges. The sounds are produced by 3,835 pipes housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall. The organist controls them from on-stage through the console and the four keyboards that he can play. On this occasion, the harp is added as the main novelty.

The concert opens with Beginning, the first of the four new compositions created for this programme. This piece announces a new beginning and simultaneously serves as an overture, paving the way for the following ones, who all share a relationship with heaven and earth. While Dance of the Gnomes by Liszt appears as an activity of these earthly creatures, Angel by Wagner brings the audience closer to the heavenly messengers. And just as the Magic Fire Music of Wagner foregrounds the power of the elements of the earth, the Contemplation of Renié opens up the deeper meaning of the word "heaven" in the sense of a spiritual home that reveals itself in prayer and silence.

The core of the programme is comprised of three new compositions by two artists who directly address heaven and earth: Ciel, Terra, and Cielo e Terra. Written separately, the pieces Ciel and Terra are composed using the same melodic and harmonic material. As a joint composition, Cielo e Terra finally connects the two worlds and leads them to a jubilant climax.  Also, throughout the programme, a wide range of orchestral works are included that have been transcribed by Valentin Lukan for harp and organ: from the Dawn of Grieg to the Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, the audience experiences the diversity of a day between heaven and earth through the music.

This Viennese duo has delighted their audience for years with the still-rare combination of harp and organ. The programmes that Julia Christine and Valentin Lukan perform in churches and concert halls encompass everything from the Baroque to the present day, and they focus on romantic transcriptions of major orchestral works for the two instruments. The duo has set itself the aim of making the heavens and earth ring out with all the range and colour that the harp and organ are capable of.

The training and name of the duo date back to encouragement from their professor and mentor, Danja Lukan, who also participated significantly in the creation of the current album). Julia Christine Lukan regularly performs with the Tonkünstler Orchester Niederösterreich, the Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and the Vienna State Opera Orchestra. Valentin Lukan has performed his work as a concert organist in France, Spain, Austria, and Romania in recent years. Their joint concerts notably include duo recitals at the Konzerthaus in Vienna, the Radiokulturhaus in Vienna and the Konzerthaus in Berlin.

This performance is supported by the collaboration of the Island Council of Gran Canaria - the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canaria. Tickets can be purchased at a single price of €15 and €5 for the audience under 30 years on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families.

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The programme with works by Nielsen, Schumann and Sibelius will mark the debut of the cellist Zlatomir Fung

 

Under the name Sol Escandinavo (Scandinavian Sun), the Sinfónica de Tenerife is tackling its seventeenth show of the 2023/24 season, featuring Emilia Hoving as conductor and Zlatomir Fung as guest soloist.  The concert, with works by Nielsen, Schumann and Sibelius, will take place this Friday (31st May), starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorio de Tenerife.

For Fung himself, this concerto is “written like a long and vivid dream, bursting with many emotions: tenderness, terror, curiosity, loneliness, joy, and much more.” In addition to highlighting his “excitement about performing with the Orchestra for the first time”, he emphasises “the beautiful duo in the second movement between the solo cellist and the orchestra’s principal cello, a unique moment in the repertoire.”

Helios Overture, op.17, is a composition by Carl Nielsen written in 1903, evoking the Mediterranean myth of the Sun god after his brief three-month stay in Greece.   The different instruments imitate the star's movement, from sunrise to sunset, intensifying at the zenith with solemn and majestic fanfare of metal instruments, culminating in an expected fugue as the listener slips into the twilight.

It will be followed by a performance of the Cello Concerto in A minor, Op. 129, by Robert Schumann. This score, written in Düsseldorf and dated 1850, was completed in just two weeks. However, it was not premiered until a decade after the composer’s death. It was structured around three movements with an ongoing dialogue between the orchestra and the soloist -although, without soloist exuberance, it transmits the melancholy and passion that accompanied the German composer’s creations.

After the interlude, it will be the turn of Symphony No. 5 in E-flat major, Op. 82 by Jean Sibelius, premiered in 1915 to celebrate his fiftieth birthday, although it would undergo subsequent revisions before taking its definitive form in 1919.  It is a work that conveys light and optimism, in which the Finnish author applies a new cyclical or rotational symphonic structure, where the main musical ideas reappear endlessly throughout the performance.

Emilia Hoving studied at the Sibelius Academy in Helsinki with the teachers Sakari Oramo and Atso Almila and began her studies in 2015 with Jorma Panula. In 2021, she won the Best Arts Newcomer prize by Finnish critics. She is currently considered one of the most influential young Finnish conductors.

Her diverse professional background notably includes her role as an assistant to Hannu Lintu at the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra (2019) and to Mikko Franck at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France (2020-22). These positions have contributed significantly to her quick career progression and her period as an assistant with the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, which included performing a concert with Bruckner and Zimmermann's works.

On the international scene, she has performed with different orchestras, such as the Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, the Luxembourg Philharmonic, the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the Orchestre National de Lille, as well as the Helsinki Philharmonic, to name a few. She has conducted at the Wiener Konzerthaus and made her debut in Germany when she was an assistant at the Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, conducting the orchestra at the Berlin Philharmonic. This season she will conduct the orchestra again in Paris with the global premiere of Nucleus, by Jean-Louis Agobet.

Zlatomir Fung, the current artist in residence with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, began playing the cello at the age of just three and obtained several scholarships such as that of Ravinia's Music Institute, Heifetz International Music Institute, MusicAlp y el Aspen Music Festival and School.   He was also awarded a Kovner scholarship, which enabled him to study at the Julliard School under the guidance of Richard Aaron. He was the youngest-ever soloist to win First Prize at the International Tchaikovsky Competition.

His upcoming engagements notably include his performance at the Cadogan Hall in London and a tour around the United Kingdom with the RPO.   In North America and Asia, he made his debut with the Cleveland Orchestra, appeared with the symphony orchestras of Baltimore and Shanghai, and was on tour in Japan, Hong Kong, and Taiwan. His most recent concerts are notable for his debut with the New York Philharmonic, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Orchestre National de Lille, BBC Philharmonic and Dallas Symphony.

Regarding the most relevant international recitals, there have been numerous appearances at Carnegie Hall, Wigmore Hall, and the festivals of Verbier, Dresden, Janáček May and Tsinandali, Cello Biennale, La Jolla Chamber Music Society, ChamberFest Cleveland, and Aspen Music Festival.

As usual, the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music ATADEM will give a preliminary talk, to explain the three different works of this concert. The talk will be provided by José Lorenzo Chinea Cáceres, at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

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

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Las formaciones de Puerto de la Cruz, Guía de Isora e Igueste de Candelaria actúan en esta cita de Primavera Musical

 

El Auditorio de Tenerife acoge este domingo (día 26), a partir de las 11:30 horas, el décimo concierto de la presente edición del ciclo Primavera Musical, una iniciativa que facilita a las 37 bandas de música que están integradas en la Federación Tinerfeña actuar en la Sala de Cámara. La cita está protagonizada por las formaciones de Puerto de la Cruz, Guía de Isora e Igueste de Candelaria.

El concierto comenzará con la participación de la Agrupación Musical Puerto de la Cruz. Dirigida por Francisco Jairo Cabrera, esta centenaria formación ofrece un repertorio que comenzará con formado por Oregón, de Jacob de Haan; el pasodoble Pusiano de Simón Couceiro, e Ignition, de Todd Stalter.

La Agrupación Musical Isorana de Guía de Isora llega al Auditorio de Tenerife con la dirección de Ana Gloria Carvajal Rodríguez. La formación ofrece en este concierto el pasodoble Marta Alandete, de Ferrer Ferrán; Selections from Up, de Michael Giacchino con arreglos de Michael Brown y Adele in concert, también con arreglos realizados por Michael Brown.

El concierto concluye con los tres temas que ha preparado la Agrupación Musical Nueva Banda de Igueste de Candelaria. Luis Torres Oliva conducirá a los músicos en la ejecución de Suite Cubana, de Bebo Valdés; Caribe, de Michel Camilo, y Ran Kan Kan, de Tito Puente.

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Vasily Petrenko will conduct the opening concert on 13 September, and on 20 June the young violinist María Dueñas will perform as soloist on the closing night

 

The Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) will explore the music composed over the last four centuries during the 2024-2025 season, which is presented with the slogan Siente tu Sinfónica (Experience your Symphony Orchestra). The orchestra has confirmed a total of 80 public activities planned between September and July, thus reaffirming the Island Board of Music's commitment to cultural promotion and social inclusion on the island of Tenerife. The Auditorio de Tenerife will offer 18 symphonic season concerts, 12 lyrical season shows, five family performances and 14 school concerts and shows. Also, 17 music and social activities and 14 extraordinary concerts will take place in different locations across the island.

The pass-holder season, which includes 18 programmes, is underway on 13 September with the conductor Vasily Petrenko leading the orchestra, and it concludes on 20 June with Marina Dueñas, a 21-year-old violinist from Granada. Fifty-four works will be performed between those dates, including a nod to Spanish music with the compositions of Manuel de Falla, José María Sánchez-Verdú, Marco Mezquida and Raquel García, winner of the 2020 National Music Award.  

The vice-president and councillor for Tourism of the Island Council of Tenerife, Lope Afonso, stated that "this is a commitment to quality. Few symphony orchestras and few territories can offer this quality programme over such a long season. Quality that has led our orchestra to become a leader over time and to enjoy well-established prestige since the era of Víctor Pablo Pérez, which has been maintained over time". Afonso added that "we are continuing a policy of affordable pass and ticket prices, bringing the orchestra to different parts of the island and involving it in aspects such as training with many activities. Being lucky enough to enjoy the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife allows the island's name to be heard loud and clear in all fields of music, the most prestigious and distinguished on the European and national scene. We are in a celebratory mood". 

The island minister of Culture and Museums of Tenerife, José Carlos Acha, stated that "the slogan for the orchestra this year is 'Experience your Symphony Orchestra' because it belongs to all of us. The Sinfónica de Tenerife's audience is very loyal. It suffered during the pandemic, but it has gradually recovered and is growing. A total of 80 confirmed activities will take place across the entire island, with a very well-balanced repertoire stretching from the 18th century to the 21st century." 

The technical director of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife, Daniel Broncano, confirms that seventeen conductors will lead the Sinfónica de Tenerife, including six women. The honorary conductor, Víctor Pablo Pérez, is undertaking two performances this season. In addition to Pérez and Petrenko, the maestros Felix Mildenberger, José Luis Gómez, Shiyeon Sung, Lucas Macías, Perry So and Joseph Swensen return to the season. The maestros Giancarlo Guerrero, Antony Hermus, Markus Stenz, Beatriz Fernández, Delyana Lazarova, Johanna Malangré, Nil Venditti, Rebecca Tong and Aarón Zapico will make their debut conducting the orchestra.

Broncano notes that over half of the twenty soloists scheduled to perform are making their debuts with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife. This list is composed of Marco Mezquida (piano), Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Barbara Kozelj (mezzo-soprano), Evelina Dobračeva (soprano), Nadège Rochat (cello), Nicholas Mogg (baritone), Svetlin Roussev (violin), Timothy Ridout (viola), Lucienne Renaudin Vary (trumpet), Jonathan Mamora (piano) and María Dueñas (violin). 

Several musicians are returning to the Symphony Orchestra's season: Sergei Dogadin (violin), Truls Mok (cello), Simon Trpceski (piano), Alicia Amo (soprano), Airam Hernández (tenor), and Alban Gerhardt (cello). The list of soloists also features the actor Alberto San Juan, who will narrate the show The Seven Last Words of Christ, alongside Martín Llade and Joaquín Reyes as presenters and scriptwriters.

Once again, this season, the orchestra will give a starring role to its musicians. This time, the horns, Antonio Lasheras, José Llácer, Salvador Alcover, and Eugenio Pérez, will feature as soloists in Robert Schumann's Konzertstück in F Major for Four Horns,Op. 86.

The process for selling the subscription opens today (Thursday, 23) for current subscription holders who want to renew their subscription for the same seat they have this season. The period closes on 4 June. Two days later, the period opens for the renewal of subscription holders who want to change seats, and it closes on 10 June. 13 June marks the start of the sales period for new subscriptions. Prices for the complete subscription for the 2024-2025 season start at 135 Euros.

Between 25 June and 13 September, it will be possible to purchase the Abono Joven (youth subscription), the Abono Otoño-Invierno (autumn-winter subscription) - format for the first nine concerts-and the Abono Sol y Luna (sun and moon subscription) -to attend odd or even show numbers throughout the entire season-. On the other hand, individual tickets for any concert will go on sale on 9 July. 

The programme and the information for purchasing any type of subscription can be viewed on the web pages: www.sinfonicadetenerife.es and www.auditoriodetenerife.com. You can also purchase the subscriptions by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., except for public holidays and the month of August. It is also possible, with the same opening hours, to make the arrangements in person at the Auditorio de Tenerife box office.

The orchestra's socio-educational activity will begin with a new edition of the Open Music series, taking place from 7 to 11 October with initiatives at the Penitentiary Facility and in social-health centres. The first of the family concerts will be on 16 October with the proposal Caracol, saca la tuba al sol (Snail, take your tuba out into the sunshine), followed on 15 February with Suena...El Circo! (That sound... The Circus!) and will end on 17 May with the Electro-Estancia programme, all of which will be held at the Auditorio de Tenerife. These actions are carried out in collaboration with Ana Hernández Sanchiz.

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La Sala de Cámara recibe este viernes la presentación del disco ˋHypenosisˊ, en la que participarán hasta siete músicos

 

El Auditorio de Tenerife programa para este viernes (día 24) a las 19:30 horas en la Sala de Cámara un concierto del Alexis Alonso Quartet y la violinista Maureen Choi. Se trata de la presentación en directo del disco Hypenosis, en la que participarán hasta siete músicos.

El pianista y compositor canario Alexis Alonso se une a la virtuosa violinista norteamericana Maureen Choi, conocida en la escena del jazz-flamenco internacional, para sorprender con esta colaboración enmarcada en la gira de presentación del nuevo disco del cuarteto del pianista.

Además de Alonso y Choi, la propuesta se completa con otros músicos: Ciro Hernández al violonchelo, Roberto Amor a la batería, Aileen López al bajo, Luis Cuán al saxofón tenor y Elio Bignotte en la trompeta.

De familia coreana y nacida en Estados Unidos, Maureen Choi se graduó en violín clásico en Michigan State University y jazz en Berklee College, donde ahora es profesora, así como en el Centro Superior de Música Creativa de Madrid. Ha actuado con artistas como Rodney Whitaker, Johnny O Neal, Larry Harlow, Josh Groban, Kanye West, Trans-Siberian Orchestra o Javier Colina. Formó su cuarteto en 2012 a su llegada a España y desde entonces ha ganado competiciones internacionales de jazz y recorrido escenarios españoles y estadounidenses.

Alexis Alonso está labrándose una carrera como pianista y compositor tanto a piano solo como liderando su banda. A estos dos proyectos se suma su reciente dúo con Jorge Pardo, figura del jazz y el flamenco internacional. El flautista y saxofonista madrileño se unió así a una lista de colaboraciones como Seamus Blake, Ralph Alessi, Pedrito Martínez o Marco Mezquida.

Las entradas se pueden adquirir por 15 euros, 5 para menores de 30 años, en la página www.auditoriodetenerife.com, en la taquilla de lunes a viernes de 10:00 a 17:00 horas y sábados de 10:00 a 14:00 horas y de forma telefónica llamando al 902 317 327 en el mismo horario. Hay disponibles descuentos para estudiantes, desempleados y familias numerosas.

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The show will feature the folk group, two actresses and the voices of José Manuel Ramos and Héctor González.

 

This weekend, the Auditorio de Tenerife offers two performances of Elfidio. Un espectáculo de Los Sabandeños (Elfidio, a show by Los Sabandeños), which will feature for the first time the voices of José Manuel Ramos and Héctor González. The performances will take place in the Symphony Hall on Saturday (25th) and Sunday (26th), both at 7:30 p.m. The tickets are on sale for €15, €5 for the audience under 30 years of age, and discounts are available.

This show pays tribute to one of its most beloved members, Elfidio Alonso. It recreates everything from his childhood and youth in Punta del Hidalgo to his role as founder and director of Los Sabandeños, along with his relationship with Canarian literary figures, his diverse talents as a writer, journalist, composer, and his beloved city of La Laguna. In all, this 88-year journey is an immersive show in the biography of Elfidio Alonso that is brought to life on stage by the 35 members of Los Sabandeños.

The playwriting and stage design of the show introduces the audience to the different life stages, represented by the actresses Carmen Hernández and Alicia Ramos. They give a voice and meaning to the narrative discourse, complemented with audiovisual materials from interviews with people who are closely linked to the culture, sport, literature, journalism, politics, and music of the Canary Islands. Friends and family members will also talk about him.

In addition to Elfidio Alonso's status as a founder member and director of Los Sabandeños, he has a long career as a sportsman, journalist, poet, novelist, and advocate of Canarian culture. A graduate in Law and Journalism from the University of La Laguna, he was a regional representative and mayor of his city.

Also, Elfidio Alonso, the writer of over three hundred songs, has created conceptual works such as La Misa Sabandeña, La Cantata del Mencey Loco, Las Seguidillas del Salinero and La rebelión de los Gomeros. This vision led the group to make forays into South American music. It enabled it to penetrate the world of bolero and love songs with mastery, producing themed works such as the Cantos Canarios (Canarian songs) and the albums Canario and Personajes.

Los Sabandeños began their musical activity in 1965. Almost 60 years have passed since that group of friends from the University of La Laguna decided to become a group officially. They began their continuous work in music, embodied in over 95 albums, a sound archive that includes part of the traditional legacy and their songs and adaptations.

The tickets are available on the website www.auditoriodetenerife.com, at the auditorium's box office or by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 02:00 p.m. There are discounts for students, unemployed and large families.

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The Parisian Mathieu Dufour will perform Ibert's Flute Concerto as soloist, in a programme to be conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

 

After eight years, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) returns the flute as the star in a season concert. The Parisian Mathieu Dufour will perform as the soloist in Ibert's Flute Concerto, in a programme featuring Brahms' Symphony No. 4 and Le Bœuf sur le toit (The Ox on the Roof) by Darius Milhaud. The concert will take place this Friday (24th) at 7:30 p.m. in the Auditorio de Tenerife and will be conducted by Ludovic Morlot.

The Flute Concerto by Jacques Ibert will be performed for the first time in the repertoire of the Orquesta Sinfónica de Tenerife.This 1933 piece dedicated to the flautist Marcel Moyse presents a formidable challenge for the soloist, with Mathieu Dufour taking on the role on this occasion. The score offers an aesthetic contrast between the dominance of German creativity in the 19th century and the 20th-century identity trends shaped by the emergence of mass media like cinema, radio and the phonograph. 

Beforehand, the Symphony Orchestra will perform Le Bœuf sur le toit, Op. 58, a score by Darius Milhaud created in 1919. This work offers a musical fantasy set in different Luso-American airs, such as tango, samba, and fado, which he encountered during a diplomatic mission. Initially devised for violin and piano, the work was composed to accompany a film by Charlie Chaplin. 

During the second half of the concert, the orchestra will perform Johannes Brahms's Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op.98. A faithful exponent of the Germanic tradition, Brahms composed the work over the summer of 1884. Its premiere in Hamburg was a great success, which led to a tour around Germany and Holland with Hans von Büllow conducting. The composition engages with feelings ranging from joy to pain and concepts such as humility and eternity. 

This week's event will allow us to enjoy Ludovic Morlot conducting the Sinfónica de Tenerife for the first time. He is currently the musical director of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra. Between 2011 and 2019, he served as musical director of the Seattle Symphony, a period during which he won five Grammy Awards with the orchestra, where he currently serves as its conductor emeritus. He has also been the associate artist of the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra since 2019. He was a founding member and artistic director of the National Youth Orchestra of China from 2017 to 2021 and the main conductor of La Monnaie between 2012 and 2014.

Working as a guest conductor, the American premiere of Betsy Jolas' Latest with the San Francisco Symphony, the St Matthew Passion by Bent Sorensen with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra and John Luther Adam's Vespers with the City of Birmingham Symphony stand out. Morlot has featured as guest conductor orchestras such as the Berlin Philharmonic, the Royal Concertgebouw, the Czech Philharmonic, Dresden Staatskapelle, the London Philharmonic, the New York Philharmonic, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Chicago and Philadelphia Symphonies, the Seoul Philharmonic, the Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra and the Melbourne Symphony.

Mathieu Dufour studied flute at the Conservatoire de Lyon, where he was unanimously awarded first place. 1990, he obtained second place in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition. In 1991, Dufour won third place in the International Flute Competition in Budapest. In 1997, he finished second in Japan's Kobe International Flute Competition. Dufour has performed as the flute soloist at the Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse and the Paris Opera. He was appointed principal flute of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in 1999 and served as principal flute of the Berlin Philharmonic between 2015 and 2022. In 2011, he was awarded the honorary title of «Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres» by the French Ministry of Culture.

Dufour has appeared in concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Lucerne Festival under the baton of Daniel Barenboim with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. He has also worked together with other conductors as a soloist, such as Pierre Boulez, Riccardo Muti, Charles Dutoit, Fabio Luisi, and David Roberston, and he gives master classes in the United States, Canada, Europe, South America and Asia. He has also been a member of the teaching staff at DePaul University and the Rosevelt University in Chicago, the Barenboim Akademie in Berlin and the Berlin Philharmonie Akademie.

José Lorenzo Chinea Cáceres reveals the keys to these three pieces in his preliminary talk, part of the conferences organised by the Tenerife Association for Friends of Music. The event takes place at 6:30 p.m. in the Sala Avenida, located in the hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife.

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

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Over the weekend they shared the shows they had prepared and received diplomas for their participation

 

The Auditorio de Tenerife organised two days to mark the end of the year for the Theatre Schools of Tenerife. Last weekend, the programme of the Island Council brought together one hundred children aged between 7 and 14 from 10 different groups on the island.

The schools that participated in this event belong to the municipalities of Candelaria, El Rosario, El Sauzal, Guía de Isora, La Laguna, La Orotava, and Tegueste. The teachers of the Theatre Schools, Miguel Ángel Batista, Francisco Gómez and Sigrid Ojel, were organising and assisting the students and their families during these days.

The island minister for Culture, José Carlos Acha, attended the two days. The councillors for the Culture of El Sauzal (Eusebio Castillo), El Rosario (Jennifer Torres), Candelaria (Manuel González), and Tegueste (Candelaria García), as well as the councillors for the Heritage of La Orotava (Delia Escobar), were also in attendance.

José Carlos Acha assessed this initiative, stating that "these events are very positive for the students, they see the fruits of their work; for their families, who share the result of this activity with their children, and also for the Auditorium, which attracts a new audience and renews its energy to continue highly enriching like this one".

"At the Island Council, we are very clear about the commitment to art as a social tool, and these theatre schools reflect that, as professionals from the sector get involved in enriching the leisure time of many people from all over the island", outlined the island minister.

In the Castillo Hall of the Auditorio de Tenerife, the youths staged the works of theatre they had spent all year preparing with their teachers. Not only do they receive theatre training, but they also learn to take part in a stage project that ends up premiering with their families in the audience. Teamwork, memorisation, bodily expression, voice, and concentration are some of the skills strengthened these days.

The schools are divided according to age group, with those in groups A (from 7 to 11 years) and B (from 12 to 14 years) first to celebrate the end of their year. Students from groups C (from 15 to 17 years) and D (over 18 years) will have their closing event in June.

The Theatre Schools of Tenerife (Escuelas de Teatro - ETT), a programme of the Educational and Social Area of the Auditorio de Tenerife, are developed, in collaboration with the municipalities of the island, during the school year in various educational and cultural centres and offer theatrical training to children, youth and adults. 

One of the main aims of these Theatre Schools is to foster a quality artistic hobby and to contribute to the cultural development of the social environment. All teachers who give classes in the different parts of the island for this programme have a degree in performing arts from the School of Performing Arts of the Canary Islands (Escuela de Actores de Canarias). The process to enrol for next year will be announced through the Educational and Social section on the Auditorium's website: www.auditoriodetenerife.com.

 

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