Tenerife Baroque Orchestra celebrates its first year by closing their first season with Handel & friends. The concert is to be held at the Chamber Hall of Auditorio de Tenerife on Thursday, 10 at 7:30 pm. It features Jacques Ogg as harpsichord and guest conductor. In addition, the Auditorio resident ensemble will play a Baroque bassoon for the first time.

In this concert, apart from playing the best scores by the German-born British composer, the group is premiering Telemann’s Concerto à 6, in G minor for violin and orchestra, transcribed by Jacques Ogg expressly for the Tenerife ensemble.

Handel & friends is a carefully chosen selection of works from the Baroque London of Handel, where the works of Francesco Geminiani (1687-1762), Christoph Graupner (1683-1760) and Georg Philipp Telemann (1681-1767) were also listened to. From the latter, letters remain on the exchange of bulbs and seeds between Hamburg and London, evidencing their close friendship. From this period, Graupner has manuscripts by Telemann and Handel in the Livre de clavecin de Darmstadt. There is also record of Geminiani having been invited to play the violin for George I, accompanied by Handel’s harpsichord.

The Tenerife Baroque Orchestra musicians playing at this show are: Adrián Linares, Baroque violin and concertmaster; Mario Braña and Judith Verona, Baroque violins I; Leo Rossi, Sergio Suárez and Juan Carlos Gómez, Baroque violins II; Iván Saez and Melchor García, Baroque viola; Hugo Rodríguez, Baroque bassoon; Fernando Santiago and Diego Pérez, Baroque cello; Juan Carlos Baeza, double bass; and Raquel García, harpsichord.

Conrado Álvarez, artistic director of Tenerife Baroque Orchestra, believes that “recalling Handel is having a glimpse at the sonorous world of his opera Rinaldo, which was premiered at Queen’s Theatre in London on 24 February 1711; at the splendour of the oratorio Messiah, put on at New Music Hall, in Dublin on 13 April 1742; or the program Music for the Royal Fireworks performed in London’s Green Park, on 27 April 1749.  “Handel’s skilful colourful music represents the most genuine English Baroque, which is the widespread opinion nowadays”, the music expert says.

Tickets can be purchased at Auditorio de Tenerife Adán Martín box office from 10:00 am to 7:30 pm Monday to Saturday, on the internet here or by telephone on 902 317 327.