The Cabildo de Tenerife hosted the presentation of the 13th Tenerife International Film Music Festival (Fimucité), a world leader in its genre, that is running from Friday, the 20th to 29 September. The presentation was attended by the president of the Cabildo, Pedro Martín; the mayoress of Santa Cruz, Patricia Hernández; the director general for Cultural Heritage of the Government of the Canary Islands Rubén Pérez; the councillor for Culture of La Laguna Town Council, Yaiza López, and the director of the festival, Diego Navarro.

Pedro Martín pointed out “the worth of the festival” and stated that “it is attractive to all kind of audiences but especially to young people; and this is our great challenge – attracting more people to symphonic music”. The president of the Cabildo also highlighted the way Fimucité “trains and generates new talent”.

The mayoress of Santa Cruz, Patricia Hernández, said that “Fimucité is one of the events people in the Canaries most looked forward to” and she also highlighted that “at the City Council we have made an effort to make schools know about it” and encourage the public “to enjoy themselves and dance at the pop concert taking place at Teatro Guimerá”.

The director general for Cultural Heritage, Rubén Pérez, mentioned that the Government of the Canary Islands has always collaborated with the festival. “We have been directly involved through Filmoteca Canaria, but the work done by the Consejería de Educación [Local Ministry of Education], through the Conservatoire, is also worth mentioning”.

For her part, the councillor of La Laguna, Yaiza López, said that “our Town Council is proud to support Fimucité, a festival that brings together music and film seamlessly” and pointed out that “we’re honoured to start the festival this year at Teatro Leal tomorrow”.

The director of the festival, Diego Navarro, pointed out that it is a great satisfaction to have managed to make Fimucité  “a model at international level” and highlighted that the first symphonic concert at the Auditorio de Tenerife, called Mis terrores favoritos [My favourite fears], “to honour Chicho Ibáñez Serrador, recently deceased. It features the main scores of the horror genre and includes seven world premieres”. 

Navarro highlighted the success last year of the Close Encounters of the Third Kind screening with the soundtrack being played live. “This year, we’re repeating the experience with the film Dracula”, and he recognised this has been rather more complicated “because we had to start a project from scratch”. He also revealed that this concert is the start of the “Dracula in concert” tour.

The wide-ranging Fimucité 13 concerts start tomorrow [Friday, the 20th], at the emblematic Teatro Leal, that is hosting the opening concert “Cinema Morricone”. It consists of the staging of an extraordinary record released by the label Sony Classical, in which the famous international soloists Sara Andon and Simone Pedroni play a varied selection of the masterpieces by the Italian composer Ennio Morricone ('Once upon a Time in the West, 'Cinema Paradiso', 'The Mission') in a piano-flute duo. An intimate concert that will be performed at Teatro Guiniguada in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria a day later.

On Saturday, 21 September, simultaneous to the concert “Cinema Morricone” in Gran Canaria, Teatro Guimerá in Santa Cruz de Tenerife is offering two performances of the successful pop-rock format by Pop Culture Band. Entitled “Let’s Dance”, the show is taking place at 7:00 pm and at 10:00 pm and it provides a fascinating tour of the songs that have accompanied the most iconic dance scenes in the history of film. “The Time of My Life” in Dirty Dancing, “Hot Stuff” in Full Mont', “Footloose” in the film of the same title, or “Far from Over” in Staying Alive -with the composer himself, Vince DiCola at the keyboard.  These are some of the unforgettable compositions that the band led by scriptwriter Gonzalo de Araoz will recreate on the stage to bring great moments of rhythm, dance and emotions.

On Thursday, 26 September, Teatro Guimerá will host the concert “‘Randy Edelman: A Close Relationship”, by the composer, who is currently one of the most reputed authors in Hollywood and has penned soundtracks for films like Dragonheart, The Last of the Mohicans or Kindergarten Cop, and TV series like McGyver. With the piano and accompanied by a string septet, Edelman will go over his fascinating, eclectic career in a moving, intimate concert.

On Friday, the 27th FIMUCITÉ comes to Auditorio de Tenerife “Adán Martín” for the concert “Mis terrores favoritos”. Before the concert begins, the award-giving ceremony of the II Premios de la Música para el Audiovisual Español will take place [2nd Spanish Film Music Awards]. These awards are granted by Asociación de Compositores de Música para Audiovisual (Musimagen). The winning scores will be made public at the ceremony during which a suite will be played including a selection of the soundtracks competing for the Prize for “Best Orchestral Score” (‘La gran aventura de los Lunnis and Libro mágico’ by the composer Vanessa Garde; The Photographer of Mauthausen, by Diego Navarro; ‘El Reina’, by Juan Bardem), to be performed by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra under the baton of the Festival’s director, Diego Navarro.

Having noticed in 2018 that the audience is keen on live-to-picture experiences, as shown by the overwhelming success of the concert Close Encounters of the Third Kind that gave the chance to Canarian audiences of watching a Hollywood blockbuster with its soundtrack playing live, Auditorio de Tenerife is the venue for the concert Dracula by Bram Stoker’ on Saturday 28 September. This wonderful event, which is the result of hard research work and musical restoration, was presented in Krakow last May and after its premiere in Tenerife will go on a world tour through the German distribution company Europäische Filmphilharmonie GmbH.

The programme is rounded off with the concert on Sunday, the 29th “Champions of the Silver Screen”. For the first time, the traditional concert by the FIMUCITÉ Symphony Youth Orchestra, whose members are students at the Conservatorio Profesional de Música de Santa Cruz de Tenerife and the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, to be held in Auditorio de Tenerife. Conducted by José Antonio Cubas, they will be playing a popular repertoire of music for sports films including the best soundtracks of the genre. Some of the pieces chosen are the Oscar-winner Chariots of Fire (Vangelis), ‘Rocky’ (Bill Conti), and Hoosiers (Jerry Goldsmith). As part of the international agreement to exchange musicians of the Young Orchestras of FIMUCITÉ and Krakow FMF, a group of talent from Krakow will visit Tenerife to join the Canarian musicians.

FIMUCITÉ 13 will be held from 20 to 29 September with the sponsorship of Cabildo de Tenerife, the Government of the Canary Islands, Santa Cruz de Tenerife City Council, Audi Canarias, Teleférico del Teide, and the collaboration of Fundación SGAE, among other entities.