Sinfónica and the Auditorio de Tenerife’s first activity after lockdown Mahler’s Titan was so well-received that tickets sold out, prompting the Cabildo to stage a second performance on Saturday, the 20th. Tickets are out on sale from today, Monday the 15th. The concerts, conducted by Víctor Pablo Pérez, will be at 7:30 pm on Friday and Saturday at Auditorio de Tenerife’s Sala Sinfónica. The orchestra will perform with a reduced number of musicians to comply with the current safety regulations.

The Department of Culture, Education, Youth and Sport of the Cabildo de Tenerife, led by Councillor Concepción Rivero, pointed out that in view of the current safety measures, these concerts will seat 188 people each and the audience is asked to arrive one hour before the concert starts. Tickets for Saturday concert are on sale, for paired seats, from 11:00 am today on Auditorio de Tenerife website and on phone number 902 31 73 27, at five euros per ticket. Just one seat or an odd number of seats can only be booked by telephone.

The new safety measures include, apart from reducing the number of seats available, entering and leaving the auditorium gradually and guided by Auditorio staff; compulsory use of masks, taking the audience temperature, and no intermission, among others. There are also different signs in the building. Buyers will be fully informed about all these measures before the concerts. You can also see them on Auditorio de Tenerife’s website.

GastroMag coffee bar is opening on Thursday, the 18th with all the applicable safety and hygiene measures in place. Auditorio de Tenerife car park is also available for these concerts and the box office opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm by appointment only, which you can make on  // or by calling 922 56 86 25. The shop remains closed.

The show is approximately one hour long, and Cabildo de Tenerife’s Orchestra picks up their last performance by starting with the Aria of Suite nº 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach, which they played on 20 February before the lockdown. Next they will play Gustav Mahler’s Symphony nº 1 in D major, Titan, for chamber orchestra arranged by Iain Farrington.

The honorary conductor of the Tenerife ensemble, Víctor Pablo Pérez, studied at the Real Conservatorio de Música de Madrid and at Hochschule für Musik in Munich. From 1980 to 1988 he was artistic director and principal conductor of the Sinfónica de Asturias and from 1986 to 2005 of the Sinfónica de Tenerife. In 1993 he took charge of the Sinfónica de Galicia until 2013, when he joined the Orquesta y Coro de la Comunidad de Madrid as artistic director and principal conductor. He has been artistic director of the Joven Orquesta de Canarias since 2017. This ensemble is made up of young musicians from all the archipelago.

He has received numerous awards: Premio Ojo Crítico de Radio Nacional de España (1990), Premio Ondas (1992 and 1996), Premio Nacional de Música (1995), Medalla de Oro a las Bellas Artes (1999), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Tenerife (2006), Honorary Conductor of Sinfónica de Galicia (2013), Hijo Adoptivo de Tenerife and Medalla de Oro del Gobierno de Canarias. Apart from conducting nearly all the Spanish orchestras, Víctor Pablo Pérez is also invited by international ensembles and he often takes part in major international festivals.

The repertoire starts with the Aria of the Orchestral Suite nº3 by Johann Sebastian Bach (Eisenach, 1685 – Leipzig 1750), one of the most recognised pieces by the Baroque composer. It is an adagio alla italiana in contrast with the French style of the first movement of the suite. It is part of a succession of dances of the period with different origins and characteristics and divided by undanceable fragments. Although the original score includes some wind instruments -oboes and trumpets-, strings feature more significantly, which explains why arrangements for strings only have become popular. 

Gustav Mahler’s Symphony nº 1 (Kaliste, 1860 – Vienna 1911) has a pre-Romantic foundation, in fact, it is based on the writings of Jean Paul Richter about the deeds of a hero who manages to rise above his alter ego thanks to his imagination, inner peace and the force of nature. Mahler was captivated by his lines and composed his Symphony nº 1, which he presented in Budapest on 20 November 1889. It was first a symphonic poem in two sections with descriptive titles in five movements (including the well-known Blumine, which he later removed). After revising the score, in 1897 he finished the current four-movement version.

Mahler expresses different emotions both related to his experience of nature and to certain autobiographical matters. In fact, the beginning suggests a somewhat mysterious summer dawn, depicting the early sunrays with a pianissimo drone in the strings. Some of the most relevant features of his musical style are present in this piece, including the free, expressive use of musical forms, and fanfares, marches or popular dances.


19th of june: Titán de Mahler

26th of june: Divertimento

3th of july: Serenata nocturna

10th of july: Séptima de Bruckner