The British conductor replaces Lucas Macías and has clarinettist Maximiliano Martín as guest soloist



The Sinfónica de Tenerife, under the Cabildo de Tenerife’s Department of Culture run by councillor Enrique Arriaga, is giving its fourth season concert on Friday the 6th at 7:30 pm in Auditorio de Tenerife. Conductor Catherine Larsen-Maguir is making her debut with the Tenerife ensemble, replacing conductor Lucas Macías. On this occasion the guest soloist is clarinettist Maximiliano Martín Lechado.

The Cabildo’s ensemble will play with the current reduced orchestra a programme featuring Quiet City and Clarinet Concerto, both by Aaron Copland and Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Symphony nº 4 in B flat major, op 60.

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To enjoy this cultural experience please make sure you arrive at the venue with time enough to enter the auditorium gradually. Buying the tickets implies the user unconditionally accepts the contents of the measures implemented by the Auditorio de Tenerife to deal with COVID-19, with no exceptions or reservations, including wearing a face mask or coming only with people you live with.  The full measures and the AENOR-certified contingency plan are available on Auditorio’s website. Both the GastroMag and the car park are open to the public. 

North American Aaron Copland pens two of the pieces in the concert. The first one was written in 1940 for Irwin Shaw‘s theatre play of the same title about the conflicts of Gabriel Mellon, a middle-aged businessman. The composer displays a creativity where the constructive weight lies on the English horn and the trumpet. A sound metaphor, the trumpet seems to represent the longing for a better life in which Mellon would have fulfilled his dream of being a poet while the English horn evokes the reality he has been led to. 

Clarinet Concerto was a commission for jazz star Benny Goodman and was first played in 1950 with the NBC Symphony Orchestra. The author explores this instrument with the intention of eliminating the artificial division between “popular and learned”. He challenges the established canon and gives more weight to the string section, which recalls the typical sound of a jazz orchestra. 

Ludwig van Beethoven composed his Symphony nº 4 in B flat major, op 60 during the summer and autumn of 1806. There was great expectation as his Third Symphony (Eroica) had been very well received. The success of the score lies in “extracting the maximum out of a very simple material”, as Brahms described it. So, in the development there is a highly contrasted tonality where time seems to stop and expand.  

British Catherine Larsen-Maguire has been exclusively concentrated on orchestra conducting since 2012, after gaining a thorough knowledge of the repertoire and an understanding of the orchestra’s psychology. 

Larsen-Maguire read Music at the University of Cambridge and studied the bassoon at London Royal Academy of Music and at the Karajan Academy in Berlin. In 1996 she took the top prize in the Prague Spring Bassoon Competition.

The orchestras she has conducted include  Bremen, Magdeburg, Augsburg and Nuremburg Philharmonic Orchestras, the orchestra of the Komische Oper Berlin, the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, the Deutsches Kammerorchester Berlin, Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Orquesta Ciudad de Granada, the Belgrade Philharmonic, the Slovenian Radio Orchestra plus the orchestras of the Sunflower and Buzzards Bay festivals in the United States and the Orquesta Filarmónica de la UNAM, the Orquesta Sinfónica de Xalapa and the Orquesta Filarmónica de Boca del Río, in Mexico.

Clarinettist Maximiliano Martín, currently soloist at the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, has performed in prestigious venues including the BBC Proms Cadogan Hall, Wigmore Hall in London, the Library of Congress in Washington, Hamburg’s Laeiszhalle, Slovenia Radio Auditorium in Ljubljana, Durban City Hall in South Africa, Palau de la Música in Barcelona, Teatro Monumental in Madrid, Auditorio Alfredo Kraus in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria or the Auditorio Principe Felipe in Oviedo.

Martín has performed solo with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias, European Union Chamber Orchestra, Real Filarmonía de Galicia, Filarmónica de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and the Macedonian Philharmonic, with conductors like Brüggen, Ticciati, Antonini, Swensen, Zacharias or González. He regularly collaborates with ensembles and artists such as the London Conchord Ensemble, Cuarteto Casals, Francois Leleux, Pekka Kuusisto, Alexander Janiczek and Julian Milford.