Friday's concert will be directed by the Andalusian maestro Lucas Macías


Sinfónica de Tenerife (Tenerife Symphony Orchestra) is a project of the Island Council’s Department of Culture that is managed by Enrique Arriaga. This Friday (the 18th) at 7:30 p.m. it offers in the Auditorio de Tenerife a journey through Romanticism under the direction of maestro Lucas Macías Navarro. The programme includes pieces by two composers who are clearly connected by the influence of the first –Richard Wagner (Leipzig, 1813 – Venice, 1883) and in the case of Anton Bruckner (Ansfelden, 1824 – Vienna, 1896), in terms of the dramatic development of his scores and his way of life.

This week's concert opens with two instrumental pieces from well-known Wagner operas: the 'Tannhäuser' Overture and the Prelude from 'Tristan und Isolde' (Tristan and Isolde)Tannhäuser, premièred in Dresden in 1845 and the fifth opera by the German composer, shows a wide array of intense emotions from the very first bars of its Overture which support both the piece and the life of the author himself: love, suffering, and the redemption of man.

'Tristan and Isolde' is probably the best known of Wagner’s operas, and it is certainly one of the most influential on later classical composers such as Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss, Karol Szymanowski, and Arnold Schoenberg. The first chord of the opera, known as the “Tristan Chord,” is considered to be of great importance in the development of traditional tonal harmony, establishing – for many – the foundations for the direction of classical music in the twentieth century.

After the break, the Sinfónica de Tenerife brings us Bruckner and his Symphony in C Minor. This is the first symphony that, after multiple revisions, the author considered worthy of being made official in his repertoire; his first version was debuted in 1868 in Linz with the composer himself conducting it. In this look at the work of Bruckner, the so-called “Vienna Version” is the one that will be played at the Auditorio de Tenerife. In comparison with the original version debuted in Linz, it offers a very rich orchestration, a wide array of intensities and of marked contrasts.

The Andalusian conductor Lucas Macías, who is back at the Sinfónica de Tenerife after three years, is the new artistic director of the City of Granada Orchestra. He has also been the main conductor of the Oviedo Philharmonic since 2018. 

Macías has previously conducted the Swedish Radio Symphony, Orchestre de Chambre de Lausanne, Orchestre de Paris (where he was assistant conductor for two years in close collaboration with Daniel Harding), Orchestre de Chambre de Genève, Buenos Aires Philharmonic, Orchestre de Cannes, Het Gelders Orkest, the Castile and León Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic of Galicia, among others.

He made his debut as a conductor at the Colón Theatre in Buenos Aires in 2014 after an exceptional career as one of the world's leading oboists, having played as a soloist with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra and Lucerne Festival Orchestra.  Macías is also a founding member of Claudio Abbado's Orchestra Mozart, with Abbado being a mentor who helped him to acquire deep knowledge and understanding of both chamber and symphonic repertoire.

Tickets can be purchased until one hour before the show on the website, 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. The audience is requested to arrive at the venue well in advance to enter the Auditorium in staggered "waves". By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.