The organist Daniel Oyarzabal will play the great instrument housed within the walls of Symphony Hall alongside Joan Castelló


The Auditorio de Tenerife is a cultural space linked to the Department of Culture of Tenerife Island Council that is managed by the island's Minister of Culture, Enrique Arriaga. This Sunday [27] at 12:00 p.m. it will offer the first organ concert of the season: Órgano y percusión, un mundo por descubrir (Organ and Percussion: A World to Discover). This morning experience is starred by organist Daniel Oyarzabal and percussionist Joan Castelló, both of whom are originally from the Basque Country.  They will offer an attractive journey through the most famous music of the last century and a half. 

In recent times, a trend has been taken up to enrich organ concerts in auditoriums with other instruments that have contrasting timbres and which add variety to the repertoire of predominantly Romantic symphonic pieces, assuming the role of an entire orchestra. The musicologist Rosario Álvarez explains that “it is a way of offering a new vision of those well-known scores for an audience who will be amazed and delighted by the transmutation of that musical world – a world which, until now, seemed immutable.” 

The fact of the matter is that, although it may be true that the multiple timbres of the organ can represent those of an orchestra, especially those of the wind instruments, that is not exactly the case with the varied and rich percussion section.  For Álvarez, this combination “provides – in addition to diverse and suggestive new colours and techniques – the rhythmic drive, the crystalline or opaque sound of metal and wood keys being struck, as well as the depth of drum heads, among many other examples.” In this programme, seven-piece by composers from the nineteenth and twentieth centuries that have been transcribed by the organist Oyarzabal will be played.

This concert is offered in collaboration with the San Miguel Arcángel Royal Canarian Academy of Fine Arts (RACBA).Built in the 20th-century by the prestigious organ builder Albert Blancafort and his team, the Auditorium's organ is considered a unique instrument for its design, sound and musical ranges.  The sounds are produced by 3,835 pipes that are housed in the walls of the emblematic Symphony Hall, which are controlled by the organist from on-stage through the console and the four keyboards that he can play.

Daniel Oyarzabal has a long international career that he has cultivated for years with intense concert activity at prestigious festivals in more than 20 countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, and America. Joan Castelló is currently part of the group Neopercusión, a professor at the Katarina Gurska Higher Music Centre, and a professor for the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain.

Tickets can be purchased until fifteen minutes before each performance on the website, at the Auditorium's box office from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 during the same schedule. 

By purchasing tickets, you accept the measures implemented by the cultural centre to combat COVID-19, such as the correct use of masks and the attendance at the event only with people you live with. All of the measures, as well as the contingency plan certified by AENOR, can be consulted on the Auditorium’s website.