Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony is the new educational proposal that will also reach more than 780 schoolchildren during the week


On Saturday [21 May] at 12:00 noon, Tenerife Symphony Orchestra offers the family concert Italian Symphony under the direction of Alessandro Palumbo, with Ana Hernández Sanchiz as narrator and the audio-visual resources of Abekoco. This activity takes place in the Auditorio de Tenerife and offers us a programme with Symphony No. 4 in A major, Italian, Op. 90, by Felix Mendelssohn.

The Orchestra sponsored by Tenerife Island Council will perform this work composed in 1833 whose origins lie in the trip by the German composer around the European continent between 1830 and 1831. The musical score outlines the impressions of his journey in the form of music, focused on conveying different images, like the Mediterranean sun, architecture, art, landscapes and the joy of the people.

The tickets for the family concert can be purchased until fifteen minutes before the performance on the website, at the Auditorium's box officeand by dialling the phone number 902 317 327 from Monday to Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

This week’s activity by the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra is completed with the concerts for educational centres and groups, which will be held at 10:30 from Wednesday (18th) to Friday (20th). The first concert is for schoolchildren from Orobal (Arona), the Secondary schools IES Lucas Martín Espino (Icod de los Vinos), IES Viera y Clavijo (La Laguna), IES Teobaldo Power, IES Domingo Pérez Minik, IES Benito Pérez Armas and the San Juan de Dios Psychopedagogical Centre (Santa Cruz). 

The groups from IES Valle Guerra (La Laguna), IES Mencey Bencomo (Los Realejos), IES San Benito (La Laguna), IES Villalba Hervás (La Orotava), Orobal and the San Juan de Dios Psychopedagogical Centre are scheduled to attend the concert on Thursday. On Friday, in addition to Orobal and San Juan de Dios, the attendees also come from Apanate (La Laguna), CEO Manuel de Falla (La Orotava), IES El Médano (Granadilla), IES San Benito and IES Canarias from La Laguna. 

This week the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Alessandro Palumbo, who is completing his piano training at the Giuseppe Verdi Conservatory in Milan while simultaneously undertaking studies in composition and Orchestra Conducting. Between 2009 and 2011 he specialised as a Master Repertoire Performer at the Centre de Perfeccionament Plácido Domingo at the Palau de Les Arts Reina Sofia in Valencia, where he worked alongside renowned singers and maestros. 

His collaborations leading the Tenerife Symphony Orchestra began with the operas Don Quijote by Massenet (2014), and Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck (2015). In 2016 he returned to conduct Don Pasquale by Donizetti as part of the Opera Studio project by the Tenerife Opera, which also included an educational programme for secondary school pupils. 

What stands out among his most recent activities is his role as an assistant musical director at important theatres in Spain, France and Germany, as well as being musical director of La Bohème at the Teatro di San Carlo in Naples and La Traviataat the Tenerife Opera. He recently made his debut in Rigoletto during the Festival Verdi di Parma in Busseto and returned to Tenerife with the Requiem by Donizetti. 

Ana Hernández Sanchiz is a Spanish actress who combines musical teaching and cultural management. She currently collaborates with the programmes of the main national symphony orchestras and other prestigious institutions such as the Teatro Real, Teatros del Canal, Teatro de la Zarzuela, Teatro de la Maestranza, Auditoriums Kursaal and Baluarte. 

Hernández Sanchiz is carrying out the project “Adoptar un Músico” (Adopt a Musician) at the National and Symphonic Orchestras of Bilbao and Seville. In Latin America, she has collaborated with the Gran Teatro Nacional of Lima and Teatro Solís in Montevideo, the National Symphony Orchestras of Colombia, the Bicentennial National Youth Symphony Orchestra of Peru, the Argentine National Orchestra and the Concert Band of Montevideo. 

She has recorded several albums as a narrator of musical tales and she holds creative workshops on socio-educational projects with different groups. She is also the co-founder and member of the companies of stage creators Arquetípicas and Atlantis.