Fundación Focus
Music Program 2013-2014

Music Program 2013-2014

 

Programme for the Music Season 2014-2015

The musical programme that the Focus-Abengoa Foundation is preparing for the 2014-2015 academic year will once again revolve around the organ, which the German maestro G. Grenzing built in 1991 for the Chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables, the headquarters of the Foundation. The programme is designed to reach out to different audiences, with a wide range of content, repertoires and performers, according to the objectives that we try to achieve with each musical event.

For young people in our schools and colleges in the city and province of Seville, we offer a series of educational recitals throughout the academic year, in which professional organists, qualified from the Conservatorio Superior de Música, talk about the history and characteristics of the organ –a complex, important and little-known instrument– while the resident organist at the Foundation plays the organ, performing works that are appropriate for the level of the listeners.

Today, the organ has a limited scope and it is not a popular instrument. Furthermore, few young musicians are prepared to take it up, meaning that it has an uncertain future. We therefore organise a series of young organist concerts in November in order to promote organ music, generate interest, encourage potential students and open the way for those that have excelled during their studies in Spanish conservatories. These concerts are broadcast by RNE-Radio Clásica and represent a wonderful opportunity so that our valuable young players can raise their profiles and gain experience of performing as soloists. This year we will be joined by Iñigo de Peque (Vizcaya), Carlos Arturo Guerra (Cuenca) and Pau Riuró (Gerona).

In our globalised world, organ students also need training that encompasses organ music from outside of Spain, especially from countries that have led the way in the past and that today are highly respected for their musicianship and musical education. We are therefore organising a master course in February entitled The meeting between Iberian and Italian Baroque organs, which is open to all Spanish organists. The course will be directed by the renowned organist, Lorenzo Ghielmi, resident at the Basilica di San Simpliciano in Milan (Italy).

In February, we will also present the first part of the 23rd Series of Master Concerts, which feature the most prominent organists of our time, who are invited to play music from their home countries and are offered the very best playing conditions (magnificent organ in perfect condition, unbeatable setting, ideal acoustic conditions, an appreciative audience, etc.), so that they can demonstrate the best of their art. The theme for this series will be The Baroque organ: a bridge between peoples opposed by religion and will feature Lorenzo Ghielmi (Milan, Italy), Matteo Imbruno (Amsterdam, Holland) and Johannes Unger (Lübeck, Germany).

The second part of these concerts, which will bring the academic year to an end, will take place in May. There will be a performance on a Sunday in May by Father Ayarra, resident organist at the Foundation, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, while on 30th May he will play at the festival to celebrate the saint's day of St. Ferdinand, at the traditional mass and concert, together with Wladimir Dmitrenco, second solo violinist of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra.

This ambitious programme will undoubtedly build upon the outstanding programmes of previous years, delighting those who listen and continuing to lead the way for those that organise similar programs in other cities and institutions.

José Enrique Ayarra
Resident organist of the Foundation and Seville Cathedral

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Organ recitals to promote young organists 2014
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Master Concerts February 2015
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Master Course February 2015  Full
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Informe anual
Concert Seville Baroque Orchestra
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Mass-concert Saint Ferdinand
Mass-concert Saint Ferdinand
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Organ recitals to promote young organists 2015
Educational and cultural activities