The Peruvian tenor opens, together with the Oviedo Filarmonía, the festival on July 16 at the Hotel Santa Catalina in the capital of Gran Canaria
Santa Catalina, a Royal Hideaway Hotellocated in the capital of Gran Canaria, will host the music festival for the second consecutive year
Santa Catalina Classicsorganized by the hotel group Barceló Hotel Group.
The festival, presented this morning in the Miguel Martín Fernández de la Torre Hall of the aforementioned hotel, featured interventions by
Simon Pedro Barcelo, co-president of the Barceló Group, Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands, Pedro Justo Brito, Minister of Finance of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Felipe Aguirre, artistic director of the Santa Catalina Classics, Mercedes Ballester, territorial director of Caixabank, and Luis Rodríguez, manager of the Hotel Santa Catalina. "Being here is a way
to demonstrate our commitment, not only with Tourism, but with the culture of the islands. The city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria makes it easy to invest, manage and develop this type of initiative, without forgetting the excellent location of this emblematic hotel”, commented the co-president of the Barceló Group, Simón Pedro Barceló, during the presentation.
The tenor Juan Diego Flórez, one of the most important soloists of the 21st century (icon of romantic Italian opera), adds this island stop to his international agenda (Tokyo, Vienna, Milan or Lucerne), which will kick off this new edition of music classic to start
next july 16, starting at 8:30 p.m. in the hotel gardens. He will be accompanied on stage by the Spanish orchestra Oviedo Filarmonía under the baton of the prestigious American conductor Christopher Franklin.
On the left, Pedro Justo Brito and Simón Pedro Barceló during their speech. /
«After last year's success with Gustavo Dudamel's exhibition, our intention this year was to continue offering the same artistic and cultural level. We have opted for the lyrics of Juan Diego Flórez, the
maximum representative of this musical repertoire», added Felipe Aguirre, pianist and artistic director of this festival.
In addition, the Russian pianist
alexei volodinwhich has collaborated with some of the most important orchestras in Europe and America, will open the '
Chamber Cycle' of the festival interpreting reference works such as 'Islamey', by Balakirev, and 'Pictures of an exhibition', by Mussorgsky, on September 16, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the hotel.
"This pianist will present a recital dedicated to the 'Group of Five', showing the romantic Russian nationalist spirit of the 19th century," commented Aguirre.
On October 7, this cycle will close
Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno, one of the most outstanding of his generation. She will address the famous 'Kreutzer' sonata, by L. van Beethoven, the 'Seven Spanish Popular Songs', by M. de Falla, as well as the virtuoso work 'Tzigane', by M. Ravel, accompanied by Felipe Aguirre on piano.
This classical music festival adds to the important cultural legacy that the hotel has held since its inauguration
over 130 years ago and has the collaboration of the Canarian Institute for Cultural Development and Promotur, the Government of the Canary Islands and the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
During the presentation of the classical music festival at the Hotel Santa Catalina. /
"This Barceló initiative drives
the tourism-culture binomial. It is the best demonstration of tourist and cultural quality for Canarian citizens”, said Juan Márquez, Deputy Minister of Culture of the Government of the Canary Islands.
For its part, the Gran Canaria council shows its full support for the hotel chain for the implementation of this project that benefits the image of Gran Canaria. «Our idea is not only to support the initiative of these two years, but to contribute to
keep it over time», predicted the Minister of the Treasury, Pedro Justo Brito.
Within the framework of the programming, the festival will also offer other cultural events such as the '
music talks', directed by Aguirre, where he will share with the spectators a vision and an in-depth analysis of the works of some of the milestones of classical music and their relationship with other arts. He will also investigate the technique and genius of composers as emblematic as Beethoven, Mozart or Bach.
Attendees will also be able to enjoy a sound pairing that will be titled '
Dionysus, music and wine', where you can taste some Canarian wines and discover their shades and nuances.
Felipe Aguirre during his intervention in the presentation of the act. /