For the ninth consecutive year, and despite the capacity limitations caused by the situation of global pandemic, the Christmas spirit of the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra It is again more present than ever in the Symphonic Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, in the capital of Gran Canaria. On December 26 and 27, Saturday and Sunday respectively, the two scheduled performances of the traditional New Year’s Popular Concert, one of the most anticipated Christmas musical events on the island and, as every year, an absolute success of the call that always hangs the ‘sold out’ sign.
On this occasion, the musicians of the Las Palmas Symphony, led by the director and young talent from the Canary Islands, Rafael Sánchez-Araña, unfortunately will not be able to count on the company of their choir in order to respect the COVID protocol of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium. However, this endearing musical show will feature relevant voices from the Canarian scene, such as the international tenor Celso Albelo, heir to the bell singing most genuine romantic and one of the few canaries that has stepped on the most prestigious auditoriums, theaters and halls around the world with the elegance of his singing and mastery of his vocal technique.
Next to him, the Orchestra will feature two of the most charismatic voices on the Canarian scene: Patricia Muñoz and Manuel Estupiñán. Although Patricia dares to do everything in her performances, since she has a wide voice range that allows her to interpret any genre that she proposes, this time she will surprise us with some popular songs from Canarian folklore, which for her is a real challenge to feel accompanied by a large orchestral body.
Together with Patricia Muñoz he will also go up to the main stage of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium the interpreter from Gran Canaria, Manuel Estupiñán, who has already collaborated as a soloist with the Las Palmas Symphony in other highly successful musical shows but which premieres at this Christmas concert, and who, together with Patricia Muñoz, will invite the public to enjoy authentic jewels of Canarian folklore. The popular Canarian timplist Germán López will also perform for the first time, and live, with the Orchestra, after his special collaboration last year on the album ‘Cantos Isleños’ that commemorated the Orchestra’s 20th Anniversary. For Germán López, this collaboration is presented as an extraordinary experience offered by the Symphony Orchestra of having the timple as a solo instrument in some themes that already survive in the memory of many Canarians.
In this new christmas date which was born nine years ago and which has already become an endearing show that brings the whole family together to enjoy these festivities, the musical repertoire includes a special program in which fragments of great works from the lyrical and symphonic repertoire stand out.
Popular pieces of zarzuela, traditional Canarian themes with original Christmas touches and the interpretation of a highly successful soundtrack will be other novelties this year, some proposals that the Orchestra will not reveal until the day of the concert. In addition, the Las Palmas Symphony wants to celebrate with its audience the 250th anniversary of the birth of the great composer Ludwig van Beethoven, including a ‘special wink’ in its Christmas repertoire. Also, the musical program of the Symphony will dedicate a tribute to the French musician and composer Camille Sain-Saëns, as he was an active part of the social and cultural life of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria at the beginning of the 20th century and because next year marks the centenary of his death. These will be some of the highlights of this new New Year’s Popular Concert which, as is traditional, will end with several encores, among which, as usual every year, the famous Radetzky March by Johann Strauss stands out.
The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium Foundation It has already launched the ticket campaign for both concerts, which is reaching a good sales rate in just one week, and which contemplates a capacity of 700 people per function, as it is allowed by the health authorities to maintain safety distances .
The Alfredo Kraus Auditorium informs the public that it is mandatory to attend the musical show with a mask, carry out the process of cleaning hands and shoes at the entrance of the venue and maintain safety distances at all times.