The Community Orchestra of Gran Canaria offers a benefit concert this Sunday at the Alfredo Kraus

The Community Orchestra of Gran Canaria offers a benefit concert this Sunday at the Alfredo Kraus

Archive image of a rehearsal of the Community Orchestra. / C7

The event, called 'Symphonic Passion', will be in favor of the Foresta Foundation for the conservation of forest masses

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The Community Orchestra of Gran Canaria (OCGC) will offer this Sunday, at 12.00 in the
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium,
the charity concert 'Pasión sinfónica', in favor of the Foresta Foundation for the conservation of forest masses.

The concert,
framed within the program 'Culture in Action' of the City Council of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, delves into the works of Giacomo Puccini, Astor Piazzolla -revolutionary of tango- and the Canarian composer Eduardo Purriños.

The general director of the Auditorium and Theater Foundation of Las Palmas, Tilman Kuttenkeuler, was satisfied with the creation of a new orchestra and that the proceeds go to a charitable cause, in this case, environmental.

The manager of the Foresta Foundation, Sergio Armas, thanked both the orchestra and the Auditorium and Theater Foundation for their "generosity" for allocating the proceeds to this cause, which will serve to give "visibility and involve society" in the need to care for the environment.

"We have been with the clear objective of restoring, conserving and maintaining the forest masses of the Canary Islands for more than 20 years, raising awareness in society and involving them and involving them in environmental responsibility," he added during the presentation to the media.

The Community Orchestra project is sponsored by Philip Morris, whose general director in the Canary Islands, Carmina Fusté, pointed out that her company "always" seeks to "leave a positive mark" where it carries out its work. "We started this journey this year as a way to show our commitment to the island, to the Canary Islands, to the cultural fabric and, in this specific case, to music," she asserted.

Philip Morris embarks for music and social purpose

On the other hand, Fusté added that "it is the opportunity to support professional and semi-professional musicians so that they share their talent with society" and affirmed that one of the reasons that convinced them to participate is that they saw "that the circle was closing, since the collection of all the concerts will be destined to non-profit associations ». "In this way, the action ends up reverting back to Canarian society, enriching it at different levels," he concluded.

The director of the orchestra, David Crespo, explained that the project began to be forged in the middle of the pandemic since the tragic break in the music sector made him feel "the emotional need to connect". A year after its first rehearsal with just 20 musicians, the project already has a complete symphony orchestra with 65 musicians and a choir united by "the passion for music of all its components who are not professional musicians", although "they are training".

The soprano from Gran Canaria, Estefanía Perdomo, was delighted with this collaborative project that could not have a better title because "the musicians of this orchestra are imbued with enthusiasm, energy and a capacity for work that is sometimes hard to see in professional orchestras." Tickets are already on sale and can be purchased on the web pages or at the ticket offices of the Auditorium and the Pérez Galdós Theater.

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