Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas, Jorge Drexler, Vanesa Martín, Michel Camilo and Noa will pass through the Pérez Galdós and the Alfredo Kraus until January
The Auditorium Theater Foundation of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, which manages the Alfredo Kraus and the Pérez Galdóskeeps intact the musical and scenic torrent that gives meaning to a program that offers a year about
300 showswhich is equivalent to almost one per day.
celebration of the first 25 years of life of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium increases the flow of a cultural proposal that this Friday was unveiled in a
presentation-breakfast developed on the stage of the Pérez Galdós Theater and that had among the attendees an important representation of promoters, producers, artists and cultural managers.
Tilman Kuttenkeulergeneral director of the Fundación Auditorio Teatro, together with
Augustus Hidalgomayor of the capital of Gran Canaria, and
Anthony Moralespresident of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria - they hold the reins of the two public institutions that make up the Board of Trustees - unveiled a program full of dates in which local, national and international proposals coexist, with figures as popular as the pianist
Michel Camilo, the singers Lila Downs, Julieta Venegas, Ainhoa Arteta, Noa, Víctor Manuel, Vanesa Martín and Jorge Drexlertogether with musical formations such as the
Gran Canaria Big Band, Il Giardino Armonico, the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and theatrical proposals such as
'Patriots' or 'The danger of good company'among other.
The anniversary of the Auditorium is celebrated by premiering a collaboration with the Canary Islands Music Festival, revealed Tilman Kuttenkeuler. Includes the concerts of:
Frank Peter Zimmermann and Martin Helmchen, on September 16, at 8:00 p.m.; the
Gran Canaria Big Band with artists like Paquito D'Rivera, Santiago Auserón, Sole Giménez and Germán López, among others, on October 1, at 8:00 p.m.; the
organist Cameron Carpenteron Sunday, October 9, at 7:00 p.m.;
Matthias Goerne and Markus Hinterhäuserperforming Schubert's 'Winterreise', on October 18, at 8:00 p.m.;
'island songs'by the Las Palmas Symphony Orchestra, on November 12, at 8:00 p.m.;
'The best of Noa', on November 19, at 9:00 p.m.; 'Jazz Plus', by
Tony Momrelle with the Perinké Big Band, on November 26, at 8:00 p.m.; the
Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, directed by its owner Karel Mark Chichon, on December 5, at 8:00 p.m.; and the tours of
Vanessa Martinon December 6, at 8:30 p.m., and 'Tinta y Tiempo', by the Uruguayan singer-songwriter
George Drexleron December 7, at 8:30 p.m.
The theater also figures in the programming, although to a lesser extent than in other spaces in the city, such as Cuyás and Guiniguada. Without going any further, the Pérez Galdós opens the season, between September 15 and 17, always at 8:00 p.m., with the premiere of the new proposal of the project 'Laboratorio Galdós Internacional', entitled
'patriots'show starring Canarian actresses Marta Viera and Saray Castro, directed by Mario Vega and whose text has been written by Julio Salvatierra.
The venue at the mouth of the Guiniguada will also host the comedy show
'The danger of good company'directed by Juan Carlos Rubio and starring on October 23 the performers: Fernando Cayo, Carmen Conesa, Ernesto Arias and Miriam Montilla, as well as the return of
'Ana will also forget us,' on days 3 and 4, as the final point of the international tour of this first production of 'Laboratorio Galdós'. As part of the 'Music and Literature' cycle, it will be possible to see the premiere, on December 2, at 8:00 p.m., of
'Let's talk about Faust. The cravings of the modern ego', by Noemi Perez.
For its part, the Jerónimo Saavedra Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium programs theatrical productions '
Love', starring Alberto San Juan and Fernando Egozcue, on November 25, at 8:00 p.m.; Y
'I'm dreaming paths'with the actress María Galiana together with the pianist José María Berdejo and the baritone Luis Santana, on November 26, at 8:00 p.m.
Cycles and festivals
The Alfredo Kraus maintains the cycle El Rincón del Jazz -with the performances of Caramelo. Sunna Gunnlaugs Trio, David Quevedo and his 'Wild Trio'-, Eat To The Beat -with Wasabi Cru and The Hooten Hallers-, together with the festivals Clásicos en Colores, Mar Abierto -Ainhoa Arteta's recital, on October 2, and that of Víctor Manuel, on October 30-, and the 4th International Piano Festival -with concerts by Natalia Falcón Bonilla and Marta Sánchez, María Dolores Gaitán and Elisabet Raspal Trío, and Dena de Rose with her Trio and solo-.
Comedians such as Aarón Gómez, Abubukaka, Dani Martínez, José Mota, Santiago Segura and Jorge Flo -with 'Dos fools and me'-, Jabicombé and Kike Pérez also share space with special concerts such as the presentation of the new album by Los Gofiones, Fito and Fitipaldis, a concert from the Gospel Canarias Fest and another from Maestros en Guitarra.
Optimism after the slowdown in spring and summer ticket sales
Tilman Kuttenkeuler, general director of the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Auditorium Theater Foundation, acknowledged yesterday that he does not have a crystal ball to see the future, but according to the data available to him, he trusts that the slowdown in the sale of entries that occurred in spring and summer throughout Europe has been temporary.
He pointed out in the presentation of the new programming that in the month of May, this Foundation "recorded the best sales figures in its history", both for the shows of the following months and for some of those that were announced yesterday. It is true, he acknowledged, that "in June and July the rooms were not as full as we wanted", but Kuttenkeuler expressed hope that "the high level" of sales prior to last Easter will be recovered. “Culture has a fixed place in the minds of the population. It was seen during the pandemic, where people did not hesitate to return with masks and with a vaccination passport »to the venues where it was offered.
He announced that several vouchers are still being marketed for some cycles and that the attendance of more than two people together at the shows will be encouraged with discounts.
Questioned by this newspaper about the economic aspects of the new season, Kuttenkeuler said that 360,000 euros have been allocated for its own programming and that between 80 and 90% of the total has a Canarian stamp, both due to the presence of artists and promoters.
The mayor and president of the Foundation's Board of Trustees, Augusto Hidalgo, celebrated that this institution, contrary to custom, is maintained with 60% of its own income and 40% from the two public employers, the capital and municipal councils.
Antonio Morales, for his part, celebrated the "overturn" made almost eight years ago in the management of the Foundation to open its doors to local professionals with a significant presence in the seasons of the Pérez Galdós Theater and the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium.