Wed. Apr 1st, 2020

The Philharmonic Society celebrates its 175th anniversary in search of new public – La Provincia


The Philharmonic Society of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria commemorates its 175th anniversary of its creation, instituted on June 1, 1845, with a program that seeks to capture a younger audience. The event has allowed us to design an offer of concerts in different areas of the capital of Gran Canaria. Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Pérez Galdós Theater, Guiniguada Theater, Higher Conservatory of Music, ULPGC Auditorium Y Literary Cabinet

“A program designed based on the spaces in which they will be held to capture new audiences for society, because one of the problems in the lack of young audiences at concerts,” as advanced by Pedro Schluetter, president of the Philharmonic Society of Las Palmas of Gran Canaria, in the presentation of the 175th anniversary events, in an event held at the Literar Cabinetio, in which the Vice Minister of Culture participated, Juan Marquez; the Island Councilor for Culture, Guacimara Medina; the municipal councilor of Culture, Encarna Galván; and secretary of the Philharmonic Society, Juan Espino.

The absence of young audiences “does not occur only in this city,” says Pedro Schluetter. In his opinion “it is a widespread phenomenon” that occurs for reasons beyond the board of the Philharmonic Society. In this regard, Schluetter recalled that, as he had read in specialized magazines, “concerts are offered in the same way as two centuries ago,” and therefore, since the Philharmonic Society has involved conservatories, music schools, Orchestrated Neighborhood project, in addition to offering free tickets to students and seniors. “There have never been so many people studying music,” Schluetter laments, since this fact is not reflected in increased attendance at concerts.

The concerts scheduled until June are “the prelude to the last quarter of the year”, in which the commemoration events are concentrated coinciding with the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth, and which will be charged, among others, extraordinary concerts in the Cicca, case by singer Ian Bostridge, and an exhibition of diverse documentation of the Philharmonic Society and film scores about Benito Pérez Galdós from September 24

With a budget of 75,000 euros and 520 members, an average that places the Gran Canaria entity, the oldest in Spain, in a “privileged position” compared to other musical societies, according to Pedro Schluetter, the 175th anniversary program starts on Wednesday, in the Paraninfo of the ULPGC, at 20.00, with a recital by Josef Suk Piano Trio, and works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorak; and a recital-conference in the Auditorium of the Conservatory, at 8:00 p.m., with Professor Evelia Rodríguez on piano and the explanatory texts of Pedro Schluetter. The musical offer in February is completed on the 27th, in the Paraninfo, with a recital by pianist Eduardo Fernández, and a program of works by Beethoven, Scriabin and Schubert.

In programming, a first International Meeting of Young Pianists from April 1 to 29 with Ivan Krpan, Giorgi Gigashvili, Anna Geniushene and Julius Asal; a cycle dedicated to women composers in March; Quiroga Quartet; the soprano duo Estefanía Perdomo and the pianist Nauzet Mederos; the pianist José Luis Castillo in quartet; the Academic Hermitage; Alfredo García and the Trio Hermeneia; Rysanov trio; pianist Steven Lin; the Professional Conservatory Orchestra; and the 175th anniversary commemorative event, scheduled at the Literary Cabinet on June 1, and institutional concerts sponsored by the Cabildo, on June 6, with pianists Nikolai Demidenko and Dmitri Alexeev; and by the City Council, on June 11, with the Soloists of Covent Garden, with the director and soloist Vasko Vassilev.

The programming for the first semester runs out on June 15 with the Trio Particella, at the Conservatory.

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