Wed. Apr 1st, 2020

The Philharmonic Society seeks the young public on its 175th anniversary – La Provincia

The Philharmonic Society of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria commemorates its 175th anniversary of its creation, instituted on June 1, 1845 in the Literary Cabinet, 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, such as the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium, Pérez Galdós Theater, Guiniguada Theater, Higher Conservatory of Music, Auditorium of the ULPGC and Literary Cabinet.

With the figures of Benito Pérez Galdós, about the centenary of his death; the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth; and further on the horizon, Camile Saint-Säens, from whom the centenary of his death is celebrated next year, the Philharmonic Society season is based on “a program designed according to the spaces in which they will be held to capture new audiences for society, because one of the problems is the lack of young audiences at concerts, “as Pedro Schluetter, president of the Philharmonic Society, said yesterday in the 175th anniversary presentation. Together with Schluetter, at an event held yesterday at the Literary CabinetThe Vice Minister of Culture, Juan Márquez, participated; the insular advisor of Culture, Guacimara Medina; the Councilor for Culture, Encarna Galván; and the secretary of the Philharmonic Society, Juan Espino.

The absence of young audiences “does not occur only in this city,” said Pedro Schluetter yesterday. In his opinion “it is a widespread phenomenon” that occurs for reasons beyond the board of the Philharmonic Society.

Low attendance

In this sense, Schluetter recalled that, as he had read in specialized magazines, the problem may lie in the fact that “concerts are offered in the same way as two centuries ago”, and therefore, since the Philharmonic Society has implied to conservatories, music schools, the Orchestrated Neighborhoods project, as well as offering free tickets to students and seniors. “There have never been so many people studying music,” Schluetter lamented, since this is not reflected in increased attendance.

The concerts scheduled until June are “the prelude to the last quarter of the year”, and that will be charged, among others, concerts at Cicca, in the case of singer Ian Bostridge; and the exhibitions Pérez Galdós and Music II, with musical pages of cinema and television inspired by the Grancanario writer, from September 24 to November 30; and another sample of the documentary fund of the Philharmonic Society, in addition to other concerts and film series.

The 175th anniversary program begins today, Wednesday ULPGC Paraninfo, at 20.00, with a recital by Josef Suk Piano Trio, and works by Beethoven, Shostakovich and Dvorak. Tomorrow Thursday, at the Auditorium of the Conservatory, at 8:00 p.m., a recital-conference has been scheduled, with Professor Evelia Rodríguez on piano and Pedro Schluetter’s texts about the connections between Galdós and Beethoven. 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.

Young pianists

In programming until June, a first International Meeting of Young Pianists, in Guiniguada, with the challenge of attracting the attention of a new audience, from April 1 to 29 with Ivan Krpan, Giorgi Gigashvili, Anna Geniushene and Julius Asal. To this meeting, a cycle dedicated to women composers joins the Paraninfo in March, with the soprano duo Estefanía Perdomo and the pianist Nauzet Mederos, on March 17; and the Mandelring Quartet, with Sophia Hase at the piano, on the 23rd.

The Quiroga Quartet, the pianist José Luis Castillo in the quartet, the Academic Hermitage, Alfredo García and the Trio Hermeneia the Rysanov Trio, the pianist Steven Lin, the Professional Conservatory Orchestra, and the 175th anniversary commemorative act, to be celebrated at the Literary Cabinet on June 1, they are the bulk of the anniversary program that is completed with the institutional concerts of the Cabildo, on June 6, with pianists Nikolai Demidenko and Dmitri Alexeev; and the City Council, on June 11, with the Soloists of the Covent Garden, with Vasko Vassilev. The programming for the first semester runs out on June 15 with the Trio Particella, at the Conservatory.

The Philharmonic Society “is a heritage of this island,” recalled Pedro Schluetter yesterday, after explaining that the cost of the season is 75,000 euros. At present, the Company has 520 members, a social mass that for reasons of age is decreasing, although the average places the Gran Canaria entity, the oldest in Spain, in a “privileged position” with respect to other musical societies, according to Schluetter


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