The great Dutch harpsichordist, organist and multi-award-winning conductor Ton koopman will be in front of the Symphony of Tenerife on the concert tour scheduled for this week at the festival ‘In parallel’. Once the unforeseen events that forced the dates of this tour to be postponed were overcome, the Tenerife group will finally perform in Tenerife, La Palma and Gran Canaria from January 20 to 22, with a repertoire of works by Mozart and Haydn. Tickets for these concerts have a symbolic price of 5 euros and are practically sold out. However, it can also be enjoyed in streaming this Thursday 21, at 7:30 p.m.
Organized by the Government of the Canary Islands, ‘En Parallel’ is a cross-cultural cultural proposal to the Canary Islands Music Festival, whose 37th edition has been postponed to July. Its main objective is to attract new audiences to the FMIC, which is why this year it has reinforced its programming with a powerful offer of music of different genres and affordable prices.
Within the framework of this offer is the tour of the Tenerife Symphony around these three islands, in a performance that is also reinforced with the presence of Koopman, highly anticipated in the Canary Islands, where he had not been able to attend until now due to his busy schedule as guest conductor of the most outstanding orchestras in the world.
The tour definitively begins this Wednesday 20, at 8.30 pm, at the Circo de Marte Theater (La Palma) and continues on Thursday 21, at 7:30 p.m., at the Guimerá Theater (Tenerife) to end on Friday 22 at the Pérez Galdós Theater (Gran Canaria), whose schedule is brought forward to 7.30 pm due to the new health prevention regulations on this island. They will perform a repertoire that includes Mozart’s ‘Gran Partita’ and Haydn’s Symphony No. 83 ‘La Gallina’.
Those who cannot attend in person will also be able to enjoy this excellent proposal virtually, since the concert on Thursday 21 will be broadcast live from the Guimerá Theater through the Facebook and Youtube of the International Music Festival of the Canary Islands.
About the repertoire
In the program of this concert, the critic Sebastián León believes that, among the many Serenades for wind instruments composed by Mozart, the ‘Gran Partita’ ‘shines like a precious stone’. Its instrumentation is exceptionally rich, which gives the piece a marked symphonic character. Composed in 1783, it is the longest-lasting chamber work of the Salzburg genius, since it passes 50 minutes.
On the other hand, Symphony No. 83, popularly known as’ La Gallina ‘is one of the six scores composed by the great Haydn in the span of a few months between 1785 and 1786, known today with the generic name’ Symphonies Paris’, which in León’s opinion are “miracles of beauty and perfection, combined with great depth.”
Ton Koopman and Symphony of Tenerife
Ton Koopman studied organ, harpsichord and musicology in Amsterdam and focused his studies on baroque music, with special attention to JS Bach. He soon became a leading figure in the “authentic performance” movement.
As an organist and harpsichordist, Ton Koopman has appeared in the world’s most prestigious concert halls and played the most beautiful historical instruments in Europe. Founder and promoter of several baroque formations, his repertoire ranges from the early baroque to the late classics. He has performed in the main European theaters and in key points of world culture. Notable in his career is the recording of Bach’s complete cantatas, for which he received numerous awards, as well as a Grammy nomination. He has also focused on the figure of Buxtehude, Bach’s predecessor, of whom he has recorded an anthology over several years.
With a career full of international awards, in recent years, Koopman has been very active as a guest conductor working with the world’s most prestigious orchestras. Es Koopman is a professor at the University of Leiden, an honorary member of the Royal Academy of Music in London and artistic director of the “Itinéraire Baroque” Festival.
The Symphony of Tenerife It is one of the most prestigious musical institutions in Spain due to its trajectory, history, quality and innovative character over the years. The group has also become the island’s cultural benchmark and has been an ambassador in the national and international tours it has carried out, with outstanding performances in Germany, Austria, the United States, the United Kingdom and China, among other venues.