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An organ concert organized by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation will be given today to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the University of Seville

February 22, 2005

Seville, February 22, 2005.- The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has organized an organ concert entitled 500 Years of Organ Music in Seville which will be given today, February 22, at 20:30 hours, in the Hospital de los Venerables, to celebrate the 500th Anniversary of the foundation of the University of Seville.

The event, that has been organized as a result of the agreement signed between the University of Seville and the Focus-Abengoa Foundation to jointly conduct activities to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the University of Seville, will be attended by Miguel Florencio Lora, the Rectors, Javier and Felipe Benjumea, the Chairmen and by Anabel Morillo León, Managing Director of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

At this special musical event, José Enrique Ayarra Jarne, titular organist of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, will play pieces by composers from the 16th and 17th century Spanish organist school, such as Correa de Arauxo, Francisco de Peraza or Juan Roldan, among others. Father Ayarra will give the concert on the Hospital de los Venerables’s exceptional organ, built by the German master organ-maker, Gerhard Grenzing, upon special request of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation. The instrument, played for the first time back in 1991, is considered to be one of the best of its style in Europe on which to interpret Baroque music.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was established in 1982 as a consequence of the cultural activity initiated in 1972 by Abengoa with the publishing of the works "Sevillian Topics" and "Iconography of Seville". During this same period a collection of documents, books and prints on Seville, or by Sevillian authors, was being put together. This initial cultural activity brought Abengoa's senior management to see the importance of the company being seen outside its essential technological functions through an activity that would be of benefit to society as a whole, which led to the founding of the Fundación Fondo de Cultura de Sevilla.

The Foundation's activities have been ever-increasing, while complying unwaveringly with its foundational objective of promoting culture in its different artistic and scientific manifestations. The major protagonists in the existence of Focus-Abengoa have been education, painting, restoration and music, closely followed by seminars, the written word and prints.

José Enrique Ayarra was born in Jaca (Huesca) and, at the age of three, began to study music. He qualified as a Piano Professor at the School of Music of Zaragoza at the age of eleven and a Graduate in Organ music and Gregorian chant by the Catholic Institute of Paris. He is a graduate in Sacred Theology from the Pontifical University of Salamanca and is titular Canonical Organist of the Cathedral and Hospital de los Venerables, of Seville. He was Organ Professor at the Superior School of Music of Seville, from 1979 to 2002. H is a Numerary Academic of the Seville Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Saint Isabel of Hungary, a fellow of the Academies of Saint Ferdinand (Madrid) and Our lady of the Anguishes (Granada), technical-musical advisor of the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville, of the Department of Artistic Patrimony of the Archbishopric of Seville and of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, was General Coordinator of the 3rd Spanish National Organ Congress (organized by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Seville, 1998), and is President of the Hispano Organ Association (AOH).

Among the prizes he has won, we would mention the Regional Government of Andalusia's "Andalusia" Music Prize in 1990. He has given concerts in more than thirty countries of Europe, Africa, America and Asia, and has made radio broadcasts for different radio and television channels of a dozen countries, and has made records playing organs at different European schools, among which we would especially mention that of the integral work of Francisco Correa de Arauxo on historic Andalusia instruments, that of Spanish music for the organ on the Beckerat of Yamaguchi (Japan), for the NHK, and the work Baroque airs on the organ of los Venerables, for RTVE (2003), on the Focus-Abengoa Foundation's "Grenzing.

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