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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation presents its 2006-2007 Organ Music Program for los Venerables

November 27, 2006

Seville, November 27, 2006. - Today, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation published its Organ Music Program for los Venerables for the 2006-2007 season. As in previous years, it focuses on its organ, an instrument built in 1991 by the prestigious German organ maker Gerhard Grenzing, upon request y the Foundation for the Church of los Venerables. Year after year, this music program is becoming an ever-more important event in the artistic and musical life of Seville due to its originality and the high artistic level, and to its evident social repercussion.

This year marks the fifteenth edition of the Music Program and it begins with the Recitals by Novice Organists, who will give three concerts on November 28, 29, and 30. The cycle is entitled “Power and Society in European Baroque. The profane organ”, and are part of the recently concluded third edition of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s Baroque School. The recitals, which are open to the public, will focus on the profane organ of the Baroque era and will be given by three organists that are specialized in the Baroque era: Susana Garcia Lastra, organist resident in Seville, and Sarah Bishop, solo English Horn player with the RSOS (Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville); the Catalan organist Eudald Danti Roura, and the organist from Leon, Juan Maria Pedrero, currently organ professor at the College of Music of Granada.

According to Jose Enrique Ayarra, titular organist of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and the person responsible for its musical activities, “Seville, which has recently been declared the UNESCO City of Music, possesses such a brilliant organ tradition that, nowadays, one cannot write on the history of the organ in Spain without constantly referring to the city of Seville, its instruments, composers and players. This Season’s program is of the highest level and our objective is to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation in 2007 and thereby meet the expectations of all organ and music lovers”.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation is carrying out intense, specifically designed, educational activities focused on different social groups that pursue the promotion of young musicians, the furthering of studies of organ teachers and students and, especially, the stimulation of musical interest in Secondary Education and Music School students.

It is for this reason that, from December 2006 to April 2007, Didactic Recitals will be given. The objective of Focus-Abengoa is to provide second cycle Compulsory Secondary Education students (ESO in Spanish), upon request from the colleges and institutes that are interested, with the opportunity of getting a close-up view of the organ, hear it played live and further their knowledge the organ, an instrument of such importance throughout the music history of the West.

This Season, keeping in line with its objective of divulging organ music to the different layers of society, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has prepared a cycle of Master Concerts entitled “From Paris to the summit of the organ by different routes”, to be given by three exceptional 20th century organists in February 2007: Ben van Oosten, from the Netherlands, Dong-ill Shin, from Korea, and Francis Chapelet, from France. These concerts will be open to the public.

In May 2007, the Foundation’s titular organist Jose Enrique Ayarra will give the traditional annual concert accompanied by the Chamber Orchestra of the Royal Symphonic Orchestra of Seville. In addition, to celebrate the Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s 25th Anniversary, the traditional Mass-Concert will take place on the Feast of St. Ferdinand, the patron of the Church of los Venerables; this year, the Choir and Chamber Orchestra of Pamplona Cathedral will participate, conducted by their titular and canon, Aurelio Sagaseta, and accompanied on the organ by Jose Enrique Ayarra.

On the same day, the Orchestra of Pamplona Cathedral will give an extraordinary concert. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation thereby adheres to and participates in the project entitled The Trilogy of Seville: Don Juan, Carmen and Figaro, which Seville City Council, through the Institute of Culture and Arts of Seville, intends to develop over forthcoming years. Both events will be open to the public.

Finally, of note is the Organ Master Course for organists and organ students from all over Spain which will be held on March 17, 18 and 19, 2007, which will be given by who is universally known as the grand Lady of the organ, Marie-Claire Alain, who will focus on the subject J.S. Bach and Jehan Alain. Similarities and differences.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the objective of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation is to put Abengoa’s social activity policy into practice. This it does in a non-profit making manner through activities of general interest focused on assistance, educational, cultural, scientific, and technological research and development activities. The Foundation has become a valuable tool in Abengoa’s culture. Not only is it capable of attending to the occupational and human development needs of its workforce, it is also capable of connecting with the new sensitivities of society as a whole by managing, in short, intangible assets the impact of which revert to and are disseminated in the business values and objectives themselves.

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