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Series of Master Organ Concerts at the Focus-Abengoa Foundation

February 9, 2007

Seville, 9 February 2007. On this coming Tuesday 13 February, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation will commence its series of master concerts called From Paris to the Heights of Organ Performance by Different Roads. Three exceptional 20th century organists will perform in these concerts – Dutch organist Ben van Ooesten, Korean artist Dong-ill Shin and French organist Francis Chapelet.

An important component of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation’s musical programme is the series of Master Concerts given by the best organists of our time. This series gives Seville the opportunity to hear today’s most renowned organists performing their favourite repertoires in optimum technical and artistic conditions. To this end, the artists have been provided with an exceptional instrument (a masterpiece of 20th-century European organ-making), a singular setting (a chapel exemplifying the best 17th-century Baroque style of Seville) and practically perfect acoustic conditions (with the perfect degree of reverberation to ensure optimum enjoyment of the organ’s sonorous quality). In addition, this year the audience will also be able to observe the organist in action on a large-format screen, allowing listeners to experience the expression of their talent and emotion with greater intensity.

According to José Enrique Ayarra, tenured organist and head of music activities for the Focus-Abengoa Foundation: "Over the course of the fifteen years we have been offering organ music, around fifty of the world’s best organists have sat before the organ of Los Venerables – organists from Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, Slovakia, Spain, the United States of America, France, Hungary, England, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Switzerland, and other nations who have given us magnificent renditions of music by the greatest composers of all time and have offered us the most select repertoires of their respective homelands. There is currently no organ platform in Spain that can compete with that of Los Venerables in Seville in terms of the quality and high artistic standards of its musical activity."

"We fervently hope that this series of Master Concerts will meet with the approval of all the music lovers who trust our criteria and return to our Foundation this year in order to enjoy the best organ music that can be heard today."

Maintaining its highly demanding standards, this year the Focus-Abengoa Foundation offers an opportunity to hear three other masters of organ performance: Ben van Oosten of Holland, the charismatic organist of the Grote Kerk in The Hague and professor of organ at the Rotterdam Conservatory; Dong-ill Shin, a US resident of South Korean origin and winner of the Grand Prix at the last International Organ Competition of Chartres, France (one of the most prestigious prizes in the world); and Francis Chapelet, a veritable icon of French organ performance, long-time tenured organist at the Church of St. Séverin in Paris, and professor at the Regional Conservatory of Bordeaux, whose extenuating circumstances have kept him from performing on the organ of Los Venerables until now.

These three very different individuals, from different countries and with distinct professional backgrounds, share one common denominator: all three studied the organ in Paris and carry the unmistakeable mark of a school that stands out above all others for its tradition, its members, its strength and its future outlook. This is why we have chosen the title From Paris to the Heights of Organ Performance by Different Roads for this series. Their roads to the top were indeed different, but the end result was excellent in each case, as we will have the chance to discover in their respective performances.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the mission of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation is to put into practice Abengoa’s social policy. It is a non-profit organisation whose objectives are of general interest and focused towards welfare, education, culture, science and technological research and development. The Foundation has become a valuable tool immersed in the culture of Abengoa. Not only is it capable of attending to the professional and personal development of its employees, but also of identifying new sensitivities in society as a whole. In short it manages intangible assets whose impact reverts and spreads to business values and objectives.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation
Church of Los Venerables, c/ Jamerdana
8:30 p.m.
General admission 12 euros
Discounted admission 2.40 euros; People over age 65, pensioners and students (valid ID required); Cultural and educational groups with advance reservations.
Tel. +34 95 456 26 96

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