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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation is hosting a concert by the Chamber Orchestra of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 13 May

May 10, 2007

Seville, 10 May 2007. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation will host a new concert by the Chamber Orchestra of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra on Sunday 13 May at 12.00pm in the church of the Hospital de los Venerables conducted by Biao Xue and accompanied by the resident organist of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, José Enrique Ayarra.

The chamber orchestra will play works by Johann Pachelbel (1653-1706) “Canon” in D major, Georg Friedrich Händel (1685-1759) “Concerto for organ and orchestra nº 14”, in A major and Arnold Schönberg (1874-1951) “Transfigured night”.

Padre Ayarra, the resident organist at the Hospital de los Venerables, will participate as a soloist in the “Concerto for organ and orchestra nº 14” by G. F. Händel, which comprises the main part of the program.

The organ at the Hospital de los Venerables was commissioned by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation to the German organ maker Gerhard Grenzing and was inaugurated in 1991. It is currently considered one of the best of its type for playing Baroque music, built in Europe in the 20th century.

The Chamber Orchestra of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra was formed from the heart of the Symphony Orchestra in 1998 with the central aim of undertaking and playing an extensive but specific repertoire of chamber music, which falls outside of the repertoire of large Symphony orchestras. It comprises a group of highly representative teachers from the Symphony Orchestra and has the same artistic direction as the main orchestra.

Its main identifying features are its great versatility since its repertoire is continuously growing and includes Baroque music (J. S. Bach, G. F. Händel, A. Vivaldi, G. B. Pergolesi), classical music (F. J. Haydn, W. A. Mozart), the romantics and post-romantics (J. Suk, E. Elgar, E. Grieg, F. Mendelssohn, P. I. Tchaikovsky, ...), contemporary music (B. Britten, M. Mozetich, N. Rota, ...) as well as works by the leading Spanish composers (I. Albéniz, J. C. Arriaga, J. Turina).

Since its creation, the Chamber Orchestra of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra has played every season in the Hospital de los Venerables as part of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation program and is always accompanied by Padre Ayarra for the Händel concerts for organ and orchestra.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was started in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the works “Temas Sevillanos” (Themes of Seville) and “Iconografía de Sevilla” (Iconography of Seville). A collection of documents, books and recordings on the Kingdom of Seville and Sevillian authors was created at the same time. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance to the company, beyond its technology based work, of its involvement in cultural activities that would directly benefit society. From this the Cultural Fund Foundation of Seville was created.

The activities of the Foundation have increased, accurately fulfilling its founding objective to promote culture in its various artistic and scientific forms. Since its outset, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has focussed on education, painting, restoration and music, followed by seminars, books and recordings.

Biao Xue

Biao Xue was born in China in 1963. He studied music at the conservatories in Shenyang and Shangai (1978-1981), the University of Houston (1986-1989) and at the Cleveland String School, Ohio (1987 and 1988). He has received classes from Fredell Lack, Kenneth Goldsmith, Albert Muenzer, Laurence Wheeler, Isaac Stern, Camilla Wicks, Gyoge Pauke ...

He won the Chinese National Violin Competition in 1984, the Chinese National Chamber Music Competition in 1985 and he was awarded first prize in the Kinsville International Youth Competition in 1987. He was also awarded second prize in the Shopmaker Competition for Violin in Kansas City in 1988.

Between 1985 and 1986 he was the soloist for the Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra of Beijing. Since then he has played in the Tampa Orchestra in Florida, the Chinese Virtuoso, the Beaumont Symphony, the Houston Ballet, the Symphony Orchestra of the University of Houston (soloist), the Lake Charles Philharmonic, the Houston Pop Orchestra, the Houston Symphony (1986-1989), as first violin in the New American Chamber Orchestra (1989-1990) and as soloist in the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra. As well as conducting the Chamber Orchestra of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra he has been a soloist with the Houston Civic Symphony (Brahms), the Galveston Symphony Orchestra (Elgar) and the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven, Brahms...).

José Enrique Ayarra Jarne

José Enrique was born in Jaca (Huesca) and began studying music at three years old. He qualified as a piano teacher at the Zaragoza Conservatory at eleven years old and studied for his diploma in organ and Gregorian singing at the Institut Catholique de París. He graduated in sacred theology from the Universidad Pontificia in Salamanca and is the resident canon organist of the Cathedral and Hospital de los Venerables in Seville. He was Organ Professor at the Higher Music Conservatory in Seville from 1979 to 2002. He is also a tenured member of the Seville Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría. He is a corresponding member of San Fernando (Madrid) and Nuestra Señora de las Angustias (Granada); musical-technical adviser of the Seville Royal Symphony Orchestra, the Department of Artistic Heritage of the Seville Archbishop and of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

José Enrique Ayarra has been General Coordinator of the 3rd National Congress of the Spanish Organ (Focus-Abengoa Foundation, Seville, 1998) and President of the Hispanic Organ Association (AOH). Members of the Cultural Council of Seville (ICAS).

The awards bestowed on him include the “Andalusia” Prize for Music in 1990 from the government of Andalusia. As a soloist he has given recitals in more than thirty countries in Europe, Africa, America and Asia and has made radio recordings for radio and television stations in a dozen countries. He has also made recordings on organs from different European schools, including the recordings of the complete works of Francisco Correa de Arauxo on historic Andalusian instruments; of Spanish organ music on the Beckerat of Yamaguchi (Japan) for the NHK; and of the baroque Aires work on the Venerables organ for Spanish national television (RTVE) in 2003. At the end of 2006 he played in the cathedrals in San Gall (Switzerland) and Burgos (Spain), Bilbao, Elche, and many more. He also made a CD recording in Seville cathedral of the organ work of the Seville composer Manuel Castillo, commissioned by the regional government of Andalusia.

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