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The Focus-Abengoa Foundation starts its Organ Recital Series

November 26, 2007

Seville, 26th November 2007.- Tomorrow, Tuesday 27th November, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation will officially open its Recital Series for Young Organists. This year the series, entitled European Organ Music in the Decade 1620-1630, will be held in Seville’s church of Los Venerables until 29th November.

This new edition will focus on the organ music composed and listened to in Europe in the last few years of the third decade of the 17th century, the period from which experts on Velázquez’s works date his painting Saint Rufina. This painting by the Sevillian artist, purchased by the Focus-Abengoa Foundation last July and set to be displayed in the Hospital de los Venerables, will receive this special welcome from organists Pablo Márquez Caraballo, Jonatan Carbó Casanellas and Susana García Lastra, three young performers with solid training in Baroque music and extensive concert experience.

A fruitful decade
The 1620s got off to a start in Spain with the accession of Philip IV to the throne, and in Europe with the end of the Thirty Years’ War, although tensions still persisted between North and South and between catholics and protestants. The city of Seville was also experiencing upheaval: the decline of trade wealth from American was gaining momentum, which triggered a great deal of migration towards the New World.

However, artistically it was an exceptionally fruitful decade, especially for Seville. In addition to the musicians at the cathedral and other churches in the city, the artfulness and organ-playing quality of Sevillian Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Portuguese Manuel Rodríguez Coelho and other international masters such as Dutchman Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Frenchman Hehan Titelouze, German Samuel Scheidt and Italian Girolamo, turned this juncture into one of the most prodigious ones for European organ schools.

The repertoire chosen by the young organists is a faithful reflection of the richness and musical imprint of this decade. The organ at the church of Los Venerables will be used to perform works by composers such as Pablo Bruna, L. Couperin, Francisco Correa de Arauxo, Christian Erbach and D. De Conceicao.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the mission of this non-profit organisation is to put its social action policies into practice. Its objectives are of general interest and its actions are focused towards welfare efforts, education, culture, science, research and technical development. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has become a valuable tool immersed into the culture of our company. Not only is it capable of attending to the professional and personal development of Abengoa’s employees, but also of connecting with the new sensitivities of society as a whole through the management of intangible assets whose impact benefits and is spread by the values and goals of the company itself.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation. Organ Recital Series
Church of Los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n
Time: 8:30 pm, 27th, 28th and 29th November 2007
Standard ticket price: 2.40 euros.
Reduced ticket price: 1.20 euros. Senior citizens over the age of 65, pensioners, students (with accreditation of student status), cultural and educational groups (booked in advance).

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