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February

Focus-Abengoa Foundation presents the 2008 Music Program for the Los Venerables organ

February 8, 2008

  • French organist Daniel Roth will participate in the series of master concerts and in the organ master class course.
  • The music activities will last until 30 May.

Seville, 8 February 2008.- The Focus-Abengoa Foundation today presented the music program for 2008, which will focus on the organ of the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables, as in previous years. The music program will begin on 12 February with a series of Master Concerts and will end on Friday 30 May, with a concert-mass coinciding with the festival of San Fernando.

Benjamin Righetti from Switzerland, the recent winner the Paris International Organ Competition 2007, will open this year’s series of Master Concerts entitled, “The organ: bridge of unity between Christian confessions” on Tuesday 12 February at 8.30 p.m. This year’s edition will also include Winfried Bönig from Germany, the organist at Cologne Cathedral, who will play on Tuesday 19 February; and the Frenchman Daniel Roth, titular organist at Saint-Sulpice in Paris, who will give a concert on Tuesday 26 February.

The inspiration for the music in this series is drawn from the Lutheran Reformation and its wish for the population to participate more in the liturgy. This desire led to new types of music in the 16th century, with texts in the vernacular, hymns and choral pieces, in which the organ plays an important role as both the lead and the accompaniment. But the Master Concerts series will also include works that the Catholic Church took from the extensive range of organ pieces that originated in the Protestant Church between the 17th and the 18th centuries.

Over a three day period the music of the organ will provide a wonderful reflection of the intercommunication and exchange of the musical wealth between the churches at different times in history.

An Educational Vocation
Bearing in mind the company's educational and cultural commitment, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has also scheduled various educational activities for both young and professional musicians in 2008. Professional organists will be able to receive instructive classes from Daniel Roth over the course of three days. This renowned French organist, who will also participate in the series of Master Concerts, will structure his course around César Franck and the era of French romanticism. It will take place on 23, 24 and 25 February.

Students in the first stage of compulsory secondary education will have the opportunity to learn about how the Los Venerables organ works. As in previous editions, this activity will be given by qualified organ teachers who will explain and talk to the students about the history, evolution, influence and the importance of organ music in the West. These informative sessions will take place in the mornings of 22 January, 19 February, 4 March, 22 April and 20 May in the church of the Hospital de los Venerables.

The Classics
The 2008 program would not be complete without the famous organ master concert and the concert-mass on the day of San Fernando. The former will take place on Sunday 4 May, while the concert-mass will be held on Friday 30 May to coincide with the festival of San Fernando. José Enrique Ayarra, the titular organist of the Los Venerables chapel and responsible for the Foundation’s musical activities, will interpret the repertoire chosen for the two concerts.

Music lovers and the public in general will be able to enjoy all these activities via RNE Radio Clásica, which will broadcast all the concerts.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was started in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of 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 by Sevillian authors was created at the same time. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond its core technology based work, and from this the Cultural Fund Foundation of Seville was created.



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