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September

Focus-Abengoa Foundation brings together the Japanese "Madrigal Singers" choir and the organist José Enrique Ayarra in an extraordinary concert

September 10, 2008

Seville, 10 September 2008. The Madrigal Singers choir from the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima (Japan) and José Enrique Ayarra, the titular organist of the Chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables and Seville Cathedral, will give an extraordinary concert tomorrow, Thursday, in the church of the Hospital de los Venerables, in which they will perform popular Spanish and Japanese hymns, among other works. Entrance is free while space is available.

The concert will be conducted by Japanese composer Yasunori Saiki, who is currently the titular conductor of various choirs in Hiroshima and professor of composition, harmony and music theory at the Elisabeth University of Music and the Baccalaureate Music Institute of Hiroshima.

The Madrigal Singers choir was founded in 1966 by Spanish composer and teacher José Ignacio Tejón when he was dean of the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima (Japan). The objective was, and continues to be, to promote madrigal music – compositions for three to six voices based on a secular text, often in Italian – which was popular during the Renaissance and early Baroque eras. The extensive repertoire of the Madrigal Singers also includes many choral a cappella compositions of various types and eras.

The Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, which is run by the Jesuits, not only teaches the musical subjects usually found in conservatories, but also covers the cultural issues that characterize the composers in each era. For example, according to Father Fernando García Gutiérrez, director of the Jesuit mission in Japan, “to understand Western music, for example, the university gives an introduction to Christianity, which is essential to understanding a large part of Western music”.

José Enrique Ayarra is the titular organist at the Chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables and Seville Cathedral. He qualified as a piano teacher at the Zaragoza Conservatory and also holds a diploma in organ and Gregorian singing from the Catholic University of Paris. As a soloist he has given recitals in more than thirty countries in Europe, Africa, America and Asia, he has made recordings for radio and television stations in a dozen countries and has recorded albums on organs from different European schools. Also has given master classes at the Elisabeth University of Music on several occasions during his musical tours of Japan, as well as giving concerts at the university.

Yasunori Saiki holds a music degree from the Elisabeth University of Music, where he studied composition and harmony with José Ignacio Tejón. After dedicating himself to teaching, he moved to Barcelona to study choral conducting in the Conservatorio Municipal de Música under the direction of Enrique Ribó. His stay in Barcelona inspired him to dedicate himself to the promotion of songs from the Renaissance era.

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 or 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 this led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation

  • Extraordinary Concert. The Madrigal Singers, the choir from the Elisabeth University of Music in Hiroshima, and José Enrique Ayarra, the titular organist of the Chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables.
  • Thursday 11 September at 8:30 pm. Church of the Hospital de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n.
  • Entrance is free while space is available.


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