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The mass-concert coinciding with the San Fernando festival is the highlight of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation music program

May 29, 2009

Seville, 29 May 2009. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation will celebrate a mass-concert tomorrow, Saturday 30 May, to celebrate the festival of San Fernando, the patron saint of Seville and the saint of the Los Venerables church. The concert, which will begin at 12.30 pm in the church of the Hospital de los Venerables, will be given by José Enrique Ayarra, titular organist of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation and Seville Cathedral, who will be accompanied by the classical guitarist María Esther Guzmán. Entry is free while space is available.

The concert is the perfect finale to the 2009 music program from the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, which has organised its program around the organ every year for the last 17 years. During the mass José Enrique Ayarra will play works by Mendelssohn (Prelude in D minor and Fugue in D minor) and by Bach (Cantata nº 4 and Adagio in E). Afterwards he will give a concert with María Esther Guzmán featuring works by Vivaldi (Concert in A minor), Bach (Sonata nº 3 for organ and flute) and Soler (Sonata nº 84).

María Esther was born in Seville and from an early age showed great musical talent and a liking for the guitar. She studied at the Seville Conservatory under the direction of América Martínez and obtained distinction in all her subjects, winning the Extraordinary End of Studies prize in 1985. She entered important competitions and won six national first prizes and 13 prestigious international competitions such as the A. Segovia (La Herradura 1987) and the Regino Sainz de la Maza (Okayama, Japan 1988). She has played at numerous prominent venues such as the Royal Theatre in Madrid, Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the National Auditorium in Madrid, La Zarzuela in Madrid, the National Theatre in Buenos Aires, the National Theatre of Costa Rica, Maestranza and Lope de Vega in Sevilla, among others, and celebrated venues in Japan. In 2002 she became a tenured member of the Seville Royal Academy of Fine Arts of Santa Isabel de Hungría.

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 Institut Catholique de París. 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.

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

  • Mass and concert for the San Fernando festival. José Enrique Ayarra, titular organist at the Chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables, and the classical guitarist María Esther Guzmán.
  • Saturday 30 May at 12.30 pm.
  • Church of the Hospital de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n.
  • Entry is free while space is available.
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