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The baroque organ as an instrument of communication between peoples, guiding motif behind the new Young Organists Concert cycle organized by Fundación Focus-Abengoa.

November 20, 2009

Seville, November 20, 2009.- Focus-Abengoa Foundation will open on Monday, 23 November a new edition of the series of Concerts for the Promotion of New Young Organists, The Baroque Organ: Communication Between Peoples, which, during three days, will focus on the baroque organ, and its potential as instrument of communication between the different European schools, and their most illustrious representatives.

For such purpose, Focus-Abengoa Foundation has invited Ana Belén García, Saskia Roures Navarro, and Susana García Lastra, three organists that, despite their youth, already treasure a vast knowledge of baroque, and a broad experience in the world of concertismo.

The concerts, which will begin at 20:30 hours at the Church of the Hospital de los Venerables, seek to show the prominence of the communicative capacity of both vocal and instrumental - specially organ - baroque music. The musical language does not only contribute to expand each country’s cultural wealth, but also provides a way for opening it to the outside, offering its own artistic expressions to others, thus promoting mutual aquaintance, relationships, and dialogue among all countries.

The repertoire selected by the organists provides an accurate reflection the profound changes that took place during the transition from the 16th to the 17th centuries in terms of musical language, composition, forms, instruments, technique and style. The organ of the Iglesia de los Venerables will be used to interpret pieces from different authors, including J.S. Bach, G. Muffat, A. Philips, D. Buxtehude.

Ana Belén García, a graduate from the Higher Conservatoire of San Sebastian, and currently one of the permanent organists at the Santa María del Coro basilica, in San Sebastián, will be responsible for opening this organ cycle on Monday, the 23rd. On Tuesday, the 24th, Saskia Roures, winner of the Graduation Prize for Hapsichord and Organ of the Higher Conservatory of Music of Zaragoza, and current organ professor at that center, will interpret several baroque pieces in the organ of the Venerables. Asturian Susana García Lastra, Higher Conservatory of Seville Graduation Prize Winner, will close the cycle on Wednesday, the 25th.

The new Young Organists Concert cycle is part of Focus-Abengoa Foundation's musical program, whose purpose is to transmit the importance of musical education to younger generations, as a fundamental tool for spreading cultural values.

Created by Abengoa in 1982, the Foundation’s mission is to implement Abengoa's social action policy, which it does on a non-profit basis with general interest objectives focussing on welfare, education, culture, science, research and technological development. The Foundation has become a valuable instrument in Abengoa culture. Not only is it capable of providing support for the professional and human development of its employees, it is also capable of relating to society's new sensibilities as a whole, globally managing intangible assets whose influence benefits and pervades the company's own values and objectives.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation. Young Organists Promotion Concert Cycle.

The Baroque Organ: communication between peoples.

Church of the Hospital de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n.

Time: 20:30 p.m.

Dates: 23, 24 and 25 November 2009.

General admission price: 2.40 euros.

Reduced admission price: 1.20 euros. Seniors (65 and over), pensioners, students (ID required), cultural and educational groups (booked in advance).

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