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The power of Baroque music in the identity of European cities will be the theme for the new series of Young Organist Concerts 2010 from the Focus-Abengoa Foundation

November 15, 2010

Seville, 12 November 2010. On Monday 15 November the Focus-Abengoa Foundation will launch the latest edition of the series of Young Organist Concerts under the theme The power of Baroque music in the identity of European cities. The concerts, which will take place over three days, will showcase the Baroque organ and its potential as an instrument for creating and communicating the image of cities, regions or countries. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation has therefore invited Mª Esther Ciudad Caudevilla, Alize Mendizábal Mugica and Susana García Lastra, three organists that despite their youth already have a vast knowledge of Baroque music and remarkable experience of solo performances.

The concerts, which will take place at 8.30 pm in the Los Venerables church, will focus on the works of the great European Baroque composers who have fortified the musical reputations of their cities, regions or countries of origin through the excellence of their art.

Repertoires such as those of J. P. Sweelinck (Amsterdam); G. Gabrieli (Venice); D. Buxtehude (Lübeck); G. Frescobaldi (Rome); F. Couperin (Paris); J. S. Bach (Leipzig); and F. Correa de Arauxo (Seville) highlight the power of Baroque music in forming the identities of these cities. In this case, the organ of the Los Venerables church will be the instrument used by the organists to interpret the works of these composers.

Mª Esther Ciudad Caudevilla, from Zaragoza, went to the Conservatorio Superior de Aragón and is currently the organist at the Church of St. Philip and St. James in the Aragon capital. She will open this series of organ recitals on Monday 15th. On Tuesday 16th, Alize Mendizábal Múgica, the organist of the great Cavaille-Coll organ of the Basilica of St Mary of San Sebastián, will play various Baroque pieces on the Los Venerables organ. Susana García Lastra from Asturias who won the Graduation Prize from the Conservatorio Superior de Sevilla, will bring the series to a close on Wednesday 17th. Her performance will be broadcast on Radio Clásica (RNE).

The series of concerts by young organists forms part of the larger music program of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, which seeks to instil youngsters with the importance of a good musical education as a fundamental part of promoting cultural values. More than 40 young organists have participated in the program since it was first held in 1992, offering their music through recitals at the Focus-Abengoa Foundation.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created 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 engravings on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was created during the same period. 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 work, which led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation.

Focus-Abengoa Foundation. Series of concerts to promote new organists.

The power of Baroque music in the identity of European cities.

Iglesia de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n.

Time: 8.30 pm.

Date: 15, 16 and 17 November 2010.

Price: 2.40 Euros.

Concessions: 1.20 Euros. Over-65s, pensioners and students (with accreditation).

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