A speck of dust ululates between the keys of the instruments and the ears of those who listen to them. Driven by the Big Bang, that speck of dust has grown and lasted for years among the seats and the applause of an audience that, even though it is tiny, is still the most enthusiastic when applauding every time the arch gives way in space: the child audience. The School Concerts of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Gran Canariawith the contribution of the Disa Foundation, They turn 30 with the aim of continuing to impress and develop cultural interest in ages between 0 and 16 years with a program that includes nine productions, with four absolute premieres and a new version, together with the incorporation of the Guiniguada Theater, in addition to the stages of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium and the Gabriel Rodó Hall.
Among the novelties of what was a pioneering program in the Islands, there is also the incorporation of a concert of soundtracks with the support of the International Film Festival of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, through Camera Obscura, and the recovery of Cuadros de an exhibition, which will be directed by chief director Karel Mark Chichon for the first time. “An anniversary always invites us to look at the path we have traveled, in addition to having a vision of the future”, explained Rafael Sánchez-Araña, musical director and artistic manager of the collaboration. “We have been, and are, an exemplary Orchestra in Spain by creating a parallel season. Maintaining it today is admirable”. That adventure started by the musician and popularizer Fernando Palacios has given a musical quarry that has grown around the notes, so the beginning and end of the season will be marked by the musical tale La mota de dust and the talk of its creator.
The 22-23 cycle will tour the 21 municipalities of Gran Canaria with a total of 63 performances for 17,846 students thanks to the 150 centers registered in this call, of the 11 functions will be in family for 4,440 people. In total, 22,286 people are expected to attend these 74 meetings that will include 20 units to which the group will move, although the destinations still have to be specified, such as the inclusion or not of the Víctor Jara Theater. The success of the initiative accumulated 42,954 requests received, “a successful activity that is well established and supported by society, more so in a period after Covid in which young people have suffered a great deterioration due to the pandemic and who need this work to be more satisfied with themselves”, assured yesterday during the presentation Pedro Justo Brito, councilor of the Cabildo de Gran Canaria and vice-president of the OFGC Foundation.
At his side, Sara Mateos, director of the DISA Foundation, and Sánchez-Araña himself, recalled how they, years ago, had attended these musical events that still linger in their memories. “We are committed to promoting culture among minors in order to help generate new lovers of classical music“, indicated Mateos herself.
With the desire to perfect the design of this mission, Sánchez-Araña acknowledged that there are still fringes to be outlined, such as the incorporation of ages between 16 and 18, belonging to the Baccalaureate period, and the Special Education student body, “every year we try to improve and we will try to incorporate them”. Meanwhile, the Pedagogical Service of the OFGC, an essential part of the project, prepares a didactic guide in collaboration with the teachers of the schools, where the historical moment, composer, instruments and significant details of the score are worked on in the weeks prior to the date. to listen.
The program begins on October 25 with the premiere of the symphonic concert the speck of dust and, a posteriori, he combines styles such as baroque, contemporary or cinematographic, with which he hopes, above all, to engage. “There are concerts where the boys are super attentive and quiet, in others, euphoric. They are, after all, sensations that need to be expressed, also beautiful things that must be understood. In addition, it is very important to adapt them to the reality that they live , like the soundtrack we will do. There they will understand why in a scene they feel fear or joy, because of the music!“, emphasizes Sánchez-Araña. An opportunity to understand the very functioning of the Orchestra: its protocol, greetings, rules, the same silence, because “in school concerts we have the future”.
A complete and varied program
On this occasion, the dates open to the family public will be indicated. The first symphony concert will be the speck of duston Saturday, October 29 at 12:30 p.m., with narration by Fernando Palacios and the collaboration of the first of its interpreters, the clarinetist Radovan Cavallin.
Then, on Saturday, February 4, the general public will be able to enjoy the second symphony concert at 12:30 p.m. I, composer. Isabel Rubio directs the event with a performance by Andrea Zoghbi directed by Gemma Quintana who recounts the experience of a young composer. The incorporation of this gender perspective will make minors familiar with the works of classical composers such as Maria Marherita Grimani, Marianne von Martínez, Fanny Mendelssohn, Cécile Chaminade and an island author such as Celia Rivero.
Later, on Saturday, February 11, the spotlight arrives with the third concert under the title The movie explainer. A premiere with the collaboration of the Gran Canaria International Film Festival, with the actor Toni Baéz and the didactic guide prepared by the Pedagogy students of the Canary Islands Superior Conservatory of Music.
As for the fourth installment scheduled for March 24 at 6:00 p.m., it will be Pictures at an exhibitionfirst directed by titular director Karel Mark Chichon. He directs, with music by Mussorgsky and orchestration by Maurice Ravel, a version made for the occasion that will feature narration by Fernando Palacios.
In the cycle of small-format concerts, on Saturday, March 18 at 12:30 p.m., The journey of San Borondón, with music by Pablo Díaz. Later, My name is Guido, directed by Víctor Ramírez, will be on April 22 at 12:30 pm at the Guiniguada Theater.
The Early Stimulation Concertfrom 0 to 36 months, will be held on May 26, 27 and 28, at 10:00 and 11:30 a.m., with music by Barbara Strozzi, Cécile Chaminade, Gabriel Fauré and Johann Sebastian Bach with narration and voice by Cristina Martín.
the traveling concert The swinger jungle It will be framed in jazz sounds with 20 performances between February and April 2023 by different schools, especially unitary ones that have difficult access to this type of cultural offer due to their distance.
Lastly, the Series of talks on music education for teachers It will be between March 22 and 24 with a duration of six hours divided into three two-hour sessions with the musician and pedagogue Fernando Palacios in the Gabriel Rodó Hall.
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The OFGC returns to Guiniguada in the 30th edition of School Concerts
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