January 3rd, 2011
Classical musical will be on the agenda for the upcoming month as the 27th annual music festival is taking place on the Canary Islands. Since 1985 the best of classical music has been brought to the islands of Gran Canaria and Tenerife, and this year is no exception, with some of the top artists and conductors travelling from around the world, the festival will be a huge success as it has been since the very start.
The festival traces back to the beginning of the 19th century when Europe´s biggest Opera companies stopped by the Canary Islands when on route to South America to perform. They took the opportunity to offer concerts to the people living on the islands, which started a great musical tradition and led to a personal initiative by the president of the Canary Islands to commence the music festival in 1985. The goal of Jerónimo Saavedra, the former Canary Island president, was to enrich the cultural program of the region and to heighten the international profile of the Canary Islands that’s often only referred to as a sun and beach destination. Now with the 27th edition starting within a couple of days one can definitely say that the festival has become internationally recognized and is a major point of attraction for all classical music lovers. Being the only festival of its type held during the winter in Europe, it is definitely something out of the ordinary combining top performing artists with an ever so pleasant climate.
Where and When?
There will be concerts held on all the Canary Islands but with the special focus on the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus on Gran Canaria and the Auditorium of Tenerife. The Auditorium of Tenerife is considered the finest modern building in the Canary Islands and was designed by the Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava Valls. An ever so popular attraction even when the festival is not being held, due to its original and unique design. The Festival starts on the 7th of January and ends on the 6th of February.
This year concerts include The Russian National Philharmonic with the conductor Vladimir Spivakiv, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra with Charles Dutoit, the Wiener Symphoniker I with Fabio Luisi, just to mention a few. To see the list of all the artists and the programs of the concerts, please refer to the official website.
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