The Auditorium of Tenerife will host six events of the Contemporary Music Festival of Tenerife (FMUC) next week. A meeting with composers and five concerts, one of them educational, make up the programme of this event directed by Paco Díaz. Percussion music and cultural exchange are the protagonists of this edition, which has the collaboration of the Fundación MAPFRE Canarias, the Superior Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, the Professional Conservatory of Music and the University of Southern Mississippi.
The first date with this festival will take place on Monday, 29 May, at 18:00 in the Sala Puerto with a meeting of composers. Under the moderation of the musical creator Francis Hernández, Fernando Ortí, Eduardo Rojo, Gustavo Trujillo, Nino Díaz and John Wooton will take part. Admission is free until full capacity is reached.
At 7:30 p.m. the second part of Monday will begin: a concert in the Chamber Hall with works by the composers who took part in the first activity. The musicians taking part are percussionists: Paco Díaz, Verónica Cagigao, Andrea Domínguez, Miguel Pérez, Alberto Bercal. The Percussion Group of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias will also take part.
On Wednesday, 31 May, marimba player Conrado Moya will offer the concert Evocaciones al pasado with works by Emmanuel Séjourné, Eric Sammut, Alexander Scriabin, Pius Cheung, Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska, Arkadiusz Katny, Anna Ignatowicz-Glinska and Minuro Miki. Conrado Moya develops an intense activity as a marimba soloist all over the world, performing in recitals and with orchestras, choirs and symphonic bands. He also participates in important events and, in the field of chamber music, he has been an integral part of duos, ensembles and groups. During the concert, in addition to Conrado Moya, the musicians Verónica Cagigao, Andrea Domínguez and Carlos Castañeda will perform.
The American musician and teacher John Wooton heads the concert John Wooton and friends, which will take place on Thursday, 1 June, at 19:30 in the Chamber Hall. The programme includes works by Yip Harburg, Andy Narell, Chick Corea, Astor Piazzolla, Roberto Palomeque, Nathan Sanders and John Wooton himself. The Doctor of Musical Arts will be accompanied on stage by percussionists Paco Díaz, Francis Hernández and Verónica Cagigao, as well as two ensembles: the Percussion Group of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias and the Percussion Ensemble of the University of Southern Mississippi.
The programme closes with a musical exchange project between Mississippi and Tenerife with Bocetos de New Orleans, by Francis Hernández. The opening will take place on Friday [2nd] in the morning with an educational session with students from schools who have previously worked on the work of the Canarian composer. In the evening, at 19:30, the Chamber Hall will host the concert open to the public.
The Percussion Department of the University of Southern Mississippi and the Percussion Department of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias, led by professors John Wooton and Paco Díaz, respectively, present this project, which includes different types of music linked to the Canarian culture and the musical contribution arising from the core of New Orleans. Francis Hernández will conduct the concert, which will feature percussionists Paco Díaz, John Wooton, Miguel Pérez and Alberto Bercal, double bass player Ruimán Martín, the Percussion Group of the Conservatorio Superior de Música de Canarias and the University of Southern Mississippi Percussion Ensemble.
Tickets can be purchased on the website, at the box office from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:00 hours and Saturdays from 10:00 to 14:00 hours and by calling 902 317 327 during the same hours. Tickets for the concerts are priced at 10 euros. Discounts are available for under 30s, students, unemployed and large families.