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Gira de la UCBSO Berkeley Symphony Orchestra por España

La UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, (Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley), (California), bajo la dirección de David Milnes, inician el próximo mes de mayo una gira de conciertos por España que los llevarán a tocar en Úbeda, Granada, Valencia y Reus. La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley (UCBSO) se encuentra entre las mejores orquestas universitarias de los Estados Unidos. La gira de conciertos está organizada por Perform in Spain.

 

La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley (UCBSO) se encuentra entre las mejores orquestas universitarias de los Estados Unidos. En la actualidad, tras 20 temporadas bajo la dirección musical de David Milnes, representa una de las principales instituciones culturales de San Francisco. Fundada en el año 1923, la UCBSO realiza una media de entre 15 a 18 conciertos por temporada. Su repertorio es muy variado, interpretando un amplio abanico de obras que se extienden desde la música barroca hasta música del siglo XXI.

FECHAS Y PROGRAMAS  DE LA GIRA

Concierto en Ubeda de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyUBEDA– El sábado 27 de mayo, inmerso en el Festival Internacional de Música y Danza Ciudad de Úbeda, la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley ofrecerá el siguiente programa en el Hospital de San Francisco de la ciudad andaluza. El evento comenzará a las 21:00 horas

Claude Debussy: Iberia (1905-08)
Cindy Cox: A Year (2017)
Amadeus Regucera: Skin, stretched upon the frame (2017)
Hector Berlioz: Sinfonía Fantástica Op. 14 (1830)

 

 

GRANADA– El domingo 28 de mayo, el Auditorio Manuel de Falla acogerá a las 19.30 horas a la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley que interpretará

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel slustige Streiche Op. 28 (1894-95)
Scott Rubin: Kerosene Palace (2016-17)
Jean Ahn: Concerto for Haeguem & Orchestra (2017)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sinfonía nº 11, “El año 1905” Op. 103

Concierto en Valencia de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyVALENCIA– El martes  30  de  mayo, a las 19.30 horas, el Palau de la Música será el marco en el que la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley interpretará el programa que se detalla a continuación. El concierto comenzará a la 19.30 horas

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel slustige Streiche Op. 28 (1894-95)
Scott Rubin: Kerosene Palace (2016-17)
Jean Ahn: Concerto for Haeguem & Orchestra (2017)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sinfonía nº 11, “El año 1905” Op. 103

Concierto en Reus de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyREUS (TARRAGONA)- El jueves 1 de junio en el Teatre Fortuny, a las 21:00 horas, la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley interpretará el siguiente programa:

Claude Debussy: Iberia (1905-08)
Cindy Cox, A Year (2017)
Amadeus Regucera: Skin, stretched upon the frame (2017)
Hector Berlioz: Sinfonía Fantástica Op. 14 (1830)

 

 

LA ORQUESTA SINFÓNICA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE BERKELEY

Formar parte de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley es sin duda un primer paso para fomentar lo que después serán las futuras generaciones de músicos, compositores y académicos. Muchos de sus miembros continúan sus estudios musicales y cursan licenciaturas en algunos de los más prestigiosos conservatorios como son, entre otros, la Julliard School, la Eastman School of Music, el Peabody Institute, y la Manhattan Music School.

Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Berkeley

Muchos de sus miembros actúan con orquestas como la Concertgebouw, la National Symphony o la Philarmonia Orchestra así como algunos forman parte de algunos de los diez mejores ensembles como la Alarm Will Sound, el International Contemporary Ensemble y el Yarn/Wire .

Entre los músicos mejor preparados de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se encuentran también estudiantes master de Lengua Inglesa, biólogos, ingenieros, historiadores, ingenieros informáticos que luego alcanzan algunos de los puestos más altos de sus respectivas carreras.

Los estándares musicales de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se han visto reforzados en los últimos años gracias a las colaboraciones con organizaciones como Cal Performances, donde han dirigido masterclasses y seminarios junto a artistas internaciones como  Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, y Esa-Pekka Salonen.

La orquestra es dirigida regularmente por miembros de la San Francisco Symphony Orchestra y de la Orquesta de la Ópera de San Francisco, y han trabajado también con prestigiosas orquestas como la Filarmónica de Viena o la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar, que   tiene previsto regresar a  Berkeley  la presente temporada.

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La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se enorgullece de interpretar nueva música, y estrena con regularidad nuevas obras de músicos internacionales  que  han sido antiguos alumnos así como de otros prominentes compositores.

De la especial relación con el Centro de Nuevas Músicas y Tecnologías de la Universidad de Berkeley han surgido magníficas interpretaciones de nuevas obras con la tecnología realizadas por Mason Bates, John MacCallum, Philippe Leroux y Edmund Campion.

La presente temporada la UCBSO mantiene la tradición de interpretar nuevas obras de Bernard Rands, Henri Dutilleux, Krysztof Penderecki, Gyorgi Ligeti y Toru Takemitsu.

La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley también es conocida por sus interpretaciones de las grandes obras del repertorio clásico para orquesta, destacando los ciclos sinfónicos de Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius y Prokofiev entre otros.

El programa de este año incluye la Sinfonía  nº 4 de Tchaikovsky, la Sinfonía nº 4 de Sibelius, Daphnis y Chloe de Ravel y la Sinfonía nº 4 de Nielsen.

Cada año se celebra un concierto -competición entre los solistas con más talento de la orquesta. Los premiados de  los últimos años interpretaron obras para violín de Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn y Mozart. Para el concurso de piano los elegidos fueron Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Grieg,  y Ravel.  Mozart y  Aaron Copland  son los compositores elegidos por los clarinetistas; y  los conciertos para chelo de Schumann, Elgar y Shostakovich,  los elegidos por los solistas de este instrumento.

Lo miembros de la orquesta interpretan a su vez música de cámara en conciertos que celebran en su departamento de música, en los ciclos de Mediodía, y en diferentes espacios de la bahía de San Francisco.

DAVID MILNES, DIRECTOR

David Milnes, director musical de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Berkeley

David Milnes compagina la Dirección musical de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley, con su puesto de director musical de la del Eco Ensamble, nuevo conjunto de música profesional de Berkeley.

En sus primeros años, estudió piano, órgano, clarinete, cello y voz, y consideró la posibilidad de que su carrera se orientase a ser pianista de jazz. De hecho., actuó con figuras del jazz como Chuck Mangione, Gene Krupa, Billy Taylor y John Pizzarelli.

Titulado Superior en Dirección de Orquesta por la Escuela de SUNY Stony Brook y la Yale School of Music, David Milnes ha estudiado con los maestros Otto-Werner Mueller, Herbert Blomstedt, Erich Leinsdorf y Leonard Bernstein. Obtuvo, otorgado por la compañía Exxon, el puesto de director asistente de la Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de San Francisco, alcanzando luego el cargo de director musical, y con la que dirigió su primera gira europea en el año 1986.

Impulsor de la nueva música, entre los años 2002 y 2009 dirigió la formación San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, con los que  estrenó innumerables obras  en todo el mundo.

Ha realizado grabaciones de música de John Anthony Lennon, James Newton, Edmund Campion, Jorge Liderman y Pablo Ortiz y ha colaborado en actuaciones con Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Bill T. Jones, Paul Hillier, James Newton, David Starobin y Chanticleer, así como actuaciones en los festivales de música de Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Aspen y Monadnock.

David Milnes ha sido profesor en la Julliard School, el Curtis Institute y el  San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Además de sus numerosas actividades y actuaciones, David Milnes imparte cada verano en Berkeley, un Curso de Historia de Jazz.

2017 Concert Season

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The last  two weeks were intense of  music  where we had two  high  school chamber  and string orchestras and an excellent college choir  on tour with concerts in  Avila, Segovia, Barcelona, Cantabria, Sevilla, Granada, Málaga, Zaragoza…. with large audiences and  ovations, where the high -schoolers  met their mates in small and large cities and shared their music and FB´s with them, where they visited local guitar makers workshops, where hey enjoyed our flamenco music, learned about the different types of flamenco and the difference between a flamenco and a “flamingo”.

Also enjoyed  and learned about our country,  rich history , monuments, landscapes, food and people they met along their concert tours. Here are some pics  I would love to share of all these special moments we had together. Thanks a lot to all our partners and our local friends and supporters, our drivers, our backline staff,  all venues and  all the warm audiences

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The Wagner  Choir  sang in beautiful  churches and  in front of warm audiences in the cities of Madrid, Alcala, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga and shared their music  with over +  1500  people. W.C.CHOIR GRX_061

The Leones de Chicago,  a high school  from the Chicago  suburban area, played  four concerts  in  completely different venues and in front of over +1500 people as well.

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Their educational concert tour brought them to play in a local school in the medieval city of Avila, inside  a beautiful  neoclassical  basilica in the heart of Old Madrid, in the Auditorio de Zaragoza, consider among the most beautiful in Europe in front of +900 people and in a local conservatory near  Barcelona where they enjoyed a welcoming reception with the local orchestra members ,listened them playing with a local soprano and had lots of fun

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In May- June  we will have excellent  bands, orchestras and  jazz ensembles that we are finalizing  all concert arrangements and we will keep you posted.

Then, we will celebrate this year our second edition  of Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, organized by Phil Plata, Juan de Castro and myself with the support of the Pueblos Blancos in Andalusia and  promises it will be a blast. We are expecting to welcome again over 20 international bands , mostly from Austin , Texas ; and some local bands too, that for during 5 days they will be bringing their music to  all audiences next Sept 7-10.We´ll come back soon with the coming  busy concert season  this march and more updates,

Mil gracias !

Jazz in Spain

Few days  ago, the Harvard Westlake Jazz Big Band & Combos  from Studio City, LA ;, finished their intense week through Spain and Portugal where they performed 7 concerts in front of over 1,400 people and where they played in Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Puerto de Santa Maria in Andalusia, Spain  and the two final concerts in  Setubal and Lisbon in Portugal.

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I want to thank  upfront  to James Smith and Maggie Rodriguez from Encore Tours, Samuel Bull the road manager , all the local Spanish jazz  musicians, students and friends who attended to all the concerts and  helped us to organize such a wonderful tour, and most of all to all the high school-age musicians from Harvard Westlake  who brought  their  music and their talents under the direction of Shawn Constantino.

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I cannot forget Pablo Bernardo Caveda, a personal friend and professional photographer who  reflected better than a million words through his  photos  some of the highlight moments of  the tour.

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The jazz aficionados in Andalusia had the opportunity to enjoy  the concerts and the excellent repertoire chosen from  the  songs of Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker , Joe Henderson among others.

The jazz students from  music schools and conservatories , from high school to adults ,were able to learn and  jam together with the combos and the big  band.

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Even that the concert times where not  very jazzy, as half  of the concerts where celebrated at 5 pm, audiences  where there are welcomed  with enthusiasm   the  band members.

Thanks to all  who participate on this tour from the craddle to its end. It was a wonderful time!

34 Semana de Musica Sacra de Segovia

This morning the Western Washington University Concert Choir performed in the Church of Saint John of the Knights in medieval Segovia closing the festival with a hugh success of audience. Several prestige international artists performed before as the Chamber Choir f Madrid,Pino de Vittorio  who played church and plazas songs from Naples on  1600, the Musica Reservata from Barcelona performing T.L.Victoria, the violinist Alejandro Bustamante playing J.S.Bach …and the WWUCC singing sacred european music and frican american spirituals and hyms.It was an excellent festival edition.

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SUMMER CHORAL CONCERT SEASON

When the echoes of the Cantores Minores  from  Helsinki  were still on the air, the  Florida Singing Sons Boychoir  flew to Barcelona where they started their concert tour with concerts in Barcelona , recitals in Montserrat and  Basilica del Pilar, exchange concert in Bilbao with the local  youth choir ARS VIVA,  and a final concert in Madrid.

 While they were singing in Barcelona, another excellent choir, the Christ Church of Grosse Pointe Girls and Men’s Choir were taking part of the Festival in Granada singing their concert at the Hospital Real before they visited and performed in Seville, Madrid, Zaragoza and Barcelona as well, in front of large audiences and inside excellent venues.

Want to thank you to all collaborators who make   all the concerts possible and specially to our team of tour managers Pedro, Cesar and Caroline which made all the success happens

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CANTORES MINORES – Gira por España- Junio, 2016

Información de la Gira en Español en  el link de clasica2.com

http://clasica2.com/?_=/clasica/Noticias-de-Musica-Clasica/Conciertos-en-Espana-del-Coro-de-los-Ninos-y-Jovenes-de-la-Catedral-de-Helsinki

 

 

CANTORES MINORES in SPAIN –(Helsinki´s Cathedral  Boy´s and Men´s Choir)- June, 2016

Next week  the Cantores Minores Choir will start their concert tour  singing in the Basilica de El Escorial before singing in Madrid, Valencia,Barcelona,Montserrat and Palma de Mallorca.  We will have  an unique opportunity to enjoy the voices of one of the best children choirs in Europe singing European music from the 14th to 19th century  with works of compossers such as G.P. Palestrina, Ludovico Grossi da Viadana, Hans leo Hassler, J.S.Bach, Felix mendelsohn, Anton Bruckner or Sergei Rahmaninov. They will also sing a selection of Finnish music from the  Middle Ages to contemporary compossers such as Fredrik Pacius, Gabriel Linsén or Jean Sibelius. The  organist Markus Malmgren will play togeher with the choir some organ masterpieces from C.Hubert H.Parry, César Franck and John Rutter. The Artistic Director is Hannu Norjanen.

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COLORADO STATE UNIVERSITY -PUEBLO  Concert & Chamber Choirs-  Spain & Portugal Concert Tour-May 2016- Dra. Dana Ihm, Director

Last May 10th the Colorado State University Pueblo Concert  Choir under  Dr. Dana Ihm, arrived into Barcelona for their concert tour to Spain  we organized together with Celestial Travel & Tours  and John Icabone. The choir visited in 9 nights Barcelona, Valencia, Toledo, Madrid,  Segovia, Alcala de Henares and Trujillo in Spain and ended the tour in Lisbon.

They  sang beautifully in front of large audiences in Barcelona, Valencia, Madrid and Alcala de Henares and   sang  beautiful recitals in Barcelona Parc Guell, in Valencia at the City of Arts and Science and its Cathedral, in Toledo at the clositer and  inside the Cathedral and in Lisbon Cathedral and  Monastery of Hieronimites. Having the privilege of travelling together, attending to all their concerts and  sharing with all members great momentos singing and having fun is one of the best experiences I  had on my   professional career that I wont forget. The  one hour program it  was so well planned and the repertoire was so rich and different that made  concerts so enjoyable for audiences. From Saint-Saens, Victoria and  Palestrina and the great  European poliphonic music to the  traditional american spirituals of Hall Johnson and Moses Hogan, audiences loved them so much !

Thanks a lot for your music and for all the fun we had!

 Jazz in Spain- Harvard Westlake Jazz Ensemble-March/April , 2016

Few days  ago, the Harvard Westlake Jazz Big Band & Combos  from Studio City, LA ;, finished their intense week through Spain and Portugal where they performed 7 concerts in front of over 1,400 people and where they played in Malaga, Cordoba, Seville and Puerto de Santa Maria in Andalusia, Spain  and the two final concerts in  Setubal and Lisbon in Portugal.

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I want to thank  upfront  to James Smith and Maggie Rodriguez from Encore Tours, Samuel Bull the road manager , all the local Spanish jazz  musicians, students and friends who attended to all the concerts and  helped us to organize such a wonderful tour, and most of all to all the high school-age musicians from Harvard Westlake  who brought  their  music and their talents under the direction of Shawn Constantino.

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I cannot forget Pablo Bernardo Caveda, a personal friend and professional photographer who  reflected better than a million words through his  photos  some of the highlight moments of  the tour.

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The jazz aficionados in Andalusia had the opportunity to enjoy  the concerts and the excellent repertoire chosen from  the  songs of Count Basie, Dizzie Gillespie, Charlie Parker , Joe Henderson among others.

The jazz students from  music schools and conservatories , from high school to adults ,were able to learn and  jam together with the combos and the big  band.

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Even that the concert times where not  very jazzy, as half  of the concerts where celebrated at 5 pm, audiences  where there are welcomed  with enthusiasm   the  band members.

Thanks to all  who participate on this tour from the craddle to its end. It was a wonderful time!

WESTERN WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY CONCERT CHOIR- Spain & Portugal Concert Tour-March,2016- Leslie Guelkner-Cone, Director)

Next Wednesday 23 the  Western Washington Concert Choir will sing at the historical Romanesque Cathedral of Salamanca at 20 h. The sacred program will include all a Capella  works from  European and north american composers, from the XVI century until today and from classic polyphonic works to hymns, gospel and spirituals. A unique selection of sacred music for the Holy Week under  incredible and talented voices inside the marvelous  Cathedral of Salamanca.

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Western Washington University Concert Choir

Setubal  (Portugal)- Sunday March 20,2016

The Western Washington Concert  Choir will perform tomorrow the first concert in the church of Sao Juliao in Setubal. It will be the only chance  to see them in concert  in Portugal this weekend. They sacred  program will include Iberian and American motets of Lauridsen, Victoria and Billings, American Hymns arrangements by Shawn  Kirchner,Robert Shaw and alice parker and Afro American Spirituals and gospel songs.This will be the first concert of their tour before singing in other medieval towns in Spain

Western Washington University Concert Choir on Tour in Spain and Portugal (March,2016)

CARTEL GIRA

The Semana Santa ( Holy Week)  will start next weekend and while most of the cities in Spain will  celebrate through  its processions, where local brotherhoods of musicians and devoted  Catholics will stroll  along the heart of the old medieval cities holding   magnificent sculptures of the Madonna and Jesus, celebrating the Passion and Resurection of Jesus,  we at Perform in Spain will start our concert season with the   Western Washington University Concert Choir that will  perform   five concerts of sacred  and secular music, under the direction of  Leslie Guelker-Cone. the 45-member choir of university mixed voices  will perform  a capella  in  Setubal, Salamanca, Avila Segovia and Miraflores de la Sierra  during  the  Holy Week, with amazing programs  and works from Morten Lauridsen to Victoria, and an amazing selection of American Hymns and Afro American spirituals and Gospel. More news com soon.

 

 

Pueblos Blancos Music Fest- September 15-18, 20016

February 2016 Updates – 

It has been a while since  we connected with our friends of Mundi in Austin, Texas and since I met with Phil Plata. Our passion  for music  had been always there since the first time I heard from Darrel Myers , Mundi  artistic director, and his intention to bring his ensemble to perform in Spain, when he mentioned  that he falled in love  with the Cantigas of King Alfonso, one of the oldest music written in medieval Europe. I could not  say no and  we started sailing together in the first Mundi concert tour  in Spain.

Since that time I went several times  to Austin and San Antonio and we did organize three concert tours for them in  Spain.

Last summer Phil Plata  with Karen Loke came to Spain and visited Pueblos Blancos and we both decided to make this dream come true. The idea to bring bands from all over the world to play in the Pueblos Blancos , to make an encounter of musicians there  for few days and to  share and play music   became real when we saw the  blessing of the different  towns envolved and the support of Montejaque and Juan de Castro.  At that time, last January we  met again in Austin with local bands and everyone was very enthusiastic with  our project.

Phil there, Juan in Pueblos Blancos and myself from here are  working  every day   and do hope that   soon we will be able to complete the list of  participant bands.

We have  update information  in our FB  https://www.facebook.com/PueblosBlancosMusicFestival/info/?tab=page_info

and  through our  http://www.pueblosblancosmusicfestival.com/ where you will e able to see  about the venues, bands coming and dates.

Saludos!

 

Pueblos Blancos Music Fest -September 15-18, 20016

January 2016

Nestled in the heart of the magical Pueblos Blancos of Spain’s Andalusia Region, this is an area steeped in history, legend & myth; a crossroad of time & culture! Centered around the beautiful mountain top village of Montejaque, the festival will hold converts in the spectacular pueblo blancos of Villaluenga del Rosario, Grazalema, & Ronda (The City of Dreams). There will be multiple excursions & exhibitions during the daytime, including the mythical Cueva del Gato, Cueva de la Pileta (1 of only 2 places in the world where you can see ~25,000-year old, prehistoric, poly-chromatic cave paintings, the Roman ruins of Ronda la Vieja & so much more. This region is home to some of the best food & drink in the world!!! If you want to venture a bit further out, the Mediterranean Ocean, Seville, & Cadiz (maybe the oldest inhabited city in the world) are just over an hour away & the in-between is spectacular! England (The Rock of Gibraltar) is ~1.5 hours away. Take a short ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar and you can set foot on the continent of Africa in the country of Morocco, The amazing cities of Cordoba & Granada our just over 2-hours away! All musical events, much of the events & some excursions will be free to the public!!! Hasta pronto amigos!!!

 

 

Madrid, Flamenco Monumental Festival, December 2015

Besides the great Gospel Concerts coming the next weeks, we cannot forget about the Flamenco Monumental and its two concerts . Next 12 december Jose Mercé, Carmen Linares, Gerardo Nuñez and La Moneta. The day after with a touch of jazz we will see Trio Benavent, Jorge Pardo, Di Geraldo, Valderrama, Arcangel and Rocio Marquez……. what else

 

Midwest Clinic Conference in Chicago

From December 16  to 19, 2015

Next week we will be attending the conference in Chicago and we will be open to meet with group leaders and conductors interested to come and perform in Spain.Contact us anytime at info@performinspain.com