Bach on the Beach
There is only one great classical music festival during winter in Europe: The Canary Islands Music Festival. With the start of 2012, the 28th edition of this festival took off. Unsurprisingly, this festival is a reason for music lovers from around the world to book flights to Tenerife, Gran Canaria and the other islands.
The Canaries have a long tradition in music which can be traced back to the beginning of the 19th century, when European opera companies stopped over in the Canary Islands on their way to South America. During their stay, they offered the locals recitals and performances, which helped create a significant musical tradition. There are some famous people among the presidents of the Philharmonic Society of Las Palmas, such as composer Camille Saint-Saens.
In January and February 2012, Tenerife and Gran Canaria will each host 19 concerts, La Palma, La Gomera, Fuerteventura and El Hierro will each host 4 and Lanzarote will have 6 great concerts.
Earlier this month, great orchestras such as the Bamberger Symphoniker, Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife, The King’s Consort and Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg performed on the islands. We’ve made a selection of impressive performances that are yet to come.
If you love Beethoven, the Auditorio de Tenerife Adan Martin is the place to be on 27/01/2012. Orquestra Sinfonica de Tenerife will perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto no. 5 “Emperor” together with appraised pianist Paul Lewis. After the break, they will play Beethoven’s Symphony no. 5 “Heroica”. The same programme will be delivered the next day in Casa de la Cultura El Paso in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.
Music fans who are more into Bach and Telemann can get their fix on 29/01/2012 in the Auditorio de Tenerife or on 30/01/2012 in Casa de la Cultura, as Il Giardino Armonico shall play a selection of Teleman’s work and Bach’s Brandenburger Concerto’s.
The Oslo String Quartet will play pieces by Beethoven, R. Wallin and E. Grieg on 16/02/2012 at Magma Arte y Congresos and the next day at Expomeloneras in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.