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The Foundation

03/27/2011

The Prince of Asturias Foundation is to travel to Mexico at the invitation of the UNAM

Teresa Sanjurjo and José Naro. ©FPA

The UNAM unveiled a plaque to commemorate the award bestowed on the institution in 2009.

The Foundation met with its Mexican laureates.

The Foundation Choir gave two concerts together with the University’s Philharmonic Orchestra, the city’s oldest symphonic ensemble.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation embarked on an institutional programme in Mexico City between the 21st and 27th March in response to the invitation made by the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) on the conferral the 2009 Prince of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities.

To mark the visit, the UNAM installed a plaque commemorating the award, which was situated in the old part of the campus, declared Cultural Heritage of Mankind by UNESCO.

Also on the UNAM campus, in the Rectory Tower, the Foundation’s general manager, Teresa Sanjurjo, gave a talk to students on the Prince of Asturias Awards. This was followed by luncheon in the Foundation’s honour with the University’s main academic authorities.

With almost three hundred thousand students and over 34,000 lecturers and researchers, the UNAM is the largest university in all Latin America. Over its hundred years of history, it has become a centre of reference, adding to the quality and variety of its academic and research endeavours its firm commitment to cultural dissemination, humanism and the new technologies.

Other activities
The events that took place over the week include a reception hosted by the Spanish Ambassador to Mexico at his residence, during which the Foundation Choir gave a polyphonic concert.

The Foundation also held diverse meetings with its Mexican laureates and their families and visited the headquarters of the institutions that have received the award. It also met with the country’s foremost media.

A meeting likewise held with the Asturian community at the Centro Asturiano de México, which shall newly put on show a photographic exhibition on the Prince of Asturias Awards that was donated by the Foundation to mark the 25th Anniversary of the Awards and which has been updated with representative images of the awards ceremonies from recent years.

Besides the UNAM, the sponsors of this visit included prominent Mexican entrepreneurs of Asturian origin such as Antonio Suárez and Juan Antonio Pérez Simón, members of the Prince of Asturias Board of Trustees, as well as Eduardo Cepeda, Manuel Arango, Antonio Ruiz del Valle, José Antonio Fernández, Juan Luis Prieto and Carlos Prieto.

Concerts by the Foundation Choir
Besides its participation in the events at the University, the Embassy and the Centro Asturiano de México, the UNAM  invited the Foundation Choir to participate on 26th and 27th March in the closing concert of its music season together with the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM), the city of Mexico’s oldest symphonic ensemble.

The concerts were hold at the emblematic Sala Nezahualcóyotl, one of Latin America’s most prestigious halls and home to the OFUNAM since 1976. This hall has hosted the most important conductors, including Leonard Bernstein, John Pritchard, Zubin Mehta and Kurt Masur. It has likewise provided the setting for talks and events in which major figures have taken part, such as the writers Mario Vargas Llosa, Prince of Asturias Award Laureate for Literature, José Emilio Pacheco and Eduardo Galeano as well as the philosopher Noam Chomsky.

The Foundation Choir, together with the UNAM Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of maestro Iván Anguélov, interpreted the overture from Fidelio by Beethoven and Stabat Mater by G. Rossini. The vocal soloists were Elisabet Strid (soprano), Guadalupe Paz (mezzo-soprano), José Luis Ordóñez (tenor) and Alexander Teliga (bass)

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