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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/17/2015

TM The King and Queen of Spain to preside over the twenty-fourth Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

Next Thursday, 22nd October, at 7:30pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo

The final rehearsal, on the 21st, will be open to the public

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TM The King and Queen of Spain are to preside over the 24th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert, organized by the Princess of Asturias Foundation in collaboration with the Cajastur Liberbank Foundation. The concert will be held at 7:30pm on Thursday, 22nd October, in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir will perform Giacomo Puccini’s Messa di Gloria alongside the Oviedo Filarmonía under the baton of conductor Marzio Conti, with the participation of tenor Ramón Vargas and baritone David Menéndez.

Final rehearsal for the 24th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

The final rehearsal, which will be open to the public, will take place at 8:30pm on Wednesday, 21st October. Tickets for the rehearsal will be distributed from the Prince Felipe Auditorium box offices on 20th and 21st October, from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The Foundation will make 1,940 seats available for those interested in attending the rehearsal, with a maximum of two tickets being made available per person.

Marzio Conti

Principal conductor of the Oviedo Filarmonía since 2011, he began his career as a flautist at the age of twenty with I Solisti Veneti at the Salzburg Festival.

He has earned an international reputation as one of the leading flautists of his generation, performing, recording and teaching for the most important institutions worldwide. He decided to stop performing as a concert musician in the mid-nineties to devote himself entirely to conducting orchestras. Student of Piero Bellugi, Marzio Conti very soon began to work as principal conductor of Italian orchestras and those of other countries. Since then, he has conducted prestigious orchestras and theatre performances around the world, ranging from symphonic through to operatic repertoire. He also collaborates on a regular basis with major ballet companies. He has made numerous recordings for some of leading international record labels. Active in disseminating and promoting the various aspects of classical music, he has often taken part in television and radio programmes, furthering both the traditional symphonic and operatic repertoire and contemporary music through his appearances on major international broadcasts.

Oviedo Filarmonía

The Oviedo Filarmonía debuted at the Campoamor Theatre on 6th February 1999, under the baton of its first principal conductor, José Gómez. It came into being under the name of the City of Oviedo Symphonic Orchestra as an initiative of the City Council to cover the needs that began to emerge in the city as a result of new musical activities.

It is currently the lead orchestra and organizer of the Spanish Lyrical Theatre Festival, which is held in the Campoamor Theatre, and participates in several operas each year during the Oviedo opera season. It carries out important educational work through matinée concerts for schoolchildren spread over the school year, in collaboration with the Oviedo City Council’s Education Department.

For a number of years now, the orchestra has regularly figured in the Auditorium Concerts series and the Luis G. Iberni Piano Encounters, as well as in the Summer Music Festival. The Oviedo Filarmonía also collaborates with the Philharmonic Society, the Alfredo Kraus Asturian Lyrical Association and the Campoamor Theatre Lyrical Awards Foundation. Maestro Marzio Conti is the orchestra’s principal conductor.

Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir

Founded in 1983 and conducted by José Esteban G. Miranda, the Choir is considered one of Europe’s major amateur ensembles and has achieved considerable international prestige. Jesús López Cobos, 1981 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, has been the honorary conductor of the Foundation’s three choirs since their creation, a position he currently shares with Krzysztof Penderecki, who received the same award in 2001. In December 2007, the European Parliament distinguished the Choir with an extraordinary acknowledgement “for its outstanding services to the European Union”. Greatly applauded, it has toured Europe and the Middle East and has held concerts in Russia alongside the Saint Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra and the Moscow Virtuosi. One of its most noteworthy performances took place at London’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1993 alongside the English Chamber Orchestra. It first visited the United States in 2001, being described by the Washington Post’s music critic as “magnificent”. In 2002, the Foundation represented Spain at the Vatican on the occasion of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, offering three concerts in Rome. The Choir gave two historic concerts in New York in October 2003 marking Columbus Day, one in St Patrick’s Cathedral and the other at the Lincoln Center. In 2004, it was invited to participate at the marriage of TRH The Prince and Princess of Asturias, performing during the traditional offering of the bride’s bouquet to the Virgin in the Royal Basilica of Our Lady of Atocha. It has also given concerts in São Paulo (Brazil), Nafplion (Greece), Lisbon and Belém (Portugal), in Mexico City and at the European Parliament in Brussels. In October 2011, the Choir performed Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor alongside the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra under the baton of Neapolitan Maestro Riccardo Muti, 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts. Since its inception, the Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir has been led by outstanding conductors such as Marcus Creed, Friedrich Haider, Arturo Tamayo, Peter Maag, John Neschling, Yuri Bashmet, Alberto Zedda, Paul Mann, Jesús López Cobos, Krzysztof Penderecki, Gustavo Dudamel, Sir Neville Marriner, Marzio Conti and Jonathan Webb. It has also collaborated with the Symphony Orchestra of the State of São Paulo, the Vienna Sinfonietta Classical Orchestra, the Simon Bolivar Symphony Orchestra, belonging to the National Network of Youth and Children’s Orchestras of Venezuela (2008 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts), and the National Autonomous University of Mexico Philharmonic Orchestra (OFUNAM), among others.

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