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Music Department 10/08/2009
The concerts, which the Prince of Asturias Foundation organizes together with Cajastur, were held in seven different towns of Asturias.
The Music Week, which the Prince of Asturias Foundation organizes together with Cajastur during the week prior to the presentation of the Prince of Asturias Awards, was held between Friday 16th October and 22nd October. Music groups of very different genres and styles performed at this music cycle, which is now in its eighteenth year. Some of the performing ensembles were the Auf dem Strom Trio and a piano, violin and cello; and several soloists. The winners of the “Ángel Muñiz Toca” final-year prize for soloists of the Eduardo Martínez Torner Advanced Conservatory of Music (Oviedo) also attended the XVIII Music Week. A total of sixteen concerts were held in seven different towns of the region: Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Langreo, Luarca, Mieres and Piedras Blancas.
The Music Week recitals were staged in the Cajastur Cultural Centre and the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo; the Cajastur Pavilion in the Luis Adaro exhibition site, in Gijón; the Municipal Centre of Art and Exhibitions in Ávilés; the parish churches in Luarca and Piedras Blancas; La Felguera New Theatre in Langreo; and the Cajastur Cultural Centre, in Mieres.
The opening ceremony of the XVIII Music Week took place on Friday 16th October, at 7.00 p.m., at the Municipal Centre of Art and Exhibitions in Ávilés, with a concert by guitarist Bernardo García Huidobro. The programme was divided into two parts: the first included Prelude nº3 and nº4 and Estudios by H. Villa-Lobos. After the intermission, Bernardo García performed a repertoire of Spanish pieces by R. García Ascot, G. Pittaluga, J. Bautista and R. Sáinz de la Maza.
During the day, other concerts also took place in different towns in Asturias. Violinists Ostap Pechenyi and Nikita Yashchuck at the Cajastur Pavilion, in Gijón. Santiago Novoa (trombone) at the Cajstur Cultural Centre, in Oviedo. All the concerts commenced at 8 p.m.
Pianist Horacio Lavandera, trumpet Javier Bonet and viola Cristina Gestido also performed at the cycle, among others.
Attendance at all the concerts was free, except the final concert, presided by Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Asturias, which was by invitation only. The dress rehearsal took place on Wednesday 21st at 8.30 p.m. and was open to the public.
Oviedo's Príncipe Felipe Auditorium was the venue for the Music Week's finale concert on Thursday 22nd October. The Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra, with the Choir of the Prince of Asturias Foundation, gave the concert. Maestro Maximino Valdés conducted the orchestra, which performed Manuel de Falla’s La Vida Breve (The Short Life).
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