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Princess of Asturias Awards 10/14/2016

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

Next Thursday, 20th October, at 7:30pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo

The Foundation will make more than 1,600 tickets available for the final rehearsal on the 19th, which will be open to the public


TM The King and Queen of Spain are to preside over the 25th 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, 20th October, in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Princess of Asturias Foundation Choir will perform Symphony No. 9 in D minor, Op. 125 “Choral” by Ludwig van Beethoven alongside the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA) under the baton of Rossen Milanov and with the participation of soloists Sonja Gornik (soprano), Olesya Petrova (mezzo-soprano), Daniel Kirch (tenor) and Alexey Dedov (bass-baritone).

Final rehearsal for the 25th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

The final rehearsal, which will be open to the public, will take place at 8:30pm on Wednesday, 19th October. Tickets to attend the rehearsal will be available from the Prince Felipe Auditorium box offices from 15th October onwards, from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. The Foundation will make 1,650 seats available for those interested in attending the rehearsal. A maximum of two tickets will be made available per person.

Rossen Milanov
Principal conductor and artistic director of the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA) and music director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, Milanov also conducts the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia and has recently completed his second season with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra to great acclaim. He has worked with some of the world’s leading musicians, including Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff and André Watts. During his eleven years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Milanov directed over two hundred performances of the summer season of the orchestra at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts, both as associate conductor and as artistic director. In 2015, he completed his fifteen-year tenure as music director of the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. His passion for creation has resulted in numerous world premieres of works by composers such as Richard Danielpour, Nicolas Maw and Gabriel Prokofiev, among others.

Some of his most recent activities worth highlighting include performances with the national symphony orchestras of Colorado, Detroit, Milwaukee, Vancouver, Fort Worth, Aalborg and Latvia; with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Zurich Opera, and the Orchestra of the Hyogo Performing Arts Center; in addition to his educational project “Link Up” at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. He has also debuted with the Oviedo Opera, the Hungarian National Orchestra, the Strasbourg Philharmonic Orchestra, the New York City Ballet, the Pacific Symphony, and the Symphony Orchestra of Curtis at Verizon Hall, Philadelphia. Rossen Milanov studied conducting at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial Scholarship. 

Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA)
The OSPA came into being in 1991 under the auspices of the Principality of Asturias Regional Government with the primary aim of enriching the region both musically and culturally. His Majesty King Felipe VI is its Honorary President. It is an independent body belonging to the Ministry of Education and Culture and member of the Spanish Association of Symphony Orchestras (AEOS). The OSPA is a reference orchestra both within and outside of Asturias for its versatility, interpretative competence and unquestionable quality. It is made up of sixty-nine professional musicians from various countries of the European Union, Russia, the United States and Latin America and its main activity revolves around the seasons of concerts it offers each year in Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés. The orchestra also carries out intense educational and social work in Asturias, expanding its horizons every year and receiving great acclaim in all the places where it performs.

Outside the Principality, the orchestra has performed in the leading auditoriums and concert halls throughout Spain. It has likewise collaborated with the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera and in summer events as important as the Santander Festival, the Festival of Music and Dance in Granada, and the Festival of Contemporary Music in Alicante, as well as in the Religious Music Week in Cuenca and the Musika-Música Festival in Bilbao, where it is regularly invited to play. Standing out among its international tours is the one it made to Chile and Mexico in 1996, where it was to return two years later, and its participation in the Lorient Interceltic Festival in France in 1998. In addition, the orchestra gave a concert in November 2011 before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, at the Nervi Hall in the Vatican, under the patronage of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, being the first publicly owned Spanish symphony orchestra to perform in this hall. It celebrates its twenty-fifth anniversary this season.

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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