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Princess of Asturias Awards 10/18/2014

TM The King and Queen of Spain to preside over the XXIII Prince of Asturias Awards Concert

Next Thursday, 23rd October, at 7:30pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.


TM The King and Queen of Spain are to preside over the XXIII Prince of Asturias Awards Concert, organized by the Prince of Asturias Foundation in collaboration with Cajastur, which will be held at 7:30pm next Thursday, 23rd October, in the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

Under the baton of conductor Rossen Milanov, the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA) and the Prince of Asturias Foundation Choir will perform Requiem in D minor by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, along with soprano Ainhoa Arteta, mezzosoprano Maite Arruabarrena, tenor Luis Dámaso and bass Jose Antonio López.

Final rehearsal for the XXIII Prince of Asturias Awards Concert

The final rehearsal, which will be open to the public, will take place at 8:30pm on the 22nd. Tickets for the rehearsal will be distributed from the Prince Felipe Auditorium box offices on 21st and 22nd October, from 10:00am to 2:00pm and from 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A maximum of two tickets will be made available per person.

Rossen Milanov Rossen

Rossen Milanov was born in Sofia (Bulgaria). He studied oboe at the University of Duquesne and the Bulgarian National Academy of Music and then went on to study musical direction at the Curtis Institute and the Juilliard School, where he received the Bruno Walter Memorial scholarship.

Principal conductor of the OSPA since 2012, Milanov is also artistic director of the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, the New Symphony Orchestra de Sofia and the Symphony in C training orchestra. During his eleven years with the Philadelphia Orchestra, he conducted more than two hundred concerts as associate conductor and as artistic director of the orchestra’s summer season at the Mann Center for the Performing Arts. He was principal conductor of the Bulgarian National Radio Orchestra between 2003 and 2008. Internationally, he has collaborated with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Geneva), the Komische Oper Berlin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.

He has worked with soloists such as Yo-Yo Ma, Itzhak Perlman, Joshua Bell, Midori, Christian Tetzlaff and André Watts, as well as with celebrated singers like Nikolai Ghiaurov, Vasselina Karasova, Ghena Dimitrova and Krassimira Stoyanova. His most outstanding distinctions include the recognition he received from the Bulgarian Ministry of Culture “for his Extraordinary Contribution to Bulgarian Culture”, the 2011 ASCAP Award from the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers for his programming with the Princeton Symphony Orchestra, and his naming as Bulgaria’s Musician of the Year in 2005.

Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA)

The orchestra is made up of musicians from the European Union, Russia, the USA and Latin America. Rossen Milanov has been its principal conductor since September 2012. The OSPA gives over seventy symphony concerts each year, its main activity revolving around the concert seasons held each year in Oviedo, Gijón and Avilés. The OSPA also regularly performs during the Opera Season at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo organized by the Asturian Association of Friends of the Opera. It has performed on many occasions at the National Auditorium in Madrid, the Palau de la Música in Barcelona, major auditoriums in Castellón, Zaragoza, Santiago de Compostela and Extremadura, the Kursaal in San Sebastián and the Baluarte in Pamplona, among other venues.

Its most memorable international tour was the one it made to Chile and Mexico in 1996. It returned to Chile two years later and to Mexico in September 2007. During the 2007/08 season, the OSPA also made an extensive tour of the most important cities in China during the celebration of the “Year of Spain in China”. In 2011, it performed under the baton of its then director, Maestro Maximiliano Valdés, before His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI in the Vatican Audience Hall, becoming the only publicly-funded Spanish symphony orchestra to perform in the Nervi Hall. The orchestra’s recording history commenced with works around Asturian themes: Día de fiesta en Asturias, Atardecer and Paisaje Asturiano [A Holiday in Asturias, Dusk and Asturian Scenery] by Benito Lauret and La Noche Celta [Celtic Night] by Ramón Prada. It has subsequently recorded several works by Manuel de Falla.

Prince 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 music critic of the Washington Post 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 Choir of the Prince of Asturias Foundation 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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