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The Princess of Asturias Foundation's International Music School 2019 Summer Courses Finale Concert

Tomorrow, Saturday, 27th July, at 8:00pm in the Prince Felipe Auditorium, Oviedo 


The Princess of Asturias Foundation’s International Music School 2019 Summer Courses will be brought to a close tomorrow, Saturday, 27th July, at 8:00pm, with a concert entitled “World Music”. The concert, which will be given by this year’s Junior and Youth Orchestras with the participation of students of harpsichord, piano, voice and conducting, will be held in the Sala Sinfónica at the Prince Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo. Admission will be free until all seats have been taken.

Under the baton of maestros Cristóbal Soler, John Falcone and Sergey Bezrondny, the orchestras will take a musical tour from the 18th century, with works by Bach, Mozart and Handel, through to 19th-century German romanticism and idealism. Among other works, the programme will include the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, by Johann Sebastian Bach, and “The Morning” from Peer Gynt Suite No. 1 by Edvard Grieg. In addition, students of voice will perform arias from Rinaldo, Orfeo ed Eurídice and Le nozze di Figaro under the baton of students of orchestral conducting.

Cristóbal Soler is founder and chairman of the Spanish Association of Orchestra Directors (AESDO), artistic director of the Cuenca Religious Music Week and served as musical director of La Zarzuela National Lyric Theatre between 2010 and 2015. John Falcone is a composer and principal contrabassoon of the Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra (OSPA) as well as conductor of the IMPROVISO improvisers orchestra. Harpsichordist and pianist Sergey Bezrodny is a soloist with the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

2019 Summer Courses

Conductor Aarón Zapico gave a keynote lecture yesterday, Thursday, 25th July, within the framework of the Summer Courses in an event attended by 135 students from Mexico, Mozambique, the United States, Venezuela and Spain that was presided over by HM The Queen. Twenty-two teachers from seven different countries have imparted instrument classes, covering the disciplines of keyboards, string and woodwind; musical ensemble classes, with subjects covering orchestra, chamber music, string quartet, wind ensembles, jazz ensembles, free improvisation, lied and four-hand piano; theoretical-practical classes, including orchestra conducting, musical composition and voice; as well as workshops organised by the musical health department.

As a complement to classroom teaching, the School’s professors and students have given free concerts at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium, the University of Oviedo’s Historic Building and the Teatro Filarmónica. Following the success of previous years, the School has renewed the “Music on Wheels” concert cycle performed by students aimed at bringing classical music to all kinds of audiences in a different way. The cycle consists of outdoor concerts at emblematic spots around the city with a vintage van providing support. For the third year running, audiences have been able to enjoy “Dramatized micro-concerts”, brief musical performances accompanied by stories interpreted by actors. Seventeen concerts have been given in all, with free admission to each one until all seats were taken.

Furthermore, luthier Diego del Valle gave practical classes in his workshop aimed at showing students the basics of maintaining string instruments. The School also programmed the following workshops: “Maintaining woodwind instruments and reed making”, given by Robert DiLutis, and “Fundamentals of piano mechanics and maintenance”, imparted by the tuning technician Joaquín Villegas, who delved into the working and acoustic tuning of keyboard instruments.

Since 2005, classes have been given by professors from institutions such as the Detmold Academy of Music (Germany); the Tchaikovsky Conservatory, Moscow; the Geneva Conservatory of Music; the Robert Schuman School of Music and Media, Düsseldorf; the Russian Gnesin Academy of Music, Moscow; the Rubin Academy of Music and Dance, Jerusalem; the Mons Royal Conservatory (Belgium); the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, London; the Advanced School of Music and Performing Arts, Oporto (ESMAE); the Yehudi Menuhin School (UK); the Juilliard School, New York; the Royal College of Music, London; the Giuseppe Verdi State Conservatory of Music, Turin (Italy); the Benedetto Marcello Conservatory, Venice; the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York; the Simón Bolivar Advanced Conservatory of Music (Venezuela); Brooklyn College, New York City University; the School of Music, University of Nevada; the Ippolitov-Ivanov State Institute of Music, Moscow; the Raanana Music Center, Israel; the University of Maryland School of Music (USA); and the Madrid Royal Conservatory; or belonging to ensembles such as the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra (USA), the National Orchestra of Spain, and the Spanish Radio and Television Symphony Orchestra; in addition to directors and assistant directors of music from the Teatro de la Zarzuela, Madrid, and the Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra.

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