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February

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation celebrates the 18th edition of the master concerts series in the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables

February 8, 2010

Seville, 8 February 2010.- Tomorrow, 9 February, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation will launch the 18th edition of the master concerts series, which has become an essential and unmissable event on the agendas of the world’s best organists. At this edition, reflecting the universal nature of music and its integrating effect on society, the Focus-Abengoa Foundation has invited three brilliant and well known organists, but with very different training and backgrounds.

The first concert in the series, entitled The organ: integrator of cultures, which will take place on Tuesday 9 February, will be given by the Dutch organist Jan Willem Jansen, Professor of organ studies at the Toulouse Conservatory and the titular organist of the Ahrend organ of the Musée des Augustins and of the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Daurade in Toulouse.

On Tuesday 16 February, Saki Aoki from Japan will take her place at the organ, who despite her youth has already proven her forte for this instrument on some of the most prestigious platforms in the world, and her talent has been recognised with the Grand Prix for best performance and the special Gaston Litaize Prize at the Chartres international organ competition.

Hans Leitner will be he organist responsible for drawing the series to a close on Tuesday 23 February. He is the titular organist of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Munich and Professor of liturgy and religious music practice at the Munich Higher School of Music and Theatre.

The three organists will offer a varied program that will include works by J.S. Bach, J.G. Rheinberger, Max Reger, N. Bruhns and G. Ernest, among others.

The series of master concerts, which has been held for the last 18 years and coincides with the building of the Grenzing organ for the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, “is the most important music activity that we organise. Thanks to the plethora of artists that have taken part during this time, the organ of the Hospital de los Venerables is now referred to as one of the most important and prestigious platforms in the world”, said José Enrique Ayarra, titular organist of the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables.

José Enrique Ayarra, who is also responsible for the musical activities of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation, went on to say, “the organists that play here find an unparalleled set of features: a unique organ that is perfectly tuned and cared for; unbeatable acoustics; an incomparable setting; a knowledgeable audience and widely broadcast performances. We know that we offer the best, and we therefore demand the best”.

The concerts will begin at 8.30 pm and, as usual, will be broadcast on Radio Clásica of Radio Nacional de España.

The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was started in 1982 as a result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with the publication of the works Themes of Seville (Temas Sevillanos) and Iconography of Seville (Iconografía de Sevilla). A collection of documents, books and engravings on the Kingdom of Seville or by Sevillian authors was created at the same time. This initial cultural work showed Abengoa’s directors the importance of the company’s involvement in activities that directly benefit society, beyond its core technology based work, which led to the creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation.

Useful details:

Series of master concerts. The organ: integrator of cultures. (9, 16 and 23 February 2010).

Location: Church of the Hospital de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana s/n.

Time: 8.30pm.

Price:

General: 12 Euros.

Concessions: 2.40 Euros (over 65s, pensioners and students with accreditation, cultural and educational groups with reservations).

About the invited organists

Jan Willem Cansen is Professor of organ studies at the Toulouse Conservatory and titular organist of the Ahrend organ of the Musée des Augustins and of the Basilique Notre-Dame de la Daurade in Toulouse.

He is also co-founder of the traditional music department at the Conservatory and he shares responsibility with Michel Bouvard for the new superior department for organ and harpsichord as well as the artistic direction of the Toulouse International Organ Festival.

Saki Aoki, the young and gifted Japanese organist, was awarded the Grand Prix for best performance and the special Gaston Litaize Prize at the Chartres international organ competition in 2008. She has also received the Diploma of Honour at the Bruges International Organ Competition in Belgium; first prize in the Granada international competition (Spain); and first prize in the Jean Louis Florentz competition in Angers (France) in 2007, among others.

Her concert career has taken her to Japan, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, Spain, South America (where she has played on prestigious platforms such as in the cathedrals of Chartres, Orléans and Strasbourg); churches such as la Madeleine and Saint Sulpice in Paris; and to concert halls such as the Essen Philharmonic (Germany) or the Sumida Triphony Hall in Tokyo.

Hans Leitner is titular organist of the Cathedral of Our Lady in Munich and Professor of liturgy and religious music practice at the Munich Higher School of Music and Theatre.

He has published a wide range of works for the organ and made numerous recordings. He has also authored various articles on subjects such as the history of music, organology and theology.

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