33rd International Music Festival

Tfimc-2017he International Music Festival, from 7 January until 5 February, will include more than 600 musicians, belonging to 20 symphonic and chamber orchestras from around the world.

The 33rd edition of this festival, considered the most important musical event in the Canary Islands because of its size, will include a change of program model characterised by greater variety and a wider repertoire, of chamber and symphonic music, covering all genres and eras (from the sixteenth century to the present day).

A program of special importance to the works of Spanish and South-American composers, two clearly differentiating features from other Europeainternational-music-festival-2016n festivals.

Overall, the 2017 Festival will bring numerous performances to the islands played by nearly 650 musicians from around the world performing 78 different works, and including a large Canarian representation.

91 concerts will be performed throughout the archipelago, 17 on Gran Canaria, 16 on Tenerife, 12 on Fuerteventura, 11 on La Palma, 11 on Lanzarote, 8 on La Gomera, 4 on El Hierro and 4 on La Graciosa. To these must be added 8 concerts from the ‘Follow the Music’ project, adding young performers from all islands to the Festival.

mahlerSee the full list here for all the concerts on Gran Canaria  and additional information (you need to choose the island)

First of the concerts on Gran Canaria is:

Sunday 8th of January – 20:30h. Auditorio Alfredo Kraus
The Mahler Chamber Orchestra G.A. Trujillo : Chaman, S.Prokofiev : violin Concerto Nro 1. A. Dvorak : Nature, Life and Love

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The headline concert on Gran Canaria, will be Saturday the 14th of January ; The Sinfónica de Tenerife and Gran Canaria Philharmonic, together for the first time!

Accompanied by the Slovakian philharmonic choir and Tenerife opera choir. Altogether about 400 musicians will be on stage playing ‘Gurre-Lieder’, by A. Schoenberg. Without a doubt, this is a milestone in the 33 year history of the festival. Performing together Schoenberg’s oratorio ‘Gurre-Lieder’,  under the baton of Maestro Josep Pons, current director of The Symphony Orchestra of the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona.

‘Gurre-Lieder’ is a monumental oratorio based on texts by the Danish poet Jens Peter Jacobsen, translated into German by Robert F. Arnold. Arnold Schoenberg composed it at the dawn of his career and in two parts. The dramatic score includes five soloists and a narrator.