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Princess of Asturias Awards

09/27/2021

29th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

The Princess of Asturias Foundation will pay tribute to Joaquín Rodrigo on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts.

The concert will be held at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 21 October at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Foundation will distribute tickets for the dress rehearsal to be held on the 20 October, which will be open to the public.

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The Princess of Asturias Foundation will pay tribute to composer Joaquín Rodrigo at the 29th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of his receiving the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts and the 120th anniversary of his birth.

Organized by the Princess of Asturias Foundation in collaboration with the Cajastur Foundation, the concert will take place at 7:30 pm on Thursday, 21 October at the Príncipe Felipe Auditorium in Oviedo.

The Principality of Asturias Symphony Orchestra will perform Fantasia para un gentilhombre (Fantasy for a Gentleman) and Aranjuez Concert conducted by Josep Vicent, with the participation of guitarist Pablo Sáinz-Villegas.

Dress rehearsal for the 29th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert

The dress rehearsal will take place at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 20 October and will be open to the public. The Princess of Asturias Foundation will make free tickets available to the public to attend the rehearsal, which can be collected online on the Foundation's website (www.fpa.es) starting Saturday, 16 October.

Joaquín Rodrigo received the Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts in 1996 for his “definitive contribution to the dignity and internationalization of the guitar as a concert instrument”, according to the jury's minutes.

Josep Vicent

Since 2015, Josep Vicent has been artistic and musical director of the Alicante Provincial Council Auditorium (ADDA), as well as the main conductor for the ADDA Symphony Orchestra since 2018. Chief conductor for the Jeunesses Musicales World Orchestra since 2005, he was also principal conductor for the Illes Balears Symphony Orchestra and artistic director of the Xenakis Festival. During the 2020-21 season he will combine his position as chief conductor of the ADDA Symphony with concerts as guest conductor leading the Sichuan Symphony Orchestra of China, the Opera National de Rouen-France, the Philharmonie Zuidnederland, and the Belgian National Orchestra on tour in Spain and Belgium, as well as the Israel NK Orchestra in eight concerts in their country. In Spain he will collaborate with the National Orchestra of Spain, the Orchestra of Valencia and the Orchestra of Castilla y León.

His exciting career as a conductor includes regular collaborations with some of the most prestigious ensembles in Spain and around the world. Josep Vicent has directed opera productions at the Teatro Real in Madrid, the Liceo Theater in Barcelona, the Leipzig Opera House and the Maestranza Theater in Seville. He has also worked as musical director with “La Fura dels Baus” since 2014. Former assistant to maestro Alberto Zedda, he has premiered hundreds of newly created works with great success. He was also artistic director of the Amsterdam Percussion Group and regularly conducts specialized training.

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas

Pablo Sáinz-Villegas has been acclaimed by the international press as the successor to Andrés Segovia and a world ambassador of Spanish culture, being the first solo guitarist to play at Carnegie Hall in New York since Maestro Andrés Segovia in 1983, as well as the first guitarist to play with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 2001. Since his debut with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra under Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos at Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall, he has played in more than forty countries, becoming the "global ambassador of the Spanish guitar", according to Billboard Magazine.

Among the highlights of the 2020-21 season was his performance of the Aranjuez Concert with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and its chief conductor Kirill Petrenko, on the occasion of the New Year concert broadcast in Europe by ARTE television. The last guitarist to play with the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra at the Philharmonie was until then Maestro Narciso Yepes in 1983. A tireless promoter of developing the guitar repertoire, he has performed numerous world premieres, including the first work written for guitar by composer John Williams, 2020 Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts.

Symphony Orchestra of the Principality of Asturias

The OSPA was created in 1991 under the auspices of the Government of the Principality of Asturias, with the primary aim of musically and culturally enriching the region. His Majesty King Felipe VI is its Honorary President. It is an autonomous body of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and a member of the Spanish Association of Symphonic Orchestras (AEOS). The OSPA is a reference both inside and outside Asturias for its versatility, its interpretive capacity and its indisputable quality. It is made up of sixty-nine teachers from various countries in the European Union, Russia, the United States, and Latin America. Its main activity revolves around the concert seasons it offers each year in Oviedo and Gijón. In addition, the Orchestra carries out intense education and social work in Asturias, which is expanding its horizons year after year, finding a tremendous welcome wherever it is presented.

Outside the Principality, the Orchestra has performed in the most important auditoriums and halls in Spain and has collaborated with the Bilbao Association of Friends of the Opera and in such relevant summer events as the Santander festivals, Music and Dance Festival of Granada and the Contemporary Music Festival in Alicante, as well as in the Cuenca Religious Music Week and the Bilbao Musika-Music Festival, to which it is regularly invited. Among its noteworthy international tours is the one in 1996 through Mexico and Chile, where it would return two years later, as well as its participation in the Lorient Inter-Celtic Festival in France in 1998. In addition, in November 2011 the OSPA offered a concert before His Holiness Benedict XVI in the Nervi Hall of the Vatican, under the patronage of the María Cristina Masaveu Peterson Foundation, becoming the first state-owned Spanish symphony to perform in said hall.

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