THE VIII EDITION OF THE IBF CANARIAS IN LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA 11-16 APRIL 2022

The International Bach Festival returns to the city of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The Festival will take place in iconic venues in the city, such as the Auditorium Alfredo Kraus or the Pérez Galdós Theater , and in renowned cultural spaces such as the Casa de Colón , the Literary Cabinet , the Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme or the Hotel Santa Catalina , which is once again the venue for an event that contributes to positioning the capital of Gran Canaria as a cultural urban destination.

The International Bach Festival Canarias (IBF) is held every year in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria under the impetus of the musicians of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam . To them is added a group of young people with great projection, various choirs and international performers of recognized prestige. All of them develop an artistic, educational and social project with a vocation for permanence and expansion around the figure and work of the composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

The main program of this edition runs from March 25 to April 16, coinciding again with Holy Week (from April 10 to 17). This delivery of the event marks the return to its usual dates, after two years in which the pandemic forced the festival to be located in other sections of the calendar.

In total, 15 concerts have been scheduled in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The starring event will be Henry Purcell’s opera Dido and Aeneas . It will be performed on April 13 at the Pérez Galdós Theater exclusively in Spain, with a staging by Peter Leung and a new prologue written for the occasion by the composer Meriç Artaç. Accompanying a cast of soloists of international stature, in the secondary roles the performance of several young Canarian performers will stand out, selected through an audition organized especially for the occasion. All of them will share the stage with the AINUR Chamber Choir and the IBF Orchestra under the musical direction of Michael Gieler.

Tickets to the concerts will be available at the ticket offices and websites of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium www.auditorioalfredokraus.es and the Pérez Galdós Theater www.teatroperezgaldos.es

 

“The International Bach Festival was founded in 2015 by musician friends from the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam and their colleagues from the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra. Both invite talented young musicians from all over Europe to perform together the great works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his fellow composers.”

IBF 2022 Program

Friday, March 25
Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme
8:00 p.m.
Bach & Beyond I
Works by J. Cras, J. Sibelius and M. Ravel

Saturday, April 9
Exhibition Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
12:30 pm
‘Appetizers Bach I’. The Dancing Cello
Free admission
Soloist Nuala McKenna (cello) will perform pieces by György Kurtág, JS Bach, Diego Ortiz and Gaspar Cassado.

Monday, April 11
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
8:00 pm
Bach Concertante
Prestigious soloists such as Salvador and Bryn Mir (oboe), accompanied, among others, by cellist Johan van Iersel or Radovan Cavallin (clarinet) will perform works by GD Zelenka, CP Emanuel. Bach, J. Stamitz, A.Vivaldi, and JS Bach.

Tuesday, April 12
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
8:00 pm
Intimate Bach
Works by M. Ravel, JS Bach and A. Schönberg performed jointly by musicians from the Royal Concertgebouw of Amsterdam and members of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra, together with the French violinist Bertrand Cervera .

Wednesday, April 13
Saturday, April 9
Exhibition Hall of the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
12:30 pm
‘Appetizers Bach II’. The Dancing Cello
Free entry

Wednesday, April 13
Pérez Galdós Theater
8:00 pm
Dido and Eneas
Stage direction by Peter Leung, musical direction by Michael Gieler and prologue by the composer Meriç Artaç. With the IBF Orchestra, the AINUR Chamber Choir and soloists Tania Lorenzo, Irene Verbug, Steven van del Linden and Lotte Betts-Dean
Premiere in Spain.

Thursday, April 14
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
12:30 pm
Organ Recital
With Daniel Oyarzabal on organ and Miriam Hontana on violin. Program with the ‘Four Seasons of Vivaldi’ and a small repertoire of works by Bach such as ‘Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565’; ‘The Carnival of the Animals’ by Camilo Saint-Saëns, or the ‘Spanish Caprice’ Rimsky Korsakov.

Thursday, April 14
Hotel Santa Catalina
8:00 pm
Bach & Beyond II
Included in the ‘Bach Itinerant’ concert circuit. Works by Monteverdi, Puccini and Bizet performed by the soprano Irene Verbug, the tenor Steven van der Linden; flutist Kersten Macall; Johan van Iersel at the cello and Asako Ueda at the Theorbo.

Saturday, April 16
Alfredo Kraus Auditorium
8:30 p.m.
Jazz Bach. Play what you feel
The singer and double bass player Beatrice Valente with Ergio Valente on piano and Javier Montero on drums. This concert combines jazz, ethnic rhythms and Latin American baroque sounds, fused on this occasion with hymns and dances in Spanish and indigenous languages ​​such as Quechua or Nahuatl from the American continent.

Friday, April 29
Casa de Colón
8:00 p.m.
Arrive at the invitation. Baroque of the new world
Youth Choir of the OFGC directed by Marcela Garrón, with the special participation of the soprano Tania Lorenzo. Anthology of carols, hymns and dances in Spanish and some native languages ​​such as Quechua or Nahuatl.

Friday, May 27
Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme
Final of the Young Interpreters Contest.

Thursday, June 2
Fundación Mapfre Guanarteme
Concert for Award Winners of the Young Performers Contest.

Sunday June 12
Hotel Santa Catalina
7:00 pm
Bach & Beyond III
Works by J. Cras, J. Sibelius and M. Ravel.

Friday, June 17
Literary Cabinet
8:00 p.m.
Bach & Beyond IV
Works by F. Schubert, J. Françaix, L. Vega and A. Klughardt performed by Adriana Ilieva (viola), Verónica Cruz (oboe), José Luis Castillo (piano ), Patricia García (violin) and Dragos Balan (cello).