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Proms 2017: Juanjo Mena and BBC Philharmonic
21 Jul - 27 Jul|
Royal Albert Hall|
Juanjo Mena conducts the BBC Philarmonic in two concerts in the 2017 edition of the BBC Proms. The programme of the first one features Beethoven’s only opera, Fidelio – a passionate musical protest against political oppression, first performed in the wake of the French Revolution. At its heart is the stirring ‘Prisoners’ Chorus’, a poignant hymn to freedom and the power of the human spirit. The second performance is dedicated to Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, his passionate Sixth Symphony, which the composer described as ‘the best thing I ever composed or shall compose’.
Juanjo Mena began his music studies at the Vitoria-Gasteiz Conservatory He also studied conducting with Sergiu Celibidache in Munich on a Guridi-Bernaola scholarship. In 1997, the Basque Government selected Mena to form the Youth Orchestra of Euskal Herria. He subsequently became associate conductor of the Euskadi Symphony Orchestra.
From 1999 to 2008, Mena was artistic director and principal conductor of the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra. His guest-conducting debut in North America was with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra in 2004. Mena served as principal guest conductor of the Teatro Carlo Felice, Genoa from 2007 to 2010. He was principal guest conductor of the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra from 2007 to 2013.
Dates and times:
Prom 9: Beethoven – Fidelio – 19:30 Fri 21 Jul
Prom 17: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique – 19:30, Thu 27 Jul
Image: Juanjo Mena © Michal Novak