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Between Chords: Vitae Talks

24 Jun 2020 7:00 pm - 5 Aug 2020 8:00 pm


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The Embassy of Spain in London, in collaboration with Orchestra Vitae, is starting a new series of talks on Spanish music. Under the name “Between Chords: Vitae Talks”, these online sessions will invite audiences to join various celebrated figures of Spanish musicology alongside members of Orchestra Vitae – who will perform some of these works live – and other special guests from Spain. 

The theme of the talks will be Spanish music throughout various aspects, aiming to spread the knowledge of Classic Spanish music among British and Spanish audiences in the UK. The aforementioned activities will have an online format, and they will be broadcasted online, inviting audiences to engage with the speakers. The talks will begin on the 24th of June and will spread evenly throughout the calendar until the 5th of August. 

  • June 24th: The Music of Emiliana de Zubeldia, with pianist Antonio Oyarzabal. You can watch it here.

We kick off these series of conversations about Spanish classical music of present and past welcoming the young up and coming Spanish pianist Antonio Oyarzábal, who will converse with host and Orchestra Vitae´s Principal Conductors Pablo Urbina about the music of an often forgotten Spanish composer of the XX century, Emiliana de Zubeldia. Created in collaboration between the Embassy of Spain in the UK and Orchestra Vitae, in these series of talks we will not only learn about Spanish music but will also get the chance to listen to some of the members of the orchestra performing as part of the lectures.

  • July 1st: The world of wind ensemble music, with composer Oscar Navarro. You can watch it here

In the second talk of these series, we talk with one of Spain´s most prominent classical music composers, Oscar Navarro, about the world of wind ensembles in Spain. Nominated for a Goya Award for Best Original Soundtrack in 2014, in the world of wind ensemble music he is considered one of the greatest composers worldwide. His 3 clarinet concertos or his oboe concerto have quickly become standard pieces of the repertoire for these instruments, and through this COVID -19 crisis his processional march “Osanna in Excelsis” has become a staple in many cities as a sign of hope. Orchestra Vitae´s Principal Cello Mark Walkem will join the lecture to perform this wonderful piece of music arranged for solo instrument and piano.

  • July 9th: a conversation with Javier Monteverde. You can watch it here

For the third talk of the series, Pablo Urbina, Principal Conductor of Orchestra Vitae talks to Javier Monteverde, the sound engineer who has recorded, alongside conductor and National Prize of Music José Luis Temes, most of the repertoire of the lesser-known Spanish composers. Javier Monteverde will introduce the initiative “Project Luz” and discuss some of the works he has produced throughout the years. We will also witness the world premiere of Santiago Lanchares “Impatiens”, for clarinet and violin solo, performed by members of the orchestra.

  • July 15th: Blanca Rodriguez Guridi on her grandfather’s music. You can watch it here.

In this fourth talk we have the extraordinary opportunity to speak with Blanca Rodríguez Guridi, the grandaughter of one of Spain´s most glorious composers of the XX century. This is an opportunity for us to learn more about this composer direclty through the memories of someone who spent hours and hours with him, and presenting some of his most acclaimed works along the way. Not to be missed!

  • July 23rd: The music of Manuel de Falla with Koldo Pastor. You can watch it here

As we get closer to the end of this series, we examine the music of Manuel De Falla, perhaps Spain´s most famous composer. Through the expert guidance of composer Koldo Pastor, who will also tell us a little bit about his life as composer (and show us some of his music), we will take a closer look to Falla´s music through the examination of his 7 popular songs. They will allow us to learn a little bit about some of Spain´s most popular dances, such as the Jota or Seguidillas. 2 players from Orchestra Vitae will join forces to perform them live for us.

  • July 29th: The Spanish Opera, “Zarzuela”, with soprano Laura Ruhí. You can watch it here

In the sixth talk of the series we take a close look at the Spanish Zarzuela, the Opera of Spain. We will learn about all of the different qualities of this wonderful genre with the expert guidance of soprano Laura Ruhí, who will not only give us many insights about Zarzuela but will also sing live a few staple songs from the repertoire. Orchestra Vitae Spain Culture & Science UK

  • August 5th: A conversation with Conductor Pablo Mielgo. You can watch it here

For the last talk of these series, conductor Pablo Urbina will speak with Maestro Pablo Mielgo, the Music Director of the Balearic Symphony Orchestra. In this talk they will speak about all things orchestra from the first hand experience of someone who has conducted all over the world. What are the differences working with different orchestras in different countries? What makes an orchestra such a special organism? How do orchestra work particularly in Spain? Come loaded with loads of questions, it is a fitting end to a series that has explored several topics on Spanish music


24 Jun 2020 7:00 pm
5 Aug 2020 8:00 pm
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