Manuel Hernández-Silva begins his symphonic season with the RTVE Orchestra at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid, along with flamenco star Estrella Morente and guitarist Pablo Saiz Villegas. The repertoire of this concert, wich will take place at the Teatro Monumental in Madrid next Saturday, September 19, includes several works such as El Sombrero de Tres Picos and El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla, as well as Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquín Rodrigo.
Manuel Hernández-Silva will then travel to Pamplona to resume his activity as principal conductor of the Navarra Symphony Orchestra. He will begin with a recording of works by both current and past Navarrese composers, followed by the opening concert of the season. After that, he will conduct the first subscription concert, which will this year feature a concert version of Beethoven’s Fidelio with Berna Perles and César Gutiérrez in the main roles, the same leading couple he had in the staged version he conducted last year at Teatro Cervantes with the Malaga Philharmonic and the stage direction of José Carlos Plaza.
Later in the season he will conduct Manon Lescaut by Puccini for the opera season of the Asociación Gayarre de Amigos de la Ópera —also in Pamplona—, with the voices of Ainhoa Arteta and Roberto Aronica in the main roles. In the symphonic field he will return to work with orchestras such as Extremadura, Murcia, RTVE or Bogotá, and will recover his postponed debut with the Tucson Symphony Orchestra, along with new debuts in Norway, France and Germany. This symphonic activity includes several premieres by composers such as Roberto Sierra, Pacho Flores, Manuel Moreno Buendía, Paquito D’Rivera, Koldo Pastor, etc.
Enrico Onofri has recently been appointed Principal Conductor of the Filarmonica Arturo Toscanini, with which the Italian conductor and violonist hopes to rediscover the paths and values he has built in the course of his past experiences as concertmaster of La Capella Reial with Jordi Savall, as a member of Concentus Musicus Wien with Nikolaus Harnoncourt, as concertmaster and soloist of Il Giardino Armonico, as well as through his work als conductor of specialized and modern ensembles and orchestras throughout Europe, Japan and America.
This new position is thus added to those that Enrico Onofri already held as Principal Guest Conductor of the Haydn Philharmonie, Resident Conductor of the Bochum Symphony Orchestra, Principal Guest Conductor of the Seville Baroque Orchestra, Musical Director of the Montis Regalis Academy and Founder and Director of the Ensemble Imaginarium. In addition to his work as an opera conductor, a field in which he is increasingly in demand, Enrico Onofri has also worked with ensembles such as Arion Baroque, Balthasar Neumann Project, Castor Ensemble, Croatian Baroque, Riga Sinfonietta or Montis Regalis Academy; and with modern orchestras such as the Orchestra Metropolitana de Lisboa, Orchestre National de Pays de la Loire, Orchestre d’Auvergne, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Portland Baroque Orchestra or Kammerorchester Basel.
After the success he achieved last season conducting Haendel’s Agrippina at the Teatro de la Maestranza together with the Orquesta Barroca de Sevilla, as well as with the last recording of his group Imaginarium Ensemble, published by Pasacaille with the title Into Nature and dedicated to the Italian instrumental music of the 17th and 8th centuries, Enrico Onofri will visit, in between his commitments with the Filarmónica Toscanini, the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, an orchestra to which he has been invited on several occasions and where he will conduct next December a Christmas program with works by Haydn and Vivaldi.
Pacho Flores opens his 2020/21 symphonic season with the Taipei Symphony Orchestra in Taiwan, together with maestro Christian Lindberg —trombonist, conductor and composer as well as a friend and mentor to Pacho. The program includes Haydn’s Concerto for trumpet and Akban Bunka for trumpet and orchestra by Lindberg himself. Both works appear on the album FRACTALES (Deutsche Grammophon), which was recorded by both artists together with the Arctic Philharmonic Orchestra.
Pacho Flores and Christian Lindberg have a long history of collaboration that will be continued with further concerts, commissions and recordings. Christian Lindberg takes part in Pacho’s project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts, with premieres already scheduled in Turkey, Spain and Sweden which will later be recorded with other works by Lindberg such as Un Sueño Morisco. This double concert for trumpet, trombone and orchestra was commissioned and premiered by the Orquesta Sinfónica Radio Televisión Española together with Pacho, trombonist Ximo Vicedo and Lindberg himself as a conductor.
Pacho’s agenda will continue, if the COVID-19 allows it, with his usual concert and educational activities in Spain and Europe, Asia and North and South America. Among the upcoming premieres are the world premiere of his Ma-Jokaraisa (My Other Heart), a concert for flugelhorn, together with the National Orchestra of Chile and Rodolfo Saglimbeni, which will then have its European premiere with the Orquesta de Extremadura and Manuel Hernández-Silva; the premieres in Asia, Spain and Sweden of Christian Lindberg’s new trumpet concerto; the Spanish premieres of Salseando by Roberto Sierra with the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia and Hernández-Silva, and of the Concerto Venezolano by Paquito D’Rivera with the Valencia Orchestra and Vicente Alberola, etc.
Meanwhile, Pacho Flores continues with the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts with a new commission by Daniel Freiberg. A new phase of this project is now about to begin, with new composers to be incorporated, which will be announced in due time.