Pacho Flores and Hernández-Silva will offer a concert with the Nord Czech Philharmonic as part of the Beethoven Festival in Teplice, in the Czech Republic, next Thursday, June 17. Due to the restrictions still in force in the Central European country, the concert will be held without an audience and will later be broadcasted on June 27 on the orchestra’s YouTube channel and other platforms. The Nord Czech Philharmonic, Severočeská Filharmonie or Nordböhmische Philharmonie, in Teplice, is an orchestra that has been continuously active since 1838, and since 1964 it has been responsible for organizing the Beethoven Festival. Hernández-Silva has already conducted the Nord Czech Philharmonic on previous occasions, not so Pacho Flores, for whom this concert means his debut with the ensemble. The programme consists of two concerts for trumpet—the Concerto for Corno da Caccia, by Czech composer Neruda, and the Czech premiere of the Concierto de Otoño by Arturo Márquez—together with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5.
This collaboration with the Nord Czech Philharmonic is not the first between both artists; on the contrary, Pacho Flores and Hernández-Silva have a long history of joint presence with Spanish orchestras such as the Navarra Symphony Orchestra, the Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, the Malaga Philharmonic, the Simfònica de les Illes Balears and especially the Real Filharmonía de Galicia, with which they have performed several premieres and recorded the album Cantos y Revueltas for Deutsche Grammophon. New collaborations in Spain for the 2021/22 and 2022/23 seasons will be announced in due course, and new premieres are also planned with the Arctic Philharmonic in Norway or the Orchestre National de Bordeaux-Aquitaine in France. Recently, they have also been together with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Bogota (Colombia).
Arturo Márquez’s Concierto de Otoño is the result of the project of shared commissions for new trumpet concerts that Pacho himself has started. The concert was commissioned and premiered by the Mexico National Orquestra (Carlos Miguel Prieto), Tucson Symphony Orchestra (José Luis Gómez), Hyogo PAC Orchestra of Japan (Michiyoshi Inoue) and the Oviedo Filarmonía (Lucas Macías). This Czech premiere with the Nord Czech Philharmonie is the twenty-third performance since the first premiere in September 2018—the fourth under the baton of Hernández-Silva—, after having been performed in Mexico, USA, Japan, Spain, France, United Kingdom, Poland and Colombia.
Marina Heredia will participate as a guest artist with Pablo Heras-Casado, Solidarity Ambassador of the NGO, in the VII Gran Concierto de Ayuda en Acción at the Teatro Real in Madrid where she will sing El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla together and the Madrid Symphony Orchestra, on 15 June. Apart from this debut at the Teatro Real, Marina Heredia has performed El Amor Brujo with Pablo Heras-Casado and some of the most important orchestras in the world, such as the Chicago Symphony and the San Francisco Symphony. Together with the Orchestra of St Luke they performed this work at the Carnegie Hall in New York, and they will do it again next season with the Berlin Radio Orchestra in two mythical halls of the German capital such as the Philharmonie and the Konzerthaus.
In addition to Heras-Casado, Marina Heredia has often worked with some other important conductors on various occasions: Josep Vicent, at the Rouen Opera and the Lille Orchestra in France, and at the Palacio de Festivales de Cantabria; Manuel Hernández-Silva, in the spectacular production of La Fura del Baus at the Granada Festival with the Andalusian Youth Orchestra, and in a new collaboration with an important Spanish orchestra and festival that will be announced soon; or Antoni Ros Marbá, with the orchestra Ciudad de Granada at the Bilbao Musika-Música Festival. Marina Heredia became the most internationally demanded flamenco singer to afford the Falla’s El Amor Brujo.
On the other hand, Marina Heredia continues her brilliant career as a flamenco singer. On June 18 and 19 she will present her show Lorca y la Pasión. Un mar de sueños at the Teatros del Canal in Madrid, and on June 25 she will launch her fifth album with Universal, Capricho, whose single ‘Se nos perdió el amor‘, recently released, has the participation of the amazing trumpet player Pacho Flores as a guest artist.