Canary Islands Tour, January 2019
Held in Spain during the winter, the Festival de Musica de Canarias is one of the most famous and prestigious festivals in the world. Pleasant temperatures in the islands that time of the year attract orchestras such as the Chicago Symphony, Vienna Philharmonic, and Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, to name a few, who often come to the Canaries to start or finish their European tours. The festival attracts audiences from all over the world due to their wonderful programming and it was a treat to join them for 2019’s festival.
The tour with London Conchord Ensemble was a great success and lots of fun! We visited six of the seven islands-La Palma, La Gomera, Tenerife, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and El Hierro. With two masterpieces-the Schubert Octet and Beethoven’s Septet-we traveled from small, local communities to much bigger concert halls in the larger towns. All the concerts were incredibly well-attended, especially in La Gomera, where they’ve never before had a full house, but for our concert had to send people home because they ran out of room to put them! I find the atmosphere in those rare concerts electrifying as the people are pressed so close to the performers that they breathe with you!
When I was 12, I went to a recital by the great Isaac Stern and heard Placido Domingo and Alfredo Kraus singing in my hometown. Those are just a few of many examples that show the Festival de Musica de Canarias is, in my opinion, second-to-none in caliber in the European music world. The Festival have been always a very important part of my musical development, and it was so great to return this year. Please enjoy a few candid photos from our performances and the beautiful halls and churches we encountered along the way!
-Maxi (Clarinet, Conchord Ensemble)