From the Association «Correa de Arauxo» of Friends of the Organ of Segovia, they have organized a new festival of organ concerts, in collaboration with the Cathedral of Segovia, the Bishopric of Segovia and the City Council of Segovia.
With the arrival of the month of October, fans of the organ and its music remember the death of what was one of the most important key composers of the seventeenth century in Spain: Francisco Correa de Arauxo (1584-1654). Priest and musician, Sevillian by birth, after working a good part of his life in the service of the Collegiate Church of El Salvador in Seville, he received with 51 years the position of organist of the Cathedral of Jaén and from 1640 until his death he worked in the service of the Cathedral from Segovia. He published in 1626 his great work, Organic Faculty, which gives us 69 works for the best quality composing of the baroque. The decision to work in the Cathedral of Segovia allows Segovians to boast of having welcomed in our city one of the artists in which the culmination of the Spanish musical baroque takes shape and gives us a reason to pay homage through the magnificent Historical organs that our city possesses.
In the twenty-third edition of this cycle of organ concerts that bears the name of this distinguished Sevillian, from the Association of Friends of the Organ of Segovia, which also has him as patron, we have prepared three concerts and two other complementary activities.
The first activity will be the screening of the documentary Tin, wood and air. The universe of the organ, produced and produced by Álvaro Menéndez Granda. This is a work that shows an overview of different facets of the instrument, some prestigious interpreters and builders, and, finally, some important organs of our country. Among these places where the documentary was filmed is the Cathedral of Segovia, so including this project in our festival was a mandatory task. This will take place this Friday, October 4, at 19h in the Reading House.
On Saturday 5 of October, at 20: 30h, organist Ángel Montero, head of the Cathedral of Segovia and Professor of Organ at the Professional Conservatory of Music «Arturo Soria» in Madrid, will present a concert at the Cathedral around music linked to the Cathedral itself and the city of Segovia, in which the composers Francisco Correa de Arauxo stand out (it could not be otherwise) and his successor in the Segovian organism, the Riojan Antonio Brocarte.
On Friday 18, at 19h, in the House of Spirituality, the organero master Joaquín Lois will speak to us at an illustrated conference about the restoration work that his workshop is finalizing in the Gospel organ of the Cathedral of Segovia, which we will soon be able to hear In a few months. The relevance of this instrument and the careful restoration process that is being carried out will make us understand how lucky we are in Segovia to have this collection of historical organs.
The next day, Saturday 19, at 20: 30h, organ music returns to the Cathedral, this time with a concert by organist Pablo Márquez, head of the Valencia Cathedral and Clave Professor at the Conservatory of Valencia. Artist with a long international career, he is one of the most prestigious ancient key music specialists we have in our country. He will offer us a concert in which the music of Correa de Arauxo and Joan Baptista Cabanilles will dialogue in the organ of the Epistle of our Cathedral.
Finally, the cycle will close with the participation of two top-level Segovian artists: the organist Fco. Javier Santos, also head of the Segovia Cathedral, and the trumpeter Jesús Cabanillas. Both musicians will present a very colorful tandem, with brilliant works of the best known classical repertoire. It will be Saturday 26 of October at 20: 30h, again in the Cathedral.
This concert cycle is also part of the commemorative events that are taking place during this year to Mr. Antonio Palenzuela, who was bishop of Segovia between 1970 and 1995, on the occasion of the first centenary of his birth. In addition, the SI Cathedral of Segovia, the Bishopric of Segovia and the City Council of Segovia participate in its organization.
All these activities will be free admission.