The Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria has recently announced at a press conference its new 2018-19 season, which will feature an event of great significance in the sphere of the marimba and the Spanish music: the world premiere of Joaquín Rodrigo’sConcerto for piano and orchestrain its version for marimba, transcribed and performed by Conrado Moya.
Just a few years after the premiere of the Concierto de Aranjuez, for guitar and orchestra, which turned Joaquín Rodrigo (1901-1999) into one of the most important ambassadors of Spanish music in the world, the maestro composed his Concerto for piano and orchestra, also known as Concierto Herico(Heroic Concert). Inspired by the ruins of Sagunto (Valencia, Spain), his hometown, theConciertowas premiered in 1943 with a resounding success both with critics and audience, raising maestro Rodrigo with the Spanish National Composition Prize. 75 years later, the Heroicoreturns to the stage with Conrado Moya, who has made the transcription for marimba under the commission and exclusive authorization of Joaquín Rodrigo’s heirs, as a homage to the maestro on the 20th anniversary of his death, which will take place in 2019.
“The possibility of offering the audience a concerto for marimba written by one of the most renowned Spanish composers is a dream come true for me. This concert, in its original version for piano, already had a strong connection with the idiomatic composition for the marimba. I am convinced that this transcription will mark a milestone in the history of the music for marimba and orchestra, not only for its obvious compositional quality and the weight of Joaquín Rodrigo in the history of Spanish music, but also for the important step forward that will take place in the marimba in all its musical aspects, both technical and interpretative.” Conrado Moya
The world premiere of the Conciertowill be performed by the marimba soloist Conrado Moya, together with the Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canariain its 10th season concert and under the baton of maestro Guillermo García Calvo, one of the most outstanding Spanish conductors of the current scene, who is as well Music Director of Theater Chemnitz in Germany and Chief Conductor of his resident orchestra, the Robert Schumann Philharmonie. The event will take place at the Alfredo Kraus Auditorium in Las Palmas de Gran CanarianextDecember 14th, 2018. This concert will mark the starting point of a series of concerts that will take place throughout 2019, in which Conrado Moya will bring Joaquín Rodrigo’s music to important theaters and concert halls all over Europe, Asia and America.
The score of this new version for marimba, transcribed by Conrado Moya, will also be registered by Ediciones Joaquín Rodrigo, the publisher responsible for ensuring, spreading and rediscovering the legacy of maestro Rodrigo.