CONCERTS COSTA BLANCA

.. in support of quality concerts and musical events in the Marina Alta

In May 2010, at the Espai La Senieta theatre in Moraira, Wilhelmina Hardee and Mary Heaviland arranged a concert given by students and professors from "The Curtis Institute of Music" (Philadelphia) - one of the world's leading conservatories.  The mayor, Antonio Bertomeu, who was present, made a promise to accelerate the completion of the new theatre in Teulada where they could perform on their return in 2011.

This sell-out "Senieta" concert was followed by a harp and trumpet recital in September by two well-known Hungarian artists and promoted by Günter Klasen. Following this concert, Wilhelmina (Willy) Hardee approached John G. Deacon (ex-EMI, Philips Classics and founder of Conifer Records) who arranged to bring his friend pianist Agustín Anievas back for a third appearance in the area. Anievas (major EMI artist and former professor of piano at Brooklyn College, University of New York) came in October 2010 and performed three sold-out and highly praised concerts of Chopin and Schumann at the Espai La Senieta.

Thus, somewhat informally, was Concerts Costa Blanca born !

In the spring of 2011 the Ayuntamiento Teulada Moraira opened their new 621-seat auditorium above the town and the Curtis group were immediately scheduled to return in May.

Perhaps many of you were there on May 25, 2011, when the director of "The Curtis Institute of Music" Roberto Diaz (viola) together with 2 professors, Pamela Frank (violin) and Mikael Eliasen (then head of the Curtis Opera Department) and five top graduate students came to play in this magnificent new theatre ? A sell-out concert followed and was greeted by an enthusiastic standing ovation. We recall, also, the sensational performance by the Dover Quartet who, within weeks, were selected for the world's No.1 quartet competition at the Wigmore Hall in London. Shortly afterwards the Dover swept up the first and all subsidiary prizes at the 2013 Banff International String Quartet Competition www.doverquartet.com

It has been our great good fortune that the wonderful talents of the graduates and their professors from The Curtis Institute have continued to visit us over many years since and to have performed to full houses.  We hope to continue to welcome them. Agustín Anievas returned (October 2012) to great acclaim and for the first time played in the beautiful Auditorium Teulada Moraira on the new Steinway piano.

In 2014 we were enormously privileged to have been able to engage the Chinese pianist Haochen Zhang - a Curtis graduate and who, at 19 years old, became the gold medal winner of the 2009 Van Cliburn Competition.  His career continues to advance in strides across the musical world and with notable appearences at the Verbier Festival, the London Proms and with Valery Gergiev in Moscow and St.Petersburg www.haochenzhang.com.  His first CD is now available on BIS www.bis.se.

Another huge favourite, the ever-popular German-based New Orleans-style "Bourbon Street Stompers", will return to the Auditori Teulada Moraira in 6th October 2018 for the 6th year. They will also perform in Palma de Mallorca on 5th October 2018 & Alfaz del Pi on October 7th.  The Stompers will, again, welcome Joshua Stewart - famous tenor graduate of Curtis.

Since our creation Concerts Costa Blanca have established close relations in Valencia with the Opera House (Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía) and the concert hall (Palau de la Musica) and during this time many group trips have been organised by John Deacon to both operas and concerts. These have included Tosca (thrice), La Cenerentola, Don Giovanni, the Beethoven 9th, Carmen, Il barbiere di Siviglia, I due Foscari, La bohème, Così fan tutte, La forza del destino, Parsifal, Nabucco, Die Zauberflöte, Peter Grimes, Lucrezia Borgia, Idomeneo, Manon Lescaut, I vespri Siciliani, Il Trovatore, Medea, Don Pasquale, Simon Boccanegra, Der Ring des Nibelungen, El gato montès, L'italiana in Algeri, Rigoletto, Madama Butterfly, Fidelio, Il corsaro, La traviata, Il trovatore, Macbeth, Don Carlos, Samson & Dalila, A Midsummer Night's Dream, Otello, the Verdi Requiem, Mahler 3, El duo de la Africana, Luisa Fernanda & Katiuska (zarzuelas), L'elisir d'amore, Eugene Onegin, Die Walküre, Simon Boccanegra & Turandot etc. etc... and featuring major artists including Placido Domingo, Vittorio Grigolo, Jorge de Léon, Elīna Garanča, Bryn Terfel, Liudmyla Monastyrska, Stephen Milling, Waltraud Meier, Gregory Kunde, Ekaterina Semenchuk, Violeta Urmana, Marina Rebeka, Daniela Barcellona, Jessica Pratt, Oksana Dyka, Angel Blue, Sonya Yoncheva, Jessica Nuccio, Matti Salminen, Simon O'Neill, Maria José Montiel ..... Valery Gergiev, Roberto Abbado & Riccardo Chailly.  etc.

We believe that very many people never believed they would have a repertoire like this just a bus ride up the AP7 motorway ?

And here we must praise - and offer sincere thanks - for the excellent and professional cooperation with the administrations of both the Opera House and the Palau. We all look forward to the start of the 2018/2019 season.

Initially most operas were conducted by Zubin Mehta and the late Lorin Maazel who, together with the Intendant Helga Schmidt, raised the Valencia Opera House, within less than 10 years, to amongst the highest echelons of world opera performance.  A truly remarkable achievement and one which has greatly improved the quality of life for thousands of people. Our subscribers have been very lucky to have attended so many of their productions. The orchestra is widely regarded as being one of the best in Spain and numerous record companies, notably Decca (Universal Music), have been in Valencia recording and filming their productions on numerous occasions.

At the Palau de la Musica we have attended many orchestral concerts by the excellent Valencia Orchestra under Yaron Traub whose achievements with this orchestra have been truly outstanding; how lucky is Valencia to have orchestras of such quality !   We also attended performances of Messiah, Mahler 9 & Shostakovich 5th (with Gergiev), Elgar 2nd, Beethoven 5th & Emperor concerto with Barenboim & Trifonov, a concert of English music and a recital by Lang Lang, as well as the Beethoven 4th piano concerto with Haochen Zhang and the Orquestra de Cámara de la Comunidad Valenciana. 

Details of all forthcoming events for the season 2018/19 will be mailed to our subscribers in good time (we now have over 1800 addresses).  We also keep our subscribers informed of the dates etc. of the live transmissions from The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden at the Condado Theatre in Denia (and the cinema in the shopping complex at Ondara) [search for your local cinema screenings at : www.roh.org.uk/cinemas ]

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Concerts Costa Blanca will continue its endeavours to bring further high-quality artists and concerts to the region and we hope you will continue to support our ventures. It is non-profit making and designed solely to improve the cultural life of the area by bringing excellent concerts to the community and thus, in addition, further to enhance the quality of life for us all. 

During next season our management will make a charitable move in support of young talented musicians in the Jávea area; watch this space for further news later in 2018.

Asociación Concerts Costa Blanca:

Wilhelmina (Willy) Hardee (president), John G. Deacon, Günter Klasen & Norman Dunnington.
Teulada-Moraira, Summer 2018