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The Santa María Cathedral Foundation has launched an ongoing concert programme entitled ‘Open for concerts’

The first concert will be taking place this Saturday, performed by Coro Hondore

On Saturday 26th July, the Santa María Cathedral Foundation is beginning a series of chamber music concerts under the title ‘Open for concerts’. This cultural programme will include regular concerts held at the Cathedral, starting next Saturday with a performance by Coro Hondore. Free entry.
The ‘Music in the portico. Open for concerts’ programme is part of the Foundation’s aim to promote the Cathedral as the real space for knowledge it’s becoming, and particularly the portico following its recent restoration. Furthermore, it aims to maintain the active presence of the Cathedral in the city’s Historic Quarter. The programme will be divided into various parallel cycles, so that in any given month there might be performances of ancient music, modern music and new trends, as well as other genres.
This programme will begin next Saturday 26th July with a performance by Coro Hondore. Led by Jesús María Unanue with piano accompaniment by Ana Belén García, the choir will perform a programme entitled ‘Nature and poetry’ with pieces for choir and piano by Fauré, Lauridsen, Ravel, Holman and Whitacre, and texts by Victor Hugo, Rilke, Shakespeare, Neruda and Octavio Paz.
The Coro Hondore was founded at the end of 1996 in response to the concerns of a group of friends and members of different choral groups in Guipúzcoa who wanted to explore the possibilities of choral singing in greater depth. Thanks to its commitment to quality, Hondore has been invited to take part in prestigious festivals, including the San Sebastian Ancient Music Fortnight.broad and varied, encompassing different styles and periods, although it specialises in religious music.
The next concert in the series will be by the group Akusma, a production that combines light and sound with a selection of acousmatic pieces from the international scene. The performance will be taking place on the 2nd August, and a special sound system will be set up to control up to 12 sound projection channels. Ignacio Monterrubio is responsible for the transmission of sound and Daniel Ibisate is in charge of the light design.
On the 16th August, the Cathedral’s portico will become the venue for a performance by Quinteto Oblivion, a group that features Inés de Madrazo and Nora Bolinaga on violin, María José Ros (viola), Estibaliz Oraá (cello) and Laura de la Hoz (double bass). They will perform pieces by Toldrá and Dvorak.

The ‘Open for concerts’ season will continue on Saturday 23rd with Quinteto Medea. These five students of the violin, viola, clarinet and cello from the Basque Music Conservatory (Musikene) have extensive experience as solo performers and in chamber groups.
Alongside this programme, on Tuesday 29th July the portico will be the venue for the lecture entitled ‘The sound of architecture: musical representation of Aragon Mudejar’ by the Vice Chancellor of the University of Zaragoza José Ramón Beltrán. The lecture will be accompanied by a concert for violin, cello, flute and percussion, which will translate the study carried out by Beltrán on the Mudejar towers of Aragon into sound.
Beltrán holds a PhD in Physics and is a lecturer of Electroacoustics at the Telecommunications Engineering College in the University of Zaragoza. He is researches technology applied to sound. His work focuses on listening to a monument and translating its geometry into music. All events will be taking place in the Cathedral portico at 8 p.m. Given the limited capacity of the venue, invitations can be collected at the entrance to the portico (Fray Zacarías Martínez) before the concert.