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Fundación Catedral Santa María will be commemorating Santa Cecilia’s feast day with new concerts in the portico

The concerts will feature Bóreas Cámara, Grupo Gregorianista Vitoria-Gasteiz and Concejo Abierto, among others

 Vitoria-Gasteiz, October 13, 2008. - Fundación Catedral Santa María will be commemorating the feast day of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, with new concerts in the portico. As part of the Abierto por concierto series, nine new musical concerts will be taking place during the month of November, featuring performances by Bóreas Cámara, Grupo Gregorianista Vitoria-Gasteiz and Concejo Abierto, among others. The concerts will be free of charge by invitation.
Since its launch last July, Abierto por concierto has been magnificently received by the public, including members of the Cathedral’s Circle of Founders as well as the rest of Vitoria’s residents. The recently restored portico has also successfully established itself as the stage for a stable cultural programme, which is why November will be a special month, since festivities in honour of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians, fall on the 22nd and will be commemorated with an array of very special performances.
But the month’s concert series will kick off with Grupo Gregorianista Vitoria-Gasteiz. This group’s roots date back to over fifty years ago when the seminary in the Alava capital and Benedictine monks of Montserrat were the seed of this choir. Conducted by Antxón Lete, on Saturday, November 1 at 8.00 p.m., they will perform the Requiem Mass for All Saints’ Day that appears in the Cathedral’s Cartulario, which dates from 1740.

         One week later, on November 8, Dúo de Violonchelo y Piano, made up of Estíbaliz Oraá and Susana García de Salazar, will have its turn.  These two performers from Vitoria will offer a repertoire that aims to show how cello music evolved in Europe from the purest German romanticism of Robert Schuman to Debussy’s French impressionism, without overlooking Basque music featuring pieces by Carmelo Bernaola, Guelbenzu, Usandizaga and Donostia. The concert begins at 8.00 p.m..
But without a doubt, the month’s pièce de résistance will arrive with the commemoration of the feast day of Santa Cecilia, patron saint of musicians. An extensive program has been designed for the weekend that begins on Friday, November 21 at 8.00 p.m. with a performance by the group Bóreas Cámara, which will present to the public its new album recorded in Vitoria’s cathedral. ‘Pack of New Cotillons‘ will also be performed on Saturday 22 at 12.00 noon.
That same day in the evening (8.00 p.m.), Juan Carlos Pérez will take the stage in the portico of Santa María Cathedral. Backed by his trio Hiriko Istoriak – JC Pérez live, the former founder and leader of the mythical band Itoiz will present a project that reviews his three previous works.
One week later, on Friday, November 28 at 8.00 p.m, audiences can enjoy a performance by Concejo Abierto, an ancient music group that performs the baroque repertoire from the late sixteenth century to the early eighteenth century and has always sought to interpret history with original instruments. Concejo Abierto is made up of musicians Ander Berrojalbiz (violin), Maider López (viola) and Virginia Gonzalo (harpsichord and organ), although in this concert they will be accompanied by four other musicians: Cristina Bayón (soprano), Soma Salat-Zakariás (viola da gamba), Thor-Harald Johsen (theorboe) and Roger Junyent i Balsach (baroque violin).
      And on Saturday, November 29, the group Les Saqueboutiers de Toulouse will perform the month’s last recital. Considered by experts and the public alike as a frame of reference in seventeenth-century music performance, this group features a series of ancient brass instruments including a nucleus of bugles and sackbuts accompanied, when necessary, by other instruments such as violins, violas, bass dulcinas and shawms. This concert will also begin at 8.00 p.m..
All concerts will be performed in the portico by invitation. Anyone interested in attending can pick up invitations at the Cathedral’s Visitor Reception Centre as of  the Wednesday prior to each recital.