XXIX Exhibition of Early Music ‘Castillo de Aracena’

The Sample of Early Music ‘Castillo de Aracena’ It has become one of the reference festivals at a national and international level, in the interpretation and training around the repertoires and musical instruments of the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque, at the hands of prestigious figures worldwide.

The festival has been held uninterruptedly for 28 years, overcoming economic crises and a pandemic, and under the direction in the last decade of the Aracenense musician José Luis Pastor, who announced this Friday at a press conference at the Aracena City Council, that on this 29 edition says goodbye to the organization of the event, passing the relay back to his predecessor in this position, the also musician from the Aracenense village of Valdezufre, Aníbal Soriano.

The mayor of Aracena, Manuel Guerra, has thanked Pastor for his work and involvement with the show and has highlighted this event as one of the most outstanding and referential of Aracena’s cultural programming. “Ancient music has gained more and more followers through festivals like this one, which have managed to democratize this type of music and bring it closer to the population as a whole,” Guerra clarified.

In this sense, the mayor highlighted the unity and participation of the citizens of Aracena in the exhibition, symbolized this year in the local production project that will inaugurate the festival by the Aretiena Choir and the Baroque Orchestra of Aracena, which is presented by first time with the opera Dido & Aeneas (Henry Purcell), on Wednesday August 10 at the Castle of Aracena.

Another novelty is the expansion of spaces for concertswith new venues such as the Parroquia Nuestra Señora de la Asunción, which will receive the concert on Saturday by A5 Vocal Ensemble with its music from the era of the Renaissance polyphonist Rodrigo de Ceballos, a figure linked to Aracena due to his presumable birth in the Aracenense city, and the Cabildo Viejo, where Pablo Soriano’s conference ‘Bow instruments during the Modern Age’ will take place on Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Courses of the Early Music Show ‘Castillo de Aracena’

On the other hand, this edition extends the training offer to four courses: historical singing for soloist and choir, plucked strings and basso continuo, the novelty of the viola da gamba and baroque cello course and the traditional course on the construction of ancient bowed instruments.

On Thursday the 11th, the Andalusian music concert Iman Kandousi and the Almanwsily trio, ‘Melodías de Al-Sharrq Wa Al-Gharb’, will take place in the Arias Montano Municipal Park (free admission). The program will continue on Friday at the Castillo Priory Church, with the Eduardo Paniagua Trio and ‘El viaje de Ziryab’, a benchmark in the recovery of ancient music in Spain that was in the first edition of the Aracena Festival.

The show’s artistic director, José Luis Pastor, will close the concert program on Sunday with the presentation of his latest album, Vade Mecum, recorded inside the Gruta de las Maravillas, ‘A concert with 10 guitars’.

The students of the courses will offer their concert on Sunday morning, at 12:00 in the Church of Santo Domingo (free admission).

All concerts will be at 9:00 p.m. The invitations for the Andalusian concert will be distributed in the office of the Sierra de Aracena Theater, from August 1 from 10:00 to 13:00. For the rest of the concerts, tickets and subscriptions in or at the Theater office from August 1, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. or one hour before the concerts at the box office.

The event is part of the Hospital Territory Festival, a cross-border project that brings together different cultural activities and historical recreation in the municipalities integrated in the Hospital Territory Route with a common cultural agenda during the month of August: the Music Show Old ‘Castillo de Aracena’, the Night of the Candles of Aroche and the Historical Fair of Serpa.

The Ancient Music Show of Aracena will be from August 10 to 14

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