Albacete hosts the VII Baroque Music Festival, which recovers wine tastings


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The Baroque Music Festival (Femuba) will be the event that, starting this Friday, January 21, opens the cultural program for 2022 of the Teatro Circo de Albacete. The festival recovers for this VII edition the wine tastings and the children’s day.

The Baroque Music Festival -which will be held from January 21 to 29-, includes six concerts, a play, a film projection and colloquium, which seek to recover the art and philosophy of the 16th century, in an attempt to bring the citizens of Albacete closer to “values ​​that make society better,” as explained on Tuesday by the director of the festival, Andrés Alberto Gómez.

The director of the event has highlighted the relevance of the event, which will take groups of the stature of “La Guirlande”, “La Tempesta Basel” or “Les Timbres” to the capital of Albacete, as well as renowned professionals from the sector, such as Ramón Andrés , essayist, thinker and poet, who will participate in a colloquium with Gómez, where they will talk about the fundamental aspects of music for society.

The concerts

In this way, the concert calendar will begin on January 21, with the performance of “La Tempesta Basel”, on the 22nd it will be the turn of “La Guirlande”, on Sunday 23 the children will be the protagonists again, since the festival recovers its day with the work «The incredible story of Juan Latino», on the 24th and 25th they will perform «The Well-Tempered Clavier», by Johann Sebastian Bach.

The program includes on the 27th, the screening of the fictional documentary “Nebra, the triumph of music”, a biopic on the investigations of Luis Antonio González, on the 28th they will perform “Les Timbres”, and the final touch will be put on by Evangelina Mascardi with his baroque lute, on Saturday, January 29.

Concerts that will be preceded by a wine tasting, offered by La Albaceteca, where attendees will be able to taste wines with Denomination of Origin of the province, while they talk and meet the performers.

A cycle of conferences

Once the programming is over, three conferences have been scheduled, organized by the Popular University, as a way of “reflecting” because, according to its director, Javier Hidalgo, “after listening to the concerts comes a period of reflection, of learning more about background the contents of baroque music».

Thus, the first three Mondays of February the Casa de la Cultura José Saramago will host three talks. The first will be on aspects of musical practice in baroque Spain, given by the musicologist and director of Los Músicos de Su Alteza, Luis Antonio González, the second, on the cantatas of Johan Sebastian Bach, by the harpsichordist, professor and director of La Reverencia, Andrés Alberto Gómez, and the last one, on the Viennese fortepiano in the 18th century, by the fortepianist and harpsichordist, Javier Pantoja.

The Popular University has also offered a baroque dance course, taught by Cecilia Jiménez, which will have two groups, one for beginners and the other for advanced, and a visit to the Villa de Ves and El Bonillo organs has been organised. Guided by the organ teacher of the Superior Conservatory of Castilla-La Mancha, Javier Sáez.

Vicente Casañ, the director of Femuba and the director of the Teatro Circo during the presentation of the cycle
Vicente Casañ, the director of Femuba and the director of the Teatro Circo during the presentation of the cycle – ABC

Budget

On the other hand, the festival, organized by Cultural Albacete, has with an approximate budget of 32,000 euros, which has been possible, according to the director of the Teatro Circo, Ricardo Beléndez, thanks to public-private collaboration and the contributions of small patrons, who this year are around 60.

Beléndez has wanted to influence the tax advantages that crowdfunding presents, which he has defined as a “democratization of culture”. “This year those who decide to collaborate can deduct up to 80 percent of the money contributed in rent, it is a direct way for a citizen to decide that the State put money into the culture of Albacete.”

In this sense, both the Councilor for Culture, Vicente Casañ, and the deputy for the area, Miguel Zamora, have highlighted the importance of public-private collaboration and the Cultural Albacete consortium.

«We have to emphasize the importance of this consortium, which is what differentiates us from the cultural management that is done in the rest of the provinces. Cultural Albacete was born as a pilot project that aimed to bring culture to every corner of Albacete and today it allows us to hold cultural events of national importance such as this Baroque Music Festival, the International Circus Festival or the Chinchilla Theater Festival”, Zamora celebrated.

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