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Hailed for his unique talent, pianist Antonio Galera López will be sharing his passion for Spanish music with South African audiences in February.
The young Spanish musician will embark on his debut tour of South Africa in February 2017, with performances in the Western Cape, the Eastern Cape and Gauteng.
This promises to be a rare treat for lovers of fine music, as Galera López has garnered widespread critical praise and standing ovations for his warm sound, his beautiful musical sensibility, his expressiveness and his faultless technique.
He is fast distinguishing himself as one of the most exciting young performers in Spanish music, and has won several competitions and continues to perform to great fanfare around the world.
As is the case with Galera López’s compatriots, the Carles & Sofia Piano Duo, who visited South Africa last year, he is devoted to showcasing the stirring music of Spanish composers, complemented by others from the classical canon.
Among the composers from his homeland to whom he will be paying homage during his South African tour is Enrique Granados, a beloved son of the Spanish soil whose works are intimately infused with the distinctive flavours and textures of Spain. This year marks 150 years since Granados’s death.
Another Spanish composer he will be highlighting during his South African recitals is Manuel de Falla, acclaimed for pieces with a strong Spanish character that are deeply rooted in flamenco, and also for his jewels inspired by the music of Chopin, Fauré and Satie.
One of the highlights of Galera López’s South African tour will be a sparkling recital concert, titled A Spanish Evening with Antonio Galera, at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre in Stellenbosch on Friday, 17 February.
Dancers from the Cape Town-based Bovim Ballet Company will share the stage in giving expression to exquisite Spanish-themed pieces – including De Falla’s Cancióne and Nocturne and Granados’s El fandango de candil (Candlelit Fandango). The fandango is a lively Spanish dance for two people, usually accompanied by castanets or tambourine.
Moving to Cape Town, on Saturday, 18 February, the pianist will perform at the historical Villa Casa Labia in Muizenberg, hosted and presented by the Spanish Consulate in Cape Town.
The recital programme will also feature another work by Granados, including two more red-blooded excerpts from the Goyescas piano suite for solo piano, as well as works by Chopin.
Other stops on Galera López’s first – but hopefully not last – South African tour will be McGregor, Somerset West, Grahamstown, Port Alfred, Randburg and Pretoria, where audiences can immerse themselves in his memorable piano artistry with a Spanish flourish.
Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of Spain’s most gifted young pianists, bringing the beauty, drama and fiery passion of Spanish music to vivid life right here in South Africa. For more information, visit www.hannieheferpromotions.co.za or call 082 458 3522.