Piano artistry with a Spanish flourish


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Antonio Galera. (Copyright C Mangas)
Antonio Galera. (Copyright C Mangas)

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.

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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.

Tour itinerary:

Saturday, 11 February 2017: Piano Recital at Villa Wahnfried at 18:00; 27 Bree Street, McGregor. Tickets cost R120 pp. Enquiries: 072 601 1616

Sunday, 12 February 2017: Piano Recital at Talani Lounge at 16:00; 63 Bakkerskloof Road, Helderberg Village, Somerset West. Tickets at the door. Enquiries: 021 855 4774

Friday, 17 February 2017: A Spanish Evening with Antonio Galera (featuring dancers from the Bovim Ballet) at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre at 20:15; Adam Tas Road, Stellenbosch. Tickets cost R190 pp. Book at Computicket or at the theatre box office 021 809 7473

Saturday 18 February 2017: Piano recital at Villa Casa Labia, 192 Main Road, Muizenberg at 19:00 for 19:45, under the auspices of the Embassy of Spain in South Africa. Tickets cost R280 pp. Enquiries: Events Manager on 021 788 6068

Thursday 23 February 2017: Piano Recital at The Drill Hall, St. Andrew’s College at 19:30; 1 Somerset Street, Grahamstown. Tickets at the door. Enquiries: 083 442 3322

Friday 24 February 2017: Piano Recital at Richmond House Museum, at 18:00; 19 Wesley Hill St, Port Alfred. Tickets cost R80 pp. Enquiries: 082 654 4326

Saturday, 25 February 2017: Piano Recital at Da Capo Concert Chamber at 19:30, 182 Kent Avenue, Ferndale, Randburg. Tickets cost R120 pp. Enquiries: 082 458 3522

Sunday, 26 February 2017: Piano Recital at Tauromenium Concert Chamber at 16:00, 330 Derrick Avenue, Waterkloof Ridge, Pretoria. Tickets cost R100 pp. Enquiries: 082 770 6138

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.


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