Coro de la OFGC

Luis García Santana

choirmaster

Coro de la OFGC

Created in 1994, the Coro de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria (Choir of the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra) was formed with a view to giving the Orchestra a stable, dependent choir capable of meeting the needs of the ample symphonic-choral repertoire. Over the last fifteen years, the Choir has performed a wide range of musical styles and concerts, consolidating their pedagogical division and their prestige. Pedro Halffter, Günther Herbig, Jesús López Cobos, Neville Marriner, Rudolf Barshai, Reinhard Goebel, Víctor Pablo Pérez, Adrian Leaper, Antoni Ros Marbà, John Nelson and Frans Brüggen are some of the leading maestros that have conducted the Coro de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.

The Choir has performed works such as Bach’s Magnificat, Saint John’s Passion and Christmas Oratory, Mozart’s Messiah (including German version), Requiem and Coronation Mass, Haydn’s The Creation and Missa in tempore belli de Haydn, Schubert’s Mass D.950, Beethoven’s Symphony No 9, Berlioz’s The damnation of Faust and L’enfance de Christ, Bruckner’s Te Deum, Elgar’s The dream of Gerontius, Verdi’s Requiem, Puccini’s Messa di Gloria, Mompou’s Improperios, Dvorák’s Stabat Mater, Brahms’ Schicksalslied and Nänie, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Kodály’s Missa Brevis, Villa Lobos’ Chôros No 3 and No 10, Ravel’s Daphnis et Chloé (complete ballet), Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The First Walpurgis Night and Shostakovich’s Babi Yar Symphony.

Thanks to its versatility, the Choir performs also opera repertoire, ranging from operetta (J. Strauss’ Die Fledermaus and Lehár’s The Merry Widow) and zarzuela in concert and staged version (La leyenda del beso, La del manojo de rosas, La verbena de la paloma, El barberillo de Lavapiés, Katiuska) to traditional opera (Norma). Among the Choir’s performances in 2008-2009, we mention the Puccini Gala organized by the Teatro Pérez Galdós, the world premiere of the opera Henry Clifford by Isaac Albéniz and, just ten days later, La vida breve by Manuel de Falla in the Festival de Música de Canarias. The Choir has also collaborated in a number of opera galas with important singers such as Nancy Fabiola Herrera, Maria Guleghina, Cristina Gallardo-Domâs, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, José Bros, Carlos Mena, Nancy Argenta, Isabel Rey, Ainhoa Arteta, Alastair Miles and René Pape.

The Choir has also collaborated in other shows, such as the musical Jesus Christ Superstar, the popular cantata Romance del Corredera and Tiempo de Gran Canaria which is dedicated to Néstor Álamo and released in DVD. The premiere of the Canary Islands’ official anthem in 2003, arranged by Benito Cabrera and Juan José Falcón Sanabria, the opening of the Teatro Cuyás (Don Giovanni) and the reopening of the Teatro Pérez Galdós (Beethoven’s Symphony No 9) figure among their performances. After their debut in the XI Festival de Música de Canarias in 1995 (Holst’s The Planets and Debussy’s Nocturnes), the Choir has participated consecutively in the Festival de Música from 2004 until now. Apart from many locations in Gran Canaria and Tenerife, the Choir has performed in Lisbon, Nevers, Venice and Zaragoza.

In 2010, the Choir performed Carmina Burana with the Orquesta Sinfónica de Las Palmas in the Festival de Teatro y Danza de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Among their last perfomances stands out the Concert in homage to Falcón Sanabria on 75th birthday together with OFGC members and Carmina Burana in the Canary Islands Music Festival with La Fura dels Baus, Orfeón Pamplonés and the Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Pedro Halffter. Together with the OFGC and Maestro Halffter, the Choir has participated in Beethoven's 9th Symphony and The Opera Experience (homage to Verdi and Wagner on 200th anniversary) in the Music, Theatre and Dance Festival TEMUDAS FEST at the Containers terminal, in the Port of Las Palmas.

The Choir's recordings include works by Conrado del Campo, Holst and Villa-Lobos, and the symphony choir or its Chamber Choir “Mateo Guerra” have participated in many series of the Fundación Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria like the Ensemble Nuevo Siglo, Gran Canaria Coral or Semana Santa Musical.

Digna Guerra, Andrzej Borzym, Marcin Lukasz Mazur and, nowadays, Luis García Santana have conducted the artistic course of the Coro de la Orquesta Filarmónica de Gran Canaria.

 

 

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Sopranos

Déborah María Alonso Pérez
Zoraida Álvarez Hernández
Ana María Caballero Sánchez
Elena Cabrera Pérez
Elena de Francisco Rendón
Elena Garbisu Arocha
Sara León de León
Leticia Marrero Déniz
Nicole Martín Medina
Priscilla Acoraida Méndez López
Luz de Luna Mihalic Rodríguez
Cristina Pérez Hernández
María Belén Pérez Martín
Kenya Ramírez Galindo
María Teresa Robaina González
Cristina Rodríguez Medina
Nancy Romero Rivero
Zuleica Ruiz Alfonso
Marta Sánchez Rodríguez
María Elena Santana Hernández
Carolina Sosa de la Cruz

Altos

María Inés Correa Cazorla
Elsa García Falcón
Andrea Gens Battaglia
Ana Eugenia Gómez Martínez
Maria Lejavova
Dunia Ruth León Pérez

 

Felina López Díaz
Aída Pena Bonilla
Marta Santana Rivero
Yanira del Pino Santana Santana
Leila María Shan Núñez
Elena Vega González



Tenores

Aridane Betancor Castellano
Domingo Aarón Cabrera Hernández
Gabriel Cancio Santana
Nauzet González Estévez
Manuel Hernández Arencibia
Jose Agustín Hernández de la Nuez
Pedro Hernández López
Jonathan Jiménez Karar
Pedro Antonio Jiménez Pérez
Gabriel Martínez Rodríguez
Álvaro Medina Gens
Jose Gabriel Rodríguez Álvarez
José Javier Santana Cabezas
Antonio Trejo Sáenz
Jacinto Valido Hernández
Ignacio Viguera París

 

Bajos

Francisco Javier Artiles Peña
Cecilio Bolaños Lorenzo
Guillermo Cabrera Rodríguez
Luis Sergio Cabrera Rodríguez
Benigno García García
Alejandro Javier Henríquez Suárez
Pedro Hernández Santana
Francisco León Castellano
Yapsi Marrero García
Ismael Ojeda Pérez
Julián Padilla Postigo
Victor Manuel Perdomo Santana
Rayco Rodríguez Santana
Marcos J Rodríguez Valido
Pascual Moisés Socorro Santana
Pedro Tomás Suárez Afonso