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Celebrate Christmas with the fifth edition of Puerto’s Bach Festival 

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The Reyes Bartlet cultural association is celebrating the fifth edition of the Puerto de la Cruz Bach Festival which started on December 9th and continues until January 5th.

As well as marking a milestone birthday of its own, the event is paying homage to the music of Italian composer Claudio Monteverdi, born 450 years ago.

The association has been carrying out intense work in Puerto de la Cruz for 40 years and this is reflected in the Bach Festival which has become increasingly popular for locals and tourists alike.

The festival, as in previous editions, lends a special interest in the formation and contextualization of the time and is enriched with didactic concerts, musical interpretation courses, exhibitions and guided tours.

The programme was presented at Puerto town hall in the presence of the Mayor, Lope Afonso; the CEO of Tourism of Tenerife, Vicente Dorta; councillor for tourism, Dimple Melwani; manager of the Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association, Marina Velázquez; and the vice president of the CIT, Santiago Rodríguez.

Sr. Afonso said this fifth edition of the Bach Festival showed the cultural potential of Puerto and was proving more successful every year.

Vicente Dorta said the event formed part of the marketing plan to “position Puerto de la Cruz as a reference within the cultural environment of the island.”

Marina Velázquez said she was delighted at the response to this fifth edition and welcomed the Academia de los Afectos as resident group once again.

From the tourist point of view, area councillor Dimple Melwani stressed the fact that Puerto was hosting the festival at a favourable time, since in the month of December the municipality registered an “occupation of 90% and with forecasts of reaching the absolute “, allowing music to approach” a very broad target of people “.

The festival began on December 9th with a guided tour entitled “Puerto de la Cruz in Bach’s time” held in English and Spanish. It will be held again on Friday, January 5th to bring the event to a close. The guided walk will leave the Plaza Doctor Víctor Pérez, in front of the Church of San Francisco, at 11am.

Until January 5th, the Institute of Hispanic Studies will host the exhibition “Tenerife in times of Bach” .

Various concerts have been taking place and one still to look forward to is on Thursday, January 4th, when Carlos Oramas will be at the Church of La Peña de Francia from 8.30pm. Tickets are 15 euros and the points of sale are the CIT of Puerto de la Cruz, the Librería Masilva and Cloe Complementos; in addition to the Church of La Peña de Francia itself.

The second course of musical interpretation to be taught in this fifth edition of the Bach Festival will be held from Tuesday 26th to Friday December 29th by the Academia de los Afectos at the headquarters of the Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association, located on the central street of calle La Verdad del Puerto.

Each day after classes during this week, there will be a concert in the Church of the Peña de Francia, from 8.30pm with various repertoires, including Telemann and Rossini. On the 28th, El Afecto Ilustrado, of which the teachers are part, will take to the stage whilst on the 29th, they will perform a programme of 18th century French music.

The course has a cost of 150 euros with a reduced price of 120 euros for students of the Conservatory of Music of the Canary Islands, Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife and Las Palmas and the School of Music Schools. Registration can be done through the email of the Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association on mail@reyesbartlet.com

This festival is organised by the Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association and Puerto de la Cruz council. It also has the collaboration of the Cabildo de Tenerife, Teatro Timanfaya, Lhorsa, art and events, CIT Puerto de la Cruz, Church of Peña de Francia, Restaurant Regulus, Cloe Complentos, Librería Masilva and Ymanera SDG.

The benefits of the concerts are dedicated to the pedagogical and artistic projects of the Reyes Bartlet Cultural Association.

Other concerts include December 23rd at 9pm when the Reyes Bartlet will offer its traditional and legendary Concierto de las Nueve Lecturas with the choirs of the Cultural Association Reyes Bartlet, Ismael Perera and Saúl González, piano and Nayra Marco , whowill play the historic organ of the church of La Peña de Francia.

On Christmas Day, Monday, December 25th, there will be a special Christmas concert by the Ucanca Wind Quintet. It will be a “Matienee concert” at the Timanfaya Theatre at noon.

And, on Monday, January 1st, also at noon at the Timanfaya Theatre, there will a Special New Year concert.