Welcome Message from the Director FIMUCITÉ 5


Time flies and in the twinkling of an eye, FIMUCITÉ is celebrating its fifth anniversary this year. When we look back, all the things we have got since the festival was born in 2007 seem to be unbelievable. A great amount of composers have visited us and we have played many soundtracks from important films, some of them in concert premieres, arranged and orchestrated expressly for the festival. We have organized round tables, parallel activities, screenings and we have published three books, written by the team of the festival in coordination with other collaborators. This year we are presenting the fourth one, edited together with Filmoteca Canaria.

The previous four editions have meant an exponential growth of the event, regarding what FIMUCITÉ has been offering to the cultural scene in Tenerife and in the Canary Islands. In this short time, FIMUCITÉ has consolidated as a world reference of film music, becoming, during the week of the event, the epicenter of this art which has so many followers. Last year, the Island was visited by many fans from different cities in the world. We have to be grateful because, despite this terrible crisis (many festivals have disappeared for the last two years, being the latest one the Festivalito, in La Palma), FIMUCITÉ has even grown in quality in the program and parallel activities.

This year, we are celebrating our fifth anniversary and I would like to express that the main bastion of the festival is the staff, a team formed by a group of friends who share a passion and without whose dedication, we would not have celebrated these five first years. I want to thank Pedro Mérida, producer of the festival, for the combine management of this year. Cristina Farrais, choir master of the Tenerife Film Choir, Ana Molowny, public relations and her right-hand woman, Sagrario Hernández, Manuel Díaz Noda, coordinator of parallel activities and his assistant Acaymo González, Kike Perdomo, our exceptional sound engineer. Our artistic team is formed by Vasni Ramos, coordinator of the audiovisual department and TV producer and author of the marvelous trailer of this edition. Daniel Fumero, FIMUCITÉ 5 poster designer (I would also like to thank the designers of the previous editions, too), David Romero, the webmaster, and the art designer Vania Acosta. The members of our press office are David Fuentefría and Vanesa Bocanegra. I would also like to thank our marvelous volunteers, our collaborators and sponsors, thanks for being part of this miracle called FIMUCITÉ.

This year, the festival has an exquisite group of guest composers again. On Tuesday, June 28, the FIMUCITÉ concerts will start with the young musicians of the Island performing at the recently restored Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna, a new space added to the festival. The Band of the School of Music of Tacoronte, together with the Polyphonic Choir of Tacoronte and the Children´s Choir of Adeje and Granadilla Schools of Music will perform a varied and attractive program of a wide range of genres and composers of different times in film history.

The Oscar Academy Award winner Stephen Warbeck will play a delicious concert at Leal Theater in La Laguna on Wednesday, June 29, where we will enjoy the scores of "Shakespeare in love" or "Billy Elliot" and the premiere of "There Be Dragons".

On Thursday, June 30, the concert in Guimerá Theater will be focused on the music of the Spanish composers. In the first half, we will enjoy the delightful scores of the composer Pascal Gaigne, author of the exceptional scores for "Azuloscurocasinegro", "Verbo", "Siete mesas de billar francés", performed by the Tenerife Film Ensemble (the Tenerife Film Orchestra chamber formation). In the second half, the Symphony Orchestra of the Santa Cruz Conservatory will perform the scores of one of the most prestigious Spanish composers, Roque Baños, who will also conduct the orchestra. The music of the young composer Arnau Bataller will close this event.

On Friday, July 1, we will have the marvelous music of the Japanese composer Shigeru Umebayashi, author of the scores for "House of Flying Daggers", "2046", in the first approach of the festival to the Oriental film music. It is also a honor for FIMUCITÉ to have with us the British composer Patrick Doyle, usual collaborator of acclaimed director Kenneth Branagh, author of the scores for "Mary Shelley's Frankenstein", "Henry V", "Much Ado About Nothing", and the recent blockbuster of the Marvel, "Thor". We will have the orchestra and choir suite premiere of this latest film in the festival.

The program for the Closing Concert, prepared together with the prestigious American film music label Varèse Sarabande, will pay tribute to great Bernard Herrmann, usual composer for Hitchcock's films, and the late John Barry. The concert will be on July 2 at Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martin". We will play many classics which belong to the collective memory of all film music lovers.

This year we will also have as guest orchestra the prestigious Tenerife Symphony Orchestra, and the Tenerife Film Choir (choral composition of the Tenerife Film Orchestra), with Cristina Farrais as the choir master.

The festival, since the beginning, has always supported the reserve of musicians of the Island, as well as the acclaimed professionals, and this fifth anniversary would not be different. The participation of the Symphony Band from the Professional Conservatory of Music of Santa Cruz de Tenerife, La Laguna's "Guillermo González" School of Music, along with its Symphony Band or the Band of the School of Music of Tacoronte, are some examples of the incorporations into this fifth edition. Important soloists from the Island, as the soprano Carmen Acosta, who has a deserved international prestige or the singer Esther Ovejero, the saxophonist Kike Perdomo and the soprano and choir master Cristina Farrais, among others, will take part in the 2011 edition, too.

FIMUCITÉ 5 will take place in seven different spaces: four marvelous stages for our concerts, as the Auditorio de Tenerife "Adán Martín", the Leal Theater, the Guimerá Theater and the Paraninfo of the University of La Laguna, and three first-level settings for our parallel activities and screenings: The Espacio Cultural CajaCanarias, the TEA and the Renoir Price Cinemas.

And to finish with, I would like to stress the huge effort done to break our record and organize no fewer than five concerts, from Monday, June 27 to the Closing Concert on Saturday, July 2.

I sincerely hope we will all enjoy and celebrate this fifth anniversary as FIMUCITÉ deserves. All of us, the members of the festival, have put our greatest effort and hope.

Congratulations, FIMUCITÉ!

Diego Navarro
Director of FIMUCITÉ

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