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The EDP Foundation sponsors the 9th Villaviciosa Organ Cycle




Maurizio Salerno will open this cycle on July 19. He is the head organist at the Basilica of Santa Maria della Passione in Milan, the city where he was born, and has had an extremely busy concert career as a soloist in Italy and Europe, as well as in the USA, South America, Russia and Australia.

The second concert will be on August 2nd and will be given by Arturo Barba. A native of Valencia, he is a teacher at the Professional Conservatory of Torrent and director of various international organ festivals in the region. He has also collaborated with the Orquesta de Valencia and the Orquesta del Palau de Les Arts Renia Sofía for more than ten years.

The cycle will close on August 9 with the duo made up of musicians Sarah Bishop on the cor anglais and Susana García Lastra on the organ. The performers have toured churches and cathedrals all over Spain, achieving great public and critical success.

Sarah Bishop was born in the United Kingdom and began her professional career in orchestras such as 'The Halle Orchestra' and 'The BBC Philharmonic Orchestra', among others and, after winning the position of cor anglais soloist, began as a founding member in the then Orchestra of Seville, continuing as a soloist to the present day in the ROSS (Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra).

The Malaysian Susana García Lastra, is organist at the Hospital de los Venerables in Seville and teacher of both the organ course organised by the archbishop of the city and the Master's Degree in Secondary Education at the University of Seville. As a concert pianist, she regularly takes part at the main national and international festivals.

All of the concerts will be at 8:30 pm and entry is free until the seating capacity is full. The promoters of this initiative, which was launched in 2011, are the EDP Foundation and the José Cardín Fernández Foundation. Its aim is to disseminate the organ heritage of the council and bring the best national and international musicians to Villaviciosa.

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