The 4th Ethio-Spanish Classical Music Concert is set to be held at the National Theater on November 4th, 2016. The highly anticipated concert will feature the well known Spanish Conductor Alexis Soriano and the Yared School of Music Student’s Orchestra at the National Theatre of Addis Ababa.
Alexis Soriano is one of the most outstanding Spanish conductors of his generation. A pupil of Ilya Musin at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, who was invited by his mentor, Valery Gergiev to conduct in Rotterdam and took part in the film ,“The Master and His Pupil”, shortly after he made his debut with “Nozze di Figaro” at The Mariinsky Theater.
The program of the concert has two parts, one that will be conducted by the Conductor Jonovan Cooper featuring Ethiopian classical works and the other one by Alexis Soriano, which will include famous Spanish compositions from Falla, Luna and Chapí. Thus, the YSM Orchestra will be performing a World Premier, Lefkadania, under the conduction of Alexis Soriano.
This time, this concert is very special as it will also mark the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Yared School of Music (YSM). The first higher institution for music learning in Ethiopia, that was founded in 1954 by the then Ministry of Education & Fine Arts as a full-fledged state-owned learning center for higher music training in the country.
YSM has seen significant progress training young music professionals, teachers, researchers, and performers, who, through their talent, have impacted the cultural, intellectual, and socio -economic life of their society both locally and on international art forums.
In fact, one of those successful teachers is Jonovan Cooper, a native of Windsor, NC USA, who started playing music while in Kindergarten, continued throughout high school, studied Jazz at North Carolina Central University, Music Education at Norfolk State University and Saxophone at The American Conservatory.
In 2011, he settled in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where he taught music at a local, international and seminary schools in the city. He is now the Director of the Music Department at Beza International Church, Assistant Professor of Music at YSM, and teaches also at Jazzamba School of Music.
Being so intrigued by Ethiopian music from the beginning, he learned and started writing new compositions solely around the modes and rhythms of the country. In this concert, we will be able witness his incredible fusion of classic and Ethiopian music.
The YSM has a long history of cooperating with international bodies, including the Embassy of Spain. Since 2012 it has staged three concerts with Spanish conductors featuring Spanish music from Albeniz to Fallag