The President of the Nerja Cave Foundation, Jorge Hernández Mollar, accompanied by the two vice presidents, José Alberto Armijo and Bendodo Elijah, and the manager, Angel Ruiz, today introduced the program in Fitur for the 54th International Festival of Music and Dance in the Caves of Nerja this summer.
The Festival will begin on Wednesday, July 24 (2013) with a concert by the classical string quartet of soloists of Salzburg, accompanied by renowned clarinetist Ferdinand Steiner. On Thursday 25th the Ballet of Victor Ullate will perform, which this year celebrates its 25 years of existence. On Friday the 26th will be the turn of singer Pastora Soler, Nerja’s Tourist of Honor, and will close with a concert by guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar together with the Malaga Symphony Orchestra performing the works of “Medea”.
In his speech, the mayor and vice president of the Foundation, José Alberto Armijo, stressed the importance this year that the cave has from a scientific point of view, as it could confirm that its paintings are the oldest artistic samples of Humanity. They also highlighted the artistic and cultural side, as this is the first time that the International Festival of Music and Dance has been presented in Fitur (Madrid). The mayor enthused about this year’s program and welcomed at the presentation the presence of both Pastora Soler and Manolo Sanlúcar. He also stressed that the official presentation of the festival will take place in Nerja in March.
In his speech, José Alberto Armijo has also announced he will request that the cave be declared part of the World Heritage. He also wished to thank the cooperation of other institutions such as the Provincial de Málaga.
The manager of the Foundation, Angel Ruiz, made mention to the careers of the artists who will perform this year at the Festival. Ferdinand Steiner is considered as one of the leading clarinetists in the world, currently a soloist with the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. He will be accompanied by the Salzburg Soloists String Quartet, which will perform works by Mozart, Verdi, Bizet and Gershwin.
Victor Ullate, is famous for having received the National Dance Prize and Gold Medal of Fine Arts. He formed the company in 1988, and instilled his personality through his own choreography. This year he celebrates his silver anniversary and the dancers that have passed through his ranks and gone onto worldwide success, such as Tamara Rojo, Angel Corella and Igor Yebra. The art of dance is a journey of different styles accounting its evolution through history.
Pastora Soler, despite her youth, has enjoyed a long career. From her first album, released in 1994 until today, she has achieved three triple platinum disks and four gold. Last year, she represented Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest in September and was named Tourist of Honor for Nerja, 2012.
Finally, it was explained that the Festival will close with the first joint co-production with the Bienal de Flamenco de Málaga. The master guitarist Manolo Sanlúcar will offer the symphonic version of “Medea”, a piece created for the National Ballet in 1987. This time he will be accompanied by the Malaga Symphony Orchestra under the baton of renowned Italian, Carlo Palleschi, one of the most prestigious classical directors.
Tickets prices for all shows remain the same as last year, between 25 and 40 Euros, and will go on sale on the official website of the Caves of Nerja on the day of the official presentation of the Festival, which will take place in Nerja in March. Until then advance bookings can be made by email of the Foundation, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Festival remains the most important promotional activity of the Caves, and has a budget of 230.000 Euros.
This year the production has been reduced to four performances, also eliminating the back stage dressing rooms, as recommended by the Scientific Council for the Foundation, in an aim to reduce the environmental impact that it has upon the caves.