The mass-concert will be held on Wednesday 30 May at
12.30 pm in the church of the Hospital de los Venerables.
Entry to the concert will be free while space is
Seville, 29 May 2012. The Focus-Abengoa Foundation will
celebrate the traditional mass-concert on Wednesday 30 May,
to celebrate the festival of Saint Ferdinand, the patron
saint of Seville and the Los Venerables church. The
traditional concert, which will begin at 12.30 pm in the
church of the Hospital de los Venerables, will be given by
José Enrique Ayarra, titular organist of the Focus-Abengoa
Foundation and Seville Cathedral, accompanied by the
renowned and talented trumpet player, Enrique Rioja Lis.
Entry will be free while space is available.
The concert will be the perfect finale to the Focus-Abengoa
Foundation's 2012 music program, which has organised its
program around the organ every year for the last 20 years.
During the mass, José Enrique Ayarra and Enrique Rioja Lis
will play works by H. Purcell, Trumpet Voluntary; G. F.
Handel, Gavota; J. S. Bach, choral Jesus bleibet meine
freude, and V. Zubizarreta, Alleluia, alleluia.
At the end of the mass, the two musicians will give a
recital in honour of Saint Ferdinand featuring works for
organ and trumpet by H. Purcell, suite for trumpet and
organ Entrée-Marche-Minuet et Sicilienne-Prelude et Ronde;
J.S. Bach, choral Aus tiefer not schrei (BWV 686); and G.
F. Handel, suite in D major "Obertura-Giga-Minueto-Bourré.
Enrique Rioja Lis was born in Liria, Valencia. He began his
musical training at the Academia de la Banda Primitiva
before going on to the Valencia Conservatory, where he
finished his studies. He joined the Castellón Municipal
Band as first trumpet and in 1971 joined the RTVE Symphony
Orchestra, where he has been first trumpet since 1980. He
has been a soloist in numerous orchestras and chamber
groups and has worked very closely with the Grupo Círculo
and Moscow Virtuosi. He has also been a member of the Grupo
Español de Metales.
His repertoire includes works from the Baroque era through
to contemporary music. As a chamber musician he has given
recitals throughout Spain and he has worked with José
Enrique Ayarra for several years closing the Lent concerts
in Seville Cathedral. He is also known for his work as a
trumpet teacher at the Padre Antonio Soler Conservatory in
San Lorenzo de El Escorial, and as a regular teacher on the
courses given to the Region of Madrid Youth Orchestra.
José Enrique Ayarra has been the titular organist at the
chapel of Los Venerables ever since the Focus-Abengoa
Foundation commissioned Gerhard Grenzing in 1988 to make an
organ for the chapel of the Hospital de los Venerables in
Seville. As a soloist he has given recitals in more than
thirty countries in Europe, Africa, America and Asia; he
has made recordings for radio and television in a dozen
countries; and has recorded albums on organs from different
The Focus-Abengoa Foundation was created in 1982 as a
result of the cultural work begun in 1972 by Abengoa with
the publication of the works Temas Sevillanos (Themes of
Seville) and Iconografía de Sevilla (Iconography of
Seville). A collection of documents, books and engravings
on the Kingdom of Seville and by Sevillian authors was
created during the same period. This initial cultural work
showed Abengoa's directors the importance of the company's
involvement in activities that directly benefit society,
beyond the firm's core technology work, which led to the
creation of the Seville Cultural Fund Foundation. The
Hospital de los Venerables, a 17th century monument and the
headquarters of the Focus-Abengoa Foundation in Seville,
has housed the Diego Velázquez Research Centre, a leading
institution for studying and disseminating the Baroque era
and the Sevillian period of this universally renowned
artist, following the acquisition of Velázquez's Santa
Rufina by the Foundation in 2007.
Mass-concert for the festival of Saint Ferdinand. Given
by the titular organist of the Los Venerables chapel,
José Enrique Ayarra, and the renowned trumpet player,
Enrique Rioja Lis.
Wednesday 30 May, 12.30 pm.
Church of the Hospital de los Venerables. C/ Jamerdana
Entry is free while space is available.