Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra
Leonel Morales, piano
Juanjo Mena, conductor
To be announced
This evening of Spanish musicians brings together three great names: the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra, conductor Juanjo Mena and pianist Leonel Morales – the last of whom performed in Slovenia as a soloist at the recent Ljubljana Winter Festival. Performances by the Cuban-born Spanish pianist are an enthralling blend of remarkable virtuosity, self-confidence and effects that manage to be natural and spontaneous while avoiding excessive theatricality. Over the course of its three decades of existence and around a hundred performances per season at the Teatro de la Maestranza with the finest Spanish and international musicians, the Royal Seville Symphony Orchestra has become a trademark and an inseparable part of the cultural life both of the city of Seville and of the Andalusia region. It was granted the epithet “Royal” in 1995 by King Juan Carlos I in recognition of its importance and quality. Presiding over this entirely Spanish event will be one of Spain’s most distinguished conductors, Juanjo Mena. Now mainly based in the USA, Mena is principal conductor of the Cincinnati May Festival and associate conductor of the Orquesta Nacional de España, Spain’s national orchestra.