Banda Sinfónica de la Diputación Provincial de Cáceres
Institución Cultural «El Brocense»
Ronda de San Francisco, s/n
Telephone: (+34) 686 979 218
Director: Antonio Luis Suárez Moreno
The Banda Sinfónica de la Diputación de Cáceres has been working 32 years promoting and disseminating music all over its province and other places of the Spanish and European territories. In all these years, and given the academic projection of the group which has offered educational, monographic and symphonic concerts, in the province of Caceres, 32 Schools of music have been created, some of their students having incorporated into the musical group later on, to finish their studies and introduce themselves in the labour market.
The Sinfónica Provincial was born in the Wind Hall of the Official Conservatory of Music ‘Hermanos Berzosa’ of Cáceres, whose saxophone player, maestro Antonio Luis Suárez Barquero, wanted to take classical music to all the corners of the province.
Throughout its existence it has performed more than 1000 concerts, and worthy of mention are: Expo 92, Lisbon 2000, Paris 2006, Madrid 2010, besides representing the Caceres County Council in national and international competitions like that of Tomar (Portugal) in 1994. Likewise it has performed educational concert series, performing in more than one hundred schools of all the province. Since its foundation it has participated in the cultural events or protocol organised by the Caceres County Council.
It has recorded five albums: Antología de la Zarzuela (for Alcatel, 1998), Cáceres en Semana Santa (2000), Los Secretos Sinfónicos (2010), Sinfonías de la Pasión cacereña Vol. 1 (2012) and Sinfonías de la Pasión cacereña Vol. 2 (2013). It has also participated in the documentary film Noches de Rock and Roll, filmed by the director Fernando Colomo to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the band Burning.
It was the first symphonic band to blend symphonic music with pop: Los Secretos (2010, 2011 and 2013), Jeanette (2012), Alarmantiks (2014), Alex O’Dogherty (2014), Los Brincos (2015) and Tributo a Nino Bravo (2016).
It is integrated by teachers, students and ex-students of the conservatories and gifted students of the schools of music in the province of Caceres.
The Banda Provincial develops an educational activity for all its members, to complete their academic training as study scholarships, courses and chamber music activities.
The Sinfónica from Caceres will perform beyond its programme a total of eight concerts in the Gran Teatro de Cáceres, whose collection will be for the creation of an instrument bank for families with sparse economic resources in the province. In this way, children and young people develop musical skills and they are given the opportunity of a better future related to musical practice.
This season will have as its leitmotiv ‘Súbete a la música’ and will count with a total of twenty concerts within the programme of the Caceres County Council, which will include zarzuela and works belonging to the Extremadura ethnomusicology. As a modern proposal, in May the symphonic-pop space will be presented with a top level group of the Spanish musical scene.
In February, it will feature the Concierto para trompeta y orquesta núm. 1 by Arturo Sandoval with the international trumpet player Ruben Simeó, and in March, together with the international pianist José María Villegas, it will perform Rhapsody in blue by George Gershwin.
They will also visit several cities of Bolivia, thanks to the exchange with the Orquesta de ‘Chiquitos’.
Antonio Luis Suárez Moreno, conductor
Artistic director and principal conductor of the Banda Sinfónica de Cáceres, director of the Professional Music Conservatory ‘García Matos’ of Plasencia and professor of the Extremadura University, UNEX. Since 2005, he is a patron of the Fundación de Música y Artes Escénicas de Cáceres and director of the International Piano Competition ‘Esteban Sánchez’.
Born in Caceres, he graduated in conducting in the Centro Superior de Musica Katarina Gurska. As a pianist, he studied in the Higher Music Conservatory of Badajoz with the full professors Esteban Sánchez and Guillermo González.
He studied Law obtaining the Master of Cultural Management in the University of Alcala and is a doctor in Art by the University of Extremadura with his thesis ‘Interpretative, compositional and pedagogical methodology of Esteban Sánchez Herrero’. He has offered concerts and courses throughout Spain as a soloist and with different ensembles.
He has developed an intense work in child and youth symphonic groups and orchestras like the Banda Juvenil ‘Ciudad de Cáceres’, representing Extremadura in León, Gijón and Salamanca.
In his work of dissemination, he has given about twenty talks in national and international congresses on the subject ‘Music Bands. Sustainability and Development’ and ‘Schools of Music. Concept and Evolution’. He is a member of several scientific and musical associations, among others, the Group of Research ‘Patrimonio Musical Extremeño e Iberoamericano y Educación. MUSAEXI’ of the University of Extremadura.
As a composer, he has participated in different competitions and has received commissions by the Caceres Town Hall for the 25th anniversary of the city as World Heritage and by the Extremadura Government for the Anniversary of the Extremadura Parliament. He presented Zambra y Rondeña in the Festival Internacional de Flamenco de Cáceres.