Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche
Gran Teatro de Elche
Calle Kursaal, 3
03203 Elche (Alicante)
Concejalía de Cultura
Calle Sants Metges, 2
03203 Elche (Alicante)
Telephone: (+34) 630 404 324
Principal Conductor: Mihnea Ignat
President: Miguel J. García Sala
Secretary: Jordi Piñol Vicedo
Administration: Isabel Sepulcre
Technical and Production Manager: Cristian Ripoll
Patrocinadores y empresas colaboradoras | Sponsors and Collaborating Companies: Ayuntamiento de Elche-Cultura Elche, Gran Teatro de Elche, Diputación de Alicante, Grupo Antón Comunicación, Telecrevillent, Alfredo Javaloyes Abogados, Servicios Informáticos Goltratec, Martí Asesores Consultores S. L.
The Orquesta Sinfónica Ciudad de Elche was founded in 1988 by the conductor from Alcoy, Alfonso Saura. Since then, it develops an important musical and educational dissemination work throughout Levante thanks to its stable season of symphonic, chamber and educational concerts. All this intense artistic activity is mainly developed in its venue, the Gran Teatro de Elche.
The OSCE annually performs about twelve educational and disseminating concerts of music with the sponsorship, mainly, of the Education Department of Elche Town Hall. Since 2013, it continues with its dissemination enthusiasm and started a close relationship with the University Miguel Hernández de Elche, from whose conversations emerged initiatives like the Conciertos Informales (Informal Concerts), the concert Música y Ciencia (Music and Science) and the Project Joven Orquesta de la UMH, an orchestra of an educational nature, where the same teachers of the OSCE give classes to the young university students throughout the province of Alicante.
Without a shadow of doubt, one of the identity marks of this orchestra is its artistic versatility, capable of including, with excellent results, both public and critics, almost any style. An example of the latter are the different chamber ensembles the OSCE welcomes and which develops their activity in the season as the orchestra. Thanks to this versatility, the OSCE brand can tackle almost any type of repertoire including world premieres like Illici, by Jorge Gavaldá, Noche de lluvia, by Luis Suria, Concierto para flauta, percusión y cuerda by Eduardo Rincón and dedicated to the OSCE or Lvcis Lavs, by David Mora, written under commission on occasion of the20th anniversary since the foundation of the OSCE.
As a result of this work of dissemination and social work, the OSCE has arrived to all the fields of the Alicante society. These efforts have been awarded with prizes like the Dàtil d’Or or the Medalla de plata del Bimil.lenari, in 2013.
The 2018-2019 season will establish the thirtieth anniversary of the orchestra and for such a reason, the programme will count with world-renowned guest artists. On October 20th and 21st 2018, under the baton of its principal conductor Mihnea Ignat, the OSCE will accompany the great violinist Liviu Prunaru (first violin of the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam) in the Concerto for violin and orchestra Op. 35 in D Major by P. I. Tchaikovsky. The concerts will be held in the Gran Teatro de Elche and the Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, respectively. The soprano Alina Furman will be the star of the opera gala programmed for the traditional New Year Concert to be held on January 1st 2019 in the Gran Teatro de Elche. Both concerts through the Alicante province will likewise be held on December 29th and 30th 2018. ‘Universo Barroco’ is the name of the subscription concert next February 9th 2019 which will have as a guest star the Italian violinist and conductor Fabio Biondi. The programme of this concert will be based on two composers representative of the German and Italian Baroque: G. P. Telemann and A. Vivaldi.
Next March 2nd 2019, Álvaro Albiach, principal conductor of the Orquesta de Extremadura, will take charge of the programme ‘Contemporary Classics’ including two symphonies that were composed during a same period of time. Haydn and Beethoven are the authors of said symphonies. With the arrival of Easter, in April 2019, the OSCE will perform the Requiem by W. A Mozart under the baton of its principal conductor, Mihnea Ignat. The cast of vocal soloists will be a combination of current young talents and already hallowed artists who have performed in the most important theatres of the world. The performances will take place on April 12th and 13th 2019 in the Gran Teatro de Elche and the Auditorio de la Diputación de Alicante, respectively. To close the season of its 30th anniversary, the OSCE has programmed under the baton of its principal conductor, two well-known works: the Concert of Aranjuez by J. Rodrigo counting with the soloist, the great guitarist from Alicante Ignacio Rodes and Symphony No. 5 Op. 68 in C minor by L. van Beethoven. The Egmont overture of the same composer will open the programme that will close a brilliant subscription season, both for form and contents, also on May 11th 2019 in the Gran Teatro de Elche.