Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia
Auditorio y Centro de Congresos Víctor Villegas
Avenida Primero de Mayo, s/n
Telephone: (+34) 968 341 060
Principal Conductor: Virginia Martínez
Manager: Alberto Garre
General Administrator: Carlos Blázquez
Production: Ángel Fernández
Communications and Educational Area: Marta Cano
Archive: Francisco J. Fernández
September 2002 and, currently, consists of a stable staff of 50 professors. Virginia Martinez is its principal conductor and artistic director.
Throughout its The Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia (OSRM) was created in career, it has worked with soloists and conductors of international prestige; in the last season, it worked under the batons of maestros like Josep Vicent, Hernández-Silva or Lucas Macías, among others, and collaborated with soloists of the level of Juan Pérez Floristán, Boris Belkin or María José Montiel.
Committed to the talent of its region, the OSRM also paid homage to the dean of the current Murcian composers, Manuel Moreno-Buendía and to Narciso Yepes in the 90th anniversary of his birth, in a concert conducted by the son of the guitarist from Lorca, maestro Ignacio Yepes.
Each season, the OSRM offers two symphonic subscription series in Murcia —whose concerts are broadcast in Radio Clásica— in Cartagena and in Águilas. Moreover, it actively participates in the series of Great Concerts and that of Dance of the Auditorio Víctor Villegas de Murcia.
Special mention is worthy for the work of approaching classical music to children with a programme meant for school children and with the Conciertos en Familia (Family Concerts), a series which has been increasingly growing in the last seasons, with own and external productions, an average attendance of more than 1500 people per concert and an increase of the number of subscribers of more than 50% with respect to last year and 150% in the last two seasons.
At this point, the ‘pequencuentros’ (meetings with children) should be mentioned, a meeting point between artists and families carried out 45 minutes before the Conciertos en Familia and where the children know at a close range the work of the orchestra and exchange opinions, questions and anecdotes with the principal conductor of the orchestra, Virginia Martínez, and the guest artists of the day.
Following with the approach of classical music to the youngest, the OSRM continues carrying out the dramatised visits, entrusted to the actor Manuel de Reyes —who incarnates a cheerful sponsor of 16th century music— and through these visits students of middle and high school attend a rehearsal of the orchestra and explore the installations in which its daily work is developed.
Likewise, worthy of mention are other projects of the Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia like the innovative concert OSRM 360º in which the Orchestra arranges itself in a circle and with public among the musicians and last March performed in the Teatro Circo de Murcia The Rite of Spring by Stravinsky, as well as the concerts held this summer on the beach before more than 6000 people or the charity performances offered each Christmas in different hospitals of the Region of Murcia.
During last season, the Orquesta de Jovenes de la Region de Murcia (OJRM) was completely integrated within the Fundación Orquesta Sinfónica de la Región de Murcia, involving that both institutions shake hands to contribute to the training and artistic projection of young talents of the Region of Murcia.
The Symphonic from Murcia, known by its huge versatility, is also very demanded when completing musical blends. It has accompanied artists of the level of Serrat, Noa, Estrella Morente, Gregory Porter or Armando Manzanero, as well as singers and pop groups like Second, Vetusta Morla (with six performances, two in Murcia and four in Madrid, with full house) or Santiago Auserón, with whom it recorded its symphonic album Vagamundo, to be launched soon.
For the next season, the OSRM is intending to work with guest soloists like the soprano Pilar Jurado, to offer a beautiful programme of arias present in cinemas; the pianists Javier Perianes, Josu De Solaun or the very young Alexander Malofeev; the trumpet player Pacho Flores or the clarinettist José Franch-Ballester, with whom it will perform for the first time in Spain the Concert for Clarinet and Orchestra by Corigliano and to again count with guest maestros like Salvador Brotons, who will release in Europe the orchestration for his Sinfonía núm. 6 ‘Concisa’; Manuel Hernández-Silva; Christian Badea and the conductor and violinist David Grimal.
The musicians will tackle a wide and varied repertoire with works like the Unfinished by Schubert, a selection of My Country by Smetana or the rare Variations over a theme of Haydn by Brahms. Moreover, it will offer programmes of great size and format like Symphony No. 6 by Mahler or Carmina Burana, with which it will close its symphonic series; a show for which, following the instructions of its composer Carl Orff, who said that this cantata has to be seen, besides heard, a stage design by the Murcian artist Angel Haro will be featured.
Throughout the season the OSRM will participate with the Compañía Nacional de Danza y el Ballet Nacional de España in the Dance Series of the Regional Auditorium; it will perform together with the Murcian band Maldita Nerea in several Spanish cities; it will repeat the experience of the concert OSRM 360º; it will travel to Sweden, Logroño, Madrid and Barcelona and will continue to rank itself as one of the most active and innovative Spanish orchestras of the musical scenario.