Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Auditorio Alfredo Kraus, Las Palmas

When standing on the Playa de las Canteras, you can see a striking, square new building with a small dome on the top. This is the Auditorio Alfred Kraus, named after the renowned tenor Alfredo Kraus Trujillo (1927-1999), of Austrian descent and born in this city.

Auditorio Alfred Kraus was finished in 1997 and may be used as a conference venue, as well as concert hall. It is located by the Canteras Beach.

It is made from stone and concrete with a dome on the roof. It is decorated with beautiful sculptures on the the exterior, as those found near the main entrance facing the city (above). Outside you find a large statue of Alfredo Kraus himself.

We took a walk around the structure. It is surprisingly large, and the main concert hall may easily hold over 2000 people.

The Symphonic and the Chamber Hall house both classic and contemporary music concerts. During the year the Auditorium runs a programme of more than 100 concerts by e.g. Las Palmas Philharmonic Society and the annual Jazz and Guitar Festivals.

At the beginning of each year Auditorio Alfredo Kraus is the venue for many of the world's foremost orchestras and soloists participating at the Canary Islands' Music Festival

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