This Friday, November 22, has been a day to remember for the Superior Music Center of Galicia and the team of people who make its operation possible, for Valga and for music. More than 300 people attended the opening ceremony of the CSM Galicia in the Auditorium of Valga that experienced many emotional moments, both for the three partners who created the project, María Jesús Rey, manager, Manuel Villar, director, and Pere Molina, co-director , as for the mayor of Valga, José María Bello, who chaired the event together with the Territorial Delgado of the Xunta, José Manuel Cores.





CSM Galicia teachers, students, friends and relatives of the great family of the Superior Center of Music of Galicia and residents of the town did not miss the appointment.





The event, presented by Héctor Bermúdez, director of the Valga radio, which led to speeches by Manuel Villar, Javier Morgade (head of studies at CSM Galicia), Cristóbal Soler (professor of Management), Pere Molina, José María Bello and José Manuel Cores.


During his speech, Manuel Villar spoke of the dream fulfilled that many dismissed as madness, of creating a higher center for Galician music in the town of Valga. He told the story of how he and Pere Molina shared that dream and how they were able to carry it out thanks to the enthusiasm, passion, hard work and the fantastic institutional reception that the project received. He also highlighted that the CSM Galicia already has the trust of 40 students and that the administration of the center is receiving dozens of requests for information for the next course.





Below, a video summarized the Center’s philosophy and characteristics in images:





After the video, Yuri Durán, piano student at CSM Galicia, performed the second and third movements of J. S. Bach’s Italian Concert BWV 971.





Emotional words during the event


For his part, Javier Morgade, head of studies at CSM Galicia, conveyed his enthusiasm for the project and how honored he is to coordinate the team of teachers in what is undoubtedly the greatest adventure he is living with Manuel Villar, whom he has known for many years and with whom he has shared different projects.

The teacher Cristóbal Soler, professor of Conducting, did not want to miss the event and traveled from Madrid to accompany the already large family of CSM Galicia at its opening party. During his speech, he spoke about the benefits of music at the neurological level and recalled that the life of the professional musician is an endless number of suitcases and airports that do not always allow attending such emotional events as the inauguration of the Center, but that his schedule allowed him to be .




Given that one of the main characteristics of the Center is that it has active teachers, some of them could not attend the event, but they wanted to send videos giving a warm welcome to students and assistants to the Opening of CSM Galicia from locations as disparate as Moscow (Natalia Arestova, viola teacher), the Zaragoza Jazz Festival (Abe Rábade, jazz piano teacher) or the Santiago de Compostela Auditorium (Guillermo Collazo, tuba teacher), for example.




For his part, Pere Molina, co-director of CSM Galicia, explained with emotion and enthusiasm the origin of the project, an idea that both directors had in mind and that they finally decided to develop as partners: a center born with the firm vocation of being a benchmark in the national and international scene.





Professors’ performing at the Opening of the CSM Galicia


Héctor Bermúdez also introduced the performances of the saxophone teachers (Adrián Pais), bassoon (Álex Salgueiro), repertoire pianist (Paula Gago), singing (Anna Melikhova), clarinet (Javier Morgade), as well as Yuri Durán and Martín Chaves , two piano students from the center, who recorded the very high level at CSM Galicia.



Adrián Pais, saxophone professor, performed Partita in Am BWV 1013 by J. S. Bach:





Álex Salgueiro, basson professor, and Paula Gago, repertoire pianist and professor, performed  Sonata for basson and piano by C. Saint-Saëns in G Major Opus 168:





Anna Melikhova, singing professor, Javier Morgade, clarient professor, and Paula Gago, repertoire pianist and professor, performed Der Hirt auf dem Felsen D965 de F. Schubert:





After the intervention of the mayor and the territorial delegate of the Xunta, María Jesús Rey, Manuel Villar and Pere Molina presented the mayor of Valga with a ballpoint pen from CSM Galicia as thanks for their unconditional support.





The event ended with a spectacular performance by Martín Chaves, a second-year piano student at CSM Galicia, in F. Liszt’s Rhapsodie espagnole S254, R90.





Opening of the CSM Galicia in the press


The main media in Galicia echoed the successful opening event of the CSM Galicia. We share the links to each of them:


1.- La Voz de Galicia:


2.- Faro de Vigo:


3.- El Correo Gallego:


4.- Noticias Galicia:


5.- Radio Galega:


Pictures: Concello de Valga and VINCUTATO.



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