Balearics in Music: musical appointments between Mallorca and Menorca
Vincaré-Sitarie Mallorca and Menorca this winter is nicer if you follow the notes that pervade the two Balearic islands. Classical music lovers – and not only – will be able to take advantage of the many appointments that mark the calendar of the coming months.
The Concert Season
The first date on the event calendar was the opening of the concert season for music by the Balloar Symphony Orchestra, which took place on 19 October. A schedule that counts a total of 15 concerts that will continue until May 17 and which take place in the Auditorium of Palma, an important venue for symphonic enthusiasts, which hosted international concerts. The Balearic Symphony Orchestra is one of the main symphonies of Spain. Founded in 1988, the orchestra goes much further than concerts in the Auditorium of Palma: you can actually hear it in many other places on the island of Majorca, like Bellver Castle, but also in Menorca at the Maó Theater .
Also in Majorca, from November to June, the concert season of the Fondazione Studium Aureum, which was created in 2009 by music director Carles Ponseti, aims to promote artistic values and support the work of its musicians through concerts and activities. Two are the soul groups of the Foundation, the Studium Cor de Cambra, a chorus that surprises the audience by exploring new sounds, and Studium Aureum, a vocal-instrumental group that works on the earliest harmonies. The eclectic repertoire of the two groups is appreciable in the Auditorium of the Conservatory of Palma, in a series of initiatives that include interesting proposals grouped in cycles, monographs, representations and conferences.
Celebrating Santa Cecilia
Around November 22nd, a day dedicated to Santa Cecilia, the famous Roman martyr of music, the island is filled with melodies of all styles and tastes. In Palma, for example, on November 19 at 20 at the Cathedral of Majorca there will be a concert organ organized in honor of the Holy, while November 22 will be an opportunity to attend the Centro de Cultura Sa Nostra at the last concert of the IV Autumn Festival, and November 25 at 18 will be held the Tobrada de Bandes de Santa Cecilia, a meeting of music bands at the Conservatory of Palma. Concluding this rich musical calendar, the 29th and 30th November at Teatre Principal will be an opportunity to attend concerts for families.
The Santa Romana is also honored with events dedicated to Menorca, precisely to Maó, where on November 27th the Concerto di Santa Cecilia is organized by the Choir of Maó. Born in the second half of the nineteenth century, this choir originally came together to sing serenades and to perform during popular festivals. Since then, its activity has been unbroken and today, with its 40 voices and over 125 years of history, is one of the most famous musical groups on the island, as well as one of the oldest choirs in Spain.
At Tutto Jazz
Even jazz lovers will find what they do for Majorca in Majorca. From November 28 to December 10, there is the Alternatilla festival (Jazz Auf Mallorca 2017), a cultural project that is the meeting point of local, national and international musicians. An extensive program of jazz concerts, workshops and photo exhibitions promises to make the island fall in love even in late fall. The slogan of the festival, and the key to its success, is to give priority to quality with respect to works or styles that are more commercially available, embodying the cultural landscape as a truly attractive and innovative leisure alternative that spans between the various scenarios of the island ; in fact, every concert is scheduled to be in a different place to give maximum emphasis to every appointment.
The Majorca party week opens in music on December 21, with an extraordinary concert in San Francesc, followed by a second appointment for the next day at the Conservatory.
The Christmas night in Majorca is celebrated throughout the island with the Matines (Messe of Midnight) to commemorate the birth of Jesus. The most significant moment of these appointments is the Cant de la Sibila that every year leaves the audience open . Declared UNESCO’s Immaterial Cultural Heritage in 2010, is a show worth seeing and living. This song, of very ancient origin, is preserved only in Alguer – in Sardinia – and in Majorca. The most spectacular matines are that of the Cathedral of Majorca and that of the sanctuary of Lluc, where also the christening choir known as Els blauets de Lluc, which with its extraordinary voices completes this celebration full of meaning.
The first day of 2018 will be the occasion to attend the Teatre Principal at an extraordinary concert, while on January 2,