Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s concert at the Royal Concertgebouw in Amsterdam next Sunday, which is virtually sold out, will bring L’Auditori’s 2017-2018 programme to a close. There has been a 2% rise in audience numbers since this season a total of 382,772 people have passed through L’Auditori’s concert halls, 6,100 more than the previous season. Of this figure, 115,779 came to see performances by Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, 154,446 came to activities or concerts run by the Servei Educatiu, 50,698 attended special seasons run by L’Auditori (its Antiga, Cambra, Sampler Sèries, Escenes, Amplificats, Sit Back, Jazz Sessions and Orquestres Internacionals seasons), 22,277 came to see Barcelona Symphony Band and 40,292 attended events organized by third parties. Throughout the season, 512 concerts have been held with mean occupancy figures of 75%, 2% more than the 2016-2017 season.
The two symphonic ensembles based at L’Auditori maintain their audience figures and occupancy rates
Barcelona Symphony Orchestra has given a total of86 concerts (74 as part of its music season, 6 extraordinary concerts and 6 chamber concerts), with a total audience of 115,779. This figure is almost identical to the 115,815 of last season. Some of the season’s highpoints include the screening of West Side Story accompanied by a live performance of the soundtrack, a concert by pianist Maria João Pires and the premiere of Inkscape by composer Hèctor Parra.
For its part, Barcelona Symphony Band, which gave 19 concerts (one less than the previous season), has maintained its seating occupancy rate of 76%, with a 22,277 rise in its audience. Substantial headway has been made in the activities run by the Servei Educatiu (with activities for families and school children and participatory events), attracting audiences of 154,446 people to L’Auditori, 9,000 more than the previous season, with a 3% rise in average occupancy rates compared to 2016-2017, when rates stood at 83% as opposed to the current figure of 86%.
Excellent attendance to the concerts given as part of the Música Antiga and Cambra seasons
The Música Antiga season, with 11 concerts (one less than last season) and such noteworthy highpoints as Bach’s Saint Mark Passion conducted by Jordi Savall, had total audiences of 9,966, that is 600 more than last season, together with a 63% occupancy rate. The audience figure for the Cambraseason rose by 4,000 to a total of 10,155 spectators at its 23 concerts, eight more than the previous season. The occupancy rates for its concerts rose by 4% to an average of 67% (as opposed to the 2016-2017 season’s 6,125 spectators and average occupancy of 63%), thanks to concerts like the series of string quartets by Beethoven, performed by the Casals Quartet.
In addition to the Música Antiga and Cambra programmes, one of the season’s highlights was an extraordinary concert given by the Vienna Philharmonic conducted by Gustavo Dudamel, which was a total sell-out.
Growing spectator numbers at the second edition of the Emergents Barcelona Music Festival
The second edition of the Emergents Barcelona Music Festival, a music festival for emerging Spanish and international talent, had total audience numbers of 5,457 people, 500 more than last season.
This festival offers chamber, symphony and jazz music concerts in collaboration with some of the country’s foremost music institutions. This year, it promoted projects like the creation of the Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya or the presentation in Barcelona of the promising young cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason.
L’Auditori extends its music outside its concert halls to over 127,447 spectators
In addition to the programme that L’Auditori offers at its concert halls, during the 2017-2018 season, a total of 145 concerts were held at other venues, extending the music it offers to127,447 spectators. Mention must be made of the work of L’Auditori’s Servei Educatiu, with participatory projects like Cantània or Cantagran and family concert tours, which were enjoyed by a total of 100,000 spectators. Another highpoint outside L’Auditori’s concert halls are the concerts given by the OBC on La Barceloneta beach, with audience figures of over 14,000 people , and the concerts held this year inSant Cugat, Lleida and Tarragona. Barcelona Symphony Band attracted 5,000 spectators with the programme of Concerts a la Ciutat it gives each year. Likewise, it is important to highlight the concerts given as part of the Sampler Sèries in some of Barcelona’s leading contemporary art centres, such as the MACBA, CCCB, Fundació Antoni Tàpies and Fundació Joan Miró.
During the 2017-2018 season, L’Auditori’s programme of art-related concerts have been attended by 512,039 people, 3,500 more than last year.
Lisi Andrés | 26 July 2018
L’Auditori closes its 2017-2018 season with total audience figures of over half a million, thus consolidating its programme of concerts and events with a 2% rise in attendance.
Over 512,000 spectators have enjoyed the concerts held at L’Auditori and outside its concert halls during the 2017-2018 season. Its Antiga and Cambra seasons enjoyed an increase in audiences and have become an important part of L’Auditori’s programme of events. The projects run by its Servei Educatiu were attended by 9,000 more people than last year, with a total of 155,000 spectators.