One of the most delightful things about Christmas is seeing children’s beaming faces. Their excitement in anticipation of being given presents by the traditional Catalan Tió de Nadal and the Three Kings brings smiles all round and puts the little ones firmly centre stage. The music of this concert is shaped by this world, bursting with zest and sparkle, and presents classic and decidedly contemporary works featuring the voices of VEUS - Amics de la Unió Children’s Choir from Granollers.
When Bizet discovered that his wife was pregnant, he composed a work inspired by children’s toys such as the spinning top, a doll and tin soldiers. He created a short musical gem where merriment and good cheer are in abundance right from the first bar. The concept behind David, a song of hope by Melillo, is rooted in the struggle between David and Goliath. To the Stars! and Celtic Child are original works for a high-voice choir and wind band. The first invites us to take a journey filled with adventure through space, and the second presents different moments in the life of children with a stirring final dance. To finish off, Albert Guinovart presents a suite featuring the most popular Catalan Christmas carols.
16 December 2018, Sala 1 Pau Casals. L'Auditori
GEORGES BIZET: Jeux d'enfants (Children's Games)
STEPHEN MELILLO: David
NIGEL HESS: To the Stars! A journey into space for symphonic wind band and children’s choir
BERT APPERMONT: Celtic Child
ALBERT GUINOVART: Suite Nadalenca (Christmas Suite)
Musicians and Performers:
Barcelona Symphony Band
VEUS - Amics de la Unió Children's Choir
Maria Hinojosa, soprano
José R. Pascual Vilaplana, conductor
The Barcelona Symphony Band brings us a concert brimming with Christmas magic under the baton of José R. Pascual Vilaplana, with some very special voices: those of the Amics de la Unió Children’s Choir and soprano Maria Hinojosa.