With Christmas just around the corner, José R. Pascual Vilaplana, principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphony Band, has devised a varied concert, with festive and joyful elements, but which does not overlook music that encourages us to reflect. It will include traditional Christmas melodies, music for the Cavalcade of the Three Kings and international Christmas songs.
Under the title Mots per la pau (Words for Peace), this programme will take place on Sunday 15 December in L'Auditori’s Sala 1 Pau Casals and will feature a very special staging by Berta Vidal, with live painting during the performance of the work The Colors Of Taliby Thomas Doss.
It narrates the story of Tali, a thirteen-year-old Israeli girl, in the midst of the conflict between Palestinians, Christians and Jews, who wrote a moving poem. From the perspective of an adult, her words seem to be a monument to events that cannot be explained, that have been going on in her country for generations, and that have not served to resolve anything. The work is as apolitical as the poem: it is a musical description of the world seen through the eyes of a girl who grows up living with constant war and the only thing she can do is to describe what she feels and what she cannot understand.
The work Of Sailors and Whales by W. Francis Macbeth will also have narration with texts by Herman Melville, author of Moby Dick, the classic adventure chronicling the search for the legendary white whale.
The music, in both instances, will accompany us in a lyrical but also in a disturbing way, pulling us deeper into the poetry of words that are crying out for peace.
The OBC performs Handel’s Messiah
As well as the Barcelona Symphony Band, this weekend will also see the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra present one of the glittering Christmas concerts with the performance of Messiah by Handel which will take place over the next three days and is nearly sold out.
This is a unique opportunity to enjoy the full rendition of <em>Messiah after not having been played for almost three decades by the OBC. This masterpiece from the symphonic choral repertoire will be under the baton of our principal conductor Kazushi Ono, and will enjoy the participation of the Cor Bruckner Barcelona and the Cor Lieder Càmera, and soloists María Hinojosa, Mireia Pintó, Alejandro del Cerro and Josep Ramon Olivé. Messiah is so much more than simply the Hallelujah chorus and and is well worth getting to know!
Aleix Palau | 12 December 2019
The Barcelona Symphony Band makes a cry for Peace in its Christmas concert
Two great works will lead us in a lyrical but also in a disquieting way into the poetry of words that are crying out for peace. During the performance of The Colors of Tali, live painting will also take place, enhancing the narrative of the work.
Meanwhile, the OBC will perform Handel’s Messiah with local choirs and soloists, conducted by Kazushi Ono.