Maestro Kazushi Ono will continue to lead the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra until the 2021-22 season. This was announced this afternoon by L'Auditori’s manager, Jordi Tort, during a press conference at which Ono was also present. Kazushi Ono has been the conductor of the Orchestra since the 2015-16 season and, with his renewed contract, he will complete six seasons as the director of the OBC.
Today’s meeting with the media was followed by a tour on TMB’s Barcelona Tourist Bus during which the press and OBC musicians went from L'Auditori to the Born neighbourhood. Once in Born, a quintet of the Orchestra treated the city to a surprise concert.
The new season gets off to a start with Mahler and Stefan Dohr
The OBC’s 2018-19 season starts on 28 September at L'Auditori with a top-class programme featuring Gustav Mahler’s Fifth Symphony and Robert Schumann’s concert piece for four horns and orchestra.
Mahler will be one this season’s central figures and his music will form the essence of programmes in which we will be treated to the music of composer’s Romantic and contemporary roots and of his successors.
The Fifth will be accompanied by an extraordinary work from the Robert Schumann catalogue that is rarely performed and which requires great involvement on the part of the soloists. The Concert piece for four horns and orchestra will feature four acclaimed and highly experienced performers such as the horn soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic and of the OBC, Stefan Dohr and Juan Manuel Gómez, and José Vicente Castelló and José Miguel Asensi. They will all be accompanied by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Kazushi Ono.
Art and film open the OBC to new audiences
This season, the Orchestra is presenting its new image created by visual artist Frederic Amat, reaffirming its link with artistic excellence and promoting a dialogue of music with the other arts under the slogan "You are art. You are music. You are OBC".
This new image comes with other new developments, such as the creation of the OBCPOPS series, aimed at all audiences and with proposals for new collaborations and the screening of films with the soundtracks performed live by the Orchestra.
Commitment to social and educational projects and the search for new talent
The OBC continues its commitment to promoting new generations of musicians through the
The OBC’s social and educational engagement is a fundamental part of its artistic project. Two European projects have been added this year to bring classical music closer to younger audiences. In addition to a new concert for family audiencesthe OBC dances Ravel, based on Ma mère l'Oye (Mother Goose), the projectEt Toca a Tuis back this season. This is a participatory concert in which organizations that use music as a tool for education and social inclusion share the stage with the OBC to premiere a work at L’Auditori. The piece will be composed by Mariona Vila with the Entre Cordes project of the Pepa Colomer school in El Prat de Llobregat.
After the resounding success of the first edition, Canta amb l’OBC! (Sing with the OBC!) will be back this season. Once again, the social projectA Morning with the Orchestra will offer a musical experience for people with intellectual disabilities or Alzheimer’s. The two versions of the activity have been specially adapted to each of these groups, who will find in music a space for transformation. Each season, almost 2,000 people enjoy the OBC through the Apropa Cultura programme, which enables social entities to access and use cultural facilities.
Aleix Palau | 26 September 2018
Kazushi Ono is back for two more seasons as principal conductor of the OBC
The Orchestra opens the season with Mahler's Fifth, with four exceptional soloists under the baton of Kazushi Ono
The horn soloists of the Berlin Philharmonic and the OBC, Stefan Dohr and Juan Manuel Gómez will perform the concert piece for four horns and orchestra, by Robert Schumann, accompanied by José Vicente Castelló and José Miguel Asensi.