As ever, programme highlights include concerts by the Barcelona Symphony Bandand the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, with their principal conductors, José R. Pascual-Vilaplana and Kazushi Ono.
Performances will take place in the Plaça Major in Nou Barris, starting on 23 September at 8.45 pm with the Symphony Band performing key works from its repertoire and paying tribute to Amadeu Vives on the 150th anniversary of his birth, plus a centenary performance of the much-loved sardana Juny by Juli Garreta. A symphony band version of the sardana Porta Ferrada by Antoni Ros-Marbà will also be performed for the first time.
The concert by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, meanwhile, is inspired by the music of Slavic and Eastern Europe composers, with classic pieces by Dvořák, Brahms, Strauss, Borodin and Ivanovici, in addition to two arias from Bizet’s opera Carmen with Catalan mezzosoprano Laura Vila, performing with the orchestra for the first time. The concert will take place on 24 September at 8.45 pm. Both concerts are sold out.
The Museu de la Música will also be joining in with the festivities with an open day on Friday 24 September from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm. This is a great opportunity to see for free one of Europe’s finest collections of musical instruments, plus the two temporary exhibitions currently taking place: Pau Casals Orchestra 100 years and Music and Nature on the Island of New Guinea.
In addition, until 26 September L'Auditori is offering a 20% discount on tickets for a selection of concerts this autumn: Daphnis and Chloe with the OBC, Beethoven’s Symphonies No. 6 and No. 7, conducted by Jordi Savall, Robert Gerhard’s folk songs, El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla with the Barcelona Symphony Band, a concert by Tarta Relena and the Banda Ampla cycle of concerts for all the family. To obtain the discount, select the MERCE discount and enter the code MERCE21 when you make your purchase.
Aleix Palau | 20 September 2021
L’Auditori celebrates the La Mercè festival with concerts by the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony Band, an open day at the Museu de la Música, plus discounts
Barcelona’s annual festival, La Mercè, is coming soon, and L’Auditori will be joining in the festivities with a range of performances and activities to bring music closer to the city's residents.