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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. ‎

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

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. ‎

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