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Aleix Palau | 5 June 2020

L’Auditori de Barcelona presents a new three-year artistic project inspired by The Creation

L’Auditori is entering a new phase in the form of a trilogy programme.

  • Thomas Adès and Cassandra Miller will be the guest composers for the 20-21 season

  • The OBC will have eight female guest conductors, and the presence of female creators ‎and composers will be highlighted in every series to be held at L’Auditori

  • There will be two new festivals opening and closing the season: the first Barcelona ‎International Quartet Biennale and the Mozart Summer Nights Festival

  • We will witness the birth of the L’Auditori de Barcelona Choir, a professional ensemble ‎that will give four concerts, conducted by Xavier Pastrana, during the season

  • L’Auditori is creating its own digital record label and an on-demand video streaming ‎platform for concerts

  • The new Flat Rate 35 will give people under 35 access to the entire season for €85. This is ‎in addition to the Flat Rate 25, which has attracted over 340 young people

  • Season tickets for the coming season are available to buy, but subscribers will not be ‎charged for them until September, once the conditions for opening music halls and ‎performing concerts have been established

  • L’Auditori has prepared an alternative programme with over 40 productions for ‎streaming if the season cannot be carried out as planned due to health restrictions

  • This July, the OBC will broadcast a series of concerts on TV3 and Catalunya ‎Música


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    This coming season at L’Auditori marks the start of a new artistic project spanning ‎the next three seasons. The 20-21 Season, which will be comprised of 210 ‎productions and highlights the role of women, with a significant presence of ‎female orchestra conductors, creators and composers. Furthermore, three new ‎projects will be promoted this season: the International Quartet ‎Biennale, the Mozart Summer Nights Festival and the ‎‎L’Auditori de Barcelona Choir. As a 21st-century institution committed to ‎‎sustainability, L’Auditori is reducing its use of paper by half and ‎‎making a serious move towards digitisation with its new virtual ‎space L’Auditori Digital (auditoridigital.cat), which includes its own record ‎label and a video streaming platform. This strategy will enable it to ‎continue to attract a younger audience, who this year will have the chance to enjoy the ‎entire season for €85 with the new Flat Rate 35 (available to under 35s) or ‎for €50 with the Flat Rate 25 (available to under 25s). Last season, ‎‎over 340 under 25s showed an interest in L’Auditori events.‎

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    First Movement: The Creation
    L’Auditori is entering a new phase in the form of a trilogy programme based on an artistic ‎narrative modelled on a three-phase life cycle that will bring together all its ‎programmes for the first time, representing a process of genesis (20-21 Season: ‎‎Creation), development (21-22 Season: Love-Hate) ‎and finale (22-23 Season: Death or Return). The venue’s entire ‎programme for September 2020 to July 2023 is rooted in these concepts. ‎
    The first part of the journey focuses on Creation, with approaches ranging ‎from God’s creation according to monotheistic religions to the idea of artistic creation as a ‎result of human necessity. In this section, there will be an opportunity to listen to, among ‎others, works such as Haydn’s The Creation or Thomas Adès’ In Seven ‎Days – Piano Concerto with Moving Image.‎
    This season, we will also address the question of whether music can be created out of ‎nothing by looking at works based on other works of music or fragments thereof, such as ‎Luciano Berio’s Rendering, which was composed based on the sketch for Franz ‎Schubert’s Symphony No. 10. Similarly, we will take a deeper look at more recent music ‎created using pre-existing materials, such as music samples and electronic or turntable music.‎
    We will explore the concept of authorship in popular music, improvised music and new sound ‎creation with songs passed along by oral tradition, works with open scores – where the ‎performer becomes joint creator of the work– and proposals for collective creation.‎
    L’Auditori de Barcelona is thus embarking on a new journey in which its entire programme ‎falls under a comprehensive artistic project while opening new doors to the public – in all its ‎diversity – to ensure that it makes space in which to experience music.‎


    A new image for the new artistic project
    L’Auditori is also premiering its new logo and image to go with this new artistic project that is ‎to be developed over the next three years. One of the main changes is the addition of the ‎word Barcelona to the institution’s logo as part of a local and international ‎repositioning strategy. A diagonal line has also been added as a key graphic element with ‎multiple meanings: the intersection where the many types of musicians and audiences ‎converge at L’Auditori, and the venue’s strategic position at the new cultural pull ‎intersection at Plaça de les Glòries. But, far from being restricted to the logos, this diagonal ‎line will be present in the entire graphic design for this first movement: The Creation evokes ‎allegorical images of origin such as a storm, birth or primates and will be developed in future ‎seasons.‎
    The image which, like the programme, is in the form of a trilogy, has been designed by the ‎design firm Make it Gas and was the winner of the ‎competition held by L’Auditori and the Festival of Arts and Design.‎


    Thomas Adès and Cassandra Miller, guest composers for the season
    The commitment to new creation is in L’Auditori’s DNA. This season, the guest composers ‎will be Thomas Adès and Cassandra Miller, two of ‎today’s most established composers. ‎
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    Thomas Adés (London, 1971)
    Adés, undoubtedly one of the greatest living composers, has been influenced in his work by ‎leading composers such as Benjamin Britten and Héctor Berlioz. Adès sees writing as a ‎lighting of paths through different structures and writes music with a surrealist touch: a ‎recurring action of approaching and drawing back by listening, a game of sorts between ‎opposites that attract and repel each other.‎
    From his chamber and symphonic works there will be an opportunity to listen to ‎‎Arcadiana (1994), Three Studies from Couperin (2006) and In ‎Seven Days (2008). Furthermore, in autumn 2021 we will premiere the violin concerto ‎‎Humouresques conducted by Thomas Adès himself, a work jointly ‎commissioned by L’Auditori and the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish National ‎Symphony Orchestra and the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. ‎
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    Cassandra Miller (Metchosin, Canada, 1974)
    ‎ The music of Canadian composer Cassandra Miller deliberately steers clear from the idea of ‎creation out of nothing. Her entire production is a constant projection of echoes and ‎shadows of fragments and references to other works. In fact, her composition work consists ‎of diluting these references to the point of imperceptibility.‎
    In terms of Cassandra Miller’s work, there will be an opportunity to listen to About ‎Bach for string quartet, Bel Canto for soprano and ensemble, a new piece ‎for voice and electronics, and even the world premiere of a symphonic work commissioned ‎by L’Auditori.‎


    From Cererols to Gerhard, L’Auditori brings back Catalonia’s musical ‎heritage
    The commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Robert ‎Gerhard, one of the leading composers of the 20th century, is a new milestone in ‎L’Auditori’s heritage project. Although Gerhard’s music will feature prominently in ‎L’Auditori’s various programmes, he will not be the only Catalan composer included in them: ‎L’Auditori de Barcelona plans to include 58 Catalan musical heritage works ‎in this season. ‎
    The music of Joan Cererols, Ferran Sor, Carles Baguer, Joan Manén, Gaspar Cassadó, Juli ‎Garreta, Ricard Lamote de Grignon and Eduard Toldrà, among others, will be performed by ‎the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, Barcelona Symphony Band and the instrument, choral ‎and solo performers who will perform at L’Auditori during this and subsequent seasons.‎
    Along the same lines, the design of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s heritage project is based on a ‎commitment to the promotion of current cultural assets, either through ‎performances of works by established composers or through specific commissions ranging ‎from Jordi Cervelló, Albert Sardà or Josep Maria Guix to Raquel García-Tomás, Núria Giménez ‎Comas and Miquel Oliu, to name but a few. The 20-21 season will see the release of ‎‎36 new works.‎
    As part of the Pau Casals Orchestra Centennial, the OBC will tour our ‎region with music performances by this historic ensemble. ‎


    The new International Quartet Biennale opens the season
    L’Auditori’s 20-21 Season will kick off with the first Barcelona International Quartet ‎Biennale, a four-day event featuring some of today’s leading ensembles and ‎including concerts, masterclasses and talks. The event, which will be co-curated by ‎Cuarteto Casals, will feature other quartets including Novus, Artemis and Diotima, ‎among others. ‎
    Although the biennale will focus specifically on Joseph Haydn as one of the main pillars of this ‎genre, it will also feature renowned composers such as Thomas Adès (guest composer of the ‎season), Josep Soler and Jordi Cervelló, among others, as well as creators such as Raquel ‎García-Tomás, Luis Codera Puzo and Octavi Rumbau, with absolute premieres or conscious ‎reviews of past works. ‎


    Eight female guest conductors at the OBC
    The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra will take the lead at the Biennale with ‎a season revolving around the theme of creation from different points of view. With a large ‎number of international figures and an ambitious programme, the orchestra is taking a ‎‎significant step in favour of female talent in the field of conducting and has invited ‎eight female conductors to lead the OBC: Marta Gardolińska, Zoi Tsokanou, Giedrė ‎Šlekytė, Ruth Reinhardt, Anja Bihlmaier, Elim Chan, Shi-Yeon Sung and Laurence Equilbey.‎
    In addition to Kazushi Ono as principal conductor and Jan Willem de Vriend as principal guest ‎conductor, the OBC will perform under the batons of Nuno Coelho, Matthias Pintscher, ‎Ludovic Morlot, Nacho de Paz, Duncan Ward, Francesc Prat, Josep Caballé Domènech and ‎Vassily Petrenko, among others.‎
    Regarding the repertoire, the works to be enjoyed revisit the founding myths of origin or ‎genesis, such as Franz Joseph Haydn’s oratorio The Creation, Richard Strauss’ ‎‎Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days, Alberto ‎Ginastera’s Popol Vuh or the premiere of the symphonic poem “En el ‎temple i el cec de naixement” from Josep Soler’s opera Jesús de ‎Natzaret.‎
    The idea of change will lead us not only towards Richard Strauss’ ‎‎Metamorphosen but also to György Ligeti’s Lontano and Olivier ‎Messiaen’s wonderful Turangalîla-Symphonie, which will open the season. ‎
    The conquest of man’s freedom, man’s progress and the heroic success of the individual ‎takes us to Gustav Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony, Jean Sibelius’ Sixth Symphony and the only ‎opera ever written by Ludwig van Beethoven: Fidelio.‎
    You can also enjoy works by composers who have drawn inspiration from pre-existing works ‎to create new ones. Rendering by Luciano Berio is a reworking of the sketches ‎of Franz Schubert’s Tenth Symphony; Paul Hindemith revisits Carl Maria von Weber with his ‎‎Symphonic Metamorphoses; François Couperin is re-interpreted by Thomas ‎Adès, Richard Strauss and Maurice Ravel; and Robert Gerhard focuses on traditional Catalan ‎repertoire. This is also the inspiration for this season’s two commissions for the composers ‎Raquel García-Tomás and Cassandra Miller.‎
    In the soloist section, it is worth highlighting the Cuarteto Casals’ debut as ‎a solo quartet performing with the orchestra, as well as figures such as the pianists ‎‎Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Khatia Buniatishvili and Josep Colom; the sopranos Iréne ‎Theorin, Dorothea Röschmann and Núria Rial; the tenor Ian Bostridge; the violinists Viktoria ‎Mullova, Pinchas Zukerman and Leticia Moreno; the violist Antoine Tamestit; the cellists ‎Narek Hakhnazaryan and Sol Gabetta; and the flautist Emmanuel Pahud, among others< ‎strong>. ‎
    For the 20-21 Season, the OBC will be increasing the number of events from 24 to ‎‎26, with four extraordinary concerts at a single price of €25 to ‎make the orchestra more affordable for everyone. These concerts will be a double ‎programme of Mahler’s “Titan” Symphony and Raquel García-Tomás’s ‎‎Revisiting Bach.‎
    The film offering will also be redefined, with the soundtrack being performed live by ‎the OBC. The films for this 20-21 Season, at a single price of €25, will include the ‎animation film Up and the Francis Ford Coppola classic The Godfather. ‎


    Mozart Summer Nights Festival
    One of the new changes for this season is the arrival of the Mozart Summer Nights ‎Festival, which will explore the work of this composer from Salzburg with the OBC: ‎we will go from Catalan symphonic masters Carles Baguer and Ferran Sor to their much-‎admired Haydn and the work of the extraordinary French romantic composer Louise Farrenc.‎
    The Festival recovers the spirit of the one with the same name that existed years ago and ‎moves it to the summer. Our resident orchestra will be accompanied by three hugely ‎successful young soloists: the violinist Veronika Eberle, the clarinetist Andreas Ottensamer ‎and the pianist Albert Cano Smit. In addition, it will be conducted by the experts in historically ‎accurate performances Laurence Equilbey, Jonathan Cohen and Andrea Marc. ‎


    Leading conductors and soloists and the Barcelona premiere of Lorin Maaze’s ‎‎“Ring” in the International Orchestra series
    The International Orchestra series, co-produced with Ibercàmera and BCN Clàssics, will open ‎in September with a performance of Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony by the Munich ‎Philharmonic Orchestra under Valery Gergiev’s baton, as well as with Sibelius’ Violin ‎Concerto with Janine Jansen. In November, the orchestra from Weimar will provide us ‎with a unique experience: the work composed by the great conductor Lorin Maazel in the ‎late nineteen eighties will be performed in Catalonia for the first time with excerpts from ‎Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen cycle: 15 hours of opera condensed into 90 ‎minutes of symphonic music. A magnificent example of contemporary creativity based on ‎immortal music.‎
    We will kick off 2021 with the Vienna Radio Symphony and Marin Alsop, who will perform ‎Shostakovich’s Seventh Symphony, which was written as the bombs fell during the siege of ‎Leningrad and is an ode to life and freedom. To celebrate the arrival of spring, the Stuttgart ‎Orchestra will perform Gustav Mahler’s The Song of the Earth. And shortly ‎before Sant Jordi in April there is another concert for your diaries: the Amsterdam Royal ‎Concertgebouw Orchestra will perform under Paavo Järvi’s baton, with Yuja Wang on the ‎piano. The May concerts will close with the Tokyo Symphony Orchestra performing Mahler’s ‎sensational Sixth Symphony led by one of the greatest Mahler experts of our time: Jonathan ‎Nott.‎


    The Symphony Band focuses its Retrat d’Artista on Franco Cesarini
    For the 20-21 Season, the Barcelona Symphony Band will perform ‎‎absolute premieres and music of varied and diverse styles, with a multidisciplinary ‎activity that is able to combine band music with other art forms such as drama, ‎poetry, puppetry and audiovisual shows. The Swiss maestro Franco Cesarini
    , a ‎world-leading figure in band music, will visit us as part of the Retrat d’Artista project. ‎
    Led by its principal conductor, José R. Pascual-Vilaplana, a broad range of projects will be ‎presented offering performances by renowned soloists such as the pianist Ignasi Cambra, ‎the Kebyart Ensemble and the soprano Maria Hinojosa, among others. This is in addition to ‎the contributions of guest conductors such as Philippe Bach, Carlos Ramón and Salvador ‎Brotons, among others. ‎
    The concert to be given by the MAP ensemble, which is formed by Marco Mezquida, Ernesto ‎Aurignac and Ramon Prats, a trip to undreamed-of places, is particularly worth noting. The ‎MAP ensemble, accompanied by the Barcelona Symphony Band, will show us the power of ‎listening as a tool for making music grow. ‎
    In addition, as part of L’Auditori and Apropa Cultura’s social project, the ‎Symphony Band will continue to offer its morning programme La Banda ens Apropa ‎‎(The Band Brings Us Closer), with relaxed sessions aimed at everyone and ‎particularly well-suited to benefit the well-being of all types of audiences. ‎


    Early music: Recovering the voices of forgotten female composers
    The Early Music season is back with a great selection of leading national ‎and international figures. From the El so original (Original Sound) series, ‎which has been led by Jordi Savall for several seasons, to the events we ‎offer jointly with the Bachcelona Festival or the visit by Musiciens du Louvre with ‎the soprano Emőke Baráth, the music of Charpentier, Monteverdi, Bach and ‎Handel will illuminate our lives once again.‎
    In contrast to this music by such universally well-known authors, at the Festival ‎Llums d’Antiga we will take a detailed look at the female creative world ‎and highlight works by very relevant composers who have been silenced by ‎history, such as Francesca Caccini, Isabella Leonarda, Claudia Sessa, Barbara Strozzi, ‎Hildegard von Bingen and Élisabeth Jacquet de la Guerre, among others. Also featuring are ‎ensembles of the calibre of Graindelavoix, returning to the Festival for a ‎second year, Nevermind and the soprano Roberta Invernizzi, and Qvinta ‎Essençia. In addition, we will discover our own musical heritage with a performance ‎of the work known as the Barcelona Mass by the Ensemble Gilles Binchois ‎and a programme ranging from Cererols to Ferrer devoted to the teachers of the Escolania ‎de Montserrat.‎


    Barenboim and the Hagen Quartett in the Chamber season
    Following an unprecedented start with the Barcelona International Quartet Biennale, the ‎‎Chamber Music season will bring us a historic European quartet, the ‎‎Hagen Quartett, which is celebrating its fortieth anniversary.‎
    It will also include a variety of formats with a fusion of piano and brass brought to us by ‎‎Marina Hervàs and Mireia Farrés, Beethoven’s Diabelli ‎Variations with Daniel Barenboim, and Schubert’s Die schöne ‎Müllerin performed by Andrè Schuen and Daniel Heide, as well as ‎the quartets and Nocturne for Piano Trio by the same composer.‎
    This year we will be able to hear, as a violin, cello and piano ensemble, the Trio ‎Fortuny and the Z.E.N. Trio exploring new links between modern and classical ‎works, with a variety of pieces related to the night as well as the nationwide premiere of ‎Bent Sørensen’s Phantasmagoria. ‎
    The conservation and dissemination of musical heritage for future generations is a key part of ‎L’Auditori’s mandate. As part of this season, we will be able to hear, among others, three ‎ballets by Robert Gerhard featuring the pianists Jordi Masó and Miquel ‎Villalba, while Roger Padullés and Josep Surinyac will bring us ‎the songs of a poetic and intimate Juli Garreta.‎


    The L’Auditori de Barcelona Choir is born
    This season, which comes under the theme of Creation, sees the birth of the ‎L’Auditori de Barcelona Choir, a new cog in the complex workings of our venue ‎which will add to Catalonia’s rich choral tradition. This should allow us to produce symphonic-‎choral productions to a high standard in partnership with other leading choirs in our musical ‎ecosystem.‎
    The new ensemble, led by the conductor Xavier Pastrana, is a professional ‎choir that will perform four concerts over the 2020-2021 Season; three with the OBC and one ‎‎a cappella. With the OBC it will perform two of the greatest Catholic sacred ‎works: Mozart’s Mass in C minor and Haydn’s Creation. It will also perform ‎‎The Plague, a late work by Robert Gerhard based on Albert Camus’ novel of the ‎same name that is extremely relevant in the current context. The solo voice programme, for ‎its part, is set in 1936 Barcelona, with a young Benjamin Britten sitting in the audience for the ‎opening ceremony of the fourteenth International Society for Contemporary Music Festival ‎which that year was held in the city thanks to Robert Gerhard’s influence. The main focus of ‎the programme is choral music written by composers such as Bridge, Schönberg and ‎Stravinsky during the English composer’s youth, although it will also include music by some of ‎the Catalan composers selected for the 1936 ISCM Festival concerts, such as Ricard Lamote ‎de Grignon and Juli Garreta.‎


    Sampler Series: New Sound Creation
    Sampler Series, L’Auditori’s new sound creation project, explores the ‎possibility of creation ex-nihilo in the form of an ambitious journey from ‎Karlheinz Stockhausen’s Mikrophonie (1964) to John Luther Adams and the ‎turntables of Otomo Yoshihide and Philip Jeck. ‎
    The fragmentation and reconfiguration of elements of Cassandra Miller‘s ‎music, Bernhard Lang‘s Monadologie series and ‎‎Alfredo Costa Monteiro‘s games of chance and randomness in In ‎Order to Avoid Disorder will be some of the highlights of the Sampler Series in a ‎season that will take us from free jazz to electronic manipulation, helping L’Auditori maintain ‎its position as the epicentre of avant-garde music in Catalonia. ‎


    The Sessions, shaking up today’s music scene
    L’Auditori’s Jazz Sessions are making way for the Sessions, increasing the ‎range of music included in this programme. ‎
    The transformation of material is the foundation on which the creative process of the ‎versatile singer, composer and performer Joana Gomila is based. Her ‎latest work, Paradise, involves folk, jazz, electronic music, improvisation and ‎poetry in this process. The offering of the MAP – Marco Mezquida, Ernesto Aurignac ‎and Ramon Prats – ensemble with the Barcelona Symphony ‎Band is also worth noting. Lluc Casares’ music, on the other ‎hand, is characterised by a combination of composition and improvisation, two creative ‎elements there is always space for in his arrangements.‎
    The dialogue between the past and the present is a recurring path in artistic creation. In ‎‎Para Lole y Manuel (For Lole and Manuel), Alba Molina ‎reviews the important legacy of her ancestors. ‎
    Every season, L’Auditori invites local jazz musicians to reinvent classics from other genres. In ‎this year’s edition, the new ensemble Barcelona Art Orchestra will revisit ‎Nino Rota’s soundtrack of the film The Godfather. Four years after making their ‎debut in L’Auditori, Los Aurora are back with a project based on the music ‎of Manuel de Falla. On this occasion, they will be performing their latest album, which ‎features their characteristic mix of flamenco, jazz and popular music.‎
    The Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC) will add its own touch to the Sessions through two of ‎its most iconic jazz ensembles: the ESMUC Big Band and the ‎‎ESMUC Jazz Project.‎


    Sit Back, modern music with the best possible acoustics
    Sit Back, also having a focus on creation, invites a variety of ‎artists to present their projects designed specifically to be performed using the acoustics ‎available at L’Auditori. ‎
    The line-up includes musician and singer-songwriter Nico Roig, who will be ‎performing the songs from the album Yo siempre sueño que sí, in an immersive ‎concert with binaural sound and a line-up rarely seen in previous works. The composition and ‎performance of Australian singer-songwriter Courtney Barnett, one of ‎today’s most talented mistresses of rock, will similarly be full of personality and charisma.‎
    The bold and groundbreaking offering of Lina_Raül Refree is disrupting ‎the pillars of Portuguese music with a new vision of fado involving the introduction of a piano ‎and analogue synthesisers. The exploration and reformulation of traditional music and its ‎crossover with avant-garde music and electronics is also a feature of the project ‎‎Baiuca, which explores the roots of her native Galicia and techno, global ‎bass and house background. ‎
    The diverse proposal Coros de medianoche [Midnight Choirs] focuses on ‎cultural socio-political assertions and the desire to inspect the mechanisms of popular songs. ‎The prolific composer Enric Montefusco leads the proposal by inviting five ‎artists whose attitude, commitment and talent he admires, Niño de Elche, Maria ‎Arnal, Nacho Vegas and Los Hermanos Cubero, to join this exciting adventure. At ‎the same time and based on their community creation and free experimenting experience, ‎the pan-musical duo Za! will present the macro-project Za! & the ‎TransMegaCobla, with an ensemble that includes the wind quartet and traditional ‎‎coblatransfolk duo ‎Tarta Relena.‎
    L’Auditori has curated the programme for the Sit Back series in partnership with other ‎members of the music world including Primavera Sound and L’Afluent.‎


    Three Catalan creators in the Scenes season
    Scenes, a project in which different artistic disciplines meet, provides ‎fertile ground for creative freedom. Just like a womb, L’Auditori invites three female ‎creators, from their point of view as women, to embark on text, music and even ‎photographic expeditions with the aim of discovering other artistic universes.‎
    One of the women in charge of giving birth to her creation will be Alba ‎Pujol, an extremely versatile stage professional and actress. Her career has ‎gradually become established next to Àlex Rigola, with whom she often works not just as an ‎actress but also as assistant director. This time, Pujol will investigate the field of poetic, ‎symbolic and metaphorical motivation, adding to her choral offering different voices that will ‎link music, verse and drama together.‎
    The artist and photographer Tanit Plana, on her part, has also fully ‎devoted herself to L’Auditori’s commission and undertaken a research and testing project. ‎With her artistic talent and particular brand of visual poetry, Tanit will share her motherly ‎heartbeat to make us reflect on childbirth as a beginning, as a line between life and death, a ‎journey through the abyss of creation.‎
    The third artist is Marina Herlop, a young composer and pianist from Piera ‎who, fascinated by the upheaval that music causes in the soul, has created her own ‎idiosyncratic language. Looking at music as an art form that is expressed by combining ‎sounds, Herlop plays with it making up nonsense lyrics. Her idea based on this generating ‎principle is to build a musical and conceptual scenographic architecture whose basis is the ‎creative process itself.‎


    Festival Emergents, 200 musical newcomers are presented at L’Auditori de ‎Barcelona
    The Festival Emergents Barcelona is the leading music event for getting to ‎know those musicians who will be dominating the music scene over the next few years. At ‎L’Auditori de Barcelona you can immerse yourself in any period of classical music – be it early, ‎classical, romantic, contemporary or new music – as well as jazz and popular music, through ‎solo recitals, chamber music, choral music, orchestra and band concerts, and jazz and modern ‎music groups.‎
    The Festival Emergents Barcelona is run in collaboration with Catalonia’s main educational ‎institutions and ensembles such as the National Youth Orchestra of Catalonia, the National ‎Youth Choir of Catalonia and the Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya. ‎
    As part of the Festival Emergents, the European Concert Hall Organisation and L’Auditori will ‎present the Rising Stars once again. In addition, the concerts to be given by young talented ‎musicians with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra and the Barcelona Symphony Band are ‎also worth highlighting.‎


    L’Auditori Digital: A new record label and video streaming platform
    This season, L’Auditori de Barcelona is launching L’Auditori Digital ‎‎(auditoridigital.cat), a platform where the digital albums recorded by L’Auditori’s ‎new label will be published and where concerts can be streamed on demand.‎
    L’Auditori is thus creating its own new high-quality recording area, with a ‎particular focus on its two resident ensembles, the OBC and the Barcelona Symphony Band, ‎with projects designed to bring together the best works of our musical legacy.‎
    Whereas the OBC will record the symphonic works of Ricard Lamote de Grignon, a key ‎member of the Grup dels Vuit, the Band will give visibility to the works of Carles Suriñach and ‎Miquel Asins Arbó, two composers from Barcelona and contemporaries of his who took their ‎music to faraway lands. ‎
    This door is also open to L’Auditori’s entire programme, although it will have a particular focus ‎on recording commissioned works both in the OBC’s and in the Band’s case, and in relation to ‎the Education Service, the Sampler Series and the jazz and chamber music seasons, among ‎others. ‎
    From the autumn, L’Auditori Digital will provide a video-on-demand ‎platform similar to Filmin or Netflix where subscribers can follow the season’s ‎premieres and concerts. ‎
    The digitisation strategy is part of L’Auditori’s commitment to ‎‎sustainability. Next season, the use of paper will be reduced by ‎‎50%, after 20 tonnes of paper – the weight of four African elephants – were used ‎last year. ‎


    Twenty years of the L’Auditori Educational Project
    The L’Auditori Educational Project commemorates the venue’s 20th ‎anniversary with a renewed commitment to creation, cooperation and learning as ‎part of a comprehensive programme that embraces all types of audiences.‎
    The Social and Educational Project, an unquestionable leader in its field, takes a step ‎forward to highlight links with adult audiences, music students and the most vulnerable ‎groups and to emphasise innovation, music teaching and networking. It will do this ‎by including projects such as masterclasses for music students; becoming involved in the ‎ESMUC Master’s Degree in Performance – which will include orchestra internships with the ‎OBC – and strengthening its links with the UAB’s Institute of Education Science through the ‎pioneering project Els compositors entren a l’aula (Composers Enter the ‎Classroom).‎
    The pre-concert talks known as La Prèvia are being extended and expanded. In addition, the ‎cooperation network with other cultural institutions will also be expanded with the ‎‎new concert Ullsclucs by Arnau Obiols, which has been jointly ‎produced with Fira Mediterrània.‎
    It was at L’Auditori where Apropa Cultura began, a project that works with the most ‎vulnerable groups to ensure that people at risk of exclusion have access to culture. And, in ‎the social sphere, the Educational Project now includes the project Et toca a tu (Your ‎Turn), which aims to bring music to the country’s prisons, with the aim of ‎promoting integration through choral singing, over the next few years. Other choirs and ‎singers – in this case the elderly – can similarly take part in the Canta Gran (Singing for the ‎Over-60s) project, which promotes active ageing through singing and is being taken by ‎L’Auditori to several Catalan towns. ‎
    The digitisation process being carried out in relation to L’Auditori will also be reflected in its ‎Social and Educational Project. This will manifest itself in particular in the ‎‎Cantània project, whose materials will be added to the online catalogue.‎
    In parallel to this, Apropa Cultura will continue with the huge task of ‎making music accessible to the most vulnerable groups, with activities such as An Orchestral ‎Morning and La Banda Ens Apropa.‎


    Museu de la Música
    This year’s exhibition at the Museu de la Música, entitled ‎‎Paul Casals Orchestra. 100 Years, will depict the aesthetic and ‎social actions carried out by the orchestra and the Workers’ Society for Concerts a century ‎ago.‎
    The Music from the Museum concert season will continue, as will the exhibition Music ‎and Nature on the Island of New Guinea, a collaboration with the La Fontana ‎Foundation to uncover another space of faraway sounds and spirits embodied in ‎instruments. ‎


    L’Auditori after Covid-19
    We hope to be able to start the season in September as planned, but the timetable for the ‎return of cultural activities in Barcelona is dependent on the progress of the pandemic.‎
    The following steps have therefore been taken at L’Auditori de Barcelona:‎
    ‎- We have prepared an alternative artistic project to the general one ‎envisaged for the season, designed for online streaming and including symphonic, early, ‎chamber, jazz, pop and new music; a picture of what L’Auditori embodies, with the ‎unchanging element of the work carried out each week by the Barcelona Symphony Band ‎and the OBC, which will feature some of Catalonia’s leading artists such as, among others, ‎Cuarteto Casals and Jordi Savall. We plan to record around 40 productions ‎over the autumn, which will be available on the new platform L’Auditori Digital. We have ‎confirmation from some of the artists who will be taking part, including the jazz pianist Marco ‎Mezquida with his MAP trio; the also jazz pianist Xavi Torres, who will be performing his ‎review of Beethoven’s sonatas; the composer Pablo Carrascosa with the world premiere of ‎his work White commissioned by L’Auditori; Nico Roig with his 3D binaural sound ‎project; Joana Gomila, who will be performing her new work Paradís; and the ‎astounding Amics de la Unió Children’s Choir VEUS, among many others. A digital season ‎ticket giving access to the entire autumn streaming programme on the new channel ‎auditoridigital.cat will be available. In addition, access to individual concerts will also be ‎available for purchase. ‎

    ‎- From 5 June, you will be able to renew season tickets and buy new ones, but you ‎will not be charged for them until the current uncertainty has been resolved. In ‎September, once we know how and when live concerts will resume or whether we are going ‎to implement plan B streaming, subscribers will be informed of the outcome, ‎and the price of season tickets will be adjusted to the final schedule if necessary. Season ‎tickets may be purchased or renewed on the website. ‎
    A-la-carte season tickets, flat fees for young people (under 25s and under 35s) and individual ‎tickets will not yet be made available for purchase. This is for reasons of prudence and ‎responsibility and in order to avoid any unnecessary returns and confusion.‎