The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra presents a socially distanced live autumn season featuring most of the soloists and conductors who had confirmed their attendance. L’Auditori de Barcelona thus offers a separate programme every season to adapt to the requirements arising from the health situation at any given time and try to avoid unnecessary cancellations and refunds.
The autumn season will take place from October to December, with eleven concerts that will also be streamed on the new L’Auditori Digital platform (auditoridigital.cat), which will be available from September.
The 2020-2021 season will open on the weekend of 2 October with the outstanding Maria Florea on violin and Sara Ferrández on viola performing Mozart’s Sinfonia Concertante under the baton of the OBC’s principal conductor, Kazushi Ono. Two artists who are forging brilliant careers and who already delighted the OBC’s audience with their debuts last season.
The autumn season will signal the start of the new artistic project of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s director, Robert Brufau, a programme based on a story that brings together all of L’Auditori’s programmes for the first time and draws inspiration from a three-phase life cycle represented by a process of genesis (Season 20-21: Creation), development (Season 21-22: Love-Hate) and finale (Season 22-23: Death or Return). The first stretch of the journey will therefore focus on Creation from approaches ranging from God’s creation in monotheistic religions to the concept of artistic creation as a result of human need.
Works such as Arnold Schönberg’s Transfigured Night, Three Studies from Couperin by the season’s guest composer Thomas Adès, Brahms’ Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Mahler’s Song of the Earth, Thomas Adès’ In Seven Days, Núria Giménez’s Ad limen caeli (Towards the Doorway to Heaven), György Ligeti’s Ramifications and Sofía Martínez’s Homenaje a Ligeti will reinforce this narrative over the autumn season.
The soloists whose performances we will be able to enjoy during this first part of L’Auditori de Barcelona’s season include, among others, violinists and Cuarteto Casals members Vera Martínez Mehner and Abel Tomàs, who will contribute to the programme with a performance of Arvo Pärt’s sublime Tabula Rasa.
Catalan and Spanish artists will feature throughout the season, with conductors of the calibre of Josep Caballé Domenech and soloists such as the baritone José Antonio López and the pianist Nieves Estarellas.
Pianist Khatia Buniatishvili and flautist Emmanuel Pahud, as well as pianist Sebastian Knauer, violist Antoine Tamestit and tenor Ilker Arcayürek, are the international soloists who will be visiting the OBC over the next few months.
Female conductors Giedrė Šlekytė, Tabita Berglund and Zoi Tsokanou head the list of principal conductors, which will also include Matthias Pintscher, Lionel Bringuier, Ludovic Morlot, Nuno Coelho and Joseph Bastian.
This season, the whole family will have another chance to enjoy The OBC Dances Ravel, the music and dance show directed by choreographer and National Dance Award winner Antonio Ruz.
Special autumn season tickets and safety measures
In order to make them more affordable, L’Auditori de Barcelona has introduced an autumn season ticket that allows you to pick the concerts you would like to attend “à la carte”. Accordingly, ticket purchases to three concerts will benefit from a 25% discount, while purchases of tickets to five concerts will give the buyer 30% off the total price.
The application of the established safety measures has led to some of the projects planned for this season, such as Olivier Messiaen’s Turangalîla-Symphonie and John Adams’ Absolute Jest, to be rescheduled for 2021-2022.
The concerts will be held in accordance with the established safety measures. Members of the audience must wear a face mask at all times, both when entering the building and during the concert. In addition, they must observe social distancing as instructed by the health authorities, and the lift may only be used by one person at a time. Neither will any programmes or leaflets be handed out – instead, these are available to view on our website – nor will there be a cloakroom service. Concerts will be performed without an interval.
L’Auditori de Barcelona will make hand sanitiser dispensers available to the public, and both entry and departure will be staggered.
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Aleix Palau | 28 July 2020
L’Auditori de Barcelona presents the OBC’s autumn programme and confirms the attendance of great guest soloists and conductors
This season’s guest conductors and soloists include Khatia Buniatishvili, Emmanuel Pahud, Matthias Pintscher, Ludovic Morlot, Vera Martínez Mehner, Abel Tomàs, Maria Florea, Sara Ferrández, Nuno Coelho, Tabita Berglund and Josep Caballé Domenech, among others. With an autumn season ticket, you can choose between three and five concerts with discounts of 25% or 30% respectively.