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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.‎

L’Auditori de Barcelona presents the OBC’s autumn programme and confirms the ‎attendance of great guest soloists and conductors

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 (, 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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