COVID-19. Security measures at L’Auditori de Barcelona. MORE INFO

Aleix Palau | 27 October 2020

The Stradivarius of Antoine Tamestit and the baton of the director Giedrė Šlekytė come together this week with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

Antoine Tamestit will be performing with the 'Gustav Mahler' viola, a Stradivarius instrument dating from 1672, which is the oldest surviving viola from the famous Italian craftsman.
The young Lithuanian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė makes her debut at the helm of the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra with a programme including works by Pla, Telemann, Ligeti, Brahms and Kodály.

The Stradivarius of Antoine Tamestit and the baton of the director Giedrė Šlekytė come together this week with the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra

This Friday and Saturday the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra is back with the programme A theme by Haydn. A project that will serve as the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of the Latvian conductor Giedrė Šlekytė, one of today's most acclaimed young conductors and who, after the Barcelona concert, is expected to be engaged by the Staatskapelle Weimar, the Staatsorchester Darmstadt, and the opera houses of Frankfurt and Zurich.

She will be accompanied by the soloist Antoine Tamestit, an international benchmark in the world of the viola, who will hit the stage of Hall 1 Pau Casals at L'Auditori de Barcelona to perform using the Stradivarius viola, known as the 'Gustav Mahler'. This instrument dates from 1672 and is the oldest of the ten surviving violas from Cremona's famous luthier.

The starting point of the programme is Variations on a theme by Haydn by Johannes Brahms. In the same way that the classics draw on apparently simple motifs to produce a set of variations that transcend the original subject, Brahms uses a theme from the Divertimenti attributed to Haydn to produce eight variations that explore the entire palette of orchestral resources.

The music of Béla Bartók and Zoltán Kodály cannot be divorced from the extensive knowledge that both composers had of Hungarian popular music. Kodály revisits the sound landscapes of his childhood through the Dances of Galánta, based around the lively verbunkos dances of the 18th century.

The Viola Concerto in G major by Georg Philipp Telemann is the first known concertante work for viola, and also one of the most widely performed by this instrument, together with the Sonata by György Ligeti. The music of Manuel Pla, one of the principal Catalan composers of the 18th century, tops the bill.

You can watch the concert streamed live on L'Auditori Digital* this Saturday at 7 pm.
*Subscription to L'Auditori Digital is just €1 for the first month.

The concert on Friday 30 will begin at 7 pm and not 8 pm as originally scheduled.

The music doesn't stop at L’Auditori de Barcelona
In view of the new security measures established by the competent authorities, at L'Auditori de Barcelona we have adjusted the timings of some concerts so that people can attend the concert and still get home calmly. Furthermore, L'Auditori de Barcelona would like to remind you that our programme is continuing as planned, as the regulations issued by the Department of Health do not affect future concerts. We would also like to highlight the fact that L'Auditori de Barcelona respects the 50% capacity limit, in addition to the other prevention measures outlined in the plans for the sector, which regulate cultural activities.

For this reason, members of the public must wear a mask at all times, both when entering the building and during the concert. Likewise, interpersonal distances must comply with the requirements of the health authorities and the lift must only be used by one person at a time. No programme booklets or flyers will be available, but these can be consulted on the web by using the QR codes, which can be found in various areas of L'Auditori, and the cloakroom service will not be offered. From this weekend the catering service will be closed. All concerts will be held without an intermission.

L'Auditori de Barcelona, as an institution that is implementing all the established guidelines, is guaranteeing that culture reaches everyone safely.

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