The Barcelona Symphony Orchestra (OBC) is returning to L’Auditori de Barcelona to record six concerts with some of Catalonia’s leading conductors and soloists. The performances will be recorded by Catalunya Música and broadcast on the radio channel’s “OBC d’estiu” programme, presented by Joan Vives, at 11 am every Sunday from 2 August to 6 September. Also during the summer, Catalunya Música will broadcast four Barcelona Symphony Band concerts recorded during the 2018-19 season. The performances will be broadcast at 11 am on Fridays, 10, 17, 24 and 31 July. In addition, this month the Barcelona Symphony Band will record four concerts to be broadcast by Catalunya Música in the autumn.
The OBC, for its part, will launch the programme “Simfonies d’estiu a L’Auditori” on TV3 with four concerts presented by culture journalist Jofre Font. After months of inactivity, the public and the OBC will be reunited from 11 am on Sunday, 12 July. The next concerts on TV3 will be broadcast on Sundays, 19 and 26 July at 11 am, and 2 August 2 at 9.45 am.
These concerts will highlight Catalonia’s musical heritage, with works by composers such as Robert Gerhard, Eduard Toldrà, Joan Manén and Carles Baguer, among others, as well as by current composers Josep Maria Guix and Ramon Humet.
Their work will be supported by pieces by international composers from all eras. From Handel to Mozart, from Tchaikovsky to Copland, from Dvořák to Ligeti, the OBC has clearly chosen a high-quality repertoire that showcases the Orchestra’s vast array of options. In order to ensure musicians’ safety, this will be a reduced version of the OBC, with performers appearing in alternating shifts to avoid prolonged exposure between them.
The Orchestra will perform under the batons of conductors such as Daniel Espasa, Francesc Prat, Pablo Rus and OBC Concertmaster Vlad Stănculeasa, who will conduct the ensemble for the first time. Furthermore, in the soloist department, the Orchestra will feature artists that are well known in Catalonia, such as the soprano Marta Mathéu and the tenor Marc Sala.
This agreement has been concluded as part of the Catalan Media Corporation’s (CCMA) mission to promote and disseminate culture and its commitment to ensure the coverage of the region’s major cultural events by working in partnership with institutions engaged in the promotion of culture, creation and innovation.
*The concert programme can be downloaded here.
Aleix Palau | 6 July 2020
This Sunday marks the start of the OBC’s series of summer concerts to be broadcast by TV3 and Catalunya Música
The public and the OBC will be reunited on TV3 and Catalunya Música with the special programmes “Simfonies d’estiu a L’Auditori” (“Summer Symphonies at L’Auditori”), presented by Jofre Font, and “OBC d’estiu” (“Summer OBC”), presented by Joan Vives.
The programme, which places special emphasis on Catalonia’s musical heritage, will feature conductors and soloists from all over the region.