Let's go to a concert! with the Philharmonic Orchestra and La Nau Choral School for spring

  • Musical Activities Department
  • March 25th, 2019
The Orquestra conducted by Beatriz Fernández during a concert in Zaragoza

On Saturday 13 April, the Universitat de València invites the university community to a new encounter with music with the arrival of spring and good weather. With the suggestive proposal 'It's spring: Let's go to a concert!' the Philharmonic Orchestra proposes a concert along with the La Nau Choral School and the Angelic Voices Amici Musicae Chorus of the Auditorium of Zaragoza in the Sala Iturbi of the Palau de la Música, at 7.30 pm.

At the beginning of the concert the Orchestra will perform Claude Debussy's "Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune", a symphonic poem premiered in Paris in 1894 in which the wind instruments (flutes and oboes) play a central role accompanied by the strings of violins, violas and the harp. "It is a work that served as a backdrop for the choreographed ballet for the Russian Ballets that delves into the impressionist language, with harmonic and melodic brushstrokes that contrast with the other two works," explains the director of the Orchestra.

Next we will enjoy sacred music, with the piece "Litanies à la Vierge Noire" by composer Francis Poulenc, in the words of the conductor of the Orchestra Beatriz Fernández, "a short but very intense piece". This would become Poulenc's first religious composition after regaining faith in religion and would give rise to other sacred compositions by the author, such as motets, masses or the opera "Dialogues des Carmélites".  Dedicated to the black virgin of Rocamadour, the piece was composed for a choir of angelic voices.

It is in this composition that the Tramuntana Chorus  of the a Nau Choral School, directed by Mònica Perales i Massana, and the Angelic Voices Amici Musicae Chorus of the Auditorium of Zaragoza, created with the aim of promoting choral singing from childhood, directed by Javier Garcés and Isabel Solano, will participate.

The concert will close with Béla Bartók's "Concert for Orchestra". "We started with something very deep and ended with Bartók's concert, written in the last years of his life, in a very critical situation in the United States, and commissioned by his friend Serge Koussevitzky", says Fernández.

Divided into five movements, each describes different emotions of the composer himself, from desolation to the feeling of survival and making the most of his time, when Bartók already knew that he did not have much left because of the leukaemia he suffered. Before beginning this Concert, the director of the Philharmonic Orchestra will make an introduction so that the public can understand the different emotions between which the author moves to the different movements.

"It is very interesting, for example, the second movement, called 'game of pairs', where the wind instruments are presented in pairs and the audience can learn a little more about the instrumentation and also at the level of tone colour and sonority. In the fourth, Bartók uses irony, with a burlesque tone and dissonances, to attack Shostakovich's simplistic and superficial musical conception. I would also like to highlight the fifth movement, where it uses popular melodies from the traditional music of its Hungarian origin, but in a very integrated way with the rest of the score," explains the director.

This concert will be the culmination of the masterclass of orchestra conducting, given by the musical and artistic director of the Orchestre d'Auvergne Robert Forés Veses, and the course '(De)constructing music: let's go for a concert' that the Musical Activities area co-organises with the CEFIRE Artistic-expressive and in collaboration with the Palau de la Música de Valencia.

Tickets, unnumbered, have a reduced price of 5 euros and can be purchased through the link http://links.uv.es/ivjCYr8 or at the box office of the Palau de la Música.

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