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Young Prodigies Of Classical And Jazz Take Over Auditori de Barcelona

The Emergents del Auditori festival concentrates from Thursday to Sunday, the best of local and international talent, which will give a lot to talk about in the future. There are 13 proposals that go from jazz to symphonic music, in just four days.

The new and concentrated format, due to the pandemic, will feature artists such as the young pianist Alexandra Dovgan , a prodigious 13-year-old Russian performer sponsored by Sokolov , who considers her performances as mature as they are spectacular.

The teenager will perform the ‘Piano Concerto no. 1 ‘by Felix Mendelssohn on Saturday and Sunday, directed by maestro Kazushi Ono, head of the OBC. Cellist Anastasia Kobekina, another Russian phenomenon, will perform with the Barcelona group on Friday with the ‘Cello Concerto’ by Robert Schumann, which he will perform with a valuable Guadagnini who has been assigned to him after achieving important triumphs in the main European competitions. The OBC program at these concerts will be completed with Schubert’s ‘Sexta’.

The award-winning Kebyart Ensemble saxophone quartet , which emerged in Esmuc and is currently completing its master’s degree in Basel and will be ECHO Rising Stars next year, will demonstrate its category this Sunday by debuting with the Barcelona Municipal Band.

They will premiere the ‘Concerto for saxophone quartet and wind ensemble’, by David Maslanka , a work of great intensity. The program, directed by José R. Pascual-Vilaplana, will also include other works by Maslanka: ‘Mother earth’ and ‘Give us this day’.

Chamber music will also feature interesting proposals, from the Da Vinci Trio -Maria Florea, violin, Marion Platero, cello and Àlex Ramírez, piano-, which will play works by Maurice Ravel and Gaspar Cassadó, to the violinist Diana Tischenko who together The pianist Georgy Tchaidze will offer César Franck’s ‘Sonata in A’ and Sofia Gubaidulina’s ‘Dancer on a Tightrope’, among others.

The harpsichordist Inés Moreno , a descendant of an outstanding saga of musicians, and the Portuguese mezzo-soprano Helena Ressurreiçao , both students in Catalonia, will offer one performance each. The first, a recital with works by Bénigne Balbastre, Pancrace Royer, Antoine Forqueray, Johann Sebastian Bach and Jacques Duphly, among others. The second will focus on a repertoire with songs by Grieg, Mahler, Debussy and Chaicovski.

Two corals, one director
The two choirs participating in the Emergents festival will be directed by Lluís Vilamajó . The Jove Capella Reial de Catalunya , which he has promoted with Jordi Savall, will perform music by Claudio Monteverdi (1582-1643) and his contemporaries. And with the Cor Jove Nacional de Catalunya he will offer a romantic repertoire.

Room 3 of the Auditori, the Tete Montoliu, will be dedicated to jazz and other music. Each day, different experienced musicians will perform in three higher centers in Barcelona: Liceu, Taller de Músics and Esmuc.

Mar Serra, a jazz pianist who comes from the classical world, will present with his ensemble his second album ‘I semper demà’, where he pays tribute to four composers he admires: Mompou, Montsalvatge, Gerhard and Blancafort. “My way of writing is very classical, for me the dialogue between the musicians is fundamental.

I want each one to have the same importance, as in chamber music”, admits the composer and pianist. “What attracts me to jazz is the freedom to improvise.” The Liceu Jazz Group sextet completes the program together with thePere Navarro Quintet , with his mix of jazz and funk and the magnetic Mallorcan singer Clara Fiol will allow to experience the traditional music of his land in a different way, in a very fresh way.

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