Family concerts (2017)

2, 16 December 2017
Saturday Concerts:


Since 1975, the Fundación Juan March has organised Educational Concerts for Young People, a program whose main objective is to stimulate the musical and aesthetic experience in students. Each year, around 15,000 primary and secondary students attend these concerts, accompanied by their teachers. Presented by outstanding performers, soloists or chamber ensembles, these concerts are accompanied by talks given by specialists and occasionally use audio-visual images and musical examples to enrich their explanations of instruments, composers, periods, etc. This year, the final two Saturday Concerts open to the general public will consist of educational concerts presented in the same form in which they are usually conducted for school children. These are the two concerts programmed for december:

A MORNING AT THE ZARZUELA. "The beautiful genre"
A zarzuela performance written by Carlos Crooke

Many young people undoubtedly believe that zarzuela is music of the past, more suited to their parents (or even their grandparents) than themselves. But this concert aims to show that this music can be interesting. Using excerpts from the most popular zarzuelas, we are witness to a story of love and jealousy between Virginio, an out-of-work writer, and Felipe, a football addict. Although they are friends, they both vie for the love of the young Cuban girl Cecilia. At the same time, the concert will demonstrate how music helps to define the profile of each character, their intentions and moods.

For two pianos and presenter

At the outset of the twentieth century there was an outburst of new forms of artistic creation with very different social origins and aesthetic approaches. In the United States, jazz was born. This style of composing and performing music emerged in New Orleans and was based on rhythms with Afro-American roots such as the blues and ragtime. The success of this new style was such that it soon reached Europe and was embraced by classical-music composers. This concert narrates the history of an encounter between two different musical worlds, which, nevertheless, wound up intertwining.

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