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:
PAUL KLEE, THE VIOLINIST PAINTER
Perhaps no other twentieth-century artist has had such a close relationship with music as the Swiss painter Paul Klee, himself a consummate violinist, to the extent that his own manner of painting contains elements stemming from musical composition. This concert will demonstrate the parallelisms between music and painting by comparing certain musical works with some of Paul Klee’s paintings.
THE ONE-ACT ZARZUELA: MUSIC IN THE THEATRE
Telling stories that entertain and amuse has always been one of the missions of theatre. Occasionally, music was added to the theatrical performance, meaning that apart from speaking, the characters were also required to sing. This is the main characteristic of zarzuela. This concert is an introduction to this musical genre, which is so closely linked to Spanish culture, with the complete performance of a zarzuela in chamber format.