The programme of events begins on the 8th of March and includes a second premier of Catalonia’s most emblematic Sardana, “La Santa Espina”
In 2014, Barcelona will replace Arenys de Munt as Capital of the Sardana and will host a programme of a hundred or so events and activities that will continue up until the end of the year. The starting pistol will sound on the 8th of March in the Fossar de les Moreres where, at midday, the institutional proclamation will be read, the Sardana Capital flag will be handed over, the inaugural address will be made by Màrius Serra and the dancing will begin. In the evening, the popular festivities will be transferred to the Avinguda de la Catedral where they will continue the following day with a new audition of Sardanas in the morning accompanied by the “cobla” Ciutat de Cornellà.
Without a doubt one of the highlights of the first days of Barcelona’s designation as Capital of the Sardana will be the second premier of La Santa Espina in concert format on the 15th of March in the Barcelona Teatre Musical. This emblematic piece, with music by composer Enric Morera and text by Àngel Guimerà, will be interpreted by the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès and conducted by Rubén Gimeno, who will interpret the original score written especially for this orchestral format. Mezzo-soprano Anna Alàs, tenor David Alegret and baritone Enric Martínez-Castignani will interpret the three principal voices while the remaining choral parts of the piece will be interpreted by the Polifònica de Vilafranca choral group.
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