A cinematic experience for the ears
Concrete music is a form of composition that uses recorded sounds and modifies them through various techniques, for example, the manipulation of tapes. In addition to sounds derived from recordings of musical instruments or the human voice, there are those that can be created using synthesizers and computerized signal processing.
In the 1940s, the French composer Pierre Schaeffer was the first to explore concrete music. In its wake came Karlheinz Stockhausen, and concrete music would influence groups and artists from diverse backgrounds – the Beatles, Philip Glass, Pink Floyd were examples.
Lionel Marchetti is one of the main current representatives of concrete music. His performances include live music and improvisation using analog and electronic synthesizers. Marchetti’s compositions are described as being like a cinematic experience for the ears – a musical journey that takes you through different landscapes.
Tuesday, 8 p.m., Tmain restaurant, C. Riera 2, Palma.
The opera returns
Gaetano Donizetti’s elisir d’amore (The Elixir of Love) is one of the Italian composer’s most performed operas. In fact, it is one of the most popular operas in the world.
The first took place in Milan in 1832, its story to do with a poor peasant, Nemorino, in love with Adina, a beautiful landowner. The opéra-comique was very well received and has never looked back.
The classical setting of the opera house is the French Basque Country from the end of the 18th century. But places and times can be changed, and so can the performance of the Teatre Principal. Imagined by Mallorcan José Martret, who was behind some of Spain’s most original theater projects, the love story between Nemorino and Adina was moved to a beach in the Balearic Islands in the 1960s.
Juan Antonio Sanabria is Nemorino and Veronica Granatiero is Adina. The music is from the Balearic Symphony Orchestra.
Wednesday, 8 p.m. Theater director, C. Riera 2, Palma. (Also Friday, same time, and Sunday at 6 p.m.)
Palma gospel singers
Founded in 2015, the Palma Gospel Singers are a non-profit choral group whose goal is to sing gospel music from the heart and dispel all forms of racial discrimination.
Plurality, unity, solidarity and empathy are the key words of the group, whose performances are at the service of charity.
The one that is preparing is for Sonrisa Médica, the association which offers activities in hospitals and helps to boost patient morale. Before this concert, there is one for the benefit of needy families who are helped by the Franciscan Order of Arenal.
The choir is located in the facilities of the Franciscans at the Church of La Porciuncula, which many know better as the Church of Glass, the creation of the architect Josep Ferragut who, among many other projects, was responsible for the Gesa building in Palma.
Sunday, 7 p.m. Church of the Porciuncula (Glass Church), Avda. Fra Joan Llabrés, Arenal (Palma).
Mallorca’s fairs are truly back with a vengeance, and this weekend there is a choice – Alaro, Consell, Felanitx, Inca and Santanyi. The Alaro ‘Gremial’ Fair, dedicated to crafts and artisanal products, it’s Sunday. The Consell Autumn Fair takes place on Saturday, Sunday being devoted to the wine fair.
In Felanitx on Sunday, it is the Foire de Pebre Bord, a celebration of the ‘tap de cortí’ variety of pepper from Mallorca which risked disappearing not so long ago but which was brought back thanks to a determined effort of the producers. A paprika is an essential ingredient in the spicy version of sobrassada.
Santanyi fair is Saturday and will culminate with the ‘Rock’ n ‘Rolla’ night at the sports center starting at 10:30 p.m. – tables for up to eight people, current Covid rules apply. And in Inca, it’s the first of three fairs that precede the biggest of all Mallorcan fairs, next month’s Dijous Bo.
This weekend is the Earth Fair, with Sunday being the main day. Features include a ‘traditional Mallorcan space’ of local produce, exhibitions and performances by dancers and folk musicians.
Balearic Symphony Orchestra
The Teatre Principal d’Inca was inaugurated in 1914. An important cultural place in the “forana part” of Mallorca, the theater would fall into decay and neglect. There were hopes that it could be restored in time for its hundredth anniversary, but these came to naught. Finally, a project was started with the help of funding from the European Regional Development Fund.
The large room can accommodate 600 people and the facade of the building has been completely renovated and modernized.
The Balearic Symphony Orchestra has moved to a new venue for its Thursday night concert season. The Inca Theater has been added to Auditorium Palma, Theater Trui and Auditorium Manacor.
The inauguration of the redeveloped theater will therefore be celebrated with an orchestral program that includes Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock” and “Pagesia Ritual”, the work of Mallorcan composer Baltasar Samper, premiered in 1935. The orchestra is increasingly showcasing the works of island composers, with Samper being recognized as one of the greatest.
Thursday, 8 p.m. Theater director, C. Teatre, Inca.
Grand final on Saturday evening LGTBI choral festival
The Mallorca Gay Men’s Chorus has been one of the most popular groups on the island for several years. In September 2020, the choir was shaken when one of the founders, director Joan Laínez, announced his departure to devote himself to his career as a soloist. For various reasons, other members have also left.
In May and with the installation of Álvaro Chaves as new director, the president of the choir, Jaume Font, said he was “very enthusiastic” for the future. The choir was being reborn, Font accepting that it could never be the same again, but that it would make no sense to try to be. The goals in May were to have a choir of 25-30 members and to be able to host an LGTBI choral festival in Palma in October. And that is exactly what has been achieved.
Choirs from Barcelona, Madrid, France and Poland will join the Mallorcan Gay Men’s Choir for the festival. There are concerts at the Xesc Forteza theater in Palma on Thursday and Friday, and during the day on Saturday there will be performances on a stage in Plaça Major. All the choirs will then meet for the grand finale on Saturday evening.
Saturday, 7:30 p.m., Trui Theater, Camí Son Rapinya 29, Palma.