The three kings
Subject of course to a possible disruption of the Covid, the Kings parades should take place all over the island, the most important obviously being that of Palma. Other kings arrive, as in Palma, by boat, as in Puerto Alcudia and Puerto Soller.
A little background – Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar are not named in the Bible. They acquired their names through the legend and the traditions handed down. As for coming from the east, we really only have the word of the gospel of Matthew for that.
In terms of recent tradition, the Parade of Kings is around 150 years old. The first, it is said, was in 1866 in Alcoy in the Alicante province of Valencia. Another explanation is that it was the Spanish government that decided that there should be parades – in 1885. As far as Palma is concerned, it seems that the first parades took place in the 1920s.
Wednesday, from 6 p.m. in Palma; times vary elsewhere.
A Christmas classic
The Alabama Gospel Choir has become something of a “Christmas classic”, coming regularly to Spain and Mallorca at this time of year.
The choir is made up of about twenty artists who capture the history of Gospel through a journey to the roots of this music in the spirituals of the 19th century and for songs of protest and marches for freedom. The choir has toured the United States and Europe for many years as ambassadors of gospel music.
The repertoire includes “Oh Happy Day” and “When the Saints Go Marching On”. Vitality and spirituality combine with funk and blues, and the songs of the choir convey messages of peace and solidarity, very much in line with the feelings of the season.
Thusday, 9 p.m., Auditorium of Palma, Paseo Marítimo 18, Palma.
Theater Taula Rodona company has been staging ‘L’Adoració dels Tres Reis d’Orient’ (The Adoration of the Three Kings) in Palma since 1985. Based on a work by the Binissalem-born author Llorenç Moyà (of which ‘Via Crucis’ is the inspiration for the representation of Good Friday on the steps of the cathedral), the adaptation contains satirical elements. These are adapted to the issues of the time and to those involved in production. They are all amateurs, coming from various spheres of Mallorcan life, including politics.
As a result, this year’s Caspar is the adviser of the Mallorca Council for Tourism, Andreu Serra. Other participants include Gabriel Fiol and Carme Garí, who form the Voicello duo, and their daughter Lida, who is the baby Jesus.
Thusday, 11:30 am, Ses Voltes (near the cathedral), Palma.
the Vienna Strauss Festival Orchestra was founded in 1978. Since then it has established itself as a leading orchestra which performs Viennese music all over the world.
Composed of members of great Viennese orchestras, the OFS has been giving New Year’s concerts since the turn of the century in the great hall of the Konzerthaus in Vienna. These concerts are followed by a tour, the OFS having already performed in Palma.
There are two conductors, both violinists, Willy Büchler and Peter Guth. It was the latter who founded the OFS, and he was associated with many other great orchestras, such as the Royal Philharmonic in London and the San Francisco Symphony. Willy Büchler founded the highly regarded EOS Quartett in 1992 with colleagues from the Wiener Symphoniker.
In Palma there are two concerts. The first is a tribute to two of film music’s greats – John Williams (‘Star Wars’, for example) and Hans Zimmer (‘The Lion King’, among others). The second takes you to the concert halls of Vienna and the classical world of the waltz.
On Saturday, 5.30 p.m. and 9 p.m., Auditorium of Palma, Paseo Marítimo 18, Palma.
A Blues-Rock Power Trio
Big Yuyu has been around since 2006. A three-way blues-rock power trio, there are few frills in Big Yuyu. Much of their sound is faithful to the one that really broke in the 1960s thanks to Eric Clapton and John Mayall, and they have paid their dues over the years, playing at clubs and festivals on the island and the continent as well as the United Kingdom, Germany and the Netherlands.
Their fifth studio work, ‘Down South City’, was recently released. For this, the group had production assistance from guitarist Isaiah Mitchell, who is a current member of American rock band The Black Crowes. Many of their latest songs were inspired by their time on the road, and they mark a development in terms of sound and composition.
They are Jordi Alvarez (guitar and vocals), Juan Amaro (bass) and Esteve Huguet (drums).
Friday, 9 p.m., Teatre Municipal de Petra Es Quarter, C. Sol 5, Petra.
A tribute to the theater
The Teatre Principal in Inca, closed for years, abandoned and left to rot, is making up for the time lost since its almost total restoration and its recent reopening.
There is a link between the Inca and the Auditorium of Palma, and this through the person responsible for the construction of the auditorium – Marc Ferragut Fluxà, born in Inca in 1901. The auditorium opened in 1969; Marc Ferragut died in 1981. The Teatre Principal is therefore the place of his official proclamation as the illustrious son of the Inca. The tribute will feature a documentary and the Orfeó l’Harpa d’Inca choir.
Next, the Balearic Symphony Orchestra will perform a special concert of two works – “Ritual de pagesia” by Mallorcan composer Baltasar Samper and Haydn’s Symphony No. 101, “The Clock”.
Sunday, 6.15 p.m., Teatre Principal, C. Teatre 10, Inca.