The Councilor for European Funds, University and Culture, Miquel Company, today presented the 2023-24 season of the Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra, the last one before the inauguration and transfer to the new headquarters of the Caixa de Música.
The season, which runs from September to May, includes three season ticket cycles with 18 concerts and continues to focus on the participation of artists from the Balearic Islands such as the violinist Francisco Fullana, the soprano Maria Camps, the tenor Joan Lainez, as well as a concert tribute to the guitarist Gabriel Estarellas directed by his son and performed by Antonio Perelló.
Of the three subscription cycles, the Palma Auditorium will host eight concerts; the Trui Teatre, four; and the Teatro Principal of Palma, six. In addition to the seasonal concerts, the Symphony will continue to offer the cycles in Manacor and the proposals of “Illes Sonores”, “Sonam per tu”, as well as school and family functions, among others.
Company has thanked all the staff of the Symphony and the Department for their work with the construction of the Caixa de Música, which “will increase the influx of public, the number of concerts and will favor the reduction of costs.” In addition, he recalled other milestones such as the production of the first opera by the Government, The Archduke, or the celebration of the first edition of the Joan Pons International Singing Competition, as well as the premiere of works by island authors and collaborations with local creators. or the fulfillment of the Symphony’s commitment to reach all the islands.
The head conductor of the Symphony, Pablo Mielgo, has given details of a “quite symphonic” program that will begin on September 27 at the Teatro Principal in Palma with the UMA Choir of Mallorca to perform some of the most famous film soundtracks.
For the closing, on May 9, at the Auditorium of Palma, they reserve the Symphony no. 36, K.425, by Mozart and Rachmaninov’s Symphonic Dances conducted by Joshua Weilerstein.
Mielgo has stressed that the programming is based on the “three pillars of the artistic consolidation of the Orchestra: maximum quality in the soloists and guest conductors, varied programming for all stylistic sensibilities and great works of the symphonic repertoire never addressed by the Symphony.” .
The Trui Teatre cycle is made up of four concerts from October 4 to December 7 with artists such as the pianist Iván Martin; the tuba soloist of the Symphony, Tobías Isern, and the presence of the guest conductors Pablo González and Beatriz Fernández.
The managing director of the Symphony, Pere Malondra, explained that the season ticket (€100) will be available from September 4 to 21 and individual tickets (€30) from September 28, at the Trui Teatre box office.
The Teatro Principal de Palma cycle will be six concerts between September 2023 and April 2024 with zarzuela programs with the soprano Maria Camps and the tenor Joan Lainez and the Christmas Concert and French music from the 19th century, among others. In addition, it is worth highlighting in this cycle the tribute concert to Gabriel Estarellas, on January 11, with his Return Concerto for guitar and orchestra performed by solo guitarist Antonio Perelló and conducted by Gabriel Estarellas Pascual. In this cycle, Francisco Fullana will be the concertmaster, soloist and conductor on March 7 to perform Beethoven’s Violin Concerto and Symphony No. 41, called “Jupiter”, by Mozart.
The season ticket (€140) will be available from September 5 to 14 and individual tickets (€35) will be available from September 20, at the Teatro Principal box office in Palma.
The Auditorium de Palma cycle will begin on January 25 with top-level soloists such as pianists Gerhard Oppitz, Lise de la Salle and Alexandra Dovgan; violinists Daniel Lozakovich and Leia Zhu; flutist Emmanuel Pahud and guest conductors Joji Hattori, Christoph Koncz and Joshua Weilerstein.
The passes, with prices from 175 to 225 euros, will go on sale from September 4 to October 30, 2023 for old subscribers and, from November 6, 2023 for new subscribers. Individual tickets, from €30 to €35, will be sold from November 13, at the Auditorium box office in Palma.
During the press conference, Company took stock of cultural management over recent years and highlighted the area’s budget increase from 17.8 million euros in 2015 to 28.7 million euros this year, an increase of 61%. . Along the same lines, the resources allocated to aid have gone from 500,000 euros to almost 5 million and lines of subsidies have been incorporated for creation, research, cultural projects, creation centers or the modernization of equipment. In this sense, the increases in fairs and festivals (from 185,000 to 900,000 euros) and aid for audiovisual production (from 60,000 to 900,000 euros) stand out.