This May I had the opportunity to accompany, The St. Olaf Band during the tour of Spain. A group of a hundred musicians with a hundred instruments, woodwinds, percussions, keyboards and strings. Three concerts in three cities, Valencia, Cullera and Reus.

Mr. Timothy Mahr as a great conductor and composer. The band, it’s made up mainly of students from St. Olaf CollegeNorthfield, Minnesota. A campus internationally recognized for the high level of its music ensembles. Beside the tours in United States each year, the band has performed in different countries, Mexico, Japan, Great Britain, Norway or Central Europe are some of them. This year has been the premiere in Spain. After the experience I’m sure it won’t be the last time.

the stage couldn’t have been better, El Palau de la Músicasituated in Paseo de la Alameda in old Turia riverbed and close to the City of Arts and Sciences. This great architectural ensemble and concert hall with marvelous acoustic, gave the event a deserved prominence. More than a thousand people attended the evening.

This town, located only 38 km south of Valencia is known not only for its truistic appeal, but also for the numerous musical events taking place throughout the year. In Cullera any special occasion is celebrate with a parade of bands. The concert took place at the new Auditorium del Mercado. The evening was a success, even the local TV was present to spread the news.

Sadly we had to leave the Region of Valencia but grateful for the warm welcome received in recent days.

We traveled north along the coast of the Mediterranean sea to the province of Tarragona in the region of Catalonia. Reus, birthplace of Antonio Gaudí, is a reference of modernism. A proof of it is the varied of buildings representing this architectural style. Fortuny Theatre  was the icing on the cake to celebrate the last concert. This awesome baroque theater opened its doors in 1882. The most popular and important companies have performed on its stage over the years.

That day, the young and talented musicians with their flutes, clarinets, saxophones, trumpets, harp, piano and percussion rose to their maximum expression. The theater broke out in appreciative applause.

I’m very proud of Gateway Musical Festivals & Tours and  Perform In Spain who were responsible for managing the tour. It has been an arduous task, but the results show it was well worth the effort.

Here a slideshow of different moments.

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10 Responses

    • Pedro Vega Quilez

      Eva, muchas gracias y perdona el retraso en mi respuesta. La verdad es que fue un tour musical que sintonizó perfectamente con los lugares escogidos. Espero el proximo!

  1. ameserosviajeros

    No conocíamos estas iniciativas, acabamos de descubrir vuestro blog y nos encanta que esté todo relacionado con Barcelona, ya que nosotros somos de ahí! Un saludo y os esperamos por nuestro blog!

    • Pedro Vega Quilez

      Muchas gracias por vuestro comentario, aunque precisamente en este post no hable de Barcelona. Si que esta centrado en la ciudad pero abierto a otros lugares. No dudéis que me paso por vuestro blog. Hasta pronto,
      Pedro VQ


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