2018 Concert Season in Spain & Portugal

I am back at the office after an amazing concert season this year and heading deep into the summertime. This July, once the clouds are gone and  the dry heat is on, we will spend most of the time with the family, working  on next  concert season, enjoying  several outdoor concerts, thanking all the people  who  worked together with us on  each success we had and preparing the next  third edition of   Pueblos Blancos Music Festival that will  take  place  this Sept 6-9th.

It was on March, when we went on the road and since then and for  four months, wehad touring over 1000 musicians  throughout Spain and Portugal. We organized 85 concerts  in total and some days we had three different ensembles playing on three different corners of the Iberian peninsula. Over 30,000 people attended to all our concerts and welcomed each ensemble with outstanding ovations, no matter if they were choirs, bands or symphony orchestras. No matter if they were HS music students, college or adult community choirs or wind bands.

It is impossible to thank to all the many collaborators we had, from our international partners to  the local ones ( townhalls, cultural authorities, festivals, music halls, cathedrals, charity organizations, private institutions and foundations, schools and conservatories, professional musicians and ensembles, old friends and  our staff, particularly to my wife Kitty who   worked  in the shadow and behind each scenario.

It will be also very hard to say which of the ensembles were my favourite ones as I met most of them and attendend to most of the  concerts but  I only spent full time touring with few. Probably this made me having strong memories  of all of them and of their music. Want to  give very special thanks  to Ebbe Munk and the Copenhagen Royal Chapel that came  at the end of April and sang beautifuly in  Lisbon at the Monastery of Jeronimos, in Salamanca at the Old Cathedral, in  Seville at Church of El Salvador and  the final one in Malaga´s cathedral. It was the third visit of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel choir to  the Iberian peninsula with us, but this tour was  probably  the best of all.

Under the title ” Choir Sounds of Joy and Reflexion” they presented  choral masterpieces from Italy, Germany, Scandinavia and Russia, from reinassance until today. Listening O Magnum Mysterium by Morte Lauridsen, the Benedictus by Carl Nielsen or the Bogoroditse Devo by Rachmaninov brought myself and all audiences to another dimension,  while  Helen Davis played beautifully  several harp solos.

The Phoenix Boys Choir came back to Spain and Portugal, also for their third time. Under  Georg Stangelberger, the choir performed  10 concerts in 16 days, from the North of Spain to Andalusia. Special memories of the  concerts in  the  Picos de Europa National Park  at the Basilica de Covadonga, and  at San Martin Pinario Monastery in Santiago de Compostela or the Monastery of Santa Clara in Coimbra. But also   at the Cathedrals of Alcala de  Henares and Salamanca, the sharing concerts in Madrid and Sevilla or  the  concerts in Ecija or Granada.

Last full tour was my with daughter  Paula and Pedro Vega. We toured together with the Twickenham Winds from Huntsville, Alabama. The band members were travelling with friends and family . David  and Carol Spencer  falled in love with Spain few years ago  while he was conducting  a HS Band from Huntsville and decided to return with a band  of professional musicians  and  friends. Performing  outdoor at the main Plaza during a stormy afternoon in the mountains of Madrid was a question of faith and love  for sharing music with the locals. Suddenly the sky opened and the music started. As we say here the Madonna always appears ! Taking some of the group members to listen to some guitar at the caves of Sacromonte in Granada,    attending  at the Maestranza Opera House in Seville to see Carmen and Victor Ullate´s Ballet, performing in Puerto de Santa Maria Theatre or  opening the wind band festival in Andalusia, where some highlights that will stay in our memories forever.

Other memorable concerts were the Boston College Choir in Ecija, the MIT Concert Choir concerts in Barcelona, Valencia and the mountains of Madrid, the Villanova Singers at the Cathedral of Valencia, all the concerts of the MSU and CLU universities throughout Spain. Also the Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra in Plaza Mayor  in Madrid or the three concerts we presented at the Andalucia Music Festival thanks to the support and friendship of  Vicente Coves and the European Guitar Foundation. Also the concert of MSU at the opening day of the Festival de Ubeda inside the old church of San Lorenzo and the day before were we moved in 24 hours inside   an old cloister and chapel in Alcala La Real where  the international congress of synestesia just finished……

Special thanks for all audiences, many of them who had  been following our concerts over the years. Also to the different churches and  catholic communities, priests and bishops and charity of organizations as Caritas.

And of couse, cannot forget our staff, from my wife Kitty and my daughter, to Carlos Muiña, Aurora, Pedro Vega, Cesar Higueras, Violeta, Caroline, Luis el Cubano,Don Francisco, Juan Jose Davalillo, Pedro Alburquerque, Luis Fernandes, Jorge, Jose, Isaac, Lazaro, Toñin, Goyo, Jose Manuel, Don Francisco, Maria Diversity, Maxi Santos, Pedro Ordoñez, Fernando Motas, Diego Martinez, Paco Toro, Juan Angel de Ubeda, Fredi Anfirock, Fran Muñoz (Sevilla)…. and many other friends Gracias !!!!


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