Voces Blancas,White Voices

We are proud to announce that this Spring season 2018 we will have some of the most prestige children´s choirs touring in Spain and Portugal. Early next week we have the visit of the Copenhagen Royal Chapel  Choir under the direction of Ebbe Munk and with the harp of Helen Davis Mikkelborg  will be singing  at the Church of the Monastery of San Jeronimo next Wednesday April 25 at 17 h their first concert before continue towards Salamanca´s Catedral Vieja ( Old Cathedral) where they  will sing on Saturday 28 at 20.30 h. The third concert will take place at the Iglesia Colegial del Divino salvador on Monday April 30 at 21 h and the final concert  at Malaga Cathedral on Tuesday May 2nd at 21 h. All concerts will be admission  free and limited seats. They will continue then to the United Kingdom where they will sing  with the King´s College Choir before ending their European tour.  This will be the third time they toured with us and  we cold only say that the past tours they received the best  reviews  and  were acclaimed by large audiences so we do hope this one will be outstanding. The program under the title of Choir Sounds of Joy and reflexion ( Cantos de Alegria y Reflexion ) will include the  works of known composers as Felix Mendelsshon, G.P Palestrina and  scandinavian composers as Sven David Sandström, Palle Mikkelborg and Carl Nielsen and a the beautiful  piece for harp , Ave Maria by Sergej Rachmaninov.

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir at Parroquia de San Jerónimo de Madrid- - Ebbe Munk, Director May 2014- Photo by Juanlu Vela

Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir at Parroquia de San Jerónimo de Madrid- – Ebbe Munk, Director May 2014- Photo by Juanlu Vela


Always proud to  welcome  again  to an old friend, Georg Stangelberger conducting the Phoenix Boys Choir and the Men´s Choir. It was almost “yesterday” when he came with his choir to Spain almost 15 years ago and since then they falled in love with the venues and audiences. On their past  second tour , few years ago they sang  almost 17 concerts in 20 days across  the Iberian peninsula including both countries and the area of Lisbon. This early June they will start  touring across the Northern  Spain,  probably the richest area  in Spain about choral music tradition with churches and monasteries along the coast that were following the old pilgrimage roads to Santiago. From mystical Galicia they will drive towards Porto and Coimbra where they will sing before entering in Salamanca and then Madrid and Andalusia. We  will keep you update the  during the next days. George Stangelberger conducted the Viena Boys Choir before he moved with  his family to Phoenix (Arizona, USA) where he had been teaching  and trainning the children´s voices for over a decade building what is consider among the best Children´s Choirs in North America. The Phoneix Boys Choir will be singing in Gijon(June1st), Santiago de Compostela( June 3rd), Porto ( June 4th), Coimbra ( June6-7 TBC), Salamanca(June 8th), Alcala de  Henares ( June 9th), Madrid( June 10th) Sevilla( June13th)Jaén(June15) and  the final concert in Malaga (June16).


The last Children Choir  this season in Spain is the New York Children Chorus that will be  on tour at the end of June and will sing in Valencia, Granada and Madrid  between June 23-28. Directed under Mary Wannamaker Huff will  sing an excellent repertorie from the classics (Mendelsshon, Schubert) to contemporary (Bernstein, Copland, Gershwin),  but also African American Spirituals and Traditional American choral music as well.  For  any updates of these choral concerts and fresh daily information about our season, we suggest to follow and visit our FB page

Josu Camacho



Venues in Spain


It has been a while since we started organizing concerts and events in Spain for musical ensembles and always choosing the right venues where we could get the warmest and larger audiences and the best possible acoustic conditions was a big task for me.

We worked with many  calendars over the years, where Mondays were always Mondays, when suddenly Real Madrid was playing the European championship the same day and hour that we booked a venue at a bullring for a wind ensemble, or when inside a medieval church in Old Castile just before rehearsing and sound checking with a choir, we had to wait until the funeral  mass or wedding was over to start the concert if we wanted to guarantee an audience,…. We use to work  every year on over 70 concerts per  season, plus our  Pueblos Blancos Music festival and  our Castile International Choral Festival.

We will be glad to speak with you and discuss about the alternative venues and festivals we can offer to you for your concert tour to Spain and Portugal anytime.

Spain and Portugal are located inside the Iberian peninsula, at the end of the end of the known  world and are among the oldest countries in Europe with amazing venues for both  vocal and instrumental ensembles.

Choral groups have the privilege to sing inside  ancient temples  from the Roman times such as  beautiful basilicas, Visigoth and Romanesque Churches or Gothic Cathedrals, where  the sound of their voices and its music will be on the air …….

For instrumental ensembles, we can offer a  excellent selection  of venues, both indoor and outdoor. Symphony Halls, Modern Auditoriums , Classical  Style Theatres or Conservatory Halls are some of the best examples all over Spain. During summer, most of the  cultural activities are outdoor, and your  orchestra or wind ensemble will be able to perform in  beautiful plazas or corners in the medieval squares  in front of  incredible audiences and as part of some of the  best music festivals in Europe as Granada , Segovia or Santander.

Summer Concerts & Festivals in Spain 2017


Once we are in mid July and after a break before start working on next year season, it is time to look back to the past months of May and June as one of the most productive concert seasons we did organize over the past years. 26 concerts happened in  two weeks. From choral to jazz, from wind to symphony. Over 10,000  audience welcomed their concerts. Music  spread from Lisbon to Barcelona, from Bilbao to Puerto de Santa Maria, from Salamanca to Ubeda, from Valencia to Reus all over the Iberian peninsula.


The WUC performed in Barcelona, Montserrat, Bilbao, Salamanca, Madrid and Alcala de Henares, while the LCCB played in Madrid , Valencia, Puerto de Santa Maria and Ubeda, while the UCBSO played in Ubeda, Granada, Valencia and Reus and while the  different ensembles of the Pacific University performed in  Setubal, Lisbon, Madrid, Valencia, Castelldefells and Barcelona.

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There were some special days for us,  as Saturday 27 May, as  when the choir were singing in  Bilbao under the direction of Mark A. Hafso works of Palestrina , Victoria, Tichelli, David Brunner or Randall Stroop ;  at the Festival  Internacional de Musica de Ubeda, the UCBSO were playing works of Debussy, Cindy Cox, Amadeus  Regucera and Berlioz, and  in  Cullera, a town near Valencia that  has one of the oldest and  better Sociedades Musicales, the Luther College Concert Band  under Joan de Alburquerque, were playing with the Youth Wind Band  works of Rossano Galante, Andre Waignen, Bach , Turrin or Bernstein.



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On Tuesday 30, while the choir were singing at the Catedral de Salamanca, the UCBSO were playing at the Palau de la Musica de Valencia and amazing concert in front  of 1000  warming audience, where they  played three encores.


The day after, was the Atlantic Day, where two of the Pacific ensembles combined two programs of jazz and symphonic music   at the main venue in Setubal, the Forum Luisa Todi in front of  +500 people. At the same time in Puerto de Santa Maria (Cadiz) the LCCB where playing in front of 700 people who   enjoyed each piece and clapped standing up  on “flamenco” rhytms.




Thursday June 1st was another big day with  four concerts at the time. While the  WUC were singing at the Catedral de  Alcala near Madrid, the UCBSO were playing south of Barcelona, the LCCB  were playing at the Festival de Ubeda and the Pacifc Jazz ensemble were playing on top of the  city of Lisbon.

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Two days after the Pacific arrived into Madrid where  both the wind and the symphony played in the bullring on a small town near Madrid while Real Madrid  soccer team where playing the  European championship vs  Juventus Milano. After Real Madrid victory the Jazz Ensemble played at the main Plaza almost after midnight!!

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While most of the bands  were  flying back home the Pacific continued from Madrid to Valencia and Barcelona where they finished their tour with  open air concerts near Barcelona and  a final symphonic concert  at one of the nicest gothic churches in Barcelona.

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Now, it is time to rest and charge the batteries for the coming season, but also  to meet early September with over 20 different bands of  jazz, blues and rock coming from Texas to take part  on the second Pueblos Blancos Music Festival.

Want to thank to all musicians, audiences, local  sponsors and partners who  helped us  on this wonderful adventure of music throughout the years and specially during the 2017 season.

We hope to work together in the near future and wish you all a nice summertime!

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Gira de la UCBSO Berkeley Symphony Orchestra por España

La UC Berkeley Symphony Orchestra, (Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley), (California), bajo la dirección de David Milnes, inician el próximo mes de mayo una gira de conciertos por España que los llevarán a tocar en Úbeda, Granada, Valencia y Reus. La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley (UCBSO) se encuentra entre las mejores orquestas universitarias de los Estados Unidos. La gira de conciertos está organizada por Perform in Spain.


La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley (UCBSO) se encuentra entre las mejores orquestas universitarias de los Estados Unidos. En la actualidad, tras 20 temporadas bajo la dirección musical de David Milnes, representa una de las principales instituciones culturales de San Francisco. Fundada en el año 1923, la UCBSO realiza una media de entre 15 a 18 conciertos por temporada. Su repertorio es muy variado, interpretando un amplio abanico de obras que se extienden desde la música barroca hasta música del siglo XXI.


Concierto en Ubeda de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyUBEDA– El sábado 27 de mayo, inmerso en el Festival Internacional de Música y Danza Ciudad de Úbeda, la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley ofrecerá el siguiente programa en el Hospital de San Francisco de la ciudad andaluza. El evento comenzará a las 21:00 horas

Claude Debussy: Iberia (1905-08)
Cindy Cox: A Year (2017)
Amadeus Regucera: Skin, stretched upon the frame (2017)
Hector Berlioz: Sinfonía Fantástica Op. 14 (1830)



GRANADA– El domingo 28 de mayo, el Auditorio Manuel de Falla acogerá a las 19.30 horas a la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley que interpretará

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel slustige Streiche Op. 28 (1894-95)
Scott Rubin: Kerosene Palace (2016-17)
Jean Ahn: Concerto for Haeguem & Orchestra (2017)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sinfonía nº 11, “El año 1905” Op. 103

Concierto en Valencia de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyVALENCIA– El martes  30  de  mayo, a las 19.30 horas, el Palau de la Música será el marco en el que la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley interpretará el programa que se detalla a continuación. El concierto comenzará a la 19.30 horas

Richard Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel slustige Streiche Op. 28 (1894-95)
Scott Rubin: Kerosene Palace (2016-17)
Jean Ahn: Concerto for Haeguem & Orchestra (2017)
Dmitri Shostakovich: Sinfonía nº 11, “El año 1905” Op. 103

Concierto en Reus de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de BerkeleyREUS (TARRAGONA)- El jueves 1 de junio en el Teatre Fortuny, a las 21:00 horas, la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley interpretará el siguiente programa:

Claude Debussy: Iberia (1905-08)
Cindy Cox, A Year (2017)
Amadeus Regucera: Skin, stretched upon the frame (2017)
Hector Berlioz: Sinfonía Fantástica Op. 14 (1830)




Formar parte de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley es sin duda un primer paso para fomentar lo que después serán las futuras generaciones de músicos, compositores y académicos. Muchos de sus miembros continúan sus estudios musicales y cursan licenciaturas en algunos de los más prestigiosos conservatorios como son, entre otros, la Julliard School, la Eastman School of Music, el Peabody Institute, y la Manhattan Music School.

Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Berkeley

Muchos de sus miembros actúan con orquestas como la Concertgebouw, la National Symphony o la Philarmonia Orchestra así como algunos forman parte de algunos de los diez mejores ensembles como la Alarm Will Sound, el International Contemporary Ensemble y el Yarn/Wire .

Entre los músicos mejor preparados de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se encuentran también estudiantes master de Lengua Inglesa, biólogos, ingenieros, historiadores, ingenieros informáticos que luego alcanzan algunos de los puestos más altos de sus respectivas carreras.

Los estándares musicales de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se han visto reforzados en los últimos años gracias a las colaboraciones con organizaciones como Cal Performances, donde han dirigido masterclasses y seminarios junto a artistas internaciones como  Valery Gergiev, Gustavo Dudamel, Marin Alsop, y Esa-Pekka Salonen.

La orquestra es dirigida regularmente por miembros de la San Francisco Symphony Orchestra y de la Orquesta de la Ópera de San Francisco, y han trabajado también con prestigiosas orquestas como la Filarmónica de Viena o la Orquesta Sinfónica Simón Bolivar, que   tiene previsto regresar a  Berkeley  la presente temporada.

Logotipo de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Berkeley

La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley se enorgullece de interpretar nueva música, y estrena con regularidad nuevas obras de músicos internacionales  que  han sido antiguos alumnos así como de otros prominentes compositores.

De la especial relación con el Centro de Nuevas Músicas y Tecnologías de la Universidad de Berkeley han surgido magníficas interpretaciones de nuevas obras con la tecnología realizadas por Mason Bates, John MacCallum, Philippe Leroux y Edmund Campion.

La presente temporada la UCBSO mantiene la tradición de interpretar nuevas obras de Bernard Rands, Henri Dutilleux, Krysztof Penderecki, Gyorgi Ligeti y Toru Takemitsu.

La Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley también es conocida por sus interpretaciones de las grandes obras del repertorio clásico para orquesta, destacando los ciclos sinfónicos de Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Shostakovich, Sibelius y Prokofiev entre otros.

El programa de este año incluye la Sinfonía  nº 4 de Tchaikovsky, la Sinfonía nº 4 de Sibelius, Daphnis y Chloe de Ravel y la Sinfonía nº 4 de Nielsen.

Cada año se celebra un concierto -competición entre los solistas con más talento de la orquesta. Los premiados de  los últimos años interpretaron obras para violín de Tchaikovsky, Sibelius, Prokofiev, Mendelssohn y Mozart. Para el concurso de piano los elegidos fueron Tchaikovsky, Beethoven, Grieg,  y Ravel.  Mozart y  Aaron Copland  son los compositores elegidos por los clarinetistas; y  los conciertos para chelo de Schumann, Elgar y Shostakovich,  los elegidos por los solistas de este instrumento.

Lo miembros de la orquesta interpretan a su vez música de cámara en conciertos que celebran en su departamento de música, en los ciclos de Mediodía, y en diferentes espacios de la bahía de San Francisco.


David Milnes, director musical de la Orquesta Sinfonica de la Universidad de Berkeley

David Milnes compagina la Dirección musical de la Orquesta Sinfónica de la Universidad de Berkeley, con su puesto de director musical de la del Eco Ensamble, nuevo conjunto de música profesional de Berkeley.

En sus primeros años, estudió piano, órgano, clarinete, cello y voz, y consideró la posibilidad de que su carrera se orientase a ser pianista de jazz. De hecho., actuó con figuras del jazz como Chuck Mangione, Gene Krupa, Billy Taylor y John Pizzarelli.

Titulado Superior en Dirección de Orquesta por la Escuela de SUNY Stony Brook y la Yale School of Music, David Milnes ha estudiado con los maestros Otto-Werner Mueller, Herbert Blomstedt, Erich Leinsdorf y Leonard Bernstein. Obtuvo, otorgado por la compañía Exxon, el puesto de director asistente de la Joven Orquesta Sinfónica de San Francisco, alcanzando luego el cargo de director musical, y con la que dirigió su primera gira europea en el año 1986.

Impulsor de la nueva música, entre los años 2002 y 2009 dirigió la formación San Francisco Contemporary Music Players, con los que  estrenó innumerables obras  en todo el mundo.

Ha realizado grabaciones de música de John Anthony Lennon, James Newton, Edmund Campion, Jorge Liderman y Pablo Ortiz y ha colaborado en actuaciones con Frederica von Stade, Dawn Upshaw, Bill T. Jones, Paul Hillier, James Newton, David Starobin y Chanticleer, así como actuaciones en los festivales de música de Santa Fe, Tanglewood, Aspen y Monadnock.

David Milnes ha sido profesor en la Julliard School, el Curtis Institute y el  San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

Además de sus numerosas actividades y actuaciones, David Milnes imparte cada verano en Berkeley, un Curso de Historia de Jazz.

2017 Concert Season

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The last  two weeks were intense of  music  where we had two  high  school chamber  and string orchestras and an excellent college choir  on tour with concerts in  Avila, Segovia, Barcelona, Cantabria, Sevilla, Granada, Málaga, Zaragoza…. with large audiences and  ovations, where the high -schoolers  met their mates in small and large cities and shared their music and FB´s with them, where they visited local guitar makers workshops, where hey enjoyed our flamenco music, learned about the different types of flamenco and the difference between a flamenco and a “flamingo”.

Also enjoyed  and learned about our country,  rich history , monuments, landscapes, food and people they met along their concert tours. Here are some pics  I would love to share of all these special moments we had together. Thanks a lot to all our partners and our local friends and supporters, our drivers, our backline staff,  all venues and  all the warm audiences

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The Wagner  Choir  sang in beautiful  churches and  in front of warm audiences in the cities of Madrid, Alcala, Sevilla, Granada and Malaga and shared their music  with over +  1500  people. W.C.CHOIR GRX_061

The Leones de Chicago,  a high school  from the Chicago  suburban area, played  four concerts  in  completely different venues and in front of over +1500 people as well.

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Their educational concert tour brought them to play in a local school in the medieval city of Avila, inside  a beautiful  neoclassical  basilica in the heart of Old Madrid, in the Auditorio de Zaragoza, consider among the most beautiful in Europe in front of +900 people and in a local conservatory near  Barcelona where they enjoyed a welcoming reception with the local orchestra members ,listened them playing with a local soprano and had lots of fun

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In May- June  we will have excellent  bands, orchestras and  jazz ensembles that we are finalizing  all concert arrangements and we will keep you posted.

Then, we will celebrate this year our second edition  of Pueblos Blancos Music Festival, organized by Phil Plata, Juan de Castro and myself with the support of the Pueblos Blancos in Andalusia and  promises it will be a blast. We are expecting to welcome again over 20 international bands , mostly from Austin , Texas ; and some local bands too, that for during 5 days they will be bringing their music to  all audiences next Sept 7-10.We´ll come back soon with the coming  busy concert season  this march and more updates,

Mil gracias !