Art of Spanish guitar festival

Posted on Monday, May 10, 2010 by Natxo

Enjoy Spanish classic guitar and a glass of wine in a unique place.

A double Spanish guitar concert program is on at St Anna's Church right in the heart of Barcelona. Concerts by master Alen Garagic and Barcelona Guitar Duo.

Music, architecture and wine suggest emotions, sensations and feelings that might be unforgettable. Many experts believe that the music prepares our senses for a wine tasting. This way the 15th Century Cloister of St Anna's Church is a perfect place to savour a glass of selected wine while meeting the artists after the concert.
Barcelona and guitar had always an especial band between them. The Festival Art of the Spanish Guitar keeps that spirit bringing to Barcelona the most prominent modem Guitar Maestros to the St Anna's Church, a 12th Century Gothic Treasure and a National Monument since 1886. A perfect place to enjoy a guitar concert because of its exceptional acustic.
 
Alen Garagic is one of the most prominent guitarists of the new generation. Defined by critics as "a sublime artist and an excellent performer, who does with the guitar what a pianist does with the piano, expressing rhythmical, dynamic, harmonic and tone contrasts, as well as the different chiaroscuros that composers have captured in their scores " (Diario ABC)

He has travelled on concert tours through many European and American countries and has been invited to festivals such as the "Antonio Ujuro" (Turkey), the "Fabricio Caroso" (Italy), the "Andres Segovia" (Spain) and the Guitars of the World in (Argentina). He has performed in important venues, such as the National Auditorium in Madrid, L'Auditori and the Palau de la Música Catalana in Barcelona, Sejong Center for the Performing Arts in Seoul and in Theatre Monumental with the Spanish Radio and Television orchestra in Madrid. He has won more than fifteen prises in International competitions, among them the first prise in the Andres Segovia International Guitar Competition and the first prize at the most important Spanish competition, patronized by the Royal Family, Guerrero Foundation Guitar Competition in Madrid.

Barcelona Guitar Duo is considered one of the best guitar duo in the world, known by their "unique synchronization, technical control and an evident finesse, precision, purity of the sound, and an outstanding expressiveness" (Minorca Daily)

The ensemble, formed by Ksenia Axelroud & Joan Benejam, makes its highly praised by the critique and the audience debut in Palau de la Musica Catalana in the year 2001 performing Concerto Madrigal far two guitars and orchestra by Joaquin Rodrigo. Since then they offered concerts in Europe, North and South America performing in some of the most important Halls of the world. They recorded for the National Catalonlan Radio, COM Radio, Radio Orfeo of Moscow, Russian Channel Cultural TV, and Spanish channel TV3, that dedicated news broadcast to them.

They obtained numerous prizes among them the first prize in the Luys de Milan International Competition. In this concert they present their last CD "Carmen" which was one of the top ten classical CD's in Spain during the 2009 season.

Concerts:
  • Alen Garagic: May 13, 14, 25, 27, 28 and 29; June 4, 5, 22, 25, 26, 29 and 30; July 15, 16 ,17, 21, 23, 24 and 27
  • Barcelona Guitar Duo: May 11, 15, 18 and 20; June 1, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15, 17, 18 and 19; July 2, 3, 6, 9, 10, 13, 29, 30 and 31
  • Where: St Anna's Church, Santa Anna 29 [map]
  • How much: 20€ (at the door)
Some text extracted from the festival brochure.

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