Situated within the breathtaking City of Arts and Sciences, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía has been delivering unforgettable musical performances in Valencia since 2006. February 2024 seeing numerous and varied artists take to the stage.
Kicking off the month is Spanish conductor Pablo Heras Casado who returns to lead the Orquestra de la Comunitat Valenciana on February 2nd, following his historic inauguration of the centenary Bayreuth Festival. He will present timeless works by Brahms, Mendelssohn-Bartholdy, and Wagner, including Wagner’s ‘Prelude’ and ‘Charms of Good Friday,’ Brahms’ ‘Variations on a theme by Haydn op. 56a,’ and Mendelssohn-Bartholdy’s ‘Incantations of Good Friday’ and ‘Symphony No. 5, Of the Reformation,’ promising a profound musical journey resonating with Wagner’s ‘Parsifal.’
Further symphonic sensations await on February 17th when James Gaffigan conducts the Orchestra of the Valencian Community in two significant symphonies from the German repertoire including Schubert’s Symphony No.4. Composed at the age of just 19, the piece showcases Schubert’s melodic brilliance, demonstrating influences of other greats such as Beethoven, Mozart and Haydn.
The February programme features authentic, and varied, Valencian musicians like Noelia Llorens Titana on February 2nd, Àlex Blat on February 3rd, and Sandra Monfort on February 10th. Noelia Llorens Titana’s powerful voice accompanied by intricate guitar strumming and tambourine shaking evokes Valencian orange fields under a beaming sun, whilst Àlex Blat offers a unique twist of alternative and indie pop-rock influences that you can’t help but dance along to, and Sandra Monfort demonstrates the raw emotion Spanish music can have, guaranteeing a night that will pull at your heartstrings no matter what language you speak.
On February 16th, the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía presents flamenco singer Kiki Morente, promising another immersive experience into Spanish culture. As the son of Enrique Morente and Aurora Carbonell, and brother to Estrella and Soleá, Kiki Morente, having been performing professionally since age 10, brings authentic flamenco mastery to the stage.
On February 8th, the iconic music venue expands its horizons beyond Spain as Portuguese fado takes centre stage. Carminho, renowned as one of the most recognised singers of the new generation of Portuguese music, will grace Valencia with her presence. With themes of melancholy and nostalgia, her powerful voice, accompanied by the haunting strains of the viola, will introduce the profound emotional depth of fado to the audience, transcending boundaries to illuminate the universal language of music.
Despite its brevity, February at the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía promises to be a month brimming with cultural richness and artistic brilliance.
Tickets can be found here: https://www.lesarts.com/#enescena
Report by Abi Kara-Fernandes
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