Classical Music: A Rebirth in Barcelona

Classical Music: A Rebirth in Barcelona

Courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana Courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana
Courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana
Courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana
Courtesy of Palau de la Música Catalana

Few buildings are as exuberant as Barcelona’s 100-year-old Palau de la Música Catalana (palaumusica.org). The concert hall, designed by Lluís Domènech i Montaner (a contemporary of Antoni Gaudí) and inaugurated in 1908, explodes with vibrant color and ornamentation. After a restoration and the addition of a chamber music hall, the Petit Palau, the building is newly resplendent. The intimate auditorium glows beneath a stained-glass skylight and inverted gold-and-glass dome. And in spite of the profusion of glass and ceramics, the acoustics are still outstanding. The hall is celebrating in grand style. Highlights of the season: the Göteborg Symphony Orchestra, with Gustavo Dudamel conducting, on October 27; and the Emerson String Quartet on November 13, in the Petit Palau.

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