THE city council's programme of concerts and guided tours in honour of the feast of Corpus Christi gets underway today with a concert by the Municipal Band at Can Berga (the court house) in Plaza del Mercat, at 9pm.
The programme will include works by Penella, Pastor, Ponchieli, Vives, Zawinul and Bourgeois.
The Corpus Christi programme was presented yesterday by Mayor Catalina Cirer, councillors Francisca Bennássar and Maria José Frau, the Vicar General of Majorca Gabriel Genovart, Concepción Oliver of the Juventudes Musicales organisation and historian Gaspar Valero.
It offers a unique opportunity to visit some of the most beautiful courtyards in the old part of the city, either on one's own, or on one of the guided tours with a maximum of 25 people. The tour lasts for about two hours, starting from the Estudi General Luliano. It costs three euros, proceeds going to charity.
This year, 57 courtyards will be open, four more than last year.
The city council has published a guide in four languages (Catalan, Spanish, English and German), describing each of the patios and giving details of the concerts.
The 16 concerts are all free and will be held every night in a different courtyard. The last one will be given by the Balearic Symphony Orchestra in the Almudaina Palace on June 13.
Concepción Oliver, who has drawn up the programme of concerts, said that most of them will be given by young musicians of the Balearics, and the programmes will be varied.
The Corpus Christi procession will be held on Sunday, June 13, leaving from the Cathedral and going along the streets in the old part of the city.
Many of the balconies will be decorated for the occasion, and there will be carpets of flowers at the Cathedral and at City Hall.
The city hall drummers, the cossiers and cavallets dance groups and the municipal band will take part in the procession.
The budget of the programme is 99'000 euros and it will be complemented by three art exhibitions at Can Bordils, the Museum of Majorca and Cal Comte de la Cova.
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