THE Winter Classical Music Festival opens at the Xesc Forteza theatre in Palma on Sunday, with a concert of works by Brahms.
Details of the festival, which includes a performance in Catalan of The Pirates of Penzance by Gilbert and Sullivan, were revealed yesterday by its artistic director Francesc Blanco and city councillor Rogelio Araujo.

The Pirates of Penzanze will be performed by the Ars Antiqua chorus on May 20. It was first presented at the Manacor theatre fair in May and has been performed in various parts of the island.

Sunday's concert will feature mezzosoprano Fréderique Sizaret, Marta Halter, viola, Sebastia Pou, violin, and Ireneusz Jagla and Francesc Blanco, piano.

The second concert will be given on February 11, and will be a percussion programme for marimba and vibraphone by Armando Lorente and Susana Pacheco, who are soloists with the Balearic Symphony Orchestra.

Blanco said that they would be playing not only classical works but also works by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
April 15 is the date of the third concert, which will feature Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale, with Majorcan actress Caterina Alorda as the narrator, accompanied by José Manuel Alvarez, violin, Eduardo Bernabéu, clarinet, and Francesc Blanco, piano.

Blanco said that the programme was more varied than in previous years, and the organisers hoped, by this, to reach a wider audience.
Tickets for each of the concerts, which start at 7pm, are 15 euros.
Blanco said that this year, the city council has cut back its subsidy, as a result of which the budget is half that of previous years.
The budget is 6'000 euros, provided by the city council's cultural department and the Council of Majorca.


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