THE Balearic Symphony Orchestra will give four concerts in the Bellver Castle Music Festival which will be dedicated to the fourth centenary of the publication of Cervantes' classic novel Don Quijote. The concerts will be given on July 7, 14, 21 and 28, and the programmes will include works by Manuel de Falla, Ravel, Telemann and Mozart, among others, according to Antoni Roig, chairman of the festival's artistic committe. City councillor Rogelio Araujo, head of the cultural department, said that the programme would include works such as El Retablo de Maese Pedro by Manuel de Falla, Don Quichote a Dulcinée by Ravel, Una Aventura de Don Quijote by Guridi and Concierto de Aranjuez by Joaquin Rodrigo. Roig added that there would also be a work dedicated to Shakespeare, Le Roi Lear by Berlioz, and other works such as Beethoven's Fifth Symphony, Les Noces de Figaro by Mozart. The Orchestra will be conducted by Edmon Colomer for the first concerts.
The main work in this concert will be El Retablo del Maese Pedro, in which the soloists will be soprano Naroa Inxausti, tenor Joan Cabero, and baritone Iñaki Fresán. The second concert will be conducted by Salvador Brotons and Albert Romaní and will be called Burlesque de Quixotte. The programme will include Concierto de Aranjuez by Rodrigo. The third concert will be conducted by Olivier Cuendet and will include Rodrigo's Concierto de Estío and King Lear by Berlioz.
The fourth concert will be centred around Camacho's Wedding by Mendelssohn.
Roig said that the festival, which started in 1996, has been gaining in popularity every year. Bellver Castle can accommodate audiences of about 1'000 persons. Tickets for the concert are similar to previous years, between ten and 22 euros per concert, Roig said.
Tickets for all four concerts cost 53 euros for the central courtyard area and 41 euros for the arches.