THE programme for the 44th Pollensa Festival, one of the most prestigious music festivals in Majorca, was presented yesterday in Palma.
The Pollensa Festival will open its doors on Wednesday 13 July, when the internationally known Saint Petersburgh Philharmonic Orchestra will perform to the crowds. The Festival will carry on through until 31 August, and there will be 11 concerts in total, which residents and tourists can enjoy this summer.
The Saint Petersburgh Philharmonic Orchestra was founded in the 19th century and it includes world famous musicians.
The Director of the Orchestra is Yuri Temirkanov and Boris Belkin will also be performing on piano.
This first night's performance will be the star event for the Pollensa Festival.
They will perform at 10pm in the traditional setting of the Santo Domingo Cloister, and will interpret works by Stravinsky, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky.
It is expected that 600 people on average will attend each concert, which this year has a mixture of sounds and artists, such as the jazz group the Brubeck Brothers Quartet (16 July), the Pamplona Chamber Choir (23 July) and the guitarist Alexander-Sergei Ramírez (6 August). The string quartet, Keller Quartet will follow on 10 August, then Russian pianist Dmitri Alexeev on 13 August, the London Brass on 17 August, Moscow Soloists on 20 August, the Koln Choir on 24 August and the duo formed by violinist Julian Rachlin and pianist Itamar Golan on 27 August. The final concert will be given by the Berlin Philharmonic Klavier Quartet on 31 August.
The Pollensa Festival has a 530'000 euros budget, which has been sponsored by the Pollensa town council, the Balearic Institue for Tourism, the Council of Majorca, the Ministry for Culture and various other private organisations. All tickets for the festival can be bought on the night or at the Pollensa Festival Office, in calle Guillem Cifre de Colonya, Pollensa and Musicasa in Palma. They cost 15 to 70 euros.
More concerts! POLLENSA will be holding even more musical events this July and August as part of the Son de Nits (Night Sounds) programme.
In total six artists from the jazz and folk world will be playing in various places in the town. The first event will be the Willie Nile and Joe Grushecky concert accompanied by The Houserockers on 7 July at 11pm in Plaza Mayor. They will be followed by Kepa Junkera, who will be performing on 14 July at 10.30pm in the Santo Domingo Cloister. The Magnetic Band will act on 21 July at 10.30pm in the Plaza del Seglars. La Vella Dixieland and JazzTa Big Band will play on 12 and 13 August respectively at 10.30pm in Plaza Miquel Capllonch. All the concerts are free, except for Anthony and The Johnsons, which costs 23 euros and will be on 19 July at 10.30pm in the Santo Domingo Cloister.


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