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The Spanish tradition of the Three Wise Men would not be the same without the Fair of the Three Wise Men that is organized every year along the avenue Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, between the streets of Muntaner and Calàbria. There you can find all kinds of toys, gifts, handicrafts and Christmas typical products. If you want, it is also possible to bring new toys to the stands of solidarity there. In Catalonia and Spain, the night of the January 5th is the most important day for all the children because the Three Wise Men visit every home and leave presents and toys for them while they sleep. According to the tradition, the previous days the children have to write a letter to Their Majesties the Three Wise Men asking for the presents they want and guaranteeing they have behaved well during the year that is ending. Otherwise, the Three Wise Men (that know everything) will leave them sweet coal instead of presents. Since times have changed, today the children can send their letter via email or through the website of the Three Wise Men, as well as via regular mail or through a royal page. The Fair of the Three Wise Men is also open on the night of January 5th until 3 am, in case Their Majesties have any last minute emergency.
It is said that this is the most magical night of the year, and these three characters are definitely to 'blame'. The Three Kings are enthusiastically welcomed by children and adults every 5 January, just a few hours before they visit our homes bringing gifts for everyone who has been good during the rest of the year. The afternoon of the 5th of January, the Three Kings, with the amazing entourage, will most probably reach the city by sea, docking at the Barcelona Port and then they will parade around the city, giving sweets to the crowds as a prelude to this unique night. The Three King's floats, magnificently decorated, reflect all of the excitement and magic of this special tradition. Weeks beforehand, boys and girls have sent their letter to the Three Kings, asking for their gifts and at last they will see them in real life.
The Parade starts from Av. del Marquès de l'Argentera at 6pm. The Three Kings and their retinue will then make their way through Pla de Palau, Pg. Isabel II, Via Laietana, Pl. Urquinaona, Fontanella, Pl. Catalunya, Pelai, Pl. Universitat, Rda. Sant Antoni, Sepúlveda, Av. Paral·lel, Pl. Espanya and Av. Reina Maria Cristina.
The European Museum of Modern Art, the MEAM, located in a Baroque building of the 18th century (Palau Gomis), is offering more than contemporary figurative art. A series of activities related to music is planned throughout the year, to enjoy a different kind of program.
Every Friday evening, the museum is filled with music. The Friday's Blues cycle offers the possibility of enjoying a concert of bluegrass blues, swing and jazz. Bands bring their instruments to accompany the works and fill the museum with music for visitors to enjoy. Saturday evenings are reserved for classical music. The concerts usually start at half-past five and include an afternoon snack.
Before the concerts, you can visit the collection exhibiting the best of contemporary figurative art. This is a feature of MEAM and highlights it from other contemporary art museums.
Carl Orff's most famous work, Carmina Burana celebrates life, love, dancing, drinking and hedonism – but always with an eye on the role of fate. Based on 24 mediaeval Latin poems whose carefree spirit contrasts vividly with traditional concepts of life and death in the Middle Ages, this sweeping and powerful cantata for large-scale chorus, orchestra and soloists was a huge success at its 1937 premiere. Its worldwide popularity since then has made it a firm favourite with both singers and audiences alike. It will be accompanied by Beethoven's 9th Symphony with its immortal Ode to Joy.
The Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra and Choir,consecrated as one of the most outstanding institutions of his country, has developed over the years an intense local and international activity, performing in the main venues in Spain and Europe, with a vast and diverse repertoire.
Out of Africa, Gone with the Wind, Back to the Future, Gladiator... and other great soundtracks now leave cinemas to go to a symphony hall and show that they have their own personality apart from forming part of films.
The Cinema Symphony Orchestra presents a programme that will excite all film enthusiasts and also music lovers in general, with immortal melodies that will help to establish some of the blockbuster films in the history of the seventh art. Universal music that forms part of the collective memory and still thrill us in the same way as when the films were screened.
With this work, Vivaldi wanted to capture in music the feelings he felt for the seasons of the year. It is an example of descriptive music, very fashionable in the Baroque era, although Vivaldi surpassed it by incorporating musical innovations and giving his music fresh and expressive strength. Of the vast composition production of Antonio Vivaldi, "The Four Seasons" is his most famous work. The four scores that form it ("Spring", "Summer", "Autumn" and "Winter") form part of a set of twelve concerts for violin and orchestra that opened in Amsterdam in 1725.
The Evening of the Spanish Guitar brings us the heart of Spain. With music inspired in tradition and lyrical melodies, the vibrant tones of the guitar and its rhythmic energy captures the sounds and Spanish feeling like no other instrument.
The star work of the programme is the “Concierto de Aranjuez” by Joaquín Rodrigo, the fetish work of the guitarist Rolando Saad. He has played it over 900 times to more than two million people in the main music halls of Europe and with prestigious orchestras, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra of London. The virtuoso performance by Rolando Saad captures and transmits to audiences the joyful spirit of the work and the reminiscence of happy days in the parks of Aranjuez, in the most beautiful dialogue written for music between the guitar and orchestra. “El Amor Brujo” by Falla and “Carmen” complete the programme dedicated to Spanish music.
It dates back to over half a century and can boast that it offers live music 356 days a year. The Sala Jamboree is the Barcelona temple of jazz par excellence, where great legends and young promises of jazz have played. Figures like Bill Coleman, Kenny Drew, Chet Baker, Ponny Poindexter, Art Farmer, Lou Bennet, Stéphan Grappelli, Kenny Clarke, Cecil Taylor, Elvin Jones, Steve Grossman and Al FosGordon have all been on stage. All styles are represented, from vanguard to Dixieland passing through bop, fusion, vocal jazz, mainstream, nu-jazz, tango-jazz, flamenco jazz and Latin jazz, without forgetting other Afroamerican styles such as blues and gospel. This venue is a cultural benchmark of Barcelona, which won the Gold Medal of the city. Check it out every day at 8 pm or at 10 pm.
A large area, totally free of traffic, with different places to explore, most of them in the open air. That’s the Poble Espanyol de Barcelona, an iconic visitor attraction in the heart of Montjuïc. Every Sunday, there’s a different activity: theatre, dance, music, magic, treasure hunts, etc. Throughout the year there are loads of activities to ensure you have a great day out with the family: Carnival, a Giants’ Parade, a Puppet Festival, the Click and Go Fair, the Main Festival, the Medieval Fair, Christmas at the Poble, Halloween... and new additions, including a fantastic flower festival and Midsummer Eve party tailored to all the family. In short, a wide range of activities for all the family.
Listen to some of the finest guitarists of the moment in the unparalleled setting of the Church of Santa Ana, a 12th century Gothic edifice at the heart of Barcelona. In its 15th century cloister you can taste a specially selected wine for the occasion in the company of the performing artists.
We invite you to come and enjoy a superlative selection of music in one of the most unique and beautifully-preserved venues in Barcelona. In such an intimate atmosphere, these Spanish guitar concerts will give you a closer insight into the world's most acclaimed composers and performers.
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