Visiting Choir: Escolania de Montserrat, Catalonia, Spain- Bernat Vivancos, director

Thursday, March 13, 2014
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Fifth Avenue doors open at 6:30pm for the concert, which begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are still available and may be purchased at the door (for cash or check) beginning at 6:30pm.

The Fifth Avenue doors open at 6:30pm for the concert, which begins at 7:30pm. Tickets are no longer available online, but may be purchased at the door (for cash or check) beginning at 6:30pm. Prime ($75) and Preferred ($55) seats are assigned in the center and on the front sides. Standard( $40) & student/senior tickets ($30) are open seating (first come first served) at the back, and sides.

Montserrat and Cataluña: A Thousand Years of Music
Bernat Vivancos will direct the Escolania de Montserrat in a program of typical repertoire from Montserrat, Spain that highlight the unique musical history of the Abbey.

Escolania de Montserrat is one of the oldest boys’ choir schools in Europe. By the 13th century, a small group of boys were already serving in the Benedictine abbey and Sanctuary of Our Lady of Montserrat in the Spanish province of Catalonia. Today, the Escolania is comprised of more than 50 boys, ranging from 9 to 14 years of age, from all across Catalonia. While at Montserrat, they cover the last years of primary school and the first years of secondary school. Each chorister plays two instruments: the piano and another instrument of their choice. All the students receive music lessons in class, play in the orchestra and of course sing in the choir, which is the specialty of the Escolania.
The Escolania sings every day in the Basilica of Montserrat, often to a large audience of pilgrims and visitors from all over the world. With their song, the choirboys transmit a message that transcends linguistic, cultural and even religious frontiers.

Over the past few years, the Escolania has ventured from the Basilica of Montserrat and has given concerts in the villages and towns of Catalonia and around the world. Some of the most important recent performances have been with Le Concert des Nations, conducted by Jordi Savall, as well as in the opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Benjamin Britten in the Gran Teatre del Liceu, Barcelona. Past tours include Russia, Holland, Hungary, Switzerland, and Germany, among others.