Music festivals in Majorca

Posted by JS Hotels | On: Jul 02 2012

In summer, Majorca hosts a series of music festivals, taking advantage of the wonderful landscape. The route begins with the Tramuntana mountain range.

The beautiful Cartuja de Valldemossa has, since 1930, been hosting the oldest festival on the island, in memory of Frederic Chopin. Its aim: to present pieces by this renowned musician to be played by prestigious pianists and young talents. There is a concert in the Pareis gorge, in Sa Calobra, which is one of the most emblematic locations on the island and with the best acoustics in Majorca. This concert came to life thanks to an initiative by painter Josep Coll Bardolet with the aim of spreading choir music. In the same town, the new Costa Nord cultural centre offers the Noches Mediterráneas concerts, which recreate the spirit of Archduke Louis Salvador of Austria, a tourism patron and pioneer in the 19th century.

Close by, the Música de Deià Festival has, since 1978, been held at the Archduke’s house-turned-museum in Son Marroig. Some of the concerts are held at the Palau March auditorium in Palma. In the mountain town of Banyalbufar, near Valldemossa and Deià, a series of concerts have also been hosted by the Cultural Association since 1991, held at the parish’s church.

Another emblematic location of Majorca is the Bellver Castle in Palma, which was built for King James II of Majorca in the 14th century, where the Serenates d’Estiu Illes Balears international festival is hosted, organised by the Youth Music Groups and the Local Council. Since 1971, renowned ensembles have performed open-air concerts in the parade grounds. The very stage where the Orchestra of the City of Palma has, since 1996, been hosting the Castell de Bellver Music Festival.

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