The Symphony Orchestra offers two concerts in Palma and Manacor with the participation of the Marco Mezquida Trio

Jan 20, 2023 | Current affairs, Featured, Revista Lloseta, Thursday Daily Bulletin, Tradition

The Orquesta Sinfónica Islas Baleares (Balearic Islands Symphony Orchestra), with the participation of the jazz trio of Menorcan musician Marco Mezquida, will offer two concerts with a programme that includes pieces by Beethoven, Ravel and Gershwin. The first concert will be tomorrow, Friday the 20th of January, at 7:30 pm, in the Auditori de Manacor; and the second, on Saturday the 21st, at 8:00 pm, in the Trui Teatre, as part of the Orchestra’s season cycle.

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The concert will begin with Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2, a work that exudes energy, beauty and vitality despite the fact that in 1802, the year it was composed, the German composer’s deafness was already beginning to become apparent. Beethoven’s innovations in his compositions begin to solidify with this symphony.

The second part will begin with Ravel’s famous Bolero. The work is both one of the French composer’s most important works and one of the most outstanding of the 20th century. Inspired by a Spanish dance, it is characterised by a melody of great beauty that is repeated exactly in each measure (a technique called Ostinato) from less to more intensity, with a spectacular finale.

To end the concert, the Symphony will be joined by Marco Mezquida’s jazz trio to perform Gershwin’s Rhapsody in blue. In addition to the Menorcan pianist, this trio will feature some of the usual collaborators such as David Xirgu (drums) and Marko Lohikari (double bass). This is a very personal approach by Marco Mezquida to the work Rhapsody in Blue (1924), which George Gershwin composed for piano and jazz band.

Born in Menorca in 1987, Marco Mezquida graduated from the ESMUC in Barcelona in 2009 and since then has recorded twenty albums leading his own projects and another forty in various projects with renowned musicians. He has performed in important venues in more than thirty-five countries: Tokyo Jazz, Kölner Philharmonie, Wiener Konzerthaus, SESC Sao Paulo, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Elbphilharmonie or Auditorium Parco della Musica. He has collaborated with jazz legends such as Lee Konitz and has stood out for his projects such as Ravel’s Dreams, Chicuelo-Mezquida, Talismán, solo piano, the duo with Sílvia Pérez Cruz, the jazz trio with double bass player Marko Lohikari and drummer David Xirgu and the tandem with Sol Picó. A dozen awards distinguish his intense musical career: Premio Ciutat de Barcelona (2019), Premio Alicia (2021), five Enderrock awards for the best jazz album of the year or the BMW Welt Jazz Award in Munich (2022).

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