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THE ESCOLANÍA DE MONTSERRAT PERFORMS AT THE MUSEO PICASSO MÁLAGA

12/04/2006

For the first time in Malaga, the unbroken voices of the Escolanía de Montserrat boy´s choir will be heard in the Auditorium of the Museo Picasso Málaga. The Museum will offer a series of concerts in which more than 40 boys belonging to one of Europe´s oldest music schools will perform.

Britten, Casals, Vivaldi, N. Casanovas, M. Haydn, F. J. Haydn and Brahms are just some of the composers whose works will be performed by the Escolanía de Montserrat in the Auditorium Museo Picasso Málaga. The unbroken voices of the choir, under the direction of Joaquim Piqué, will sing sacred music. The first part of the performance will include works such as the Ego sum panis vivus, by N. Casanovas";" the Laudamos te by Vivaldi";" the Laudate Pueri by M. Haydn and the Gësange by Brahms. The second half of the concert will be devoted entirely to A Ceremony of Carols by Britten.

The Museo Picasso Málaga has invited the Escolanía de Montserrat as part of its program of activities for theend of the year. The choir, accompanied by its director, a pianist and a harpist, will travel directly from the Benedictine abbey of Montserrat, which houses the school were the boys receive their musical training and education.

The Escolanía de Montserrat is one of the oldest choirs in the world. Its origins can be traced to the thirteenth century, and since then, its main purpose has been to participate in the daily life of the Sanctuary, which receives many visitors, and to perform sacred and choral music by its own composers – the Escuela Montserratina –, and by international composers as well.

The Escolanía boy´s choir sings every day in the Basilica of Montserrat, spreading the message of the Gospels through song, whose beauty surpasses all linguistic and cultural barriers, and religious ones as well. In the last decades, the noontime Salve has become one of most popular events at the Sanctuary.

Other recent events of note include the choir´s five-concert tour of Japan in May of 2000, and its participation in the Festival of Sacred Music of the City of Paris that same year. Also worthy of note is the concert the choir gave at the church of St. Jean de Tarbes in France, and the concert in the Vatican Chancellery on the occasion of the Germinabit exhibition. In 2002, the Escolanía gave a concert in the Frankfurt Cathedral, and another in the Abbey of San Silvestro di Nonantola (Italy), among others. During the 2002-2003 season of the Gran Teatre del Liceu in Barcelona, the choir performed in Tchaikovsky´s opera Pikovaia Dama, and in the following season, in Britten´s A Midsummer Night´s Dream. The choir has also recently gone on a tour of Holand, Belgium and Puerto Rico.

Recently, the Escolanía has made several recordings in different musical forms, accompanied by organ or piano, notably the recent recording of O Vos Omnes under the direction of Joaquim Piqué. In December of 2005, the choir was awarded the Cross of the Civil Order of Alfonso X el Sabio.

Advanced tickets sales: 902 36 02 95 and www.unicaja.es

Auditorium ticket booth: one hour before the performance.