Classics in the Almudaina
It's not often we get the chance to attend a concert in a royal palace which is still an official residence of the Spanish royal family so we should jump at the chance this coming weekend.
Thanks to Spain's National Heritage department and Palma City Council there are three FREE concerts coming up in Palma's Almudaina Palace which was originally constructed in the 13th century as a magnificent home for Mallorca's Moorish rulers.
However, following the Christian reconquest in the next century, King Jaime I converted it into a more European style palace based on his already existing castle in Perpignan, then part of his Catalan kingdom.
It's a magnificent building which oozes history with some beautiful architectural features from two very different cultures, and no wonder over 150,000 people visited it last year. It is still used for official ceremonies by the King of Spain during his traditional visits to Palma each summer.
The first two concerts take place al fresco in the Almudaina's Patio de Honor and the third will be in the Santa Ana chapel. Here's the line up;
13/9, 20:00 - INTÉRPRETEKamerata Stradivarius
Felix Mendelssohn: Concierto para violín, piano y orquesta de cuerda en re menor
Niccolò Paganini: Capricho núm. 24 en la menor
Franz Kreisler: Preludio y allegro
Astor Piazolla: Historia del tango
Antonio Bazzini La ronde des lutins, op. 25
14/9, 20:00 - ZARZUELA AHORA! Zarzuela de Cámara
Playing great works of Zarzuela from Francisco Asenjo Barbieri, Federico Chueca, Amadeo Vives, Federico Moreno Torroba and Manuel Fernández Caballero
15/9, 13:00 – Music and Literature from the Crown of Aragon
A recital by Vita Christi de Isabel de Villena with the music of Francisco de Peñalosa, Juan de Triana, Bartomeu Cáceres, Pedro de Escobar, Franchinus Gaffurius, Wiipo de Borgoña, de los Cancioneros de Palacio, Montecassino, Gandía, La Colombina y Segovia y del Misterio de Elche.
As I said, admission is free, but if you wish to go, you need to pick up tickets from the Almudaina's 'box office.'