Granada’s famous Alhambra, viewed from the Generalife Garden (photo: Reguera, 2003)

Granada’s famous Alhambra, viewed from the Generalife Garden (photo: Reguera, 2003)

1–4 March 2012

THE SCRATCH® GRANADA GALA

Auditorio Manuel de Falla, Granada, Spain

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If any place is going to conjure up romantic visions, then surely it is Granada. An important settlement since pre-Roman times, Granada lies at the heart of the ancient Moorish region of Andalusia (Al Andalus), looking across the Mediterranean to the African continent.

Think of warm evenings, gentle breezes, exotic flowers, dramatic scenery with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada, exquisite Moorish architecture and, of course, the fantastic Alhambra—palace of the sultans.

We will perform under the direction of Brian Kay in the Auditorio Manuel de Falla, just a few hundred yards from the Alhambra. Our programme also has a touch of the fantastic about it: Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, with its elaborate solo piano part; Carmina Burana—a unique ‘one-off’ from its creator, performed in Carl Orff’s authorised two-piano version including the usual incredible array of percussion instruments; and, to give your voices a rest, España, a colourful tone-poem by Emmanuel Chabrier (1841–1894) who, like Debussy and Ravel, was bewitched by the sights and sounds of Spain.

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