Are you missing Mozart? Have a hankering for Haydn? Want to get back to Bach? There are said to be numerous mental and psychological benefits to be had from listening to classical music, such as reduced stress, increased mental clarity and concentration, and a general sense of calm and peace. In a time of never-ending social media ambushes and newsfeeds filled with global and political unrest, there has never been a better time to invest in some well-deserved self-care and dive into the surprisingly rich classical music scene in Mallorca. All it takes is a little bit of research and you will uncover a veritable treasure trove of orchestral events all over the island. Read on for an overview of the most noteworthy classical musical events and festivals held on the island and where to find upcoming performances.
Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears #
“Where words fail, music speaks.” ― Hans Christian Andersen
An introduction to the world of classical music on Mallorca simply wouldn’t be complete without mentioning first and foremost, the primary orchestra on the island. Established some 30 years ago in 1988, the Orquestra Simfònica Illes Balears is the pinnacle of classical music here. Each year they perform a combination of classical musical pieces, opera, and, for those with families, they also do shorter concerts aimed at children.
During the winter season, the concerts are held at the Palma Theatre or the Palma Auditorium, however during July they hold summer season concerts which take place at various locations including Bellver Castle – adding a whole new level of magic and atmosphere! Some of the upcoming concerts this season include selections from Bach, Hayden, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky; you can find details of their upcoming concerts on their website>>
Ticket prices vary depending on the location and type of concert, but range from 12-65 euros. There is also the option to purchase a season pass for the Palma Theatre which offers further discounts.
Classical Music Festivals #
“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.” – Confucius
Pollença Summer Festival
Every year since 1962, Pollença has been the host of this summer festival held under the starry night sky in the old cloister of Sant Domingo, with upwards of 800 artists performing from all over the world. Some events during the festival are free, and others range from 20-35 euros a night. A spectacular and unmissable event for lovers of classical music. Full program and dates for 2020 are yet to be confirmed, but you can view the details from last year here>> and keep checking back for updates.
Deià International Music Festival
The Deià International Music Festival is another summer event set in an idyllic location with weekly concerts held throughout the summer months from a wide array of national and international performers. The festival’s focus is on chamber music, however offers a combination of traditional and more modern musical genres such as jazz and flamenco. An annual tradition since 1978, this is another noteworthy event to add to your calendar! At the time of writing, no information is available for the 2020 program, however in 2019 tickets cost 20 euros for adults and 10 euros for students.
Further Resources #
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” ― Bono
Undoubtedly there are a number of prestigious classical music festivals and concerts held throughout the year, with several brilliant websites that detail upcoming events.
If you’re looking to meet some new, like-minded people while quenching your thirst for culture, there is a very active MeetUp group that organises regular group events to attend local concerts in Palma. They meet every week or so, some of the events are free and some are paid. Click here>> for the MeetUp group details.
The Arts Society Mallorca, Artsmallorca.com and Palma Cultura all offer easy to navigate calendars of events, ranging from concerts, lectures and upcoming festivals, and you can also browse the extensive list of upcoming classical music, opera, ballet and dance events in Palma itself with the cultural search website Bachtrack. Additionally, the Conservatorium of Music>> regularly holds concerts in Palma with free admission.
With all of these fabulous classical music resources right at your fingertips, what are you waiting for? Get your culture fix on and enjoy!
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By Jessica Tatam
21 January, 2020