• América de norte a sur | SATURDAY CLASSICS
    30 Sep 23

    América de norte a sur | SATURDAY CLASSICS

    Beyond its spectacular collection of contemporary figurative painting, the European Museum of Modern Art (MEAM) programs a large number of activities and initiatives. One of them is the classical music series that it programs every Saturday afternoon.

    On this occasion we will have the artist:  

    Miguel Angel Dionis and Eugènia Gassull, Piano four hands

    A concert that speaks through music of the importance of immigration. Of the fusion of cultures and the enrichment of peoples by the contribution of one another. Tonight's composers are the result of all this melting pot. Gershwin and Bernstein are the children of Ukrainian Jews relocated to the US and Piazzola the son of an Italian who in turn went to live in the US.

    George Gershwin was the first to make a voice heard that was unmistakably indigenous, yet capable, at the same time, of achieving success outside the borders of his homeland. And he did it through some works in which elements from jazz were skilfully synthesized, and from the classical tradition mixed with other sounds from his origins and from African-Americans that allowed him to stand out equally in fields as disparate as symphonic music. and the popular Gershwin's great references in those early years were Irving Berlin and Jerome Kern, kings of Broadway at the time thanks to their songs and musical comedies. The desire to succeed as a composer in concert halls, although latent then, would not take shape. until years later with the Rapsody in blue. The "blue", which is, as is known, a typical American expression that indicates sadness, nostalgia or melancholy, a characteristic feeling that infiltrates the noisy joviality, gave rise to a rhythm that Gershwin was inspired by when he wanted to express the intense life and tumultuous of the metropolis.

    Bernstein was an enthusiastic defender and popularizer of the new American music: authors such as Aaron Copland, Charles Ives and George Gershwin were part of his concert programs until his death. A true reflection of his varied hobbies and tastes, which in music ranged from classicism to jazz, the composer Bernstein's style is distinguished by his eclecticism. His best-known work, West Side Story, was composed for a Broadway musical, which would later be made into a movie and later orchestral and piano arrangements for concert halls. Music composed with the fusion of jazz rhythms, Latin music (Mambo, cha cha Chá, Puerto Rican rhythms and with lyrics like that of America in which the hopes and frustrations of a young generation of immigrants that do not see themselves accepted or Somewhere, denounces the constant search for "a place ''we will find a new way of living, we will find a new way of forgetting...

    Piazzola Born in Argentina. He made innovations in tango in terms of rhythm and harmony, he was highly criticized by the old school tangoers, conservative in terms of rhythm, melody and orchestration, Piazzola was the result of his Argentine origins in contact with other cultures that made enrich your music and make it different. Based in Brooklyn, New York-since he was 3 years old, with his family, living in an immigrant neighborhood and his ease with relationships generated a unique cultural interrelation reflected in his music. Piazzolla broke a musical paradigm, he made a very intelligent mix between tango, jazz and contemporary classical music.


    • Preludes G. GERSHWIN

    I Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

    II Andante con moto e poco rubato

    III Allegro ben ritmato e deciso

    • Rhapsody in blue G. GERSHWIN
    • West Side Story L. BERNSTEIN



    I Feel Pretty


    One Hand, One Heart

    Something’s Coming



    • Tres piezas A. PIAZZOLLA

    Invierno porteño




    • All tickets include access to the exhibitions, to the concert and a complimentary glass of cava.
    • If there are no more tickets available on the website, they can be purchased at the museum box office depending on capacity availability. In this case, it is preferable to book in advance by calling 933195693 or by sending an email to taquillas@meam.es.
    • The locations have a number assigned according to the order of reservations. It will not be possible to make any change of location once the seats are assigned.
    • Access to the concert hall will take place from 5:50 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Once the concert has started, you will not be able to access the room.
    • The exhibition can be visited both before and after the concert, taking into account that the museum closes at 20:00.
    • The tour to the exhibitions lasts approximately 45 minutes.
    • It will be enough to have the voucher or reservation on the mobile and not print it.
    • The museum reserves the right to cancel the unpaid reservation 5 minutes before the start of the concert. For this reason, we recommend showing up at the box office 30 minutes in advance. 
    • In the case of tickets purchased in advance: After 6:00 p.m. it will not be possible to opt for a refund. If the user of the tickets has not communicated, before the concert, the delay or impossibility of attendance: these may be assigned to another user after 6:05 p.m.
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