Music Day, something to celebrate?

Madrid, Jun 20 (EFE) .- Hundreds of performances and cultural events will mark this Monday an International Music Day, the celebration of which has been rejected by the musicians' unions, who denounce that "public administrations and political parties" have planned acts that do not they respect current legislation.

"Every June 21, we musicians celebrate Music Day. Or rather, we join celebrations proposed by those who earn money with our work and in which we paint the same as in the world of music" , the union organizations regret in a statement.

They also denounce the precariousness of their work and assure that they will only celebrate Music Day "when our labor rights are respected every day of the year." That is why they end their text with a resounding phrase: "Something to celebrate on Music Day? Nothing to celebrate."

Some claims of a sector that, despite everything, will turn into a day in which there will be from a classical music battle between Robert Schumann and Johannes Brahms, to photographic exhibitions or a Royal Theater full of children.

The Ministry of Culture and Sports, together with the National Institute of Performing Arts and Music (INAEM), has organized a series of symphonic cycles focused on these two geniuses of classical music.

Schumann and Brahms meet in the sixth edition of the cycle "Soo music!", Which is held at the National Auditorium in a three-day marathon format, under the subtitle "Romantic duel".

Attendees will be able to enjoy, at affordable prices, a program consisting of four concerts under the baton of maestro James Conlon and performed by the National Orchestra of Spain (ONE) –which will be in charge of the opening performance–, the Galician Symphony Orchestra, the Symphony Orchestra of Castilla y León and the Young National Orchestra of Spain (JONDE), with which the marathon closes.

On the other hand, the INAEM also organizes together with the State Coordinating Cultural Association of Private Live Music Rooms (ACCES) the twelfth edition of a circuit of concerts distributed throughout the national territory, which will take place between 19 and 21 June in a dozen rooms.

In this edition, Toledo, Cáceres, Lugo, Málaga, Murcia, Oviedo, Palma de Mallorca, Ponferrada, Valencia and Zaragoza will enjoy a weekend of a great diversity of styles with concerts of rock, folk, soul, pop groups, jazz, and author music.

In Cáceres, within the "CácerEs Cultura" program, the protagonist will be La Mala Rodríguez, who will celebrate this day with an intimate concert this Sunday, in which she will review the main themes from the first of her six albums, "Lujo ibérico" (2000 , Universal) at the Palacio de Congresos.

The Canary Islands offers two venues, one in The Paper Club of Gran Canaria and the other the Aguere Cultural de La Laguna, to carry out a series of indie concerts with two Catalan proposals, Anabel Lee and Jacket of Tracksuit, and three Canary bands, Ant Cosmos , We were heading North and Crusher.

For its part, the Community of Madrid has scheduled a series of events ranging from concerts to cultural proposals such as photography exhibitions or film meetings.

The Royal Theater will offer two "end of year" concerts in the Sala Gayarre by the hand of its inclusive music group, made up of 20 children with special learning needs. Under the direction of Francisco Borro, the infants will perform, on June 20 and 27, musical works created especially for the group, taking into account the uniqueness of each of its members.

The Cineteca Madrid has organized the cycle "One, two, three, direct", with cinematographic-musical proposals through the screening of films such as "The Last Rave: Mystery Shopper", "Swans. Where Does a Body End?", "Things We Lost In the Fire" or "White Riot. Rock against racism", and different talks with experts.

The FNAC proposes a photographic exhibition, "The album of my life", made up of more than twenty portraits made by Alfredo Arias, accompanied by interviews with Luis Miguel Flores. Together they have brought together a variety of musicians of different genres and generations such as Miguel Ríos, Mala Rodríguez or El Niño de Elche, who have posed with the album that for them has marked a before and after.

The show will begin its journey on June 21, coinciding with the European Music Day, at FNAC Callao, to later tour the chain's stores in Barcelona, ​​San Sebastián, Valencia, A Coruña, Malaga, Seville and Alicante.

Silvia Garcia Herráez


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