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Barcelona pays tribute to composer Amadeu Vives with three concerts

The composer Amadeu Vives will be honored in Barcelona and Sabadell with three concerts for his 150th birthday.

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The works of the Catalan composer Amadeu Vives return to the stage in a new series co-produced by the Fundació Òpera Catalunya and the Fundació Orfeó Català. There will be three concerts with a set list based on Vives' productions, such as the original version of "L'emigrant."  

On Thursday, Nov. 25, the show was presented at a press conference convened by Mariona Carulla, director of the Orfeó Català. She was joined by Mercedes Conde, deputy artistic director of the Palau de la Música; Oscar Lancuza, general director of the Fundació Òpera a Catalunya, and Xavier Puig, musical director of the concerts. 

The cycle has two venues, the Teatre la Faràndula in Sabadell, which will host the first two performances, and the Palau de la Música, which will close the tribute. The dates are Friday, Nov. 26, Sunday, Nov. 28 and Monday, Nov. 29 as closing.  

The last performance can also be followed free of charge via streaming through the Palau Digital portal. According to Carulla, president of the Fundació Orfeó Català-Palau de la Música, the hope is to bring Vives' work to a wider audience. 

Vives, along with composer Lluís Millet, was one of the driving forces behind the Orfeó Català. Both, impressed by the "choral excellence" of the international choirs they saw at the Universal Exposition in Barcelona in 1888, decided to found one in Catalonia. 

The cast of the cycle is led by tenor Josep Bros and soprano Isabella Gaudí, accompanied by the Orquestra Simfònica del Vallès, the Cor d'Amics de l'Òpera de Sabadell and the Cor de Cambra del Palau de la Música, under the direction of Puig. 

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