The New Season Of The OCG Includes More Than 60 Concerts And Will Have The Concept Of Space As A Common Thread


The new 2021-22 concert season of the Orquesta Ciudad de Granada (OCG) will feature more than sixty concerts from September 17 to May 21 and will play with the concept of space as a common thread to form a “true cosmos of music” that It will encompass the ‘baroque space’, ‘symphonic space’, ‘open space’ and the ‘family space’.

As a great novelty is the incorporation of the prestigious director and pianist Christian Zacharias as the new main guest conductor of the OCG, who will also intervene as a soloist in one of its programs, as explained at a press conference by the manager, Roberto Ugarte, and the director OCG artist, Lucas Macías.

The ‘baroque space’ begins with two exceptional artists who have never been in charge of the OCG: Gordan Nikolic and Lina Tur Bonet. “Both extraordinary violinists, both inevitably become conductors, capable of offering the best version of a music that enthuses, that of that glorious generation born in the second half of the seventeenth century: Corelli, Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Tartini”.

In the ‘symphonic space’ 12 concerts have been planned, each of them endowed with a special significance, both for the artists who take part in them and for their theme.

“On the podium we will be accompanied by directors loved and admired by our audience, such as Joseph Swensen, the main guest conductor, Hossein Pishkar, Josep Pons or Víctor Pablo Pérez, and we will also have our esteemed Javier Perianes, who again appears with the OCG in his dual role as performer and director “, they added.

Along with interpreters who have already participated in previous editions, the winner of the ‘María Canals’ International Music Competition pianist Evgeny Konnov, harpsichordist Silvia Márquez, and singers Catriona Morison, Mariasole Mainini, Mar Campo, Rory Carver, José Luis Sola, Nuria Rial, Teresa Villena, Joaquín Asiáin, Rachelle Ragliotti and Günter Haumer.

Along this journey, from Haydn to Takemitsu, from Mozart to Alban Berg, the OCG will perform, along with works from the universal repertoire already frequented, others that it will place for the first time on its lecterns: Takemitsu’s’ Death and Resurrection ‘,’ The Last Seven Words of Christ on the Cross’ by César Frank, the Requiem by Michael Haydn, the Fourth Symphony by Sibelius or ‘Carmen suite’ by Georges Bizet are some of them, until completing a total of twelve works that the OCG incorporates into its repertoire, thus expanding the sound space of its audience.

“Participation, meetings, hugs (if possible), smiles, complicity, emotion. This is what the ‘open space’ intends to promote with the two works presented this season: Messiah by Handel and ‘Carmina Burana’ by Carl Orff “. They are emblematic works that any singer of a choir yearns to sing sometime in their life, join the Orchestra and contribute to forming the immense edifice of the choral polyphony of these two great composers “, they have detailed.

A ‘family space’ has also been programmed, which will involve a return to the Manuel de Falla Auditorium, “on Saturday, and then a snack or an aperitif with the family.” Four concerts to enjoy with young and old: ‘Popular Christmas Carols of the World’ , with the children’s choirs of Granada capital and province, ‘El sastrecillo valiente’, #esVITAL, with DJ and clown included and ‘A meeting with Beethoven’.


The mayor of Granada, Francisco Cuenca, has conveyed his “enthusiasm and conviction that we are going to have a magnificent season at the OCG that will mark a new stage.”

He has taken advantage of the presentation of the new season of the OCG to announce that the Granada Consortium for Music “has given surplus data, for the first time in more than a decade,” according to the last meeting of the entity held this past Thursday. , as the reinforcements that the orchestra was proposing were also approved and in September the process of new hires will begin.

Regarding the programming, the councilor has emphasized “the importance of participatory concerts”, in reference to the Messiah or Carmina Burana and has recognized the effort of the managerial and artistic direction of the orchestra “to offer a first level musical season and for having managed, in a time as difficult as the one we have suffered, to keep our orchestra alive “.

For her part, the provincial deputy for Culture and Historical and Democratic Memory, Fátima Gómez, has pointed out that presenting the new season of the orchestra, in a context of pandemic, represents a double joy, for what it involves the programming and for normality in musical activity.

“From the Provincial Council we are participating in the enthusiasm with which the public receives cultural activities and especially music,” he stated and highlighted that the provincial institution is developing a summer cycle of support for cultural industries in which music has a leading role and among the different genres, the classic occupies a special place.

He has also referred to the extensions of the OCG in the province, where it is “very well received by the local population, be it small chamber formations, the reduced orchestra or the orchestra with reinforcements.”