La Banda Municipal de Barcelona


Conductor: José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana
Admission: € 9
Antonín Dvorak
Karneval Ouvertüre, op. 92

Miguel Asins Arbó
1. Ballet de Alfonso XIII
2. Ballet del Animalot
3. Ballet del Pardalero
4. Ballet del Sereno

Amando Blanquer Ponsoda
Tarde de Abril (Marcha Mora, 1957) 

Eduard Toldrà
Empúries (Sardana lliure)

Joaquim Serra
Puigsoliu (Poema sinfónico)

Salvador Brotons
The Emigrant's Ballad 
Variations on a Catalan folk song op.105

The Barcelona Symphonic Band (1886) is an indispensable institution for understanding the musical history of Catalonia. Its role has evolved far beyond programming concerts and participating in official events: it is a staunch promotor of the dissemination of music, performing in front of the podium the finest works in history. The primary architect of the Band’s success was Joan Lamote de Grignon, who gave it an artistic personality and transformed it into an internationally-renowned ensemble. Even Richard Strauss directed it almost a century ago. In 2007, the Band’s project took a big step forward, going from being the resident band at L’Auditori de Barcelona to programming a regular season of concerts that included performances by leading artists and groups in the local and international scene. Ten years later, in 2017, the Barcelona Symphonic Band (BMB) was invited to the Wasbe Conference in Utrecht and the World Music Concert (WMC) in Kerkrade, the Netherlands, consolidating it as an international reference. The Band’s guest conductors have included: Jan Cober, Eugene Corporon, Johan de Meij, Björn Bus, Henrie Adams, Frank de Vuyst, Douglas Bostock, Manel Valdivieso, Josep Caballé Domenech and Baldur Brönnimann. In recent years, two big names in conducting –Salvador Brotons and José Rafael Pascual-Vilaplana– have helped the BMB to increase its offering, through their commitment to recover the band repertoire and to commission new works. Numerous renowned musicians and groups have played with the Band, including Spanish Brass, Stefan Schilli, Shoichiro Hokazono, Jörgen van Rijen, Albert Guinovart, Josep Colom, Jess Gillam, Pacho Flores, Marta Mathéu, Elena Copons, María Hinojosa Montengero, Joan Martín-Royo and Esperanza Fernández, and acclaimed artists Cesc Gelabert, Sol Picó, Àlex Casanovas, Lluís Soler, Lloll Bertran, the Obeses and La Cubana. The Band is also committed to the dissemination task of making music accessible to vulnerable groups, through the concerts and activities organised with Apropa Cultura. Today, the Barcelona Symphonic Band is an ensemble committed to the society around it, to giving its time and actively investing in the Barcelona music scene.

José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana studied piano and euphonium with the Muro band and at the Alcoy and Valencia conservatories. He studied band conducting in Holland with Jan Cober and Eugene Corporon, orchestral conducting in Vienna with Karl Österreicher, Yuji Yuasa and Hans Graf, and harmony and composition with R. Alcaraz and J. Darias. He has conducted bands and orchestras in Argentina, Belgium, Colombia, Cuba, France, Germany, Holland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Uruguay and the United States. They include the national youth orchestras of Holland and Colombia; the national band of Cuba; the Slovenian SAF Army Band; the municipal bands of Buenos Aires and Montevideo; the Orchestra Accademia of La Fenice Opera House, in Venice; the WASBE Youth Wind Orchestra in San José (California); the Swiss AULOS Blasorchester; the Bilbao, Albacete and Murcia symphony orchestras; the Las Palmas de Gran Canaria Philharmonic Orchestra; the Castile and León Symphony Orchestra; municipal bands of A Coruña, Alicante, Barcelona, Bilbao, Madrid, Palma, Santa Cruz de Tenerife, Santander, Santiago de Compostela and Vitoria; Oviedo, Granada, Jaén, the Canaries and MUSIKENE (Basque country) conservatory bands; the Gran Canaria Wind Orchestra, and the La Rioja Symphonic Band, among others. He has worked with soloists such as singers Elisabete Matos, Carmen Solís, María Hinojosa, Andeka Gorrotxategi and Mikeldi Atxalandabaso; flautists Juana Guillem and Claudi Arimany; clarinettists José Franch-Ballester, Vicent Alberola and Nuno Pinto; French horn player Juan Manuel Gómez; trumpeters Sergei Nakariakov, Pacho Flores, Luis González, Rubén Simeó, Mario Martos and Manuel Blanco; trombonists Ben van Dijk, Jörgen van Rijen and Ximo Vicedo; tuba player Sérgio Carolino; percussionists Conrado Moya and Xabier Alonso; cellists Asier Polo and Josep Trescolí, and pianists Albert Guinovart and Juan Pérez Floristán. He has conducted groups including Orfeón Donostiarra, the Bilbao Choral Society and the quintet Spanish Brass, and has composed a number of works for band, choir and dulzaina, scenic music and chamber music. He has also been commissioned to write pieces for many festivals (SBALZ Alzira, Certamen d’Altea, Tafalla Brass Week, Castile-La Mancha Music Festival, Cocentaina Choral Competition, etc.) and prestigious soloists, including Spanish Brass, Steven Mead, Luis González, Ximo Vicedo, Carlos Gil and 2i2quartet. Since 2015 he has been principal conductor with Bilbao Municipal Band and since 2018 he has also been principal conductor of the Barcelona Symphonic Band. He is also principal guest conductor with the Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa in Porto. In 1997 he won the Golden Baton at the WMC Kerkrade International Conductors Contest in Holland, and in 2000 he was awarded the Baton of Honour at the EBBA Conductors Competition in Birmingham, England. In 2004, he won the Euterpe Award for festive music composition and the Euterpe Award for band conducting by the Valencia Federation of Music Associations. In 2010, he received the ‘Ignacio Morales Nieva’ National Music Award at the Castilla-La Mancha Music Festival.