Cultural notebook

Anyone familiar with the history of Mallorca knows that the holiday Frédéric Chopin and George Sand spent there in 1838 contributed greatly to the Island’s cultural development. Countless classical concerts were inspired by Chopin’s visit; most play at least one of his pieces at the beginning or the end. A number of them still feature in the annual cultural calendar of the Island.

Organ recitals are given in the Le Seu cathedral on the first Tuesday of the month from 12 noon to 12.30pm. The Song of the Sibyl is performed here just once a year and has been declared by UNESCO to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity. ‘El Cant de la Sibilla’ is traditionally performed — in many of the Island’s churches, too — on Christmas Eve. With a sword in her hands a young woman sings the eight-verses of the song that tells of the end of the world and the return of the saviour.

La Seu — Palma´s cathedral

Formentor Sunset Classics — On 18th May, Italian tenor Roberto Alagna and Polish soprano Aleksandra Kurzak will be opening the festival on the stage by the sea that gives the audience a view of the sun setting on the horizon. On 21st July Marta Moll and Damian Martínez will be performing works by Schubert and Schumann on cello and piano. To find concerts from August onwards visit: formentorsunsetclassics.com.

Formentor Sunset Classics at Hotel Formentor*****

Paseo Maritimo 18 is home to the Palma Auditorium with its views of the marina. As well as performances of classical ballet ranging from Giselle to Swan Lake by the famous Russian ensemble, its programme includes the latest musicals, too. To find out what’s on visit: auditoriumpalma.com.

The Auditorium in Palma is a good place for opera as well as classical and modern ballet

Teatre Principal in Palma is a good place to go for opera and modern ballet. On 17th and 18th June, Maduixa Teatre from Valencia will be performing its show DOT, a fusion of dance, theatre, music and laser effects. From 25th to 27th August 2017 the Moscow Ballet dances Swan Lake, Don Quixote and Sleeping Beauty. More at teatreprincipal.com. For further information about the Mallorca, read DELUXE Mallorca Magazine at https://issuu.com/deluxemallorca/docs/deluxe_spring_2017.

By Birgit Unger | Translation by Celia Moody