THE REAL MADRID: Cheeky Gypsy, La Filarmonica, Country Western Festival

Don’t let her pass you by!

Carmen la de Triana, pride of her people, especially her co-workers at the Tobacco Factory of Seville, symbolized – and still does – the Andalusian working women’s struggle against the social injustice that had deprived them of dignity and liberty.

Born and bred in the iconic Triana, Seville’s working-class barrio par excellence, Carmen was persecuted and, ultimately, murdered for no other reason than that she was poor, working woman, and gypsy who dared aspire to live in freedom. Her heroic activism has defied the rigors of time and continues to resonate in today’s society.

Steeped in the passion and magic of Andalusia, the story of this Trianera is told in Carmen, Opera Flamenca. The opera of Flamenco song and dance, and drums and bugles, is brought to the stage of Teatro Compac in downtown Madrid by Maestro Salvador Tavora, its creator and director.

Carmen, Opera Flamenca is accoladed wherever it is staged. You’d be losing a lot if you give it a miss then. Now on its 18th year and second world tour, it has been performed in 24 countries and 32 international theater festivals, wowing one million audiences down the years. Among the prizes it has bagged are the Ricardo Huarte Award for its defense of artistic creation, by the Association of Bullfight Critics and Rapporteurs of Catalonia, and the Max Award by the Society General of Authors and Publishers (SGAE) for Best International Projection.

Venue: Teatro Compac, Gran Via 66, Madrid
Date: up to 5 July 2015
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June 2015 Radio Cologne Symph. Orchestra

By Dan Lowell

With well deserved pride the Filarmonica is presenting the closing concert of its third season which, with a considerable increase in season ticket holders and the number of concerts, and an average 90% occupancy, has definitely made this concert society a cornerstone in the Madrid classical music scene.


Jukka-Pekka Saraste

The Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra and its conductor, Jukka-Pekka Saraste, the artist who headed up La Filarmonica’s debut in 2012 with a memorable rendition of Beethoven’s Fifth, will close the Third Season. They will do so with two jewels of their repertoire: Tchaikovsky’s Pathétique, the most profound and moving of his symphonies, and Dvorak’s Cello Concert, iconic work of Czech nationalistic music, played by cellist Natalia Gutman.

Conductor since 2000, Jukka-Pekka Saraste is considered one of the most outstanding of his generation, conducting such orchestras as the Oslo Philharmonic and the BBC Symphony Orchestra. He is also habitually invited by the likes of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra.

June 2015 Natalia Gutman

Extraordinary cellist Natalia Gutman

As for the Cologne Radio Symphony Orchestra, with past conductors Gary Bertini and Semyon Bychkov, and with concerts performed in the most prestigious concert halls of the world, it has become one of the best groups in Europe.

The orchestra will accompany Natalia Gutman in Dvorak’s Cello Concert, one of the greatest cellists of the international music panorama. Disciple of the great maestro Mstislav Rostropovich, she is without doubt the greatest cellist of her generation.

Next season Gutman will return to the Filarmonica to round out the Bach Suites.

Dvorak, Cello Concerto in B minor, Op. 104, B. 191
Tchaikovsky, Symphony Nº 6 in B minor, Op 74, Pathétique

Wednesday, 10 June 2015, 19:30
Auditorio Nacional




Sheep rodeo • line dancing among horses and carousel of horses • pole bending • barrel racing led by International Barrel Racing Champion Patricia Jarque Palanca, “the best Spanish cowgirl” • American barbecue • top country music concert (Barroom Buddies, Chisum CatleCo and Alex T & the Hot Saddles Band ) • display of American cars and Harley Davidsons • etc. etc..

Club Hípico El Encuentro, Camino Viejo de Torrelaguna, s/n, San Sebastián de los Reyes, Madrid, 13 June, 6:00.