13th July 2024
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Catalan Youth Orchestra celebrates 25th anniversary

The Jove Orquestra Nacional de Catalunya (JONC), or Catalan Youth Orchestra, marks its 25th anniversary with a fundraising concert on 4 January at Barcelona’s L’Auditori venue.

Created in 1993 under artistic director Josep Pons as the Jove Orquestra Simfònica de Catalunya (the name was changed six years later), the objective of JONC was to improve the education of young musicians across the region and take a leading role in the musical scene in Catalunya with performances in its most important and iconic venues.

Catalan Youth Orchestra
The Catalan Youth Orchestra was formed back in 1993. (Photo courtesy L’Auditori)

The special anniversary concert features performances from the two ensembles that now make up the Youth Orchestra: the Alevins, the younger group with musicians aged up to 19, and the JONC, made up of musicians up to 25 years old. Josep Pons conducts along with his successor Manel Valdivieso, who took over in 2001.

Included on the programme are works by Leonard Bernstein, Igor Stravinsky and Benjamin Britten. Money raised will go to the NGO Projecte Home Catalunya, which works with people dealing with addiction.

When: 4 January, 8pm

Where: L’Auditori

More info: www.auditori.cat

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