The 82 San Sebastián Musical Fortnight has developed a program that this year returns to normal, between August 1 and 27, with 75 concerts, the recovery of the usual cycles, largely suspended in 2020 due to the pandemic, between them the Andante Fortnight that will visit several Basque towns and the return of orchestras, symphonic-choral activity and international soloists. The Luxembourg Philharmonic Orchestra will be in charge of the opening on August 1 and 2, and the Budapest Festival Orchestra will close on August 27.
The Symphonic Orchestra of Galicia and the National Orchestra of Spain, who have not attended the festival for a long time, will also be the protagonists of the edition, as well as renowned pianists such as Grigory Sokolov, Yuja Wang, Elisabeth Leonskaja, Stephen Hough and Dejan Lazic, and violinists like Leonidas Kavakos and Julian Rachlin.
Another Basque group, but with a consolidated trajectory such as the Euskadiko Orkestra, will be in command on the 21st of Víctor Pablo Pérez, a director much loved by the Fortnight, who was head of the Galician Symphony Orchestra, a group that on the 19th and 20th returns to the orders of the Muscovite Dima Slobodeniouk, who has conducted it since 2013. The Basque symphony will be accompanied by the Orfeón Donostiarra, while the Galician will have the Russian pianist Elisabeth Leonskaja in the first session and the Easo de Voces Choir in the second. Mixed. One of the attractions of the 2021 poster is the Russian Grigory Sokolov, who had to suspend his recital of the last edition at the last minute. The performances of this cult artist have always been celebrated “as true events” in the Fortnight, Alfaya has highlighted.
Dance is a discipline that the organizers of the Fortnight have more fondness for every year. Lucía Lacarra and Iratxe Ansa will be two of the protagonists of this section at the Victoria Eugenia theater, which is joined by the Tabakalera center as the setting for a cycle starring Basque companies -Neri (h) ari, Kanpai and Matxalen Bilbao. And in its vocation to expand the children’s repertoire, the San Sebastian festival has produced the children’s opera “Hirira”, which will premiere at the Victoria Eugenia on August 10.