The summer evening activity ‘The romantic soul of Món Sant Benet’ kicks off
Món Sant Benet is kicking off the new activity it calls “The romantic soul of Món Sant Benet”, which will fill Friday and Saturday evenings from 12 July to 7 September.
New summer activity at Món Sant Benet: ‘The romantic soul of Món Sant Benet’ invites visitors to rediscover the monastery from a new perspective. This is a music-based experience, but not a concert. It is a multi-sensory activity with live music and light and video shows which suggests an intriguing tour through German and English romantic music and art. “It's a chance to show the monastery from a different perspective and to enhance its romantic vision”, said Marga Viza, director of the Culture Area of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation.
The proposed journey sets out to discover the romantic soul that still survives in the monastery, and it will be open Friday and Saturday nights at 10 pm from 12 July to 7 September. The activity seeks to revive the romantic essence that imbued the monastery, especially when Ramon Casas’ family turned the former mediaeval monastery into their summer residence.
In ‘The romantic soul of Món Sant Benet’, the monastery is filled with light and mystery, audiovisual projections, artistic images and poetic quotes in an hour and a half-long guided tour through around a dozen moments that take place in different spaces within the monastery. It begins in the church and finishes in the apse after going through virtually the entire monastery, including some of the Art Nouveau quarters like the Piano Room.
“It is a holistic art experience”, says Eudald Tomasa, director of Personnel Services at the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation and one of the promoters of the activity, who mentions that it caters to all audiences: “We want to attract diverse audiences with sensibility who are seeking a different kind of experience”.
Music as the common thread
Music is the main ally and common thread of the activity. A live string trio (cello, violin and viola) will perform compositions by the English and German romantic composers in a magical setting, reconnecting us with the monastery's romantic essence. Thus, Schubert, Schumann, Beethoven and other performers will be featured, reinterpreted by young performers trained at the Catalonia College of Music (ESMUC).
The contribution of these talented young musicians is one of the strengths of this activity, which will include 6 performers along with the musical advice of the pianist Lluís Grané, a former participant in the Musical Residencies programme of the Catalunya La Pedrera Foundation who boasts an extensive career in the world of music. In fact, he is said to be one of the most promising young pianists on the scene today. “We have enlisted the help of one of the top experts in romantic and modern music in our country”, says Marga Viza.
And to round out the evening, the activity also offers the possibility of buying the pack, which includes the activity, a meal and a stay at the Hotel Món****s.