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XXI Jazz Festival of Madrid


This week sees the start of the 21st Jazz Festival of Madrid. It kicks off on the 15th October and runs until the 20th November. Events will take place across a number of venues in Madrid, including Jazz bars and concert halls and brings to the capital more than 100 groups and musicians. Highlights include: Wayne Shorter, Ron Carter, McCoy Tyner, Jack DeJohnette, John Scofield, Ron Carter, Birelli Lagrene, Richard Galiano, Youssou N´Dour and the Dizzy Gillespie All Big Band; with Solomon Burke providing Soul and Paco de Lucía the Flamenco angle. There will be a range of activities going on throughout this period, including debates and documentary projections in FNAC, a children’s jazz concert and music in Retiro Park.

More information can be found on the website or simply by my suggestion would be to buy the Guía del Ocio guide or (free in the newspaper El Mundo’s Friday edition) from a Madrid newsagent.

Classical Music, Zarzuela and Ballet in Madrid

Picture courtesy of the Auditorio Nacionalde Música

Here is a brief list of websites where you can find information about venues and forthcoming classical music, ballet and Zarzuela concerts.

Auditorio Nacional de Música – comes under the control of the Ministry of Culture. Two concert halls, from which the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain and the Youth National Orchestra perform, can be found within its Príncipe de Vergara building.
Teatro de la Zarzuela – this theatre, founded in the last century, has aprogramme of Zarzuela, opera and dance throughout the year.
Teatro Real – in this beautiful opera house you will find performances of opera, ballet and classical music performances.
Fundación Juan March – private arts/sciences foundation where you can listen to concerts throughout the week and at weekends.
Teatro Monumental – the Orquesta y Coro de la RTVE (Orchestra and Choir of the state TV channel) play out of this theatre, usually on Thursdays and Fridays.
Teatro Madrid – based in the area of Barrio del Pilar, this theatre puts on ballet, productions of zarzuela and drama. October through to November various productions for the Festival de Otoño (Autumn Festival) will be held here.
Real Conservatorio Superior de Música -The Royal Conservatory for Music was founded 1830 and apart from imparting music courses, they also put on concerts. You will need to email them for details of the programme as the website isn’t up-to-date).
Círculo de Bellas Artes – this organisation puts on a wide range of cultural activities, including music, theatre, dance, art exhibitions, literary events, to name but a few. Music events cn be found under “Actividades > Música”.
Centro para la Difusión de la Música Contemporánea – aims to “fill the increasing gap in the circulation of contemporary music and to create a more favourable atmosphere for new composition”. For details of concerts select “Próximas Actividades” (the English version isn’t up-to-date.
Auditorio Conde Duque – the Auditorium of the Centro Cultural de Conde Duque puts on a number of concerts throughout the year – many of them free. Simply select “Auditorio” from the website menu.

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Bizet’s Opera Carmen comes to Centro Cultural Conde Duque

From tomorrow (September 2nd) and for 3 nights Bizet’s Carmen will play at the Conde Duque Centre. With the intention of putting on an opera that most can afford, prices will start at 25 Euros and rise to 40 Euros. One hundred and fifty artists are involved, many of them from music conservatories and schools and include the Orquesta Filarmonía (which play in the Auditorio Nacional de Música de Madrid and the Teatro Monumental de Madrid), the Orfeón Filarmónico, Coro Eurolírica and the Escolanía de San Martín de la Vega.

Times: 10 p.m.
Prices: 25, 35 and 40 Euros
Ticket Office: Patio Central de Conde Duque
Address: C/ Conde Duque, 9 y 11
Metro: Plaza de España, Noviciado, Ventura Rodriguez y San Bernardo

More Information
Los Veranos de la Villa website

Corral de la Morería – Flamenco Shows

flamencoThe Corral de la Morería is often billed as one of the best flamenco shows in the world – if the list of famous personalities who have visited it are anything to go by, they certainly are. George Bush, Ronald Reagan, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Tom Jones, Samuel Jackson, Hugh Grant and Mariah carey have alll visited this famous place. Since its inauguration in 1956 it has put on shows with all the major flamenco artists like Antonio Gades, Lucero Tena and Pastora Imperio. The shows cost around 32 Euros, whilst a show plus dinner will set you back 72 Euros. Though the menus are impressive, most people would recommend going for dinner first and then on to the show.

Address: c/ Morería 17
Telephone: 91 3658446
Metro: Sol & Ópera

Veranos de la Villa – Madrid Summer Festival


For 2006 click here: Veranos de la Villa 2006

During the months of July and August, the streets, gardens, theatres and other public places of Madrid see a number of activities organised by the Madrid Council for Art and called Veranos de la Villa. The city plays host to dance, music, theatrical events and zarzuela throughout this period. You can catch Flamenco Nights in the Sabatini Gardens (next to the Royal Palace); Spirit of the Dance by the Arabic Wall; Bizet’s Carmen, Madame Butterfly and Steve Winwood in Conde Duque and a variety of Zarzuelas, too.

Details of the events, times and prices can be found on the Veranos de la Villa website or you can download the Veranos de la Villa press release.  In the ‘Useful Information‘ section of the site, you will find the Madrid locations where these events take place.

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Veranos de la Villa 2006

Summer Concerts from Lenny Kravitz to BB King and Woody Allen

If you’ve booked your trip, or looking to book it, here are a list of concerts for the next month in Madrid:

Lenny Kravitz
Date/Time: Thursday, 13th June – 10 p.m.
Venue: Palacio Vistalegre
Price: 34, 40, 45 and 75 euros.
Ticket Sales: Madrid Rock and Halcón Viajes travel shops

Date/Time: 18th June – 9 p.m.
Venue: Divino Aqualung
Price: 24 euros
Ticket Sales:Fnac, Madrid Rock, Crisol and Tiendas Tipo

MTV Day ’04 (La Oreja de Van Gogh, Álex Ubago, The Rasmus, Coti y Deluxe…)
Date/Time: 22nd June – 7.30 p.m.
Venue: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Price: 10 euros
Ticket Sales: Fnac, Madrid Rock, Crisol and Tiendas Tipo.

B.B. King Blues Festival
Date/Time: 28th June – 9 p.m.
Venue: Plaza de Toros de Las Ventas
Price: 24 to 38 euros
Ticket Sales: Fnac, Madrid Rock, Crisol and Tiendas Tipo.

Bunbury (lead singer with Héroes del Silencio)
Date/Time: 26 & 27th June – 8.30 p.m.
Venue: Palacio Municipal de Congresos del Campo de las Naciones.
Price: 27 & 30 Euros
Ticket Sales: Madrid Rock

Woody Allen & the New Orleans Jazz Band
Date/Time: 1st July – 10 p.m.
Venue: Patio central del Centro Cultural Conde Duque (Conde Duque 11
Price: 35 to 60 euros
Ticket Sales: – 902 101212 (Caixa Catalunya)

New Flamenco show from the Compañía Suite Española


On the 29th April a new Flamenco show will open in Madrid’s Teatro de Madrid and will run until the 16th May. It is being put on by Compañía Suite Española and is split into two parts, which will display classical dance and the various styles of Flamenco, with music and dance.
From 9 to 22 euros. (Wed and Thurs reduced price)
Wednesday-Friday: 8.30 p.m.
Saturdays: 7 p.m and 10 p.m Sundays: 6 p.m
Avda. de la Ilustración, s/n.
Area: Fuencarral – El Pardo.
Metro: Barrio del Pilar.
Tel: 91 730 17 50.

A selection of Spanish music

I have just added a list of some of my favourite Spanish albums in the right-hand column of this website. Clicking on the links will take you to the Amazon website, where you can listen to clips from all of the albums. I would be interested to hear what other people’s favourite Spanish music is and what you may think of this selection!

Paul Mc Cartney comes to Madrid


Tickets have just come out for Paul McCartney’s ’04 Summer Tour’. The concert takes place in the Estadio La Peineta on the 30th May and tickets can be bought from FNAC, Tipo, Crisol, Madrid Rock and by telephone 902 888 902. You can also try I am not sure what the issues are regarding purchase of tickets outside of Spain, though. You will find more information about this tour on the Paul McCartney website.

Address: Avda. de Arcentales s/n.
Prices: from 40 to 73 euros.

‘Cats’ – The Musical comes to Madrid


On December 17th, in Madrid’s Teatro Coliseum de Madrid, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical ‘Cats’ will open. The musical, a success from day one, has been shown in 300 cities and tranlsated into 10 languages. The last few months have seen a lot of activity in ‘Musical Land’ with We Will Rock You, Cabaret and now Cats opening in Madrid. Let’s hope that more will follow.

Tickets can be bought at the theatre itself or fromEl Corte Inglés, either on-line or at the ticket office in the store. Prices range from 25 to 60 euros
Address: Gran Vía, 78
Metro: Plaza de España

Classical Music at the Auditorio Nacional de Música

The Auditorio Nacional de Música was opened in 1988 and is the home of the National Orchestra and Choir of Spain. The Auditorio has a full programme all year round and for the month of December performances include: Minsk Symphony Orchestra and Choir (Haydn); the Madrid Symphony Orchestra (Bach and Stravinsky) and the English Chamber Orchestra (Handel’s Messiah).

Address: c/ Príncipe de Vergara, 146 28002 Madrid
Main Telephone: 91 337 01 39 | Box Office: 91 337 01 39

Station: Cruz del Rayo (line 9) or Prosperidad (line 4)

Lines: 1, 9, 16, 19, 29, 52, 73

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Concert gigs – Robbie Williams, Van Morrison, and others come to Madrid

This is a list of concerts for the coming month in Madrid:
Robbie Williams – Date: 22nd October; Venue: Palacio de Vistalegre; Time: 10 p.m.; Price: 35-75 Euros.
Tickets: 10 12 12) or Music Store Madrid Rock (on c/ Gran Vía)
Deep Purple – Date: 25th October; Venue: Multiusos La Cubierta de Leganés (Maestro, 4); Time: 10 p.m.; Price: 20 Euros
Tickets: In the following stores: Fnac, Madrid Rock and Crisol or BBVA (, Tel:902 15 00 25)
Iron Maiden – Date: 2nd November; Venue: Palacio de Vistalegre
Tickets: Madrid Rock
Blur– Date: 3rd November; Venue: Sala La Riviera; Time: 8.45 p.m.; Price 25.9 Euros
Tickets: El Corté Inglés
Van Morrison – Date: 5th November; Venue: Sala La Riviera; Time 8.45 p.m.; Price: 25.9 Euros
Tickets: El Corté Inglés