The public’s first encounter with the itinerant Humanity at Music, a Cooperative Symphony production, slated to travel through the towns of the Basque Country, will be in Arrasate-Mondragón. On 22 and 23 February — Friday and Saturday — the Amaia Antzokia theatre will be the venue for this cultural performance accompanied by the sounds of the local group Arrasate Musical. The choruses will also be local. The children’s chorus will be made up of the boys and girls from Arizmendi Ikastola (ikastolas are schools using the Basque language as the medium of instruction), while the adult chorus will be made up of vocalists from the group Goikobalu, with the addition of other choristers and cooperative members who enjoy choral singing.
The Mondragon performance will be the first in the Humanity from Town to Town series, and will include live dancing and music, audiovisuals, and a performance by a bertsolari (typical Basque improviser of musical poetry). From that date forward, this cultural initiative, created and sponsored by MONDRAGON, will take off on a journey through different towns in the Basque Country. Among other places, it will visit Aretxabaleta, Oñati, Gernika; the areas of Lea-Artibai (Ondarroa or Markina), Goierri, and Donostialdea; and also Iruñea/Pamplona and Bilbao.
Four pieces will be performed at the Arrasate-Mondragón show: the overture, the tribute, the piece regarding industry, and the one that speaks about the future, Etorkizuna – Bi Hanka (The Future – Two Legs). The audience will not only enjoy live music as part of the show, but also dance, sound and video. In addition, in Arrasate, the annual concert of the 2019 Orchestra of the Year will also be based on Humanity at Music, a Cooperative Symphony.