The Israel Philharmonic had its “Capriccio” (“Fling”) in Spain with 2 concerts in Santander and Gerona.

With a long day before the concert, players were able to visit the beach, go for a run, or just stroll around Santander. A quiet demonstration of 10 protesters occupied 20 Spanish policemen before the concert.

The last concert of the tour, and the season, was outside of Girona…literally “outside”: an outdoor concert starting at 1100 in the evening! Sant Feliu de Guixols, a sea-side village with a carnival atmosphere, hosted the Philharmonic under a full moon.

The 12th century saw a flourishing of the Jewish community of Girona. The Rabbi of Girona, Moshe ben Nahman Gerondi (better known as Nahmanides or Ramban) was appointed Great Rabbi of Catalonia. The history of the Jewish community ended in 1492, when the Catholic Kings expelled all the Jews from Catalonia. The Jewish ghetto (El Call) is one of the best preserved in Europe.

 

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