The Real Maestranza de Caballería (RMR) will host La Semana de la Música de Ronda from Tuesday 2 until Friday 5 July. The four-day music festival will take place in the bullring and other emblematic locations in Ronda and presents a programme of concerts featuring contemporary music from the seventeenth century until the present day.
The festival, which is celebrating its twentieth anniversary, will offer performances by several renowned classical musicians and orchestras, including soprano Irene Román, pianist Isabel Puente, and the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra of Seville.
The festival is organised by Ronda town hall and the RMR, a cultural institution founded in 1573 that is dedicated to the preservation, dissemination and research of the town's historical and cultural heritage.
The festival will begin with a special concert in the bullring on Tuesday 2 July at 9.30pm, when the New York Youth Symphony Orchestra (NYYS) will play pieces by composers such as Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Shostakovich.
The NYYS is nationally recognised for its innovative educational programmes for talented young musicians and for providing opportunities to perform at world-class venues. The orchestra is made up of qualified students from all backgrounds and offers rigorous programmes in orchestra, chamber music, jazz, musical theatre composition and conducting for students between the ages of 12 and 22.
The orchestra has performed at more than 20 concerts this season, including one at Carnegie Hall in New York, where they entertained an audience of 8,500 people.
Under the baton of conductor Michael Repper, the NYYS will make their European debut during a ten-day tour of Spain that will take them to Valladolid, Madrid, Seville and Malaga. Following their performance in Ronda, the orchestra will perform at the Edgar Neville Theatre in Malaga on Wednesday 3 and Thursday 4 July.
La Semana de la Música de Ronda will finish on Friday 5 July with a classical music concert held in the Ermita de la Virgen de la Cabeza, a tenth-century hermitage located in a cave.
Tickets for the festival cost between 10 and 15 euros and are available online (www.musicaronda.com) or at the ticket office of the Maestranza bullring and the Casa de Cultura in Ronda.