Europa Open-Air Concert with the HR-Sinfonieorchester & Javier Perianes

Pablo Heras-Casado leads the HR-Sinfonieorchester and pianist Javier Perianes in a special outdoor concert in Frankfurt on August 24, with more than ten thousand people expected to attend. The performance will include an all-Spanish themed programme, with works by de Falla (Noches en los Jardines de España with Mr. Perianes as soloist), Chapí (Preludio de Zarzuela La Revoltosa), and Giménez (Intermedio de Zarzuela La boda de Luis Alonso) in addition to Spanish-themed works by Ravel (Alborada del gracioso / Rapsodie espagnole) and Rimsky-Korsakov (Capriccio espagnol). The performance will be streamed LIVE via,, and hr2-kultur, in addition to Facebook, at 20:00/8pm CET.

Watch the trailer for this not-to-be-missed concert at the following link.

Highlights from Pablo’s concert QnA:

1. You have been maestro at the Frankfurt Opera House and the Alte Oper before, do you like the city and the audience?

I’ve always enjoyed performing here, at these two wonderful and distinct venues. When I conducted Verdi’s Les vêpres siciliennes, I had the opportunity to live in the city for two months, and I felt that I really understood and connected to its pulse and vibration. Living by the river near the opera house was fantastic. It’s a place full of life, people walking around and doing sports, lots of families, and also young people enjoying the outdoors. And the musical audience in Frankfurt is very responsive, respectful, and reactive.

2. What is your experience with open air concerts?

I’ve taken part in many open-air concerts, and for me it’s a unique chance to connect with a different kind of audience, in a different context. The communication with the musicians, and also with the audience, is of course exciting but it’s also relaxed. Everyone wants to enjoy the evening and have fun!

3. Is there anything special, you are looking forward to (in Frankfurt, during the concert)?

I can’t wait to see what it feels like to perform in front of a live audience of 15,000 people in such a unique venue! At the same time, being connected via the television and internet to an audience of hundreds of thousands more in their homes really adds to the excitement. I also feel honored and very proud to present a wonderful selection of Spanish music for the event!

Pablo Heras-Casado is the Principal Guest Conductor of Teatro Real, Madrid, Director of the Granada Festival, Conductor Laureate of the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, artist of harmonia mundi & Deutsche Grammophon, also records for Decca Classics and Sony Classical, and is Global Ambassador of Ayuda en Acción.


Photos: Fernando Sancho