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Semana Santa de Cuenca - Religious Music Week. Easter Week in Cuenca
Semana de la Música Religiosa. Semana Santa de Cuenca - Religious Music Week. Easter Week in Cuenca
Cuenca 5th to 12 April
All the drama and religious fervour of the strict ceremony of the Easter traditions enhanced by the addition of music performed by international orchestras and choirs.
Cuenca’s traditions for Easter date back to the 17th century, when the first Easter brotherhoods were founded. More than 30,000 people take part in the nine processions. The Camino del Calvario procession, which takes place in the early hours of Good Friday, is especially noteworthy. It is accompanied by the famous “turbas”: these are drums and trumpets that precede the statue of Jesus.
Cuenca Religious Music Week coincides with the Easter week celebrations. Every year it features important international orchestras and soloists. There are 22 concerts, with a broad, varied programme including new pieces, rarely performed works, old pieces recovered from history, and, of course, the great traditional works of religious music. The concert venues help to create a magical atmosphere: the Cathedral, the old Carmelitas Convent, San Miguel Church and Arcas Church are a few of them. Tickets and reduced-price passes are available in advance by telephone or at the Theatre-Auditorium box office. There are also free concerts. Invitations should be collected at the venue one hour before the function.
Easter week is one of the most spectacular and emotional fiestas here. Religious devotion, art, colour and music combine in acts to commemorate the death of Jesus Christ: the processions. Members of the different Easter brotherhoods, dressed in their characteristic robes, parade through the streets carrying religious statues (pasos) to the sound of drums and music – scenes of sober beauty.
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