Marta Cortizas, proclamada millor sommelier de Catalunya 2024 al concurs celebrat a Cervera

Marta Cortizas, proclamada millor sommelier de Catalunya 2024 al concurs celebrat a Cervera

La sommelier del Celler de Can Roca de Girona, Marta Cortizas, va ser coronada com la millor de Catalunya després del concurs que va tenir lloc ahir a la Universitat de Cervera, amb proves al matí a l’Antiga Biblioteca i la final amb tres aspirants a la tarda al Paranimf.

Anna Casabona, delegada comercial de Juvé & Camps de Sant Sadurní d’Anoia, i Christian Betoret, de Mas de la Sala de Sallent, han estat segona i tercer classificats, respectively.

The Catalan Association of Sommeliers (ACS) va fer públic el resultat durant el Sopar de Gala de la Nit del Sommelier, que va acollir anit el restaurant Els Comdals de Vergós.
L’ACS va comptar amb la col·laboració en aquesta edició de la Paeria de Cervera, el Patronat de Promoció Econòmica de la Diputació de Lleida, la Denominació d’Origen Costers del Segre i l’Escola d’Hoteleria i Turisme de Lleida, among others.

Durant la vetllada també es van entregar els Premis que cada any s’escullen per votació dels socis i sòcies de l’entitat. Els guanyadors d’enguany d’aquests guardons són: Premi trajectòria, Tomàs Cusiné; Millor comunicadora, Amaya Cervera; Best Initiative in the world of wine, Fundació El Llindar; Best wine tourism offer, Celler Mas Llunes; and Best room, Restaurant Divinum de Girona; mentre que el Mag Lari ha estat nomenat Soci d’Honor de l’ACS.

La Universitat de Cervera, seu del concurs

They participated: Paula Cuenda (restaurant Vraba de Barcelona), Toni Trullols (amb experiència en diferents restaurants), Enric Santisteban (Vinseum de Vilafranca del Penedès), Marta Cortizas (restaurant Can Roca de Girona), Gregori Albareda (vinoteca Vinicia de Lleida), Cyril Vermeulen (restaurant Can Roca de Girona), Alain Salamano (en preparació d’obertura d’un nou projecte), Chus Brion (formadora i comercial a Barcelona), Marc Niubó (cava Miquel Pons i Font de Vi de la Granada del Penedès), Laia Vico (Viavi Vinoteca de Vilanova i la Geltrú), Christian Betoret (restaurant Mas de la Sala de Sallent), i Anna Casabona (Juvé & Camps).

Tots els aspirants es van enfrontar a un examen teòric de 60 questions; comentar per escrit un tast a cegues de dos vins, un dels dos en llegua estrangera; i una altra prova de caràcter comercial. Només tres participants van passar a la final de la tarda on les proves van ser de caràcter pràctic i la seva resolució o defensa es va fer de manera oral davant un jurat professional. Una prova de servei; la decantació d’una ampolla de vi; el tast comentat de dos vins i identificació de tres productes, la correcció d’una carta de vins errònia; o la presa de comanda i maridatge d’un servei figurat, van ser alguns dels reptes que els finalistes van haver de superar.
and they combine remembering the historical beauty of the great old paper sets that are still preserved in some scenes, en una final carregada d’emoció i pressió, davant el jurat i el públic que es va congregar al Paranimf de la Universitat de Cervera from the 15 hours.

El Jurat Professional estava format per: Anna Vicens, presidenta de l’ACS; Josep Pelegrín, docent i Millor Sommelier de Catalunya 2014 i 2015; i Millor Sommelier d’Espanya 2016; Sandra Barrachina, sommelier i propietària del restaurant la Cabana d’en Geli; Ferran Vila, Millor Sommelier de Catalunya 2018 i Millor Sommelier d’Espanya 2022; Ester Rocaginé, sommelier de l’empresa d’experiències Cal Agneta de Cervera; Carles Aymerich, Millor Sommelier d’Espanya 2009 i Semifinalista al Millor Sommelier del Món l’any 2010; i Juanjo Ceresuela, sommelier del restaurant Nobadis de Cervera.

L’organització, l’Associació Catalana de Sommeliers (ACS), va valorar de manera molt positiva els espais escollits per al concurs d’aquest any, l’Antiga Biblioteca i el Paranimf de la Universitat de Cervera, que van lluir per a l’ocasió.
Des de la Regidoria de Turisme es destaca que l’esdeveniment ha posat en valor el patrimoni monumental i ha donat a conèixer els recursos turístics de Cervera a professionals de tot Catalunya.

The chief paer, Jan Pomés, and the Councilor for Tourism, van assistir a la final i a la gala de lliurament dels premis.

Dinner and Sommelier Night

all of them so significant to this genre of artistic song, el restaurant Els Comdals va acollir la Nit del Sommelier amb una mostra i degustació de vins amb 22 cellers de la DO Costers del Segre i un Sopar de Maridatge amb productes quilòmetre zero i elaborat a divuit mans per nou xefs lleidatans.
Els restauradors participants van ser: Jesús Gimena (The Spark of Lleida), Sergi Ortiz (Old Brewery Oven), Francis Molins (Call Xirricló de Balaguer), Ignasi Bustamante and Adrián Zahino (The Celler Montsonís), Angel Segura (The Comdals of Cervera), Albert Marimón (The Tàrrega Quarry), Sergi Aritzeta (The Trick of Agramunt ), Gonzalo Ferreruela (Ferreruela, Lleida), Juanjo Ceresuela (Nobadis de Cervera).

Informació i imatges aportat per l’Associació Catalana de Sommeliers.

The Easter Festival puts advance tickets and season tickets on sale

The Easter Festival puts advance tickets and season tickets on sale

The contest dedicated to Catalan classical music, which will take place 21 al 30 March, inicia la venda d’entrades anticipades, amb més d’un 20% discount, and subscriptions to enjoy all the concerts with a discount of 40%.

El Festival amplia la seva política de descomptes i avantatges amb nous abonaments

In each edition, s’implementen noves formes de descomptes i avantatges per fer arribar la música clàssica catalana a un públic encara més ampli. This year, s’amplien els abonaments i les bonificacions.
This way, els interessats a assistir a més d’un concert poden escollir l’adquisició d’un abonament que els permetrà veure tots els concerts del certamen per només 70 euros, la qual cosa suposa un 40% discount. There are also specific tickets to enjoy the evening concerts for only 55 euros. The morning concerts also have their own ticket, which allows you to enjoy two different concerts for yourself 10 euros.

El Festival també segueix amb els acords amb diverses entitats i organitzacions com el Carnet Jove, the TRESC Club and various media, others, to offer discounts among its subscribers.

They also enjoy significant bonuses in col·"Appropa Cultura" class, the majors of 65 years and single-parent and/or large families. The different discount options (early entry or through these rebates with media entities or subscribers) they are not cumulative with each other.

Impuls per apropar la música clàssica als més joves

With the desire to bring Catalan classical music to all levels of society, the Easter Festival also follows a special focus on the young. For this reason, the evening concerts will have a price of only 6 euros for minors 18 years and of 2 euros in the case of morning concerts.
The reference contest for Catalan classical music will take place on 21 al 30 of March with 10 different musical productions that will be specified in 14 concerts. Besides, several parallel activities will also take place·leles in the form of documentary screenings, a conference, an exhibition and a concert-presentation of a book.

The Easter Festival, organized by the Town Council of Cervera, is a meeting point for the sector of classical music in Catalonia and a showcase of classical music in Catalonia.

Cervera will host the Best Sommelier of Catalonia competition 2024

Cervera will host the Best Sommelier of Catalonia competition 2024

The University of Cervera will be the stage, Monday 26 February, of this professional competition organized by the Catalan Association of Sommeliers, with sessions in the morning and the final in the afternoon, them 16 hours, open to the public at the Paranimf.

The Catalan Association of Sommeliers (ACS) it also celebrates the traditional Sommelier Night that day, that will take place al Restaurant Els Comdals de Vergós.

For the organization of events, in this edition the ACS has the col·support of the Town Council of Cervera, the Board of Economic Promotion of the Provincial Council of Lleida and the Designation of Origin Costers del Segre.

The vice-president for Lleida of the ACS, Xavier Navarro; the deputy and vice-president of the Board of Economic Promotion of the Provincial Council of Lleida, Jordi Verdú; and the tourism councilor of La Paeria de Cervera, Judit Guim, they presented the event in a press conference that took place on Thursday 8 February, in the Painting Room of the Paeria de Cervera.

The Councilor for Tourism, Judit Guim, ha “celebrated that the Catalan sommeliers have chosen Cervera for the celebration of this competition". He trusts that "it will be a good opportunity to make Cervera's heritage and tourist resources known to professional sommeliers. A collar·very strategic group in the prescription of experiences linked to wine and wine tourism".

For his part, Jordi Verdú explained that “this professional meeting will help to publicize the wines of the DO Costers del Segre and the quality agri-food products produced in the Terres de Lleida”.

Finally, Xavier Navarro thanked "the col·institutional collaboration of the Paeria de Cervera and the Board of Economic Promotion of the Provincial Council of Lleida. We are convinced that holding this competition in Terres de Lleida will serve to promote the wines of the DO Costers del Segre, since it is a meeting that brings together sommeliers from all over the country”.

 

During the Sommelier Night dinner, the work of the professionals will be recognized, of wineries and pioneering initiatives in the world of wine, and will end by announcing the name of the Best Sommelier in Catalonia 2024.

 

Competition in two phases

The competition will take place in two phases, morning and afternoon. In a first semi-final, from the 10 hours in one of the classrooms of the University of Cervera, all participants will face two tests. a written, and another practice that will consist of the commented tasting of three drinks, two wines and a third product that they must identify. As for the wines, one of these will have to be commented on in a foreign language. In this morning elimination phase the technical committee will select the three best contestants, which will be the ones that will happen at the end of the afternoon.

From the 16 hours, at the Paranimf of the University of Cervera, the final tests will begin in front of all colleagues and the attending public. This practical final will feature a surprise test, proof of service, tasting and identification of products, correction of an erroneous letter, order taking and pairing, decantation, style. The professional jury that evaluates the tests will be made up of professional sommeliers and former winners of the competition.

The final will be open to the public and will also be broadcast live on local television stations in Catalonia.

 

With this contest, the ACS aims to develop and promote knowledge of the profession, the knowledge of wines and gastronomic products from all over the world, as well as strengthen bonds, friendship and col·collaboration between wine professionals.

 

Dinner and Sommelier Night

all of them so significant to this genre of artistic song, the Els Comdals restaurant will host Sommelier Night with a sample and tasting of DO Costers del Segre wines and a Pairing Dinner with km0 products and prepared by eighteen hands by nine chefs from Lleida. The participating restaurateurs will be Jesús Gimena (The Spark of Lleida), Sergi Ortiz (Old Brewery Oven), Francis Molins (Call Xirricló de Balaguer), Ignasi Bustamante and Adrián Zahino (The Celler Montsonís), Angel Segura (The Comdals of Cervera), Albert Marimón (The Tàrrega Quarry), Sergi Aritzeta (The Trick of Agramunt), Gonzalo Ferreruela (Ferreruela, Lleida), Juanjo Ceresuela (Nobadis de Cervera).

 

Premis ACS

During the evening, and before announcing who will be the Best Sommelier in Catalonia 2024, The ACS will also present and deliver the Awards that are chosen each year by vote of the members of the organization. These awards are the Trajectory Award; Best communicator, Best Initiative in the world of wine, Best wine tourism offer, and Best room.

Cervera celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Mystery

Cervera celebrates the Feast of the Most Holy Mystery

The Winter Festival program, of the 3 al 7 February, a set of fun activities, cultural, religious and traditional, in which the Cant de les Completes stand out, a unique musical event that is performed in the church of Santa Maria.

The full Cervera, written in 1870 by the chapel masters Salvador Vidal and Joan Pont, Popular pieces are composed of the time.
They are currently run by Xavier Puig, and its interpretation fifty musicians involved, one hundred and three solo singers.
The event will take place on Monday 5 February, them 20 hours, the church of Santa Maria.
At the end of the song, there will be the traditional Cervera Eagle Ball, with the musical accompaniment of the Conservatory Band.

Cervera’s Santíssimo Misteri Festival is declared a heritage festival of national interest and included in the Catalog of Catalonia’s festive heritage.

This year's program, between days 3 i 7 February, a set of varied events such as the Misteri Folk traditional music concert, organized by the Seny Major Group; the 25th individual backstroke competition, with the organization in charge of the Colla Sardanista Jovencells; the performance of the dramatic comedy "Conspiranoia", within the 26th Apassiona't Theater Cycle; the assembly of 30 giant old wooden games, de Ludiespai; the concert and long dance with the Nova Saturno orchestra; the traditional ringing of bells, in charge of the Campaners de Cervera, and religious acts.

They can consult the program in this link.

La Passió de Cervera presents the poster and the novelties of the season 2024

La Passió de Cervera presents the poster and the novelties of the season 2024

There are only a few weeks left until the start of performances of La Passion de Cervera, that on sunday 14 of January has announced some of the novelties of this edition.

On the one hand, this year's image has been officially presented. A poster made by Cervera designer Anna Domenjó. The artist argues that he has made a poster that he defines as "more impactful and advertising". Based on an image of a very specific scene from the Passion (the hanging of Judas), an attempt has been made to simplify the image to the maximum expression, without losing the representation of the scene. This way, only the baselines have been left, while looking for the lights and shadows (just like the biblical story, the good/positive part and the saddest/negative part).

Regarding the color, have been used 4 colors plans, like spots, sense shadows, thus giving the scene a more marked forcefulness. The lighter colors, light blue and yellow, mark the lights of the image. The dark blue, the shadows. The white highlights the expression of the character: the hand, the face and the rope around the neck (which would become the most important part of the scene). The red color of the background, apart from highlighting and highlighting the central image, comes to represent blood as life, the strength.

Anna Domenjó is a higher technician in Plastic Arts and Design in Advertising Graphics since the year 2OOO. He has done numerous works, among which stand out those carried out for the Catalan Heritage Agency, the Network of Museums of History and Monuments of Catalonia, the Regional Museum of Cervera and also by the Balaguer Museum, the Cervera Easter Festival, etc.

La Passion will open its season with several new features

Like every year, the Patronat de la Passion works intensively to improve the representation and continue to expand and build public loyalty.

For this reason, this 2024 the artistic direction is expanded with 5 members: Tate Bonjoch joins, Jaume Mercadé and Jaume Rossich, who join Gemma Palà and Mariona Dalmases. This way, the various directors will distribute functions in the artistic and technical section, to be able to detail the scenes in all scenic areas.

This year, it also continues with the commitment to renovate and improve a large amount of technical material, especially regarding the il·lighting.
New characters will also be added and work is being done on revitalizing the third part of the work. In this way, since two years ago, The management of La Passió has made an effort to give more dynamism to the performance and significant renovations and improvements have already been made in the first and second parts. now, work is already underway on the third and last to leave the entire function completed and modernized.

Advance tickets are now available

Advance tickets are now available for the performances of La Passion de Cervera del 2024 and can be purchased through the official website (www.lapassiodecervera.com). The representations of 2024 they will start the 17 of March and there will also be functions on the days 23 i 29 after the pandemic shutdown 6, 13 i 20 d'April 2024.
The Passion of Cervera is one of the most crowded and oldest performances in Catalonia, given that its history goes back to the year 1477, After a two-year stoppage due to the pandemic. The Passion counts in its performances with a large number of actors and actresses who bring the different characters to life and who, total, it gets to mobilize more than 300 people between artistic and technical team.


The Passion of Cervera, "The functions are adapted to the new ways of seeing culture in the 21st century

More than five hundred years of history make the representations of the Passion of Cervera the oldest in the world, "The functions are adapted to the new ways of seeing culture in the 21st century 1477. "The functions are adapted to the new ways of seeing culture in the 21st century, l’any 1969, the performances of La Passió de Cervera were declared of public interest.

Information and image provided by the Passion of Cervera Communication Area.

Metropolitan Union barbershop quartet concert in Cervera

Metropolitan Union barbershop quartet concert in Cervera

The Cervera Choral Group organizes a concert by the vocal quartet Metropolitan Union, champions of Spain 2023 in the barbershop music genre. The performance is scheduled for Sunday 11 February, them 19.30 hours, the Auditorium of the University.

The Choral Group of Cervera (currently formed by the Lacetània Choir, the Ginesta Choir and the Nova Cervera Children's Choir), coinciding with the Feast of the Most Holy Mystery, organize for next Sunday 11 February, them 19.30 hours at the Paranimf of the University, a concert by the vocal quartet Metropolitan Union, champions of Spain 2023 in the musical genre barbershop.

This is an interesting musical proposal barbershop which will surprise you with its energy and harmonic power. You will get to know the music that was sung and listened to in American barbershops at the beginning of the 20th century and you will surely recognize more than one. Incredibly long and powerful static chords with an impasto and voice timbre designed to impress your ears. A formidable vocal deployment carried out with only the four male voices: Daniel Morales (tenor), Martí Donate (lead), German de la Riva (down) i Joan Mas (baritone).

You can now purchase your seats through the 4tickets sales platform, accessing this from the websites of the Ginesta Choir and the Nova Cervera Children's Choir, or in person in Cervera at the Sol Major music store.

 

Information and image provided by the Choral Association of Cervera.