Last evening, Tuesday the first of December, I attended the most beautiful concert at the Palacio de Musica in Barcelona. It was Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle performed by the Orfeó Català, a choral ensemble that was established in 1801 and its existence became the raison d’être of the Palau.
The Palau was built with private money in order to provide a venue for this choir. The splendour of this concert hall alone is a stimulant that opens all the senses. From the concert my friends and I went to a Tapas bar for an night cap and as we left the bar and looked back at the Palau, we noted that the façade was illuminated in red to commemorate all the victims of HIV and as we walked along Passeo de Gracia, in search of a taxi, more and more public building had their front completely alight in bright red, acknowledging World AIDS day.
World AIDS Day is held on the first of December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.