UPDATE: Champions League soccer: The view from Barcelona

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Here are a few additional words from the Colorado Springs Philharmonic's new music director Josep Caballé-Domenech in the aftermath of Barcelona's 3-1 trouncing of Manchester United in today's Champions League final. Caballé-Domenech, who returned home to Barcelona after conducting last weekend's season finale at the Pikes Peak Center, will be back in the Springs in September to kick off (see what I did there?) the 2011-12 season.

Just arrrived home. Barcelona is a big celebration, thousands of people on the streets with flags, T shirts, drinks, etc. Almost every car making as much noise as posible to make sure that no one sleeps tonight. The police has closed several streets in the center, and tries to keep the order. Lots of fireworks in the sky, and music everywhere.

I really think it's going to be quite difficult to sleep today! What a match!

Tomorrow the Barça will show the Cup to the city with a huge Parade. Good night to everyone and We have the 4th one!

——— ORIGINAL POST: Saturday, May 28, 12:58 p.m. ———

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Since he’s back home in Barcelona, we thought we'd check in with brand new Colorado Springs Philharmonic music director Josep Caballé-Domenech, and see how his city is gearing up for Barcelona’s showdown with Manchester United in the Champions League final. For the moment, at least, the beautiful game is leading Barcelona news reports even as conflicts between political protesters and riot police continue.

We caught up with Josep as he was heading out to a composer friend’s house to watch what the soccer world regards as the most important game since the World Cup. Here’s his pre-game dispatch, with more to come. (And during commercial breaks, don’t forget to read our interview with Josep here.)

Dear Bill,

Just a couple of hours before everything starts, everyone is crazy about it. Sunday were elections in Spain, there are some thousands of people in every city sleeping in the main squares to show a huge protest againts the politics, yesterday the police tried to disolve the Barcelona ones, and after 120 injured the police resigned and more people went to the Catalonia Square, paradoxally the same place that if tonight the Barcelona wins everyone will go!

But all News in the television opened with this crucial match! Catalan television is talking about it for more than 24 hours, on the street thousand of people wear the Barça T-Shirt! I'm sure that everyone will enjoy this match. I'm going to watch it with Monica at my best friend's house, the Composer Enric Palomar and his family, where we'll celebrate the Premiere of his Piano Concerto we did some weeks ago, and then hopefully the 4th. Champions of our Team.

More in some hours :-)

The Colorado Springs Music Director reporting from the hearth of Barcelona!

Best,
j

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