The founding group of the Orfeón Donostiarra was formed in Donostia-San Sebastian in 1897. Its first conductors, Luzuriaga and Oñate, were succeeded in 1902 by the great musician Secundino Esnaola (Maixu) who was to conduct the choir until his death in 1929.
One day in June 1896, twenty singers from the Choral Society took the train to Mondragón where the Basque Festival was being held. This group was the precursor to the Orfeón Donostiarra, which was officially founded on 21 January 1897, and it was from these twenty enterprising singers…
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