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Algarve History Association – January events

The Algarve History Association (AHA), co-founded by Lynne and Peter Booker, has announced its programme for the first month of 2023.

The January programme begins with piano trio Trio Aeternus (Alex Stewart, Varoujan Bartikian, Lucjan Luc) performing on Sunday, January 15 at Quintinha da Música, near Tavira, at 4pm.

Some time ago, the AHA helped Trio Aeternus in the recording of their CD ‘The Komitas Legacy, Armenian Piano Trios’.  This concert is the way in which the trio will launch their CD here in the Algarve.

In their programme, Trio Aeternus will perform Six Armenian Miniatures by Komitas, arranged by Varoujan Bartikian; Piano Trio in F sharp minor by Arno Babajanian; and Piano Trio in G minor by Bedrich Smetana.

“It is not often that we are able to welcome our friends of the Trio to the Algarve, and we look forward to celebrating the release of their CD,” said Peter Booker.

Concert tickets cost €25, and are available by emailing peterbooker1347@gmail.com

On January 27 and 31, Peter Booker will present a more philosophical talk on ‘The Uses and Abuses of History’. The first presentation will be in the Tavira Library at 11am, and the second in the Lagoa Library at 6pm.

Peter says: “History is useful when it is used properly, to understand why we think and react in certain ways. But it is also susceptible to manipulation and distortion.

“Nationalists tell false or one-sided stories about the past, while dictators suppress history because it undermines their claims to omniscience and authority.

“Political leaders mobilise their publics by telling lies: Hitler lied about the defeat of Germany in the Great War, and about the role of the Jews.

“Taking lessons from the past can also be problematic – there are too many lessons, enough to suit every need.”

AHA presentations are free to attend.