Algarve orchestra celebrates

Algarve Orchestra will be celebrating its fifth year with a special tour of concerts in Spain and the UK next year.

Cesário Costa, artistic director of the orchestra, said that the concerts in Spain will be part of their co-operation with the Estremadura Orchestra that will exchange soloists from both countries. Together, the two orchestras will interpret the Fantastic Symphony by Berlioz and Mahler’s first symphony.

The Algarve Orchestra will play on April 25 and 26 in Cáceres and Badajoz respectively, while both orchestras will play together on May 8, 9 and 10 in Cáceres, Mérida and Badajoz. On May 23, the Algarve Orchestra will play Maurice Ravel’s Bolero together with the Sinfónia do Norte, the northern Symphony at the Instituto Superior de Engenharia in Porto.

In the UK, the orchestra will be teaming up with the Henri Oguike musical company on March 12 and 13 at the Queen Elizabeth hall in London.

Throughout the year, the orchestra will benefit from an associated musician, the pianist Artur Pizarro, who will interpret works by Chopin, Mozart, Poulenc and the Portuguese composer, Armando José Fernandes.

Others who will collaborate with the orchestra during the early part of the year include the writer Lídia Jorge from Boliqueime, Fado singer Joana Amendoeira and the Trio de Mário Laginha. “It will be a diverse and innovative programme,” said Cesário Costa, adding “We are looking to experiment with new figures from the Portuguese musical scene”.

During the year, the orchestra will also work with the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and ACTA, the Algarvean theatre company, as well as organising several educational concerts for children in the Algarve.

For more information about the Algarve Orchestra and their concert programmes, please visit the website (website available in English).

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