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New approach from Algarve Orchestra

THE ALGARVE Orchestra aims to attract more people to classical music with a variety of original open air concerts which include operas sung in Portuguese.

“Our main aim is to think of new formats which will attract new audiences, in an attempt to modernise the traditional concept,” said the Orchestra’s artistic director, Cézar Costa, during a press conference on Friday (March 28). The Orchestra is preparing a performance of the Sons Ardentes show, which combines classical music with pyrotechnics and is due to take place in Albufeira in July.

Italian Composer

On August 6, the Algarve Orchestra will be performing a concert with Italian singer and composer Paolo Conte in the football stadium at Praia de Alvor, Portimão, as part of the Allgarve 2008 summer programme. Paolo Conte’s repertoire includes a mixture of Italian, jazz, cabaret and Mediterranean music.

“We want to create the conditions to present light and attractive performances”, said Cézar Costa. “In the summer, there will be some other very appealing shows which cannot be revealed just yet.”

Cézar Costa also said that he would like the orchestra to grow from its current 31 musicians, representing 17 different nationalities, to 38, so that different programmes can be organised.

For the next season, which begins in September, the orchestra is rehearsing an opera in Portuguese with the Coliseu do Porto and Teatro da Trindade in Lisbon, which will be performed throughout Portugal.

Next year, the Algarve Orchestra is due to perform in Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland as part of its international programme.

For more information about the Algarve Orchestra, please telephone 289 860 890/6 or email [email protected]. Alternatively, please visit the website, available in Portuguese and English at

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