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New orchestra prepares for October debut

An exciting weekend of music will add some sparkle to the autumn as the Teatro das Figuras in Faro and the Palácio de Congressos do Algarve in Salgados, Albufeira, play host to the inaugural concert programme of the new Algarve Symphony Orchestra (ASO) on October 1 and 2, respectively.

The ambition of the orchestra is to improve access to “all residents of Algarve and beyond to the great symphonic works, creating special musical moments, celebrating the diversity of our community and bringing memorable occasions of pomp and grandeur, high emotion and deeper appreciation of the sparkling artistry and technical wizardry from special guest artists as well as more light-hearted programmes”, says the orchestra in a press statement.

Performing alongside international and national guest artists will be a core of home-grown talent as another aim is to provide a professional training platform to the music graduates within Portugal and those studying in foreign colleges.

The directors of the orchestra association are confident that both residents and tourists will soon value the “special magic that live music of this genre offers” and will support this important new venture.

The concert in Faro on October 1 at 9pm will launch the Algarve Symphony Orchestra programme with the ever-popular Tchaikovsky 1st Piano Concerto, expertly interpreted by the international artist Kristina Miller.

The pianist of Russian-German descent was born in Moscow into a musical family, trained predominantly in St. Petersburg, and now tours the stages of Russia, Europe and the Americas. The ASO is delighted to welcome her to be their honoured guest in Faro for this auspicious occasion.

The second night, October 2, offers opportunity to hear the internationally-acclaimed accordionist Gonçalo Pescada at 9pm in the Grande Auditório of the Palácio de Congressos do Algarve in Herdade de Salgados, Albufeira.

“As well as the delights from these world-class artists, the concert programme plans to tug at the heart strings and excite the emotions with some very familiar themes from the composers Ennio Morricone and John Williams,” said ASO.

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