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Contemporary erudite music festival returning to Évora


The contemporary erudite music will be in focus in Évora in the 2nd edition of the festival 20.21, from today until Sunday, with opera, chamber music or electro-acoustics, solo recitals and conferences.

The Festival 20.21 – Évora Músicas Contemporânea, with artistic direction by the pianist and composer Amílcar Vasques-Dias, is promoted by the town hall, in partnership with CriaSons and Arte no Tempo.

“As in 2018, the festival’s programming encompasses the diversity of musical production from the twentieth century to the present,” explained the local authority.

The event, in the centenary Teatro Garcia de Resende, includes “works by internationally recognized composers and emerging young composers, presented by Portuguese interpreters”, summarized the organization.

“From opera to chamber music, a solo concert to electroacoustic music, from conference to dialogue with specialists, during the festival, Évora is a place of thought and creation in the variety of genres, styles and musical aesthetics that characterize the 20th and XXI “, stressed the promoters.

The conference entitled ‘From the operating framework of Social Sciences in the explanation of Contemporary Music’, by João Ranita da Nazaré, a retired professor at the New University of Lisbon, is the first initiative of the program, today at 6:00 p.m.

At night, at 9:30 pm, it is the turn of the Teatro Garcia de Resende to host the piano recital “Portugal and its music”, by Joana Gama, whose motto is the release of the album by the artist “Travels in my Homeland” , according to the pianist herself, quoted by the local authority.

The first day of the festival ends at 11:30 pm with the concert and performance ‘Visual – Xesy’, in the square next to the theater, with visual projections of Filipe Rebelo, electronic of Luís Luz and the participation of José Fernandes in the saxophone.

The Saturday program starts at 6:00 pm with a piano recital by Ana Telles, titled “Infinito Azul – Homage to José Luís Ferreira”, dedicated to this composer, born in 1973 and died last year.

“Liturgy of the Birds” is the theme of the evening concert of the pianist and composer Daniel Bernardes, in honor of the French master Olivier Messiaen, accompanied by the Drumming Percussion Group, the bass player António Augusto Aguiar and the drummer Mário Costa.

On the third and final day of the festival, the pianist Ana Telles gives the conference ‘Around the Blue Infinite Project’, followed by the concert ‘Persistence’ by CriaSons.

The 2nd edition of the Festival 20.21 closes, at 9.30 pm, with the opera ‘Everything Never Ever the Same Different Nothing (TNSoMDN)’, by Tiago Cutileiro, performed by Inês Simões, Nélia Gonçalves, Maria Ermida, Maria João Sousa (singers) , as well as the Ars Ad Hoc group, with the organization of Art in Time.

According to the promoters, quoted by the chamber, “not ceasing to be an opera, in the most classical sense, involves a simultaneous conception of music, libretto, video projection and staging.”

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