The VI Organ Festival of Braga, which runs from May 10 to 19, will have concerts with fado and cante alentejano, two traditional forms of Portuguese music enshrined as Intangible Heritage of Humanity, was announced.
On the 15th, in the Basilica of the Congregates, the proposal is Organ, Guitar & Fado, with Paulo Bernardino, Marco Quaresma and Ana Ferreira.
On the 18th, the Church of Santa Cruz receives Organ & Cante Alentejano, by Thiery Mecheler and Singers of the Aldeia Nova de São Bento.
“They are two unprecedented ways of listening to an organ,” the municipality said in a statement.
‘Organ and Voice’ is the motto of the sixth edition of the festival, composed of “seven unique concerts with unique pieces, which are joined by visits, workshops, among other events, with some of the best national and foreign interpreters”, he says.
Organists from Portugal, Spain, France and Germany will be present.
According to the municipality, the festival, throughout the previous editions, has already “returned the voice” to six organs of Braga temples that were silenced.
For this edition, the organ of the Church of the Third Party was recovered, which was 70 years without being heard.
The churches of São Lázaro, São Marcos and São Paulo and the Cathedral will be the other stages of the concerts.
In choosing the theme ‘The Organ and the Voice’, the organization intends to highlight the organ’s “primary function” of accompanying the different vocal tones, in the most varied formations and styles.
“From soprano to baritone, from top to tenor, through ensembles of the chamber to great choirs, the 2019 festival will try to make known a little more of the union, considered perfect, between the sound of the king of instruments and the human voice,” he says. the organization.
With the artistic direction of José Rodrigues, the festival is the result of a “collective effort” of the municipality of Braga, the Archdiocese, the Brotherhood of Santa Cruz and the Holy House of Mercy of Braga.