‘Migrations’ inspire Music Festival

The intercultural enrichment resulting from migrations, especially the Iberian ones, inspires the seventh edition of the Setúbal Music Festival, an event that takes place between the 25th and 28th.

“We always believed that this Festival was more than a great concert, more than a great spectacle. We always believed that it is an open festival that persists long after the three days of the program, “said the Setúbal town councillor of Culture yesterday in the presentation of the event, in Casa d’Avenida.

Pedro Pina was highlighting an inclusive aspect of the Setúbal Music Festival, which maintains the goal of providing great music concerts through a harmonious involvement with all the county population.

Since its first edition in 2011, the Setúbal Music Festival promotes concerts with internationally renowned artists, who work and perform in partnership with students, people with disabilities or individuals representing different communities of the county.

In a year in which the festival is dedicated to migratory flows and the resulting cultural enrichment, the councillor stresses that “there would probably be no more current theme than this one and, as far as Setúbal is concerned, this has always been a city of departures and arrivals “.

The event is organized by the A7M – Setúbal Music Festival Association, with funding from the City Hall, the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition and the Helen Hamlyn Foundation, and support from Antena 1 and Antena 2 broadcasting stations.
The Festival’s artistic director, Ian Ritchie, stressed in the presentation that this year’s program “is complex and exciting.”

For this British, director of the London Music Festival for several years and who has been conducting the cultural routes of the Setúbal event since its first edition, “it is always important to celebrate the treasures of migration, a striking factor in Portuguese history and also all over the world.

From the complexity and quality proposed in the performances of the Setúbal Music Festival, Ian Ritchie highlighted some aspects of the 2017 program, under the theme “Migration.”

The artistic director underlined the participation of migrant musicians, composers and conductors, and emphasized the contributions of Kerem Hasan and Dejan Ivanovich, as well as the Grand Union Orchestra, composed by musicians from various parts of the world.

He also highlighted other details that enrich the general program of the event, such as “violin, guitar and voice, which are the most visible instruments throughout the Festival as these are the instruments migrants most use to create music.”

The participation of migrant musicians, composers and conductors was also noted by the artistic director, who emphasized the contributions of Kerem Hasan and Dejan Ivanovich, as well as the Grand Union Orchestra, composed by musicians from various parts of the world.

“But the most effective way to produce a special festival like this is to get the younger ones to create music. This will happen with nine young composers, to whom the festival has commissioned works. But it will also happen through 250 children who created songs based on the theme ‘Migration” he stressed.

The presentation of the Setúbal Music Festival held yesterday at Casa d’Avenida, included musical notes by two young women from the county, as Beatriz de Oliveira interpreted compositions for guitar written by Inês Lopes.

After the presentation, two exhibitions were inaugurated at the Casa d’Avenida – “Lanzarote – A Window of Saramago”, by photographer João Francisco Vilhena, and “From Here to There”, a painting show by Graça Pinto Bastos and Maria João Frade – that can be appreciated during the Music Festival.

The programme, in detail

The show “Good Migrations” inspired by the Iberian Peninsula migrations throughout history opens the 2017 edition of the Setúbal Music Festival, on the 25th, at 9.30 pm, at the Municipal Forum Luísa Todi.

The stage is shared by the Lisbon Sinfonietta, the Setúbal Festival Camerata and the Setúbal Regional Conservatory, conducted by Vasco Pearce de Azevedo and Kerem Hasan, with Lia Yeranosyan, Josefina Fernandes and Joana Praça on the violin and Sofia Azevedo on the cello.

The concert, with 10 euros tickets, celebrates the influence of “migrant” composers of the 18th and 20th centuries, whose internationalization is globally reflected in today’s concert halls, namely Stravinsky, Haendel, Avison and D. Scarlatti, Raul Avelãs, Panufnik and Bartok.

The second day of the festival, May 26, begins with a traditional percussion demonstration conducted by Fernando Molina, at 10:30 am, at the José Afonso Auditorium, with the theme “Hands Together”. It will be followed by a parade between the José Afonso Auditorium and the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, with hundreds of schoolchildren and community groups of Setúbal.

In the afternoon, between 6:30 and 7:15 pm, the Church of S. Simon in Azeitão will receive the rhythms of “Iberian Strings”, a performance in which the guitarist Dejan Ivanovich, accompanied by the Setúbal Festival Camerata, conducted by Kerem Hasan, celebrates the work of one of the greatest Portuguese composers of the twentieth century, Joly Braga Santos, and his Spanish contemporary Antón Garcia Abril.

The concert, with 6 euros tickets, is held in partnership with the Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition.

Later, at 9.30 pm, at the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, the musicians of the Grand Union Orchestra, all living in the United Kingdom but coming from five continents, will play music that celebrates the musical heritage of the Iberian Peninsula.

In “Iberian Winds”, with 10 euros tickets, the stage is shared with the Luísa Todi Academy, the Setúbal Voz Choir, the Setúbal Regional Conservatory and the Palmela Regional Conservatory, in a concert led by Tony Haynes.

The third day of the festival, May 27, begins at 11:00 am, in the streets and shops of Setúbal downtown with “Music in the Streets”, guitar performances by Luísa Todi Academy players.

In the afternoon, starting at 4:00 p.m., Casa d’Avenida receives “A Sensation of a Place”, a concert with music by new Setúbal composers in response to the “Lanzarote – A Window of Saramago” photography exhibition by João Francisco Vilhena.

The show, which can be visited from Wednesday to Friday from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., on Saturdays from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Sundays from 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., inspired Inês Madeira Lopes and Tiago Cabrita to compose music to be played by violins Joana Praça and Josefina Fernandes and the guitars of Maria Beatriz de Oliveira and Francisco Canteiro.

Simultaneously, Casa d’Avenida has another exhibition, “From Here to There”, by the painter Graça Pinto Bastos.

The renovated Michel Giacometti Labour Museum hosts a performance of Setúbal Youth Ensemble, an orchestra of young musicians conducted by Rui Borges Maia, on 27th at 6pm, with 3 euros tickets.

At night, starting at 9:00 pm, the rhythms of “Migrant Guitars – Extravaganza of Guitars” will fill the Municipal Forum Luísa Todi, in a 6 euros tickets show.

The program includes, among others, composers such as Manuel Falla and Sara Ross, who created a play especially for this concert, played by the Orpheus Trio: guitar players Dejan Ivanovich, Filipa Pinto Ribeiro and Gonçalo Gouveia.

Other guitars, from the Lisbon Higher School, the University of Évora, the Setúbal Regional Conservatory and the Luísa Todi Academy, as well as the flamenco guitar by Marco Alonso, the traditional Alentejo guitars by Pedro Mestre and Campaniça Trio, the Portuguese guitar by Pedro Castro and the voice of Teresinha Landeiro, will participate in this show.

The third day of the Setúbal Music Festival ends with the arrival in Setúbal of the cast of the famous Lisbon fado house Mesa de Frades, for an event at Casa d’Avenida at 11:00 p.m., with entrees at 20 euros, which include a glass of wine.

The fado is sung by Teresinha Ladeiro, accompanied by Pedro Castro on the Portuguese guitar, André Ramos on the viola, and Francisco Gaspar on the bass guitar.

The last day of the Setúbal Music Festival 2017, May 28, will begin at 11:30 p.m, at the Luísa Todi Municipal Forum, with the show “Iberian Voices”, from the Songwriting Project.

In this free-entrance concert, the county’s choirs of the first cycle schools, the Setúbal APPACDM, the Setúbal Children’s Choir and several invited musicians, under the direction of Carlos Barreto Xavier, will sing songs inspired by the cultural traditions of the Iberian Peninsula, created and executed by two hundred and thirty children of the county.

In the afternoon, at 4:00 p.m., in Casa d’Avenida, the José Saramago’s book “The Stone Raft” is the motto for a conversation with Pilar del Rio, the writer’s widow, Francisco Vilhena, photographer, and João Brites, Director.

The Church of the Convent of Jesus is the stage, at 18:30, for the “Iberian Migrations” closing concert, with 10 euros tickets.

The choral music sung by the Gulbenkian Choir and the choir of the Regional Conservatory of Setúbal will join the guitar of Dejan Ivanovich to celebrate the cultural diversity of the Iberian Peninsula, in a concert conducted by the maestro Paulo Lourenço.

Highlighting the Festival’s Exhibitions

The exhibitions are also part of the Setúbal Music Festival program, with three shows in different venues.

The artistic director underlined the presence of Pilar del Rio, on the 28th, at 4:00 p.m., in Casa d’Avenida, for a conversation with João Francisco Vilhena and João Brites on José Saramago, “in an interesting example of the constant cultural exchange between Portugal and Spain “.
In addition to “Lanzarote – A Window of Saramago” and “From Here to There”, in Casa d’Avenida, the foyer of the Forum Luísa Todi hosts, from the 25th to the 28th, a series of proposals for promotional images inspired by the theme of this edition of the festival, carried out by students of D. João II High School.

The winning images of “Posters of a Festival” belong to the 8th year students Beatriz Santos and Joana Rodrigues.

On 27th, from 6:00 p.m., the Michel Giacometti Labour Museum welcomes the exhibition “Ensemble Sketchbook” by José Minderico, which, through drawings, shows the atmosphere lived in the rehearsals of an ensemble before performing to the public.