Coro Infanto-Juvenil e Orquestra Académica da Universidade de LisboaMusic
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Free admission, subject to availability (580 seats)
Largo de São Domingos
Metro: Rossio (Green Line), Restauradores (Blue Line)
Bus: 711, 714, 732, 736, 737, 746, 759, 760, 783
Tram: 12, 15, 25
At this concert, the Children’s & Youth Choir and the Orquestra Académica da Universidade de Lisboa will be taking us on a journey through the 20th century with pieces by two British composers, an American and the mastery of Portuguese composer Fernando Lopes-Graça.
Two of these pieces consist of what were originally unrelated compositions that merged into one: in A Ceremony of Carols Op.28 the Harp solo plays an important role in merging together the different parts; in Carol Symphony it’s possible to make out five well-known Christmas brought together in a symphonic melody. Moving from the UK to Portugal, Cantos de Natal consists of eight small pieces written in 1958 with words of popular origin (except for Cantiga à Virgem whose lyrics are by Gil Vicente). The curtain will be brought down by Christmas Festival, composed in 1950, which includes several of the best-known Christmas melodies and will bring together the Choir and the Orchestra for a celebratory finale.
The venue for this concert will be the Igreja de São Domingos (Church of St. Dominic). Founded in the 13th century, it has links to the Inquisition, was the setting for Portuguese Independence conspiracies in 1640, was damaged by all the Lisbon earthquakes, especially the one of 1755, and was completely gutted by the great fire of 1958. It was the first Dominican church in Lisbon and having undergone several modifications over the centuries, it clearly displays the marks left by its history.
Ceremony of Carols, Benjamin Britten
Carol Symphony, Victor Hely-Hutchinson
Cantos do Natal, Fernando Lopes-Graça
Christmas Festival, Leroy Anderson
Tiago Oliveira, Orchestra Conductor
Erica Mandillo, Choir Conductor
Rebeca Amorim, Harp
Orquestra Académica da Universidade de Lisboa
Coro Infanto-Juvenil da Universidade de Lisboa