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The Ricercare Choir and the Youth Choir of the Universidade de Lisboa

Music

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes

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17 Dec - 2017

4pm

Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes

How to get there?

This event has already happened
17 Dec - 2017

4pm

Free Admission, limited to available seating:
630 seats; m/6
Metro: Oriente (linha vermelha)
Carris: 26B, 708

The young voices of the Youth Choir of the Universidade de Lisboa are joining forces with the Ricercare Choir in a set which transports us to a magical Christmas scene.
The two groups interact continuously, taking advantage of the talents of their singers and the different spaces of the venue (Igreja dos Navegantes) in a repertoire which includes pieces from various parts of the world: Portugal, Sweden, Finland, Russia, the UK and the USA.

Focussing on the music of the 20th and 21st centuries for choir and piano or simply a cappella, the two groups come together to challenge us with an unconventional concert, in which movement and the exploration of spaces and sounds are united to create a show that will take the audience on a journey through Christmassy winter landscapes. Music conjuring up the traditional snowy images of the season or alluding to the birth of Jesus are interspersed with lullabies in a kaleidoscope of colours and sounds.

The concert culminates with Cloudburst (E. Whitacre) in which around 75 voices from both choirs come together in a colossal work; a profusion of notes, instruments and effects pay tribute to Nature and the abundance of water, a divine gift. Water, or more precisely the Oceans, also served as the inspiration for the architectural design of the Igreja de Nossa Senhora dos Navegantes, built on the site which housed Expo ’98 and led to the Parque das Nações area of the city. Here, the church does not go unnoticed: considered a “21st-century church” owing to its circular structure, it’s characterised by its 40-metre tower, roughly the height of the deck of the Vasco da Gama bridge that lies in the background.

 

PROGRAM

Past life melodies
Sarah Hopkins
Candle song
The joiku
Jukka Linkola
José embala o menino
Eurico Carrapatoso
Es ist ein Ros
Jan Sandström
There is no Rose
Balulalow
This little babe
Benjamin Britten
Christmas dance of the shepherds
Zoltán Kodály
Conto de Natal
Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos
Ave Maria
Eurico Carrapatoso
Acordai pastorinhas
Partidos são de Oriente
Pela noite de Natal
Inda agora aqui cheguei
Fernando Lopes-Graça
Nativity Carol
John Rutter
Lullaby
Daniel Elder
O magnum mysterium
Morten Lauridsen
Pakkanen
Soila Sariola
Stars
Ēriks Ešenvalds
Dona nobis pacem
Andrea Tarrodi
Dona nobis pacem
Daniel Elder
Lux Aurumque
Cloudburst
Eric Whitacre

Coro Ricercare
Piano:
Inês Lopes
Direção:
Pedro Teixeira
Coro Juvenil da Universidade de Lisboa
Piano:
João Lucena e Vale
Direção:
Erica Mandillo