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Solidarity Concerts at Christmas in Lisbon

At a time when we’re all still recovering and getting back to normality, we’re especially pleased to be able to share our Christmas in Lisbon programme once again. We’ll be returning to some of the city’s most beautiful churches as well as other places of worship, such as the Hindu Temple, in the belief that music, like Christmas, is a universal language that unites and reconciles us.

At a time when we’re all still recovering and getting back to normality, we’re especially pleased to be able to share our Christmas in Lisbon programme once again. We’ll be returning to some of the city’s most beautiful churches as well as other places of worship, such as the Hindu Temple, in the belief that music, like Christmas, is a universal language that unites and reconciles us.

This year we have an eclectic mix in store for you: everything from traditional Portuguese songs to Cape Verdean mornas, as part of a tribute to Cesária Évora. Although admission to the events remains free, at some concerts União Audiovisual will be collecting donations of foodstuffs.

The programme will get underway with black spirituals and Christmas hymns performed by the musically and culturally diverse Gospel Collective. Based in Lisbon and comprising around 50 singers, their moving show will take place on 4 December at 21:00 at Nossa Senhora da Graça Church.

On 11 December, there’ll be a concert featuring music by Portuguese and Italian Baroque composers at the iconic Sagrado Coração de Jesus Church, which was designed by architects Nuno Portas and Nuno Teotónio Pereira. The pieces will be performed by different generations of the Lisboa Cantat Chamber Choir and an orchestra especially put together for the occasion and conducted by Cesário Costa.

Another highlight this year will be The Christmas Vilancicos of the Iberian World and the vocalists of the Dan Luz Al Sol Ensemble, who’ll be performing pieces popular in the Iberian Peninsula and its colonies in the 16th and 17th centuries.

We’ll be joining the Hindu Community of Portugal once again at this year’s Christmas in Lisbon as we bring a Gandhi tribute concert to the Radha Krishna Temple on 18 December. The show will be performed by Rão Kyao, a Portuguese music artist who was chosen to participate in a worldwide project honouring the memory of the Indian spiritual leader.

There’ll also be two other very special concerts. Sodade – Tribute to Cesária Évora will bring together twelve musicians from different countries who played alongside her and six vocalists who have sung her music, such as Tito Paris and Emilio Moret (one of the singers from the iconic Cuban group Septeto Habanero). In the year when she would have turned 80 and in the month marking the tenth anniversary of her death, Cesária Évora is remembered at this one-off concert which will take place on 10 December at the Coliseu dos Recreios.

On 19 December it’s time for a Portuguese Christmas with the unmistakeable voice of Teresa Salgueiro at the Cinema São Jorge. We’ll be transported to a place where melodies of the past are mixed with musical arrangements created specifically for José Peixoto’s classical guitar, Fábio Palma’s accordion, Sofia Queirós’ double bass and Rui Lobato’s percussion instruments.

The programme features two solidarity concerts where non-perishable foodstuffs and hygiene products will be collected for União Audiovisual. At these two concerts tickets can be collected free of charge in exchange for a donation.

 

All events are free of charge, but numbers are limited to venue capacity. Therefore, tickets must be collected at the venue on the day of the show before the show begins. All events are subject to current DGS regulations.

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