The biggest classical music event in Latin America starts this Saturday (2)

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Throughout the month of July, the mountain town of Campos do Jordão is the capital Sao Paulo host the largest and most traditional classical music event in Latin America, the Campos do Jordão Winter Festival.

This year, the 100th anniversary of the 1922 Modern Art Week, completed last February, permeates the entire Festival program, with the theme Eternal Moderns.

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The expression is inspired by the beginning of the poem “Eterno”, from the book “Fazendeiro do Ar” (1954), by the Minas Gerais poet Carlos Drummond de Andrade:

“And how boring it was to be modern.
Now I will be eternal.”

In its 52nd edition, there will be a total of 84 concerts, 90% of which will be free, in four locations throughout Campos do Jordão: the traditional Claudio Santoro Auditorium , at Parque Felicia Leirner (performances from Friday to Sunday); the newly opened Capivari Park (Saturdays and Sundays); O Boa Vista Palace , with concerts in the Capela de São Pedro and on an external stage (Saturdays and Sundays); and the historic Church of Santa Teresa in the city center (Fridays).

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Sala São Paulo will also have a daily schedule of performances, divided between the Concert Hall and Sala do Coro, with an emphasis on performances by Festival Artists.

An overview of international modernism, especially from the 1920s and 1930s, can be heard in the Festival programmes, with symphonic and chamber music works by composers who came to maturity in this period, such as Igor Stravinsky, Béla Bartók, Manuel de Falla, Sergei Prokofiev , Silvestre Revueltas, Paul Hindemith, Bohuslav Martinů and, of course, Heitor Villa-Lobos, the great name of Brazilian music present in the 1922 Week.

The bicentennial of the Belgian romantic César Franck and the centenary of the Brazilian avant-garde Gilberto Mendes will also be remembered.

Among the artistic programming of the Festival in the city of Campos do Jordão, Osesp concerts at the opening (with its musical director and principal conductor, Thierry Fischer, and Canadian pianist Jan Lisiecki, on the 2nd), and on the penultimate day of the event (with Costa Rican conductor Giancarlo Guerrero, on the 30th).

Other must-see programs are the Goiás Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Neil Thomson (the 16th), the São Paulo Municipal Symphony Orchestra conducted by Roberto Minczuk and the guitarist Yamandu Costa (the 24th); the Campinas Municipal Symphony Orchestra with its new conductor, Carlos Prazeres (30th); the Festival Orchestra with German cellist Leonard Elschenbroich (31st); the early music concert with the Curitiba City Chamber Orchestra (23rd); the participation of talented Brazilian Youth Orchestras, such as Ojesp (the 3rd), the Experimental de Repertório, the Theatro São Pedro and the Mogi das Cruzes (all on the 9th); and a recital by pianist Lucas Thomazinho with cellist Marina Martins, who won the 2018 Young Soloists contest (22nd).

In the pedagogical module, the Campos do Jordão Festival will receive a total of 142 students and 52 teachers, who together will experience more than 1,000 class hours over almost a month of Festival.

Six masterclasses are scheduled with two outstanding teachers on the international music scene: cellist Leonard Elschenbroich and pianist Alexei Grynyuk (who will also give a recital at the Festival, on the 29th).

The Festival Orchestra, made up of students and teachers, will perform under the baton of the Brazilian based in the United States, Marcelo Lehninger, the Turkish Çem Mansur and the Englishman, based in Brazil, Neil Thomson. There will also be the delivery of the traditional Eleazar de Carvalho Award, whose name honors the conductor who created the Festival and which will award the most outstanding musician of the event.

“It is even difficult to calculate the impact that a festival like the one in Campos do Jordão can have on the lives of students who participate as scholarship holders. The social profile of these students has changed a lot over the more than 50 years of the event, and nowadays it is much more varied and generates professional alternatives for people who otherwise might not have contact with this universe”, explains the Artistic-Pedagogical Coordinator of the Festival, Fábio Zanon.

“In addition, most of the teachers this year will come from Osesp itself and from other important Brazilian orchestras, and for many students this is a huge opportunity to experience and learn.”

52nd Campos do Jordão Winter Festival

Date: from the 2nd to the 31st of July 2022

Locations (Campos do Jordão and São Paulo):

AUDITORIUM CLAUDIO SANTORO
Av. Dr. Luís Arrobas Martins, 1880, Alto da Boa Vista — Campos do Jordão, SP. Tel. (12) 3662-2334. 814 seats. Tickets: Between R$50 and R$100. Opening hours: only on concert days, 3 hours before the start of the event.
Ticket sales start on June 23.

CAPIVARI PARK
R. Eng. Diogo José de Carvalho, 1291, Capivari — Campos do Jordão — SP. 700 seats. Free. Opening hours: daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

BOA VISTA PALACE — EXTERNAL STAGE

Av. Adhemar Pereira de Barros, 3001, Jardim Dirce — Campos do Jordão — SP. 300 seats. Free. Opening hours: only on concert days, 3 hours before the start of the event.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

BOA VISTA PALACE – CHAPEL

Av. Adhemar Pereira de Barros, 3001, Jardim Dirce — Campos do Jordão — SP. 120 seats. Free. Opening hours: only on concert days, 3 hours before the start of the event.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

CHURCH OF SANTA TERESINHA
Rua Tadeu Rangel Pestana, 662, Abernéssia — Campos do Jordão — SP, Tel. (12) 3662-1740. 200 seats. Free.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

SAO PAULO ROOM – CONCERT ROOM

Praça Júlio Prestes, 16, Campos Elíseos — São Paulo — SP. Tel. (11) 3367-9500. 1,484 seats. Free.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

SÃO PAULO ROOM — CHORUS ROOM

Praça Júlio Prestes, 16, Campos Elíseos — São Paulo — SP. Tel. (11) 3367-9500. 150 seats. Free.
Ticket withdrawal from 10 days before each performance, limited to four tickets per person and the capacity of the venue.

Source: CNN Brasil

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