ZêzereArts 2020 Visits Évora

23 Jul 2020

Celebrating its 10th edition, and after the announcement of the cancellation of the choral courses and the migration of this year’s string courses to the city of Évora, ZêzereArts Festival announces today a programme that will bring the best of classical music to that city of Alentejo.

Although in a special year, the festival achieves a final public moment of its pedagogical experience that brings together dozens of music students, young professionals and high level students for a summer course with renowned national and international teachers. The result of the work done comes in the form of small concerts and shows, presented to the community in spaces full of history, this time the Jardim da Palmeira and the Igreja dos Remédios de Évora.

On the 26th of July, at 9:30pm, the opportunity to see the absolute premiere of the film “Geraldo e Samira – Uma Ópera Para Évora”. This is the result of the recording of the epic operatic tribute to this city of Alentejo that closed the 2019 edition of “Artes à Rua”. Inspired by all the mythology that surrounds the two characters Geraldo Sem Pavor and the Moorish Samira, and this unique period in the History of Portugal, Musicamera, the renowned Portuguese composer Amílcar Vasques-Dias and the librettist Helena da Nóbrega got together to conceive a show that counts with dozens of singers, actors, musicians and extras from the city of Évora, under the musical direction of the maestro Brian MacKay. Before the screening of the film by Diogo Pessoa Andrade and Creative Visual, there is also the ceremony of offering the program and DVD of the opera to all participants.

Beethoven’s presence, in what is the year of the 250th anniversary of his birth, will be felt on July 28th, in the same place, the opportunity to attend the Symphonic Choral Concert. This moment counts with the participation of Daniela Matos, Laura Martins, Nélia Gonçalves, Aiofe Hiney, Almeno Gonçalves, Paulo Vetori, Luís Rendas Pereira, Pedro Correia and the ZêzereArts Orchestra composed by the trainees and teachers of the courses directed by Brian MacKay. The programme includes works alluding to previous editions of the Festival such as Vivaldi’s Gloria, Beethoven’s Elegisher Gesang, Koussevitsky’s Concerto, Eurico Carrapatoso and Mozart’s Ave Verum, David Miguel’s Silêncio, César Viana’s Carmina Passiones, three composers residing in the festival in several years.

On the 30th of July, at 18h30, in the Church of Remédios we will have a Chamber Music Concert. The protagonists are artists and groupings of the ZêzereArts Courses will play several works of Chamber Music with the pianist Taíssa Poliakova. This whole concert will be prepared throughout the Festival.

The closing concert of this programme, on the 1st of August, as usual, arrives by the hand of the ZêzereArts Festival Orchestra – counts with the trainees and teachers Eliot Lawson, Luís Pacheco Cunha, Jorge Alves, Catherine Strynckx, Adriano Aguiar – directed by Brian MacKay, with an alignment that includes works by Haendel, Beethoven and Schostakovich. At 9:30 p.m. in Jardim da Palmeira.

All shows are free admission. Tickets can be picked up, in order of arrival, at the respective venues one hour before they start.
The maximum capacity is 140 spectators which guarantees that all the recommendations of the Directorate General of Health will be safeguarded.

ZêzereArts was born in 2011 on the initiative of Brian MacKay, artistic director of the festival. This is one of the projects of Musicamera, one of the most prestigious producers in the field of classical music in Portugal, which has the support of DGArtes.