The four composers presented in this programme are, together, the authors of almost sixty operas. Although opera is not Fauré's best-known genre, the composer is the author of two operatic titles.
This programme will allow us to discover the lyrical side of this quartet of geniuses, but in a symphonic context, with a curious overture for puppet theatre by Smetana, followed by two brilliant symphonies by authors who have engraved their names in the opera pantheon. The highlight, of course, will be Fauré's immortal Pavane, with the collaboration of our Community Choir.
BEDRICH SMETANA (1824 – 1884)
Opening of Oldrich e Božena
CARL MARIA VON WEBER (1786 – 1826)
Symphony nº1 in C Major, Op.19
GABRIEL FAURÉ (1845 – 1924)
LUIGI CHERUBINI (1760 – 1842)
Symphony in D Major
José Eduardo Gomes, Conductor
Community Choir of Orquestra do Algarve
Orquestra do Algarve
Grande Auditório Caixa Geral de Depósitos
JOSÉ EDUARDO GOMES
José Eduardo Gomes was recently awarded the 1st Prize in the European Union Conducting Competition, having also won the Beethoven Award in the same competition.
He started his musical studies on the clarinet in V. N. Famalicão, his hometown, in the Famalicão Wind Band. Later, he continued his studies in ARTAVE and ESMAE, where he graduated in the class of Prof. António Saiote, having received the Engenheiro António de Almeida Foundation Award. Later, he continued his studies in the Haute École de Musique de Genève (Switzerland), namely in orchestral conducting with Laurent Gay and in choral conducting with Celso Antunes.
He is Professor at the Lisbon School of Music where he works with several orchestras. He was Principal Conductor of the Classical Orchestra of the Centre, associate conductor of the Southern Classical Orchestra, Principal Conductor of the Classical Orchestra of FEUP, Professor at the School of Music and Performing Arts, Principal Conductor of the Choir of the Portuense Opera Circle in Porto and Principal Conductor of the Orchestra Chambre de Carouge in Switzerland.
In recent years he has been invited to work with the main Portuguese orchestras, performing in the most important music festivals in Portugal, with soloists such as Maria João Pires, Diemut Poppen, Sebastian Klinger, Bruno Giuranna, Artur Pizarro, Natalia Pegarkova, Adriana Ferreira, among others.
Recently he was Musical Director of the new production of the National Ballet Company, Alice in Wonderland, with the Portuguese Symphony Orchestra. Another important part of his work is dedicated to youth orchestras all over the country. He is artistic director of JOF - Young Orchestra of Famalicão. In 2018 he was awarded with the Medal of Cultural Merit by the city of V.N. Famalicão.
COMMUNITY CHOIR OF ORQUESTRA DO ALGARVE
Rui Baeta, Coordinator and vocal coach
The OA Community Choir, currently with about 60 elements, all of them lovers of choral singing, volunteers, with the most diverse occupations, residing in the Algarve region and of multiple nationalities, has as its main mission and vocation to interpret the choral and symphonic repertoire, thus giving the Orquestra do Algarve the possibility to programme in its regular season the great works for choir and orchestra.
The Choir held its first rehearsal in February 2019 and since then more and more voices have wanted to join this exciting project. Coordinated and rehearsed by baritone Rui Baeta, the choir carries out its regular weekly vocal practice in order to perform works that will be part of their musical repertoire, such as Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Fauré's Requiem, Brahms' A German Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Mozart's Requiem and Bach's Mass in B Minor.