A concert programme that continues the focus on discovery and rediscovery, this time giving way to the contemporary Augusta Reed Thomas, one of the most striking voices on the contemporary North American scene. It will also be the occasion for the modern Portuguese premiere of the dramatic and intense second symphony by Ludwig Spohr, an author whose fame has been unfairly eclipsed over the last century and a half.

There will also be the opportunity to revisit the intense fifth concerto for violin and orchestra by the virtuoso Henri Vieuxtemps, played by João Castro, who leaves the ranks of the first violins in our orchestra to take on the role of soloist.





Of Paradise and Light

HENRI VIEUXTEMPS (1820 – 1881)

Concert to violin nº5


LOUIS SPOHR (1784 – 1859)

Symphony No. 2 in D minor



João Castro, Soloist (violin)

Martim Sousa Tavares, Chief Conductor

Orquestra do Algarve




Igreja Matriz


Entrada livre


União de Freguesias Moncarapacho e Fuseta, Organização





Martim Sousa Tavares was born in Lisbon in 1991.

Graduated in Music Science and Orchestral Conducting between Lisbon, Milan, and Chicago, he completed his academic path with honours and Fulbright and Eckstein Foundation scholarships.

He founded in 2014 in Brescia the Orchestra di Maggio, followed in 2019 by the Orquestra Sem Fronteiras, based in Idanha-a-Nova and which has performed in over 100 venues between Portugal, Spain, and Brazil, having won in 2022 the Charlemagne Youth Prize of the European Parliament and the Mirpuri Foundation music award.

He is the chief conductor of Orquestra Clássica do Sul since January 2023 and his recent activity includes concerts with the Romanian National Radio Orchestra, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra, Orquestra Filarmonia das Beiras and Orquestra do Norte.

He is very active in the field of cultural communication, having signed more than 150 programmes in RTP2, RTP Palco and Antena 2. In the Observador newspaper he maintains a newsletter and a weekly podcast: the most listened to in Portugal in the field of music.

He collaborates regularly with the theatre and, as an author, the following works stand out: the music for Vita & Virginia, presented at Teatro São Luiz in 2021, the children's opera O Anel do Unicórnio, premiered in 2021 and presented in seven cities, and Uma Outra Bela Adormecida, based on the short story by Agustina Bessa-Luís, in a co-production of Teatro Nacional de São João, Lu.Ca - Teatro Luís de Camões, Cineteatro Louletano and Centro Cultural Raiano which will premier in January 2023.

In the field of artistic direction, he conceived A Boca do Lobo, a classical music cycle at Lux-Frágil, took over the coordination of the cultural programme of Aveiro's application to become the European Capital of Culture in 2027 and is the director of the Sintra Festival.




João Castro began his musical studies in Espinho, where he was born.

He studied with Nuno Soares, Zofia Wóycicka and completed his Soloist Master at the Detmold Hochschule für Musik, Germany, with Professor Thomas Christian.

As a chamber musician, João worked with prestigious teachers like Ryszard Wóycicki, António Saiote, Xenia Jankovic, Diemut Poppen, Peter Orth and the Auryn Quartet. He played at the "Harmos Festival", "Cantabile Festival", "Mosaiken", "Young Musicians Festival".

He won the 2nd Prize in the "Vasco Barbosa National Strings Competition" and best solo Bach interpretation (2018). Was awarded in the "Young Musicians Prize" - chamber music category and won 1st Prize in the "Auryn Competition" (2015 and 2016) - chamber music category.

He regularly collaborates with the Gulbenkian Orquestra, Ensemble MPMP, Espinho's Classical Orchestra, Orchestra Without Borders and Detmolder Kammerorchester.

In his spare time, João enjoys cooking, playing chess, padel and has an interest in poetry and photography.

João has been a member of the Orquestra do Algarve since October 2018.


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