Gulbenkian Music in December

The Gulbenkian Music Season 17/18 reaches December with a vast and eclectic program. As Gulbenkian well states “music can arouse different emotions in different listeners”.

And this is why the season 17/18 is so diverse because “while one listener is alert to the technical capabilities of the musicians, another may be interested in broader relationships between music and philosophy or between music and the world around us.”

So the conclusion is obvious, “there is no right way to enjoy music”.

This is the complete program for December:

1st - Vicente Amigo
Considered “the next Paco de Lucía”, Vicente Amigo is a flamenco guitarist with obvious value, having shared the stage with Camarón de la Isla, John McLaughlin, Al Di Meola, Milton Nascimento and, of course, Paco de Lucía, among others.

2nd- András Schiff 
Born in Budapest, András Schiff started taking classes at the age of 5 and is one the world’s most famous interpreters of Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Schubert and Robert Schumann. He believes that some parts of the piano repertoire should wait for the right age and so, Schiff waited until he was 50 to tackle Beethoven’s sonatas.

3rd - Peter and the Wolf - The Carnival of the Animals - Gulbenkian Orchestra
Written in 1936 by Sergei Prokofiev, Peter and the Wolf was referred as a “musical tale for children”, offering to young people an attractive musical approach to the instruments of the orchestra with its musical and narrative qualities.

8th and 9th - The Wizard of Oz - Gulbenkian Orchestra
This weekend, the Gulbenkian Orchestra accompanies the screening of the all-time classic, The Wizard of Oz, a film directed by Victor Fleming in 1939 with the enthralling Judy Garland as the protagonist. It is an irresistible fantasy that has become a cinema classic.

12th - Mozart’s Requiem - Cadaqués Orchestra 
Directed by Gianandrea Noseda, the Cadaqués Orchestra was founded in 1988 to explore collaborations with living composers, recover the legacy of long-forgotten Spanish music and boost the careers of emerging artists, composers, and conductors.

13th - Christmas Oratorio - Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir
As we are getting closer to December 24th the program gets into Christmas’ spirit. Composed to celebrate Christmas in 1734, J. S. Bach’s famous Christmas Oratorio re-uses, adapts and expands some of the music he previously wrote, notably in his cantatas.

20th and 21st - Musicals and Christmas around the world - Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir
Just a couple of days before Christmas, Gulbenkian Music presents Sofia Escobar trained at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama. She is appearing for the first time at Gulbenkian Music, in a program filled with tunes from famous musicals and well-known Christmas carols.

31st - Te Deum at São Roque - Gulbenkian Orchestra and Choir
December ends with a classic, Jorge Matta conducts the Gulbenkian Choir and Orchestra in an event that is already one of Gulbenkian Music’s traditions, the “Te Deum at São Roque”. This time it presents the first modern performance of the “Te Deum Laudamus”, by Bráz Francisco de Lima (1752-1813).


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