Brazilian Music Foundation’s First International Brazilian Classical Music Festival Set for May 1-2

Mike Lawson • News • April 27, 2021

BMF’s First International Festival of Brazilian Classical Music is set to be streamed on BMF’s YouTube channel on May 1-2. More than 30 professional musicians from different parts of the world will participage. The music consists of classical Brazilian works based on traditional genres such as maracatu, baião, ponteio, modinha, and Brazilian tango and valsa. This rich source of Brazilian culture and folklore has served as inspiration for several Brazilian composers. Their works, characterized by a variety of rhythm, melodies, harmonies, and instrumentation, offer a portrait of the Brazilian sensibility and soul, which is reflected in the wide range of the program.

The composers included in the program represent several strands of the nationalist movement in Brazil. From Chiquinha Gonzaga, Alexandre Levy, Brasílio Itiberê and Waldemar Henrique to the works of Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Osvaldo Lacerda, Villani-Côrtes, Antônio Ribeiro and others. A later generation of composers (Clóvis Pereira, Ronaldo Miranda, João Guilherme Ripper, and Antonio Ribeiro) blended traditional motives with more universal compositional techniques, and the youngest generation (Lauro Lira, Kleberson Buzo) followed on the footsteps of these masters.

BMF’s First International Festival of Brazilian Classical Music will be presented online to benefit ASSATEMEC, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a group of citizens from Itu, São Paulo.

About the institution:

The organization aims to provide classical music education to children and youths from low-income families, breaking the vicious circle of professional exclusion and offering them a more dignified life as citizens. All children receive a full scholarship and instruments lent by the organization.

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