Music and Politics

Written in 2009, Brasilia 50 is a dynamic work for guitar and tape by Jorge Antunes that references explosive historical, political, and cultural events since 1960. Written for guitar and recorded audio, the work includes excerpts from a speech by JFK the year of his assassination to astronaut Neil Armstrong’s speech on reaching the moon, and the news of journalist Wladimir Herzog’s torture and death by the military dictatorship.

Nostalgia and Longing

From patriotic anthems to love poems, from memorials for lost friends to wild dances, hear it all in works by Gottschalk and Manuel de Falla and 5 others, from 1892-2010. We meet our real selves — we find our homeland — in the range of emotions depicted.

The Brazilian Guitar Celebration

Brazil has a long history of superb guitar playing and compositions—with the distinct flavor of its culture. This diverse program features works by some of country’s first guitar heros (Americo “Canhoto” Jacomino and Dilermando Reis) as well as the contemporary composers Baden-Powell and Pereira.

The program is rounded out with special performances of works by Claudio Santoro (marking his 100th birth year) and by Villa-Lobos (in this, the 60th year of his death). Explore, connect, and celebrate the creative spirit.


J. Rodrigo – Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and orchestra;

M. Giuliani – Concerto op. 30 for guitar and strings (playable on period instrument);

H. Villa-Lobos – Concerto and Introduction to the Choros for guitar and small orchestra;

L. Brouwer – Beatlerianas (an homage to the legendary band) for guitar and strings.

and more.

Concertos by Calimerio Soares, Jean Goldenbaum, Radames Gnatalli, Laurindo Almeida, Antonio Vivaldi, Jorge Antunes, Ricardo Sousa-Castro, and others.

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