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After the great success of the first series of concerts in May, Kulungwana will a second a series of classical music concerts at the Teatro Avenida and Brasilian Cultural Centre from August 3 to 6.
The Kulungwana association, in partnership with Maputo Municipal Council, is dedicating this series of concerts to the residents of Maputo on the occasion of the 130th-year celebrations of its elevation to city status.
The series is also dedicated to the 130th anniversary years of the birth of the Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), considered one of the most important names in Brazilian classical music. For the celebrations, Xiquitsi is attended by the Cláudio Santoro National Theatre string quartet.
The voice will feature on Days Three and Four in ” Opera Night” and in Day Five, the “Traditional Classical Night”.
This series of concerts will take place at Teatro Avenida at 7:30 p.m. where we will hear the voice of South African mezzo-soprano Minette du Toit-Pearce, Portuguese soprano Maria Guimarães, Norwegian tenor Mikkel Skorpen and Spanish baritone Luís Llaneza. Mozambican voices include Xiquitsi students and soprano Isolina Guiambulamezzo.
Xiquitsi has also invited some internationally renowned instrumentalistsincluding come conductor and violinist Cláudio Cohen, cellist Rodolpho Borges, viola player Márcio da Costaand violinist Lilian Raiolino from Brazil; Japan violinist Maya Egashira; Portuguese flautist Silvia Cancela and choral director Carlos Pereira; oboist Aldo Salvetti from France; South Africa pianist Philippus Hugo; and Mozambican oboist Kika Materula.
Four continents and renowned names from the world of classical musical will once again come to the Maputo stage to bring the festival of culture and music to Mozambican families. And, because it could it not be otherwise, the series will also feature the Xiquitsi orchestra and choir.
This series closes with a narrated concert for children and adults titled “Afternoon for Parents and Children” on August 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the Brazil Cultural Centre, attended by all the musicians involved in the series. Xiquitsi Director Kika Materula and the Brazilian teacher Cláudio Cohen, two personalities with long experience in the world of classical music, will host the session.
In 2013, the Kulungwana association premiered the Project Xiquitsi classical music season in Maputo and the Orchestras and Choirs of Mozambique association that now has more than 220 students inspired by one of the most successful collective music teaching systems, the Venezuelan El Sistema.
Today, well on the way to its fifth anniversary, Xiquitsi continues to innovate through the introduction of new instruments and the dissemination of classical music-making to communities in Maputo.Source: Xiquiti Press Release
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