António Leal Moreira (1758 - 1819) was a contemporary of Mozart. The main body of his work was operas, oratorios, serenades, and sacred music. He left to posterity very little instrumental music. The brief, standalone Sinfonia is a rare exception that anticipates the overture styles of Rossini and Donizetti.
João Domingos Bomtempo (1775 – 1842), like Moreira, studied at the Music Seminary of the Patriarchal See in Lisbon. However, unlike Moreira, Bomtempo was primarily a composer of instrumental music. The first movement, Andante sostenuto, of the symphony heard on this program is from the very first symphony by any Portuguese composer.
Luis de Freitas Branco's work, from over a century later, is one of several symphonic poems in which he incorporated sounds and influences from far afield. Its use of polychords and colorful timbres makes for a fascinating listening experience.
Portuguese-American singer David Garcia invites us into the passionate sound world of the fado. This national genre of song has a rich history; originating in the mid 19th century among the Lisbon urban working class and sailors, it is now a worthy inhabitant of the concert stage.
António Leal Moreira Sinfonia in B-flat (1803)
Luis de Freitas Branco Vathek, symphonic poem in the form of variations on an
João Domingos Bomtempo Andante sostenuto from Symphony no. 1
Fados sung by David Garcia, Tenor:
Alain Oulman, arr. Sei de Um Rio
José Mário Branco, arr. Marcha do Bairro Alto
Alain Oulman, arr. Te Juro
José Mário Branco, arr. A luz de Lisboa
When: Sunday, June 3, 2012, 3:00pm
Where: Five Wounds Portuguese National Church
1375 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Title of Event: Music of Portugal
Tickets: Advance purchase available through the MCOSJ website. Tickets can also be purchased at the door while quantities last. Ticket prices are $25 for General Admission, Seniors $20, Students $12 and $10 for children under 12.
About David Garcia
As a child, David Silveira Garcia dreamed of one day becoming a Fadista, a singer of the songs of the native Portuguese art form known as fado. Garcia, born to immigrant parents from the village of Madalena on the island of Pico in the Azores, was raised speaking Portuguese and listening to all genres of Portuguese music. He attended private Catholic school at Five Wounds and graduated from San Jose High Academy in 1999.
Garcia's love of music, expressed itself early, learning saxophone and joining the Portuguese Band of San Jose at 13. He eventually became the band's assistant conductor and also served as its president in 2002-2003.
Garcia learned the mandolin from his great-uncle, Luis Garcia da Rosa, a mandolin player, as well as a Portuguese poet, and writer. Garcia became a member of the Portuguese dance group, Grupo Típico as well as Grupo Folclórico Tempos de Outrora, of which he is currently president. Garcia is also a member of the Carnaval group Grupo de Danças de Carnaval da Banda Portuguesa de São José and has played several roles in the group's dramatic and comedic skits.
Helder Carvalheira, Manuel Escobar, and João Cardadeiro from 7 Colinas have guided Garcia’s journey into the world of the fadista.
Garcia has performed throughout the United States and Canada.
About Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose
Founded by conductor and musical director Emily Ray in 1996, Mission Chamber Orchestra of San Jose (MCOSJ) is a volunteer orchestra performing professional quality concerts in the South Bay. The 35 to 50-piece orchestra is known for its innovative programming that surprises and delights its listeners. In May 2011, the San Francisco Classical Voice praised MCOSJ’s performance of Beethoven's Seventh Symphony, calling it "thrilling to hear." MCOSJ features world class artists like Jon Nakamatsu as well as emerging professional soloists. MCOSJ has given the world premieres of more than twenty works and the West Coast or South Bay premieres of many others. MCOSJ caters to a broad audience, featuring classical repertoire and modern works by composers from around the world. Select high school musicians are invited to join the orchestra in many of its concerts.
For More Information Contact:
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