The 3rd edition of the Francisco de Lacerda Atlantic Sound Encounters opens today in Lisbon, at the Jerónimos Monastery, with the Lisbon Quartet and soprano Bárbara Barradas.
The concert, in the cloisters of the Monastery, is “tailor-made: a first part of Portuguese music for string quartet, which ends with a genealogy of Portuguese song, combining Francisco de Lacerda with arrangements by Fausto, Janita Salomé and Amélia Muge”, according to a statement from the organization.
This third edition, in addition to Lisbon, takes place on the Azorean islands of S. Jorge, S. Miguel and Terceira, and premieres a documentary about the life and work of the Azorean composer Francisco de Lacerda, who was the first modern Portuguese state scholarship holder to have studied in Paris in 1895, after completing the Piano Course at the National Conservatory.
The documentary “Francisco de Lacerda na Fragueira ou em Paris”, directed by Luís Porto, will be premiered next Monday at 7pm at the Francisco Lacerda Foundation Museum in Calheta, on the island of S. Jorge.
The documentary will also be screened on the 22nd at 21:00 at the Angra do Heroísmo Cultural and Congress Center and on the 22nd at 18:30 at the Ponta Delgada Conservatory.
“In this edition, and pursuing a determined commitment to national music, the cycle Encontros Sonoros Atlânticos Francisco de Lacerda has given composer Igor C. Silva carte blanche to present a new multimedia installation/performance, and has commissioned transcriptions of works by Francisco de Lacerda from pianist, composer and orchestrator Filipe Raposo and composer Sérgio Azevedo,” said conductor Vasco Mendonça, the cycle’s artistic programmer.
The last day of the Encontros Sonoros Atlânticos will see the premiere of the piece “Ecos de Trovas”, by composer Luís Neto da Costa, who won this year’s Francisco de Lacerda/Millenniumbcp Foundation Composer Prize.
The play will be premiered on the 30th at 7pm at the National Library in Lisbon by the Lisbon Metropolitan Orchestra under the direction of conductor Rita Castro Blanco.
In the different concerts of the meetings, the works of Francisco Lacerda (1869-1934) stand out, referred to by the organization as a “stimulus for the creation of new musical pieces, in tune with the places where they are performed”.