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Classical music returns to the Azores

August 30th to September 4th – São Miguel and Terceira Island

The Azores International Festival, in its 17th edition, announces the program at a press conference in which iNeews was present, at the José Saramago Foundation.

In 2022, the 17th edition of the Azores International Festival, one of the most emblematic classical music festivals in Portugal, takes place between the 30th of August and the 3rd of September between the islands of São Miguel and Terceira. Tickets are on sale at the usual places and some concerts are free.

The Azores International Festival brings together the historical, gastronomic, and scenic riches of a region full of character, shaped by the presence of the sea, with breathtaking landscapes. It is in this breathtaking setting of the Azores that we welcome the 17th edition of the International Festival of the Azores, which celebrates the centenary of José Saramago’s birth. In the opinion of Sérgio Letria, director of the José Saramago Foundation, This very special year marks the centenary of Saramago. Saramago’s work is still alive and the Azores International Festival reinforces, even more, the work developed with the words and ideas of José Saramago.

The exciting musical program of the 2022 edition of the Azores International Festival, in line with the natural and built heritage of the islands of São Miguel and Terceira, also has complementary activities, such as masterclasses and activities to raise awareness and value the natural and cultural heritage. The Azores, thus drawing attention not only to art and creativity in the lato sensu, but also to environmental sustainability and the importance of interdisciplinary and networking work in all domains.

Para Tiago Nunes, Director Artístico do Festival Internacional dos Açores, reforça que esta 17º edição tem oito concertos dos quais cinco são gratuitos. Esta ligação a José Saramago vem do seu fascínio especial pela música e em especial pelo violoncelo. Esta 17 º edição demos destaque ao Violoncelo, que assume dois concertos entre São Miguel e a Ilha Terceira.

Ilha Terceira

  • 30 ago | 21h30 | Pavel Gomziakov, violoncelo
    Palácio dos Capitães-Generais – Angra do Heroísmo
  • 31 ago | 21h30 | Vasco Dantas, piano e Isabel Vaz, violoncelo
    Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo – Angra do Heroísmo
  • 01 set | 21h30 | Adriano Jordão, piano
    Centro Cultural e de Congressos de Angra do Heroísmo – Angra do Heroísmo

Ilha de São Miguel

  • 01 set | 21h30 | Pavel Gomziakov, violoncelo
    Palácio de Santana – Ponta Delgada
  • 02 set | 19h00 | João Santos, órgão
    Igreja de São José – Ponta Delgada
  • 02 set | 21h30 | Young-Choon Park, piano
    Teatro Micaelense – Ponta Delgada
  • 03 set | 21h30 | Zoran Imširović, piano
    Teatro Micaelense – Ponta Delgada
  • 04 set | 21h30 | Gulsin Onay, piano
    “Homenagem a Chopin”

Tiago Nunes, Artistic Director of the Azores International Festival reinforces that this 17th edition has eight concerts, five of which are free. This connection to José Saramago comes from his special fascination with music and especially the cello. In this 17th edition, we highlighted the Cello, which takes on two concerts between São Miguel and Terceira Island.

Terceira Island

  • 30 Aug | 21:30 | Pavel Gomziakov, cello
    Palace of the Captains-General – Angra do Heroísmo
  • 31 Aug | 21:30 | Vasco Dantas, piano and Isabel Vaz, cello
    Cultural and Congress Center of Angra do Heroísmo – Angra do Heroísmo
  • 01 set | 21:30 | Adriano Jordan, piano
    Cultural and Congress Center of Angra do Heroísmo – Angra do Heroísmo

Sao Miguel Island

  • 01 set | 21:30 | Pavel Gomziakov, cello
    Santana Palace – Ponta Delgada
  • 02 set | 19:00 | João Santos, organ
    Church of São José – Ponta Delgada
  • 02 set | 21:30 | Young-Choon Park, piano
    Micaelense Theater – Ponta Delgada
  • 03 Sep | 21:30 | Zoran Imširović, piano
    Micaelense Theater – Ponta Delgada
  • 04 Sep | 21:30 | Gulsin Onay, piano
    “Homage to Chopin”

Micaelense Theater – Ponta Delgada
São Miguel and Terceira receive unique names in music, and through the Masterclasses, we have the opportunity to deprive and learn from the musicians present, creating learning bridges, thus democratizing access to culture, highlights Tiago Nunes.

In addition to the concerts, it is possible to have access to masterclasses:

  • Piano masterclass
    Tiago Nunes, piano
    Ponta Delgada Regional Conservatory
    02 set | 11:00 am (2 hours)
  • Cello masterclass
    Pavel Gomziakov, cello
    Ponta Delgada Regional Conservatory
    03 Sep | 11:00 am (2 hours)
  • Chamber music masterclass
    Zoran Imširović, piano
    Ponta Delgada Regional Conservatory

Luís Cruz, Executive Director of the FIA, emphasizes that the FIA ​​is a festival of inclusion and solidarity and that it aims to bring together, value, and raise awareness of the importance of culture and also of parallel activities with the main objective of promoting a natural heritage of enormous wealth and raise awareness of its preservation.

A 17º edição promove as seguintes actividades na natureza:

São Miguel:
Tour de observação de golfinhos e cetáceos.

Terceira:
– Observação de Cetáceos
– Passeio de Barco ao Ilhéu das Cabras
– Passeio em Carrinha de 1/2 dia à Costa Oeste (São Mateus, Queijaria Vaquinha, Santa Bárbara, Serreta, Raminho e Biscoitos)
– Passeio em Carrinha de 1/2 dia à Costa Este (Monte Brasil, Porto Judeu, Salga, São Sebastião, Porto Martins)
– Passeio em Carrinha de 1/2 dia às Serras (Serra da Ribeirinha, Serra do Cume, Serra do Facho e Praia da Vitória

The 17th edition promotes the following activities in nature:

San Miguel:
Dolphin and cetacean observation tour.

Terceira:
– Cetacean Watching
– Boat trip to Ilhéu das Cabras
– 1/2 day Van Ride to the West Coast (São Mateus, Queijaria Vaquinha, Santa Bárbara, Serreta, Raminho and Biscoitos)
– 1/2 day Van Tour to the East Coast (Monte Brasil, Porto Judeu, Salga, São Sebastião, Porto Martins)
– 1/2 day van tour to the mountains (Serra da Ribeirinha, Serra do Cume, Serra do Facho and Praia da Vitória

Adriano Jordão, one of the founders of the FIA, underlines that this project has always been very special for the Azores and that this edition is even more special, due not only to his personal connection to José Saramago but also to José Saramago’s connection to music. Cello is one of Saramago’s weaknesses, concluded Adriando Jordão. The Festival was born in the Azores when Dr. Jorge Forjaz was secretary of culture in the Azores and on one of his trips to Italy he intended to replicate what he saw at a classical music festival in Italy. Without funds for the realization of a classical music festival, we sought support and a man connected to music and the oil industry fell in love with the project and financed the first festival in 1984. Teresa Berganza was the first artist to be at the festival. The Festival continued in other years with other support, but in 2012 it stopped once I was appointed Cultural Counselor of Brazil. As soon as I returned to Portugal I spoke with Tiago Nunes and the festival returned last year.

The 17th edition of the FIA ​​also has a partnership with UNICEF Portugal which, in the opinion of Luisa Motta, is a solidarity initiative that reflects the role that culture can play…

The last concert of the 17th edition of the Azores International Festival, with the participation of the pianist Guilsin Onay who is one of the goodwill ambassadors in Turkey, will be broadcast on the UNICEF Portugal page with the possibility of raising donations for the continuation of your mission.

Flying the machine, the whole sky will be music
José Saramago, in: Memorial do Convento

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