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Brazil Ensemble Performance: "Canções Cortesãs"

  • St David's Room, Strand Campus Strand London United Kingdom (map)

The Brazil Institute invites you to a performance by the Brazil Ensemble at King's Shakespeare Festival.

A performance of 3 songs and a melologue for soprano and string orchestra - on Shakespeare sonnets.

Inspired by Shakespeare’s Sonnets, these pieces were composed especially for the King’s Shakespeare Festival by renowned Brazilian composer Harry Crowl, one of the most celebrated composers from Brazil today. The sonnets are sung in Portuguese translation.

1.Soneto 14 - Não faço meus julgamentos pelas estrelas (Not from the stars I do my judgement pluck)

2.Soneto 43 - Quanto mais pisco, melhor meus olhos veem (When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see)

3.Soneto 100 - Melólogo (narração) - Musa, onde estás...(Where art thou, Muse...)

4.Soneto 87 - Adeus! És muito cara para que te tenha (Farewell! Thou art too dear for my possessing)

The compositions will be premiered by Gabriella di Laccio (soprano) and Kings Brazil Ensemble, directed by Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho (King’s Brazil Institute).

Harry Crowl is a Brazilian-American composer of classical music He went on to study in the US with Charles Jones, both privately and at the Juilliard School of Music. His music is very expressive and dense with poetic, oneiric, abstract, and mostly, non-linear structures. It draws on many influences including early Portuguese polyphony, Brazilian colonial religious music and 20th century musical and aesthetical trends.

Harry is currently the Artistic Director of the Federal University of Paraná’s Philharmonic Orchestra and Professor of composition and music history at the School of Music and Fine Arts of Paraná (EMBAP). As a musicologist, he discovered, compiled, edited and published some important late 18th century music by Brazilian composers of great importance to early Latin-American music.

Winner of the “ Air Europa Classical Act of the Year Award 2013”, lyric coloratura soprano Gabriella Di Laccio enjoys an international career that spans the genres of opera, oratorio and chamber music.

Especially known for her virtuoso voice and much sought after in Baroque music she is also a devoted a performer of Contemporary repertoire. Bringing freshness to older music and authority to new, Gabriella brings intensity to her performance, which transcends the traditional boundaries of classical music, introducing new and exuberant flavour and charisma.

In concert, Gabriella has appeared in a number of major London platforms including Wigmore Hall, Purcell Room at Southbank Centre and St. John’s Smith Square. As a performer of the baroque repertoire she has sung with the Amaryllis Consort, Il Festino, Concerto Instrumentale, Di Profundis, Baroque Orchestra of Mercosur and Baroque Ensemble Florilegium.

King’s Brazil Ensemble was created in 2015 at King’s, to perform Brazilian and British music for string orchestra. It is formed by students from the college and directed by Dr Vinicius Mariano de Carvalho, of the King’s Brazil Institute.

'What you Will': King's Shakespeare Festival, Part of Shakespeare 400

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