Marvão Festival Chorus (MFC)

MARVÃO FESTIVAL CHORUS

Calls open until June 30th 2024

 

 

We warmly welcome you back to the MARVÃO FESTIVAL CHORUS (MFC), the Marvão Festival Choir!

The Marvão International Music Festival (FIMM) is organising the festival choir once again, bringing together professional and amateur singers from across the globe. This creates an opportunity for them to collaborate and perform to the public, this time in two concerts: at the Ruins of the Roman City of Ammaia and at the Church of Nossa Senhora da Estrela in Marvão.

The Festival Choir project is open to participants of all ages and nationalities, occurring during the 10th edition of FIMM. Rehearsals are daily (in the morning), held in Castelo de Vide, starting on the 21st of July in the afternoon and continuing until the 27th.

All individuals with some experience in choir singing are invited to participate in this edition, which will feature a dual concert programme: Psalm 42: “Wie der Hirsch schreit” (Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy), in a special performance accompanied by the Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Soloist Juliane Banse and conducted by Maestro Christoph Poppen at the iconic Ruins of Ammaia; and an equally special programme dedicated to Poetry in Music, with works by Miguel Jesus, Eurico Carrapatoso, Fernando Lopes-Graça, and Eric Whitacre.

The project is led by Maestro and Choir Director Pedro Teixeira, who will direct all choir rehearsals.

We look forward to seeing you in Marvão!

 

 

REHEARSALS PERIOD: July 21st – 27th 2024

REHEARSALS VENUE: Centro de Arte e Cultura – Fundação Nossa Senhora da Esperança, CASTELO DE VIDE

 

DATES, PROGRAMMES AND CONCERT VENUES:

 

1) July 24th, 21.00 – Ammaia Archaeological Site, MARVÃO

 

PROGRAMME

FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY
Psalm 42: “Wie der Hirsch schreit”, Op. 42

 

MARVÃO FESTIVAL CHORUS
PEDRO TEIXEIRA, CHOIR DIRECTION

JULIANE BANSE, SOPRANO

COLOGNE CHAMBER ORCHESTRA
CHRISTOPH POPPEN, CONDUCTOR

 

 

2) July 27th, 16.00 – N. Sra. da Estrela Church, MARVÃO

 

PROGRAMME

“Poetry in Music”

 

MIGUEL JESUS
Liberdade

MORTEN LAURIDSEN
Nocturnes
1. Sa nuit d’Été
2. Soneto de la Noche
3. Sure on this shining night
4. Epilogue – Voici le soir

FERNANDO LOPES-GRAÇA
Senhora do Livramento

ERIC WHITACRE
Five Hebrew Love Songs
1. A Picture
2. Light Bride
3. Mostly
4. What Snow!
5. Tenderness

FELIX MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY
Psalm 43: “Richte mich, Gott”

 

MARVÃO FESTIVAL CHORUS
PEDRO TEIXEIRA, CHOIR DIRECTION

 

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

To join the CHORUS, anyone with some experience in choir singing is welcome to participate in the project.

There is no requirement to submit a sound file; however, please send a brief summary of your choral experience and specify your vocal type.

Sheet music for the programme will be provided and sent out well in advance, ensuring there is ample time for practice in the weeks leading up to the concert.

ACCESS THE SHEET MUSIC HERE

 

 

COSTS

Application / Admission Fee: €75

The Marvão Festival Chorus project is estimated to cost several hundred euros per participant, with the majority of this cost being supported by the festival’s sponsors and patrons.

Participants in the Chorus will be charged a one-time, non-refundable application fee of €75.

This fee is only payable after participation in the Chorus has been confirmed and accepted, and not during the application process.

Therefore, there are no tuition fees or any additional costs. However, all participants must fully cover their own travel, food, and accommodation expenses.

 

 

WHERE TO STAY

We recommend seeking accommodation in Castelo de Vide, within walking distance from the rehearsal venue, or in nearby areas such as Marvão and Portalegre, provided the participants can drive by themselves.

On concert days, the festival organisation will arrange transportation for all Choir members between the rehearsals location (Castelo de Vide) and the concert venues (in Ammaia and Marvão), and back again.

 

 

The rehearsals are scheduled for the morning (except on the first day, taking place in the afternoon), allowing the participants the opportunity to attend festival concerts in the afternoons and evenings.

All MFC members are entitled to one free ticket for family and friends for their own concerts (July 24th and 27th) and also benefit from 50% discounted single tickets for themselves to attend other festival concerts (subject to availability).

All requests for tickets must be exclusively handled through info@marvaomusic.com

 

 

 

 

"Music is a binding expression between us and the heavens.
May we all benefit communicating thus in such a magical place!"

CHRISTOPH POPPEN
Artistic Diretor of FIMM
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