Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra gives New Year's concert in Olhão

This «is the New Year's gift that the Municipality of Olhão gives to all Olhão residents and visitors during this festive season»

The Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra will take the concert “From Blue to Blues” on the 2nd of January, from 21 pm, to the Municipal Auditorium of Olhão. 

The first part of the concert, directed by conductor Osvaldo Ferreira, in the image of the best tradition of celebrating the New Year, will be filled with some of the most emblematic works of the XNUMXth century, by Johann Strauss I, Johann Strauss II and Josef Strauss.

The waltzes Danúbio Azul, Vozes da Primavera, Ondas do Danúbe, Valsa do Imperador and the Marcha Radetzky, among many other works that will be presented in a joyful, festive and celebratory atmosphere, are paradigmatic examples.

In the second part, the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra will interpret works by North American composers such as George Gershwin, Leonard Bernstein or Cole Porter.

Osvaldo Ferreira is the artistic director of the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra and the Brasília Concert Society. He was the musical director and principal conductor of the Paraná Symphony Orchestra (2011 to 2014) and director of the Curitiba Music Workshop. In Portugal, he was artistic director of the Orquestra do Algarve and the Algarve International Music Festival and also director and administrator of the Municipal Theater of Faro.

His career includes more than 600 concerts, around 70 opera and ballet performances and the integral direction of Masses and Mozart's Requiem. The connection to contemporary music is one of the most important aspects of his work, highlighting the presentation of premieres and first auditions of works by some of the most important composers of today, such as K. Penderecki, L. Auerbach, Jean-Luc Ponty, B. Sassetti, H. Rosenschoon, or G. Ligeti, among many others.

His career also includes work leading important orchestras, such as the St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Rome Symphony, Gulbenkian Orchestra, Brazilian Symphony, Prague Orchestra, Lodz Philharmonic, Silesian Philharmonic, Nuremberg Symphony, Philharmonic of Rádio Renana, Porto National Orchestra, São Carlos National Theater Orchestra, Vicenza Olympic Theater Orchestra, Catalonia Orchestra, North Shore Orchestra (Chicago), Aspen Music Festival Orchestra (USA) and Venezuela National Orchestra, among others.

Founded in May 2016 by Osvaldo Ferreira and Augusto Trindade, the Portuguese Philharmonic Orchestra quickly captured the attention of the Portuguese musical and artistic milieu, being already widely recognized, by the public and critics, as one of the best national symphony orchestras.

The high standard of demand printed since its inception, lead it to integrate a group of musicians of high technical and artistic level, such as artists awarded in national and international competitions, former members of the European Union Youth Orchestra and resident foreign musicians in Portugal.