Orquestra do Algarve will “debut” in Cachopo with a music cycle

There is still no date set, nor are the details defined yet, but the technical visits have already begun

Martim Sousa Tavares and António Branco – Photo: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação

The Orquestra do Algarve, name that takes over from April 1st, will have a music cycle in the village of Cachopo, in the mountainous interior of the municipality of Tavira. The news was advanced yesterday, in a press conference, by António Branco, president of Associação Musical do Algarve, the entity that manages and administers the Orchestra that is still called Clássica do Sul.

On the occasion, António Branco stressed that one of the objectives is to place the «Orquestra as an instrument of territorial cohesion», taking it «from Aljezur to Alcoutim» and being «more present in the interior and in the mountains».

Hence, the proposal of the Parish of Cachopo to take the Orchestra to that village was well received. «The parish of Cachopo saw a partner in us», although «an Orchestra» never played there. «For us, this partnership proposal fell like butter on toast», guaranteed Martim Sousa Tavares.

The new principal conductor of the Orquestra Clássica do Sul (OCS) argued that orchestras should function as «goods for the enjoyment of a population in the broadest sense». As he said in his interview with Sul Informação, Martim Sousa Tavares stated that he likes the «four by four, off-road spirit» of the Algarve training. «I see myself in this challenge», he assured.

Although the details of Cachopo's and the Orchestra's "willingness" to come together in partnership for a cycle of concerts are still at a preliminary stage, the technical visits to existing spaces in the parish have already begun, as revealed by Rui Baeta, member of the artistic direction of OCS , speaking to our newspaper, on the sidelines of the press conference, which took place at the Municipal Museum of Faro.

«It all depends on the spaces. These are the details that we are still defining, even to determine the number of effectives that the Orchestra will present: the number of musicians in the complete Orchestra is 40 people, but it also has in its programming smaller groups, of chamber music. Deep down, we are programming and deciding whether it is more chamber music, under what conditions is it possible to have a space to receive the orchestra, with all the acoustic conditions so that the music can be heard and be well interpreted», said Rui Baize.


Cachopo – Photo: Elisabete Rodrigues | Sul Informação (file)


For this baritone who is also the Orchestra's Cultural and Artistic Mediator, “the Church is the most inviting and easiest place to use. Then there are other spaces, more unusual, which require, from a logistical point of view, greater impact, but which we are seeing if it is possible to use them».

«From the Orchestra’s point of view, Cachopo represents that fringe of the interior of the Algarve that, for most people who come to visit us and even for the Algarve, is a little bit far away, psychologically, but deep down we are talking about half hour by car", he added.

For this very reason, one of the major objectives of this cycle in Cachopo will be «to take music to other places and allow people from outside to also go there to these concerts», concluded Rui Baeta.

Or, as António Branco pointed out at the press conference to introduce Martim Sousa Tavares, «definitely bring the Orchestra closer to audiences that are or feel distant from classical music». But, in addition to the population of the interior, there will be others, many others.

The first concert by the Orchestra conducted by the new principal conductor is scheduled for next Sunday, the 5th, at 18 pm, at Teatro das Figuras, in Faro. The program promises, as explained Martim Sousa Tavares in his interview with Sul Informação. But if you really want to go see the premiere, hurry up: the almost 800 seats in the biggest concert hall in the Algarve are almost, almost sold out.


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