Organ festival promotes concerts and visits in Tavira

This weekend there are concerts in Portimão, Boliqueime and Faro

Guided visits to the interior of Tavira's church organs and three concerts are the suggestions of the International Organ Festival for this municipality, on the 16th, 17th, 24th and 26th of November.

The event, which began on November 3rd, will have two concerts today, in Portimão and Boliqueime. Tomorrow, Saturday, and Sunday, there are concerts in Faro, the second of which is a new addition to the festival's programming, taking place at Teatro das Figuras.

In Tavira, on the 16th, a Thursday, an accompanied visit will be held inside the bodies of the Churches of Misericórdia, Santiago and Carmo.

On the 17th, at 21pm, Nuno Mendes (baroque violin) and Pedro Massarrão (baroque cello) join organist Sérgio Silva, at the Igreja da Misericórdia.

Sérgio Silva, master in Music from the University of Évora, studied organ at the Instituto Gregoriano de Lisboa. As a concert artist, he performs regularly, both solo and as part of several prestigious national groups. He participated in several recordings as a soloist and as part of groups. He is currently professor of organ at the Gregorian Institute of Lisbon and principal organist at the Basílica da Estrela and the Church of São Nicolau (Lisbon).

Nuno Mendes dedicates himself exclusively to the interpretation of ancient music. Graduated from the Higher School of Music of Catalonia and Master from the Autonomous University of Barcelona. Concertmaster of different orchestras, he is also a regular member of several national and international baroque groups. He has recorded more than 15 CDs (Glossa, Brilliant, La Mà de Guido, Naxos) and performs at the most important European early music festivals.

Pedro Massarrão completed his first cello studies at the National Conservatory Music School. He continues his studies at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa and at Codarts Hogeschool voor de Kunsten, where he completed his master's degree. In the area of ​​chamber music, he has collaborated with prestigious groups, having performed in the most important venues and festivals in the country. He was part of the group that won the Young Musicians Award in 2017.

On the 24th, at 21pm, the Church of Santiago hosts Samuel Pinto's concert.

Samuel Pinto attended the general course at the Diocesan School of Liturgical Ministries, in Porto, and the 8th grade of Piano and Musical Training, at the Fundação Conservatório Regional de Gaia. He attended Catholic Sacred Music and Organ Pedagogy courses in Regensburg, Germany. He also completed a master's degree in Organ Performance at the same school. He later completed a master's degree in music teaching – organ variant at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa. He maintains regular concert activity, also collaborating with several parishes and communities in the Dioceses of Porto and Braga.

On the 26th, at 18pm, the Church of Santiago hosts the festival's closing concert, starring Maurice Clement and the Jubilate Deo Choir.

Award-winning organist Maurice Clement is an organ professor at the Conservatoire de Musique du Nord, in Luxembourg, and teaches improvisation at this institution. Currently resident organist at the Luxembourg Philharmonic, he is frequently invited as a soloist to international festivals. He has recorded for the labels Aeolus, Etcetera, Minuit regards, Perfect Noise.

The Jubilate Deo Choir, created in 2011, is part of the Associação Multiplicar Silêncios, aiming to promote musical art. It operates under the direction of Maestrina Daniela Rodrigues and collaborates with other choral groups, bands and pianists in some of its performances. This is made up mainly of young people from Tavira.