Banda Sinfonica Portuguesa

Friday, July 21, 8.00 PM
Conductor: Francisco FERREIRA 
Soloist: Henk van Twillert, Baritone Saxophone and Electronic

Located in Porto, a Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa (Portuguese Symphonic Band, BSP) had its presentation concert on January 1, 2005. Since then, BSP has recorded six CDs, all of them with the inclusion of at least one Portuguese work. BSP promotes the presentation of talented national and international soloists. Some presentations also include the participation of several choirs of the city of Porto. Other aims of BSP are the educational initiative to organise Instrument Masterclasses and Band Management Programmes with renowned artistic merit teachers and prestigious conductors, such as Jan Cober, Douglas Bostock, José Rafael Pascual Vilaplana, Eugene Corporon and Alex Schillings. In April 2008, BSP won the first prize at the II International Contest of Bands of La Senia (Spain), in the first section, and in October 2011 it won the 60th anniversary edition of the World Music Contest in Kerkrade in the top category (Concert Division), with the highest score of all editions.

Conductor Francisco Ferreira is in charge of the artistic direction of BSP since its founding. He is known for his multidisciplinary artistic career. Ferreira holds a degree in Saxophone with the highest scores and directed numerous formations of wind and percussion from all over the world. He currently works as the Headmaster of Academia de Música de Costa Cabral, Porto and is often invited to join juries of national and international competitions of saxophone and bands.

Guest Soloist Henk van Twillert is an internationally renowned saxophonist (specialising in the baritone saxophone) with an inexhaustible passion for music. He graduated with distinction from the Sweelinck Academy of Music in Amsterdam, where he also founded the Amsterdam Saxophone Quartet (1979) with Bart Kok. The quartet played an important role in the popularisation of classical chamber music and the intermingling of other musical genres, and has performed all over the world.

Carvalho, Luís (*1974) Chiaroscuro, Três Esquissos Para Banda Sinfónica 
Meijering, Chiel (*1954) The One - Punch Man
1. The One Punch Man
2. Transmutations
3. Pully Pully
De Jesus, Nelson (*1986) Porto De Saudades 
1. Fado Menor Do Porto 
2. Moda Do Entrudo 
3. Valsa Antiga 
4. Cava Vinha Malhão 
5. Palácio De Cristal 
6. Clérigos 
7. Vinho Do Porto 
8. Fado Menor (Reprise) 
9. Finale 

I N T E R M I S S I O N 

Waespi, Oliver (*1971) Out Of Earth 
1. Largo – Agitato 
2. Adagio 
3. Energico