The Cultural Association of Lagoa, Ideias do Levante (Algarve), in partnership with the municipality of Lagoa (Algarve), will organize the 16th edition of Semana Coral de Lagoa (Lagoa Choir Week, http://www.semanacoral.net), a non-competitive choir festival that will take place within the Council of Lagoa from the 17th up until the 24th of May. The 2014 edition will feature four talented choirs: CRAMOL (female singers, Lisbon), Coro da Escola Internacional do Algarve (Lagoa), The Chapel Choir (Inglaterra), and Coral Ideias do Levante (Lagoa, Algarve).
Each year, for one week, singing sweeps through Lagoa, and voices from all places unite in a harmonious feast of melodies and emotions. The Choir Week of Lagoa is already a reference in the panorama of Algarvian choir festivals. It began as the tiny cry of a strong and determined child, then grew with school songs learnt and sung, and now has become a searcher of new sounds and experiences in polyphonic choir singing. Each year it yearns to go farther, to innovate, to dare to fly even higher. Each year, the Choir Week of Lagoa is bigger and more mature. And with it, the singers who participate have also grown at the musical level. Many friendships have been firmed. Many musical ties have been formed. Many songs have been found. According to Roberto Estorninho (executive producer), this is the secret of music, the same musical beat that regulates all hearts, “and this is why we love music – it unites us, and it makes our hearts beat in one single rhythm.”
The Choir Week of Lagoa is, according to its first mentor, José Carlos Bago d’Uva, a conference open to the sharing of musical experiences and of unforgettable moments; it is the time of the year when Lagoa sings “in four voices” the (en)chantment of vocal polyphony across the lands of the Levante.
The opening concert will take place at 17:00 on May 17, 2014, at Convento S. José, in Lagoa, featuring CRAMOL. Coral Ideias do Levante will perform at Centro Pastoral e Social de Ferragudo (just next to Ferragudo Principal Church), Wednesday, May 21, around 21h00. Estômbar Principal Church will host a show of The Chapel Choir (Inglaterra) and The International School Choir (Lagoa), around 19h00. The closing concert will take place at 17:00 on 24 May, at the Municipal Auditorium of Lagoa, and it will feature Coral Ideias do Levante, Coro da Escola Internacional do Algarve, and The Chapel Choir.
The concerts are recommended for adults and children over six years old. All the concerts are for free.
More information about the festival could be found at http://www.semanacoral.net (in portuguese). More information about the association may be gotten at its website, http://www.ideiasdolevante.net, or by phone (Tel. 282010080) Monday to Friday, 18:00 to 20:00 (excluding holidays and the month of August).
This initiative benefits from the support of Município de Lagoa (www.cm-lagoa.pt), Lagoa/Carvoeiro Parishes Union, Estorninho (www.estorninho.biz), Ourivesaria Cintilante (www.facebook.com/cintilante), Locauto Rent-a-Car (www.locauto.pt), and Pastelaria Algarve (www.pastelariaalgarve.info), the parishes of Estômbar and Ferragudo, Centro Pastoral e Social de Ferragudo, Cibercafé Don Rodrigo (Lagoa), Cafetaria Chill Inside (Lagoa), Orquídea, Alma Doce, “A Tasquinha” Restaurant (www.atasquinha.info), Ourivesaria Cintilante (www.facebook.com/cintilante), and Pingo Doce – Lagoa (www.pingodoce.pt).
By: Ideias do Levante