at BEATO's CONVENT (Lisbon)
RDD Europe 2009
Thursday, 21 th of May 2009, 7.30 p.m.
A gala dinner-concert at Beato's Convent (Convento do Beato)
Rua do Beato, 48 – 1900-632 Lisboa
RDD Europe 2009 is a conference jointly organized by:
- RDD on-line – Respiratory Drug Delivery
- Valois Pharmaceutical Division
Aha?! What are these sounds coming from inside the covent?
Madrigal Suite / Thomas Morley (c. 1557-1602)
The Monks are coming…
L’invaghito (Dance) /Giovanni Gastoldi (1555-1603)
La Justa (Ensallada) / Matteo Fletxa (c. 1480-1553)
Let’ s drink for all good things…
Oi me lasso Lauda / Anonymous, in Laudario di Cortona (12th-13th century)
Pastime with good company / Henry VIII (1491- 1547)
La morenica (Villancico) / Portuguese anonymous (16th c.)
Trai-Trai (Portuguese Traditional song from Minho)
Tourdion (Dance) / Anonymous, publ. by P. Attaignant (c. 16th)
Look again! There!
Tourdion (Dance) - Instrumental / Anonymous (c. 16th)
…Where are they taking us to?
Bacche bene venies / Anonymous, from Carmina Burana (c. 1200)
Cumbées / Santiago de Murcia (c. 1682)
…Where are they taking us to?
Ande pues nuestro apellido (Ensallada) / Matteo Fletxa (c. 1480-1553)
La Justa (Ensallada) / M.Fletxa (c.1480-1553)
Convidando esta la noche (Villancico) / J. Garcia Zespedes (1619-1678)
Freedom ("Negro" Spiritual)
Let’ s have dinner in the cloister…
Quem tem farelos / Portuguese anonymous (16th c.)
Villanesca / Cesare Tudino (1530-c.1591)
CONCERTUS ANTIQUUS / King John V’s Choir
Ana Paula Pina, Isabel Castello-Branco, Marta Brandão – sopran
Ana Boullosa, Paula Alexandra Santos – altos
José Estevens Santos, Vitor Melo – tenors
Carlos Lobo, Daniel Oliveira, David Zink, Rui Tomás – basses
Hermenegildo Campos, Francisco Couto, Helder Rodrigues - trombones
Victor Roque Amaro - conductor
In this musical performance we intend to create a musical ambiance from the time of the construction of this Covent.
We are just trying to get an historical trip, travelling in time. So, in our first “appearance”, we prefer the theatrical aspects, inviting everybody to make a toast with us - Oi me lasso a Lauda (12th-13th century) and Bacche bene venies (Carmina Burana anonymous, c.1200) seems like medieval playing, religious and canonic, the first one, and apocryphal, the other. Pastime with good company (Henry VIII, 1491-1547) and Tourdion Dance (Anonymous - publ. P. Attaignant, 16th c.) are drinking songs usually performed by monks during their pleasant times.
Cumbées (Santiago de Murcia, c.1682), is a “processional hymn” performed while we walk together to the Cloister. Just before the meal, we can provide some Portuguese Renaissance music - La morenica Villancico (Portuguese anonymous, 16th c.) and from Latin origin, all celebrating love and dance, Convidando esta la noche Villancico (J. Garcia Zespedes, 1619-1678), L’invaghito Dance (Giovanni Gastoldi, 1555-1603) and Chi la gagliarda Dance (Baldassare Donato, c. 1530-1603).
Finally, the Portuguese traditional music - Trai-Trai Portuguese Traditional Song from Minho -and the international fraternity - Freedom “Negro” Spiritual.
Victor Roque Amaro
CONCERTUS ANTIQUUS / King John V’s Choir is a vocal and instrumental group founded in 1984, expert in the performance of music from the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Mannerism (repertoire from C. Monteverdi, H. Schütz, G.F. Haendel, J.S. Bach and Portuguese composers).
The members of the group have been following individual paths within Ancient Music, both as soloists and as part of other groups with similar purposes. The vocal component of the group changes depending on the repertoire but integrates a minimum of 6 to 8 high and low voices.
The instrumental ensemble also changes according to the type of music that will be played and may include a large range of musical instruments (organ, luth, theorbo, harpsichord, flutes, baroque violins and brass, medieval sanfonas, etc.).
At the end of 2000, the group recorded two live albums, i.e. “Puer natus est nobis” (Christmas) and “Jubilemus Regi nostro”, featuring Iberian Medieval and Renaissance music.
Victor Roque Amaro, conductor
He carried out his musical studies at the Penafirme Seminary and at the Lisbon Conservatory. He also took courses on singing, chorus conducting and musicology in Portugal and England (in Cambridge and Canford).
He is graduated from the Instituto Superior Técnico, in Lisbon, majoring in Civil Engineering.
The choral aspect of his preparation was particularly important, since he started to sing in choirs while very young, participating in different choruses: the Regina Coeli, Gulbenkian and the Coral Vértice.
He started to conduct choruses at 18, working with several conductors, as, for instance, Michel Corboz, Christopher Hogwood, Jordi Savall and Manuel Morais (Ancient Music).
In addition to working with Coral Vértice as Musical Director for 20 years, he founded and currently directs Concertus Antiquus as well as the Dom Luis I Chorus, within the scope of the cultural activities promoted by Ajuda National Palace.
In the past few years, he has devoted himself to the studies and dissemination of music by Portuguese composers of the 16th – 17th centuries.
He is an invited conductor and teacher of Vocal Technique in several events across the country.