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Con Brio 2018 “Coming of Age” – Zeitgeist
July 21, 2018 @ 7:00 pm
Something very special shall be attempted in the ninth installment of Con Brio – The John Gomes Memorial Piano Competition & Festival, presented annually by Furtados and directed by Parvesh Java. “Coming of Age” will feature exclusively young Indians performing some of the most well-known works by the most important composers of the last three and a half centuries in three concerts representing three fundamental ideologies that impacted all concurrent artistic activities: Enlightenment, Romanticism & Modernism. It will be the first time that the Con Brio festival will rest entirely on the shoulders of our young Indians, especially the pianists who have won the Con Brio competition in the past. All this as a precursor to 2019, which will be the landmark tenth Con Brio for which we hope to have the entire Con Brio family reunited, featuring Marialena Fernandes, Mark Troop, Patricia Rozario & Paul Stewart. We urge you to try to attend all three programmes as experiencing the progression of these three distinct styles, presented alongside important historical events and other art, will be educational.
The German ‘Sturm und Drang’ (storm and drive) movement of the late 18th century was an important trigger for the romantic movement that was to dominate art in the 19th century, with an emphasis on individual emotion and a celebration of the pre-classical times. Priya Ann Fernandes (Con Brio 2013) will lead Schubert’s Trout Quintet along with Dielle Braganza. Neville Bharucha (Con Brio 2011) will perform Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in F sharp minor. The Paranjoti Academy Chorus will perform Brahms’ New Love Song Waltzes with Nitya Thomas and Kersi Gazdar as soloists and Shirley Manuel (Con Brio 2014) and Sonam Lodhi (Con Brio 2017) at the piano. The semifinalists of the competition will perform short works by Schumann and the finalists will be announced after the concert.
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