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The 17th edition of Monte Music Festival, presented by Fundação Oriente and Cidade de Goa, will be held from the 1st to the 3rd of February 2019 at the Chapel of Our Lady of Mount, Old Goa. With its first edition in 2002, after the restoration of the Chapel by Fundação Oriente, the festival has continuously gathered attention and interest from Western and Eastern music and dance enthusiasts. Held at one of the most spectacular locations in Goa, the Monte Music Festival is a unique event, which has carved a niche of its own among all cultural events held in the state. With performances held inside the old heritage chapel and its courtyard with a backdrop of the picturesque Chorão, Divar islands and the river Mandovi, the festival begins at sunset and goes on till about 9pm.

With a unique blend of international, national and local artists, Monte Music Festival has the privilege to count on an annually growing number of followers that make this pilgrimage to witness a celebration of cultural dialogue, heritage, music and dance.

The Monte Music Festival has the support of the Directorate of Archives and Archaeology – Government of Goa and the Archdiocese of Goa, Furtado’s Music Company and the Goa College of Hospitality and Culinary Education.

The festival will open on 1st of February with an interplay of dance, music, theatre and bhakti poetry titled Jheeni presented by the Mumbai based group Beej and will end in the Mount Chapel with the concert Ave Stella Maris by the Pilar Music Academy Choral from Goa, directed by Fr. Peter Cardoso.

At sunset on the 2nd of February, the Mexican flautist Nathalie Ramirez and Indian guitarist Shyamant Behal will delight the audience with Melodies for Flute & Guitar from European and Latin American composers. The same evening, Sonia Shirsat and her musicians will render a combination of mandos, dulpods and dekhnis in a concert titled Sounds of Goa.

Closing the festival on 3rd of February, the celebrated Portuguese fadista Carolina and her musicians will perform a number of traditional fados along with new songs written by Portuguese contemporary poets for the artist. The final concert of this Monte Music Festival promised to be unforgettable! The Chapel of Our Lady of Mount will set the stage for a multi arranged presentation of Seven Last Words of Christ (Haydn) directed by Parvesh Java, featuring Eshivita Menezes & with the special participation of the renowned pianist Marialena Fernandes.

Monte Music Festival 2019 is undoubtedly an event not to be missed!

The 17th Monte Music Festival Programme is as follows:

FRIDAY, 1ST FEBRUARY

Courtyard – 6:00 PM

JHEENI presented by Beej

An interplay of dance, music, theatre and bhakti poetry, featuring Sanjukta Wagh (kathak), Shruthi Vishwanath (vocals), Hitesh Dhutia (guitar) & Vinayak Netke (tabla)

Chapel – 7:30 PM

AVE STELLA MARIS

The Pilar Music Academy Choral directed by Fr. Peter Cardoso

SATURDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY

Courtyard – 6:00 PM

MELODIES FOR FLUTE & GUITAR

Nathalie Ramirez (flute) & Shyamant Behal (classical guitar)

Courtyard – 7:30 PM

SOUNDS OF GOA

Sonia Shirsat (vocals), Orlando de Noronha (violin/mandolin), Carlos Meneses (classical guitar), Allan Abreu (keyboards) & Sherwyn Correia (ghumot/support vocals)

SUNDAY, 3RD FEBRUARY

Courtyard – 6:00 PM

FADO WITH CAROLINA

Carolina (vocals), Francisco Pereira (portuguese guitar), Bernardo Viana (viola de fado) & André Moreira (bass guitar)

Chapel – 7:30 PM

HAYDN’S SEVEN LAST WORDS OF CHRIST

A multi-arrangement presentation directed by Parvesh Java, featuring Eshvita Menezes (violin) & special guest Marialena Fernandes (piano)

Performances inside the chapel require passes. Passes are available from the 24th of January 2019,at the office of Fundação Oriente – 175, Filipe Neri Road, Behind People’s High School, Fontainhas – Panjim T: 0832 2230728/24336108 – during working hours.