Newsletter, 23rd September, 2021

30 Years of Great Music

To all Amigos/as

From Helga Hampton                             

Dear Amigos,                                                                                                             

Here a much awaited Newsletter – FINALLY !!!

The Portuguese Government has been true to their promises and declared a general easing of pandemic restrictions as soon as a certain percentage of the population was vaccinated. And today is that day:  Government can be thanked for providing the requisite vaccines so that 85% of the total population of the country was able to be vaccinated. Thus having achieved what no other European country can claim so far.  Congratulations to “our” Government !!!

It is the lifting of social distancing that matters to us.  We can now revert back to soirees only !  All our chairs will be placed back in our auditorium and you are invited to take your places as usual

Yes, I know, some of you deplore the fact that there will be no more matinees, but I assure you, the “forces behind the scene!” (the financial ones!) are breathing a great sigh of relief – matinees were a costly luxury. Our musicians are also very grateful for being given the opportunity to offer “normal’ concert performances again, with full-length works and intervals.

So, please, welcome our first October pianist, Pierre-André Doucet, from Canada, via Belgium.

Tuesday, October 12th and Thursday, October 14th, 2021

at 19:00 in the auditorium of Os Agostos

He will be giving us two exceptionally inspired evenings of works by Franz Schubert, Lili Boulanger and Claude Debussy on Tuesday, more Schubert, Franz Liszt, Mikhail Glinka and Sergei Bortkiewicz

on Thursday. Pierre Andre comes highly recommended as a leading voice among Canada`s young generation of artists. He is also a published author. We are very lucky that he can make a detour to the Algarve while performing in Bruxelles this autumn. As he was the first artist we had to cancel in March 2020, he was given this convenient (to him) October slot. This will, in fact, give you 4 October concert evenings.

The end of October pianist is the Russian Irina Chkourindina, who comes to us from Geneva.

Tuesday, October 26th and Thursday, October 28th, 2021

at 19:00 in the auditorium of Os Agostos

Irina is new to us, and she will be introducing herself with a very special evening on Tuesday, with works by Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, and then with pieces by Mozart and Chopin on Thursday.

You are now able to make your reservations for these October dates.

Please make your reservations by sending an email to: reservasconcertos@gmail.com 

As usual guests will be asked to contribute EURO 25.00, and please wait for confirmation as capacity is limited.  There will be a reception desk at Os Agostos. However, to avoid crowding on arrival,  we still request that payment for guests be made in advance – Cristina will, as usual, provide details when confirming places.

Our hosts, Maria and Antonio Farrajota and I look forward to welcoming you again in Os Agostos, albeit all still masked until further notice.  Lets still be careful, lets try to stay safe and enjoy the great music.

Safe Hugs,

Helga Hampton
President
ASSOCIAҪÃO DE AMIGOS DE MUSICA at Os Agostos
E-mail: helga.hampton@gmail.com
www.amigos-de-musica.org

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