Date(s) - 13/07/2019 - 27/07/2019
Auditório Municipal de Portel
It is in the incomparable atmosphere of the Alentejo village of Portel, guarded for centuries by a magnificent castle that rises over the medieval houses, idyllic scenery surrounded by vast lands of cork oak and holm oak forest that extend to the lake of Alqueva, the largest artificial lake in Europe, that the International Music Festival of Portel takes place. Located at the border intersection between Baixo and Alto Alentejo, the municipality of Portel is recognised as one of the most traditional and picturesque in the Alentejo, constituting an idyllic setting where the richness of the historical, architectural, cultural and natural heritage converge to create a unique atmosphere and conducive to the holding of a festival dedicated to classical music.
The Portel International Music Festival brings together an extraordinary group of national and foreign musicians to provide spectators with a unique, inspiring and unforgettable festival of classical music. In each edition, the festival offers free of charge to all spectators, a multifaceted programm consisting of symphonic concerts with invited orchestras and with the orchestras in the festival’s artistic residence, the Jovem Orquestra da Costa Atlântica and the Orquestra Nacional de Sopros.
The festival’s programm also includes a cycle of chamber music concerts “Music in the Heritage”, with invited groups and training in artistic residency at the festival, which take place in the most beautiful centenary infrastructures of the municipality’s towns.
In addition to the concert programm, the public attending the festival has the opportunity to take part in the guided tours “Percurso dos Sentidos” to explore the local material and immaterial heritage.
The Portel International Music Festival is a training and performance space for young musicians and conductors, as well as an opportunity to promote emerging projects in the area of classical music. During the two weeks of the festival, young instrumentalists and conductors of all nationalities, guided by invited teachers and conductors, deepen their knowledge in orchestral practice and experience new artistic challenges. Participants have the opportunity to integrate and perform in concerts with chamber music ensembles and with the festival’s resident orchestras, the Jovem Orquestra da Costa Atlântica and the Orquestra Nacional de Sopros.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO JOIN THE RESIDENT ORCHESTRAS OF THE INTERNATIONAL PORTEL MUSIC FESTIVAL.
ORGANIZATION: Orquestra da Costa Atlântica – associação de música e cultura
SUPPORT: Municipality of Portel
MUSICAL AND ARTISTICAL DIRECTOR: Luis Miguel Clemente
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: Ana Carolina Capitão