UCR Hosts Chamber Music Festival

Concerts, film celebrate classical Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos in January, February

Paulo Chagas, Lars Hoefs

The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival is a collaboration between UCR’s Paulo C. Chagas, an internationally known composer, and cellist Lars Hoefs. Photos by Steve Walag and Magdalena Switek

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – The University of California, Riverside Department of Music, in collaboration with the UCR Culver Center of the Arts and the São Paulo State University Campinas, presents the Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival in January and February.

The festival presents 10 concerts and one film screening, featuring three world premieres by composer Paulo C. Chagas, chair and professor of the UCR Department of Music. The concert series will celebrate the chamber music of the first distinctly Latino voice in classical music, Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959), the music that influenced him (Bach, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Brazilian Choros), and his influence on Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries (Chavez, Revueltas, Ginastera, and especially Chagas).

Four of the concerts take place in the Los Angeles area. The series begins on Friday, Jan. 16, on the UCR campus. UCR venues are the Culver Center in downtown Riverside and the campus Performance Lab, ARTS 166.

The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival is a collaboration between two champions of the Heitor Villa-Lobos legacy: Chagas, an internationally known composer, and cellist Lars Hoefs. Chagas is the faculty organizer and composer-in-residence of this festival. Hoefs is guest artistic director and professor of cello and music history at São Paulo State University, Campinas, Brazil. Hoefs and guest musicians perform in each of the concerts.

Admission is free and open to the public. However, events in ARTS 166 require tickets as seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the venue beginning at 7 p.m. on the date of the performance. No one will be admitted late. Complimentary parking permits for events on the UC Riverside campus are available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

The festival schedule is:

  • Jan. 16, 8 p.m.: “Brazilians in California,” UCR Performance Lab, ARTS 166. This concert celebrates Villa-Lobos’ first visit to the United States 70 years ago and premieres a new work by Paulo C. Chagas, a Brazilian composer who teaches at UCR.
  • Jan. 18, 3 p.m.: “Música de Câmara – Chamber Music from Mexico and Brazil,” Church of the Good Shepherd, 400 W Duarte Road, Arcadia
  • Jan. 21, 8 p.m.: “The map of Brazil was my harmony textbook,” ARTS 166
  • Jan. 23, noon: “Villa-Lobos as Cellist,” Calvary Presbyterian Church, 1050 Fremont Ave., South Pasadena
  • Jan. 23, 8 p.m.: Film screening, “Green Mansions,” UCR CHASS Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1128. Villa-Lobos was hired by MGM to score a blockbuster film set in the Amazon. The composer came to Hollywood with the music completed and refused to cut or change a note. Bronislau Kaper adapted the score to fit the film starring Audrey Hepburn and Anthony Perkins. Scholar Marek Zebrowski of the USC Thornton School of Music will give a lecture about this history.
  • Jan. 24, 8 p.m.: “Brazilian Choro, Villa-Lobos, and Jazz,” ARTS 166. A kind of Brazilian equivalent to jazz, “choro” was a popular style of music that flourished at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Jan. 25, 7 p.m.: “Viva Villa-Lobos: The Influence of Villa-Lobos on Latin American Composers,” Gateway Christian Church, 11760 Gateway Blvd, Los Angeles
  • Jan. 28, noon: “Dreams of Brazil,” Pasadena Presbyterian Church, 585 East Colorado Blvd., Pasadena
  • Jan. 29, 8 p.m.: “Festival Finale Part I: Bach Cello Suites,” UCR Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main St., Riverside
  • Jan. 30, 8 p.m.: “Festival Finale Part II: Bachianas Brasileiras,” music for cello ensemble, Culver Center. The first half of the concert presents the premiere of a new work for cello, live electronics and interactive multimedia by Paulo C. Chagas.
  • Feb. 18, 12:10 p.m.: “Catalan Art Songs in the 20th Century,” ARTS 166

For information call (951) 827-3245 or email performingarts@ucr.edu www.performingarts.ucr.edu.

Media Contact


Tel: (951) 827-7847
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Additional Contacts

Kathy DeAtley
Tel: (951) 827-3245
E-mail: kathleen.deatley@ucr.edu

Paulo C. Chagas
Tel: (951) 827-2939
E-mail: paulo.chagas@ucr.edu

Lars Hoefs
E-mail: larshoefs@hotmail.com

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