UC Riverside Presents Second Annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival

The music festival will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 13

Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu) – The University of California, Riverside Department of Music, in collaboration with the UCR ARTSblock, and the São Paulo State University Campinas, presents the second annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival in January and February. The series celebrates the chamber music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and other Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries, with special emphasis on Alberto Ginastera for his 100th birthday year.

Paulo C. Chagas

Paulo C. Chagas

The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival is a collaboration between two champions of the Heitor Villa-Lobos legacy: Paulo C. Chagas, professor at UC Riverside and 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.

Four of the concerts take place at UCR and around the Riverside community. These concerts are free and open to the public however, events in ARTS 166 require tickets as seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the venue on the date of the performance, and an hour before it begins. Complimentary parking permits for events on the UC Riverside campus are available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

  • Jan. 13, 12:10 p.m.  – “Gravity and Grace: Mobile III,” UCR Performance Lab, ARTS 166. Composed by Chagas, “Gravity and Grace: Mobile III” is part of a cycle of three pieces inspired by the book “Gravity and Grace” by the French mystical philosopher Simone Weil and the mobiles by the American artist Alexander Calder.
Lars Hoefs

Lars Hoefs

  • Jan. 14, 7:30 p.m.  – “Gravity and Grace: Mobile III,” All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 3847 Terracina Drive at Magnolia Avenue, Riverside.
  • Jan. 21, 7 p.m.  – “Epic Journeys – Ginastera at 100, Part I,” Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main Street, Riverside. This concert is dedicated to the friendship between Ginastera and Villa-Lobos featuring emblematic chamber music works by both composers. It will be performed by Bridget Dolkas, on violin; Lars Hoefs, on violoncello; and Mark Dobson, on piano.
  • Jan. 22, 7 p.m. – “Music and Image – Ginastera at 100, Part II” Culver Center of the Arts, 3824 Main Street, Riverside. This concert presents two works with music and visuals – the world premiere of Chagas’ “Cotijuba” and Mark Zebrowski’s “Music for David” – along with Ginastera’s “String Quartert No. 2.”

The festival includes additional concerts, in Los Angeles, Pasadena, Temecula and Encinitas. For details regarding all the concerts, please visit the “Calendar,” section at www.performingarts.ucr.edu.

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

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