Third Annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival, Jan. 11 to Feb. 2

UC Riverside music professor Paulo C. Chagas will perform 3 concerts

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

RIVERSIDE, Calif. ( – The University of California, Riverside Department of Music, in partnership with the UCR Center for Iberian and Latin American Music, the São Paulo State University Campinas, and many others, presents the third annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival Jan. 11 through Feb. 2. The series celebrates the chamber music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos and other Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

The Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival is a collaboration between two champions of the Heitor Villa-Lobos legacy: Paulo C. Chagas, professor of music 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 the artistic director, and a professor of cello and music history at São Paulo State University, Campinas, Brazil. Hoefs and guest musicians perform in each of the concerts.

The series will consist of 15 concerts in Los Angeles, San Diego, and across Southern California. Three of the concerts will take place at UCR, and feature the world premiere of compositions by Chagas, Brazilian composers Paulo Costa Lima and Luiz Carlos Cseko, and Argentinian composer Martin Jaroszewicz.

Paulo C. Chagas

“In my compositions, I use technology extensively while seeking to understand the ways of thinking beyond it and making it transparent. I believe that ‘the more we question the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes.’ The pursuit of the humanistic endeavor and the ascent of man as a spiritual being is at the core of my aesthetics that emphasizes the human, symbolic and ritualistic dimension of music,” Chagas said.

Committed to creating a tradition of excellence in music performance in Riverside, the festival will include renowned national and international artists like saxophonist Michael Couper, pianists Gary Barnett (USA) and Alexandra Aubert (France/Chile), and singer Patricia Caicedo (Spain).

The concerts at UCR will take place in the Performance Lab, ARTS 166, and are free and open to the public. Although admission is free, tickets are required as seating is limited. Tickets will be distributed at the venue on the date of the performance, an hour before it begins. The concerts will take place on Jan. 26, Feb. 1, and Feb. 2, at 8 p.m. Complimentary parking permits will be made available at the kiosk on West Campus Drive at University Avenue.

The complete schedule for the 2017 festival program is available online at this website:

For more information call (951) 827-3245 or email

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Additional Contacts

Paulo C. Chagas
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