Monday, March 31, 2008

The World of Villa-Lobos, in Kalamazoo

It's nice to see that conductor Raymond Harvey has included Villa-Lobos as one of three featured composers (along with Debussy and Rachmaninoff) in the "World of..." concerts in the coming season's Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra programme.

The World of…Villa-Lobos
Sunday, April 5 (2009) – 3pm Light Fine Arts Center (Kalamazoo College Campus, corner Academy & Thompson)
Raymond Harvey, Conductor
Raymond Harvey guides you through the life, times, and music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. Villa-Lobos combined the color, rhythms, and flavor of Brazil with classical structures to create an evocative and beautiful sound.

Monday, March 24, 2008

Conference Season

Villa-Lobos scholars are heading to the Southern U.S. in the week after Easter.

Richmond VA:
Virginia Commonwealth University will host an International Villa-Lobos Conference from March 27 to March 29. This is a big deal, both for its scholarly papers and the performances by such great performers as the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, saxophonist Albert Regni, and pianist Sonia Rubinsky. Watch for Villa-Lobos Magazine posts with the Experiencing Villa-Lobos tag for more information. The website of the Conference is here.

Chapel Hill NC:
Meanwhile, down Interstate 85 to the south-east from Richmond, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presents Festival on the Hill 2008 - Transcending Borders: Latin American and Latina/o Music in North Carolina and the United States, March 27-30, 2008. This conference has a broader theme, but there are two important Villa-Lobos works on the program: Bachianas Brasileiras #5, and the Quintette en forme de Choros.

Y'all have a good time!

Villa-Lobos on Cultura FM: April 2008

Here are Villa-Lobos performances upcoming on Cultura FM from Sao Paulo. Listen here on the Internet. Times are local Sao Paulo times, one hour ahead of EST.

April 12:
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música:
André MEHMARI - Variações Villa-Lobos. Opus Brasil Ensemble. /Edino KRIEGER - Choro Manhos./ Choro Seresteiro. Alexandre Dossin (piano). / VILLA-LOBOS - Bachianas Brasileiras no. 7. Orquestra Filarmônica Süwestfalen. Dir.: Ricardo Rocha.

April 19:
10:00 CIRANDA - Academia Brasileira de Música:
Raimundo PENAFORTE - Sweet New Yor. Fernando Dissenha (trompete). Carlos Assis (piano). / Octavio MAUL - Tríptico. Balada. Miriam Ramos (piano). / VILLA-LOBOS - Francette e Piá. Lydia Kennedy e Frans vab Gurp (violões)

April 28:
20:00 AS MIL e UMA INTERPRETAÇÕES com Turíbio Santos:
Heitor VILLA-LOBOS - Choros n° 6. Orquestra Sinfônica da Petrobrás. Reg. Roberto Tibiriça.

Friday, March 7, 2008

O Descobrimento do Brasil

Here's something I've wanted to see for a very long time - it's from Humberto Mauro's 1937 film
"O Descrobrimento do Brasil"

There's a second part out there on YouTube:

Unfortunately, though, no DVD or VHS available, or not that I could track down on the web. This is superb music, a very interesting subject, and an interesting film overall.

Villa-Lobos on Bartok Radio

I received this comment on my last post:

Bartok Radio (Hungary) Mar 8th 22:36

Villa-Lobos concert with Emmanuel Krivine conducting Orchestre National de Lyon

Bachianas Brasileiras No 2
Guitar Concerto (Roberto Aussel)

broadcast on the web.

Bartok Radio is a really interesting station that has a variety of web streams. Click here for the current playlist.

Here are the streams:
80 kpbs Windows Media
MP3 Stream
RealAudio Stream

Check out this concert on Saturday - Budapest is on Central European Time, so 22:36 is 21:36 Universal Time, 4:36 p.m. EST, and 2:36 in the afternoon here in Red Deer.

Tuesday, March 4, 2008


Gotta love the Internet - there are market niches out there you never would have thought of. A Portuguese-language blog on Zeppelins? Naturally!

A while ago on Tumbling Villa-Lobos I posted a small story on Villa-Lobos's Zeppelin trip across the Atlantic in 1936, coming home from the Congress for Musical Education in Prague. Now here's a story on the same topic: Dirigível no Brasil, from Projeto Blimp View One. Here's a picture from this interesting post, of the famous Hindenburg over Rio:

Monday, March 3, 2008

Dia da Música Clássica celebrations in Rio

There's lots happening in Rio de Janeiro this week, in celebration of the Dia da Música Clássica. Classical Music Day is celebrated on Villa-Lobos's birthday, March 5th. There's a complete list at the Portal VivaMúsica, or check out all the concerts on the Villa-Lobos Website.

By the way, Happy Birthday, Villa! He's 121 years old on Wednesday.