São Paulo – The Brazilian pianist Arthur Moreira Lima (pictured above), one of Brazil’s most important classical musicians, will give his first concert in Lebanon on Saturday (13). The artist will perform at 7:30 pm at the Lady of Seeds Church, Antonine University, Main Campus, Hadat-Baabda. The concert is organized by the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center together with the university. Entrance is free.
The repertoire will include compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin, Ludwig van Beethoven, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Ernesto Nazareth, Astor Piazzola, Radamés Gnattali, Luiz Gonzaga, and Pixinguinha, according to information from Moreira Lima. He has chosen an introduction with Bach’s “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata,” and Chopin’s “Polonaise in A flat major,” according to the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center.
“The goal is mixing classical and popular music. Classics that are so well-known that became popular and popular songs whose quality made them classics,” he told ANBA by email. Arthur Moreira Lima is known for his unique take on Villa-Lobos, Radamés Gnattali, and Ernesto Nazareth, three great Brazilian composers.
Moreira Lima says he has great expectations for the concert in Lebanon. “It’s always a new experience, and I hope this is the first of a series,” he writes. Lebanon is described by the artist as a place where the Arab culture meets the other cultures in the world. “In Brazil, the Arab influence is very important and the participation of Brazilian citizens from Lebanon is a landmark in our multiracial culture,” he writes.
The pianist told ANBA he has many friends of Arab origin in Brazil and innumerous Arab study partners in Europe. Arthur Moreira will turn 79 while he is in Lebanon, as per information made public by the Brazil-Lebanon Cultural Center. His birthday is July 16.
Moreira Lima came to the world attention in 1965 when he was awarded Second Prize at the Chopin International Piano Competition in Warsaw, Poland. After this, the Brazilian won other important competitions and traveled around the globe performing concerts and presenting with some of the world’s best orchestras. He is considered responsible for the revival of Ernest Nazareth’s music, having recorded the composer´s complete piano music.
Following a well-established career, Moreira Lima started the project “Um Piano pela Estrada” [A Piano on the Road] in 2003, as part of an effort to make classical music more democratic. Mixing popular and classical songs on a truck-theater that becomes the stage, the project has already traveled every region in Brazil. Through this project,he played for approximately 1 million people, even in some very isolated places.
According to information released by the concert’s organizers in Lebanon, the presentation was made possible through the support of Royal Air Maroc and sponsored by the winery Vertical 33.
Concert Arthur Moreira Lima
Saturday, July 13,2019
Lady of Seeds Church
Main Campus, Hadat-Baabda, Lebanon
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Translated by Guilherme Miranda