The world inside a symphony

Fabio Mechetti, conductor
Denise de Freitas, mezzo-soprano
Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte, female choir
Iara Fricke Matte, choir conductor
Infantus, children's choir
Ilcenara Klem, choir conductor

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Symphony No. 3 in D minor

Fabio Mechetti, conductor

Born in São Paulo, Fabio Mechetti is the Music Director and Principal Conductor of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic since its creation in 2008. Recently, he became the first Brazilian invited to lead an Asian orchestra, being appointed Principal Conductor of the Malaysian Philharmonic. In the United States, Mechetti was Resident Conductor of the San Diego Symphony, Principal Conductor of the Syracuse Symphony, and is now Conductor Emeritus of the Spokane Symphony and the Jacksonville Symphony, after leading them for many seasons with great success. In Washington, he served as Associate Conductor for Mstislav Rostropovich in the National Symphony. With a solid career both in the USA and Brazil, Mechetti has already performed in Mexico, Peru, Venezuela, New Zealand, Spain, Japan, Scotland, Finland, Canada, Sweden, and Italy. He is also a winner of the Malko Competition and holds Master’s degrees in conducting and composition from the Juilliard School of Music.

One of the most important current Brazilian lyric singers, Denise de Freitas is recognized as a versatile artist of great sensibility to perform both opera and symphony repertoires. Her mezzo-soprano, extensive and particularly dark voice makes her a unique interpreter, capable of delivering remarkable performances in dramatic and comic operas. Born in São Paulo, Denise has performed with several renowned conductors on major stages in Brazil, besides well-succeed appearances abroad. She won the Carlos Gomes Award for Best Female Singer in 2011, 2004 and 2009 – the last one for her praised creations of Dalila (Samson et Dalila) and the Composer (Ariadne auf Naxos), both at the São Paulo Municipal Theater.

Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte is a mixed ensemble devoted to the interpretation of baroque, classical and renaissance music, as well as of a selected repertoire of contemporary composers. Created by conductor Iara Fricke Matte, it had its debut on December 2016, presenting Mozart’s Requiem with the Minas Gerais Philharmonic, starting then a series of collaborations with the Orchestra. Future projects include programming of several vocal/orchestral works by J. S. Bach, his contemporary Jan Dismas Zelenka and Brazilian colonial composers, besides several instrumental works from the 18th century and beginning of the 19th century.

Iara Fricke Matte is a choral and orchestral conductor devoted to the study and performance of compositions from the Baroque and Renaissance periods as well as of a selected number of contemporary pieces. Her repertoire is comprised of choral and a cappella works, symphonic, and symphonic-choral works, with a particular interest and affinity for the repertoire of J. S. Bach. Fricke Matte holds a PhD and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Indiana University and the University of Minnesota. As a student at Indiana University, she also specialized in Early Music performance and Music History. She teaches orchestral and choral conducting at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. As Music and Artistic Director of the choir Ars Nova, from the same university, she obtained the award Troféu JK de Cultura e Desenvolvimento [JK Prize of Culture and Development], as well as third place in the mixed-choir, classical music category of the 34th International Music Festival of Cantonigròs (Spain). In 2016, she created the ensemble Concentus Musicum of Belo Horizonte.

Programa de Concerto

13 Dec 2018
Thursday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall

14 Dec 2018
Friday, 8:30 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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