The next 12th and 13th of November will be a meeting between classical music and peasant children from Lapa, residents of the outskirts of Curitiba and university students. The action is part of the Dialogues series “Music, Culture and Democracy” created by Instituto Res Publica, which aims to democratize access to culture and bring the cultural sector closer to society in general. All activities are free and most will be broadcast live.
On the 12th, the program includes an open rehearsal at Teatro Positivo, at 10 am; at 3:30 pm, “Masterclass Dialogue, introduction to chamber music”, at the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), Headquarters Center; and at 8 pm a concert at Teatro Positivo, aimed at professors, students, former students and employees of Universidade Positivo.
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On Saturday, the 13th, the program is called “Art of Resistance, by Land, Ceiling and Bread”, and will be marked by the union of music and the fight for rights in the countryside and in the city.
The activities start at 9:30 am, with a visit by the artists to the Contestado settlement, in Lapa. The musicians, who have already stepped on international stages, will get to know the agroforestry and community gardens up close, and will give presentations and workshops for the children of the community. They will perform at the Casarão Cultural Center, which is the artistic space that carries the historical memory of the settlement and the struggle for land. Dozens of artists, from different areas, will also participate in the activity.
At night, in Curitiba, the quintet will perform at Teatro Positivo: an open rehearsal from 6:45 pm and a concert between 8:00 pm and 9:30 pm, aimed especially at families in the Contestado settlement and communities on the outskirts of the capital.
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“This stereotype was created that classical music that is played in large concert halls is made for a specific audience. So, the Dialogues Series thinks precisely about taking the music to the settlement, to rural areas, to peripheral regions and also taking them to the concert halls so that they have this contact with theaters, public spaces”, explains the Director Cultural Institute, Gabriel Squizzato.
Márcia Korczak, coordinator of the Education Sector of the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST) in the settlement and educator at the Campo Contestado State College, located in the community, reinforces the importance of the initiative: “We believe that through music, access from children to culture, to art, it can provide many opportunities for full human development”.
The musicians Gabriel Squizzato, violist, assistant professor at the Musik und Kunst Privatuniversität der Stadt Wien (Vienna), and Cultural Director at Instituto Res Publica; Cristian Badu, pianist, winner of the Clara Haskil International Competition; Rafael Cesário, professor at the Baccarelli Institute (SP), is a member of the String Quartet of the City of São Paulo; Angelo Martins, violinist, currently performs as Spalla of the Paraná Symphonic Orchestra; and Pedro Gadelha, bass soloist of the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra, after several years in Germany as a member of the Frankfurt Opera.
The series’ activities are conceived by the Res Publica Institute and carried out in partnership with the Landless Rural Workers Movement (MST-PR), with support from the Federal Technological University of Paraná (UTFPR), the Bianca Bianchi Foundation, the Paraná Engineers Union (Senge-PR), from the Association of Professors at the Federal University of Paraná (APUFPR) and from the Bentivenha Advocacia Social and Godoy Advocacia law firms.
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Source: BoF Paraná
Edition: Lia Bianchini