OPGB East & West |東と西
Musical Direction | Hélder Magalhães
Interpretation | Portuguese Orchestra of Guitars and Mandolins
In the program Nascente & Poente |東と西, four great original works will be performed for this formation, exclusively by Japanese and Portuguese composers, thus perpetuating the fascination of the exchange of cultural experiences between the two countries. A program that aims not only to evoke the cultural past that unites the two cultures, but also to show the contemporaneity and beauty of the current writing for this type of training, highlighting the strength and quality of Portuguese and Japanese orchestras.
The resurgence of the “erudite” mandolin, which took place in Europe in the 20th century, has slowly blossomed in Portugal. OPGBAC – Associação Cultural de Plectro, based in Gondomar at Centro Cultural Amália Rodrigues, Rio Tinto, contributes with a development work that, through its various valences, aims to dynamize and disseminate plectrum music in the national musical scene.
OPGB currently has 19 effective musicians and several reinforcements that ensure the schedule of each concert. The Artistic Direction is in charge of António de Sousa Vieira. The Principal Conductor is Hélder Magalhães.
Artistic Direction: António de Sousa Vieira
First mandolins: Patrícia Andrade, Juliana Negrão, José Leal
Second mandolins: Jorge Carvalho, Pedro Gonçalves, Adriano Campinho, Hugo Vieira Melo
Bandolas: David Rodrigues, Nelson Silva, Fernando Noronha, Jorge Costa
First guitars: César Pinto, João Varão, Ricardo Abreu
Second guitars: Tiago Cassola, António Vale, Carlos Fernandes
Double bass: João Francisco, José Fidalgo