From Helga Hampton
Dear Amigos, November 17, 2019
How happy I am to sit down and reminisce with you about our latest two music events at Os Agostos!
Our November recitals were true spectacles, and lucky the many Amigos who came to experience
whom I had announced to you as a pianist with a difference. Little did I know just HOW differently this flamboyant musician comes across with his themed programmes of piano music. We are quite used to verbal introductions, yet Milan explored, quite theatrically, the life and work of the composers, highlighting key aspects of individual works on the piano before launching himself into playing these seminal works by Bach, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, etc with astonishing virtuosity. These performances seemed to me masterclasses in listening to music, and in the final piece, Ravel’s very poetic “Gaspard de la Nuit”, his separate explications of the three individual stories, finally cracked the mystery of this piece. Milan’s rendition of this “most complicated piano solo work” – according to the Grand Master of the Ravel oeuvre, Paul Crossley – was breath-taking and, quite naturally, he brought the entire audience to their feet for an enthusiastic ovation. And how did he bring us back to terra firma? With a soothing “Träumerei” by Schumann. What an experience !
FORTHCOMING CONCERTS: We are staying in international mode:
On Tuesday, December 10th and Thursday, December 12th, 2019 we welcome the French pianist
Antoine de Grolée
In a programme of works by Robert and Clara Schumann and Johannes Brahms on Tuesday, and
Beethoven, R. Schumann, Liszt, Chopin and Debussy on Thursday.
So, as usual, I am urging you to make your reservations as early as possible by sending an email to:
and also AS USUAL, yet with more emphasis, I am asking you,
PLEASE, to notify Cristina of a cancellation as soon as you notice that you will not be able to come. Please do so even if only hours before the concert. We have waiting lists and could fill your empty seat(s) at the last moment. THANK YOU !!!
And then Christmas will be really upon us and with it our winter break. Our next Amigo concerts are on February 18th and 20th, 2020, and I am offering you another new experience: “Our”Juho Pohjonen is bringing Yura Lee on violin and Jakob Koranyi on cello to form the “Järna Trio” – google them !!!
Keeping this Newsletter brief, let me just tell you that we are working on positioning the next performance of our sponsoree, Tiago Rosario, when he will give us another demonstration of his progress, and we are focusing on a date during the last week in June 2020 – all details later.
Meanwhile, stay warm, pray for some rain not just cold weather and enjoy life with a lot of music.
EVENTS further afield:
BALLET: November 26th and 27th, 2019: At the Faro Teatro das Figuras
a live performance of the ballet “Swan Lake” by a Russian troupe at 21:00
CINEMA streamings of ballet from Covent Garden:
December 10th, 2019 at 19:15 “Coppelia”
January 16th, 2020 at 19:15 “Sleeping Beauty”
January 26th, 2020 at 15:00 from Bolshoi “Giselle”
These will be in the Mar Shopping cinema – information: http://cinemas.nos.pt
See you next at Os Agostos in December.
For your Agendas:
Concert Schedule; First Half 2020
February 18th and 20th Järna Trio: Juho Pohjonen, piano, Yura Lee, violin Jakob Koranyi, cello
March 24th and 26th Pierre-Andre Doucet, piano
April 28th and 30th Andrey Gugnin, piano
May 19th and 21st Russian Trio: Evgueni Sinaisky, piano,
Valeria Zorina, violin `
Kyrill Timofeev, cello
June 16th and 18th Konstantin Lapshin, piano
Reservations are absolutely necessary: send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org