The X Gramado in Concert, which continues until next Saturday (3), is bringing together 400 students from 10 countries and 22 Brazilian states in performances in various parts of the city. Among the chamber groups selected to participate in the festival, the Quinteto Acauã, from the city of Teixeira de Freitas, which is 800 kilometers from Salvador, Bahia, made a true odyssey through Brazil to reach Serra Gaúcha.
Without resources for air tickets, the group decided to travel overland via bus. The adventure of Felipe Pereira, flute, Gustavo Sucupira, violin, Adrian Rodrigues, cello, Kevin Santos, viola, and Wesley Santana, percussion, began on Wednesday (24). The musicians caught the first bus bound for Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. Then, they embarked for São Paulo. “Our arrival in São Paulo was delayed. We missed the bus from São Paulo to Curitiba and had to buy new tickets for the group. We got desperate and put the amount on our credit card. Then, we will find a way to pay the invoice”, says Kevin Santos. “Due to changing tickets, we had to stay in Curitiba for a whole day to catch the bus to Caxias”, adds the flutist.
After disembarking at the Caxias bus station to catch the last bus towards Gramado, another inconvenience. Due to the works, BR-116 is interrupted in Nova Petrópolis. It was necessary to make a detour, which delayed the group’s arrival. “Almost everything went well, but we had to take the detour. Just to complete the story”, says Kevin.
The quintet made several presentations throughout the week at Gramado in Concert and will soon be returning home. “Despite the long trip, the experience is really worth it. In terms of training and professionalism, the event is not leaving anything to be desired. Gramado is a wonderful city. I would like to thank the entire festival team, in the person of director Leandro Serafim, for choosing Quinteto Acauã for being part of this emotion”, concludes Felipe Pereira.
Photo: Rafael Cavalli