State Secretariat for Culture and Tourism – SECULT

State Secretariat for Culture and Tourism – SECULT
State Secretariat for Culture and Tourism – SECULT

This Tuesday and Wednesday (April 2nd and 3rd), the Minas Gerais Symphony Orchestra and Lyric Choir present the concert “Minha Terra”, which celebrates the legacy of the Czech Republic in classical music. The musical groups of the Fundação Clóvis Salgado (FCS) welcome guests from Brazil and abroad, including the Czech soprano Nikola Uramová, the award-winning baritone from Minas Gerais Filipe Santos and conductor Cláudio Cruz, Musical Director and Principal Conductor of the São Paulo State Youth Orchestra .

The double presentation is part of the “Concertos da Liberdade” program. The first, on the 2nd, is a summarized version and takes place within the “Sinfônica ao Meio-Dia” project, free entry. The full concert will take place on April 3rd, at 8pm, and tickets start at R$15, sold through the Eventim website. Both will be at the Grande Teatro Cemig Palácio das Artes.

The result of a partnership between the Clóvis Salgado Foundation and the General Consulate of the Czech Republic, the show was designed based on one of the most present traditions in classical music: the one that suggests that years ending in 4 be celebrated as years of Czech Music. This is because they mark the birthdays of famous figures who helped build the country’s secular and erudite tradition.

The name refers to the classic work “Má Vlast” (in Czech, My Land), a set of six symphonic poems written by Bedřich Smetana (1824 – 1884). In addition to the composer, the program will consist of works by Antonín Dvořák (1841 – 1904) and Leoš Janáček (1854 – 1928).

The presentations are carried out by the Ministry of Culture and Government of Minas Gerais, through the State Secretariat of Culture and Tourism (Secult-MG) and the Clóvis Salgado Foundation. The cultural complex’s activities are master sponsored by Cemig and Instituto Cultural Vale, prime sponsored by Instituto Unimed-BH and ArcelorMittal and co-organized by APPA – Art and Culture.


According to the Brazilian Czech Cultural Union (UCTB), the first Czech immigrants in Brazil came to Minas Gerais, starting in 1823, after leaving the surroundings of the city of Třeboň, south of Bohemia, where the grandfather of former president Juscelino was born. Kubitschek.

In the view of maestro Cláudio Cruz, the works of the three chosen composers share a nationalist convergence and the defense of the most traditional aspects of the Czech Republic’s folklore and cultural identity. “The most popular work of the concert is certainly the symphonic poem ‘Moldavia’, composed by Smetana. The piece is a celebration of Moldova, the largest river in the country and historically very important as it also crosses the capital Prague,” he says.

According to Cruz, Czech music gained notoriety precisely because of its beauty and simplicity. “We prioritize popular works in the program that will be easily absorbed by the public. I was extremely pleased to receive the invitation from my friend, conductor Ligia Amadio, to present this remarkable and at the same time comprehensive repertoire in Minas Gerais”, he concludes.

Freedom Concerts – Minhas Terra
Dates and times:
Symphony at noon: Tuesday (2/4), at 12pm.
Concert: Wednesday (3/4), at 8pm.
Local: Grande Teatro Cemig Palácio das Artes
Address: Av. Afonso Pena, 1537, Centro – Belo Horizonte
Symphony at noon: free entry
Concert: tickets from R$15, via Eventim
Parental rating: 10 years
Information: (31) 3236-7400 |

The article is in Portuguese

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