The Guimarães 2012 Music Programme will be going down three different roads.
The first involves improving competences in terms of professional artistic production in Guimarães based on the investment made in the city in recent years and positioning it as an international cultural centre that inspires and realises new aspirations in its inhabitants, especially young people.
The second road is Fundação Orquestra Estúdio, a structural project that will help to create new audiences in the city.
Finally, we plan to underscore the social dimension of music, music as an instrument of celebration, diversity, inclusion and approximation between people. This option is based on a number of musical genres in the programme for all audiences, with a special focus on training and social inclusion.inspires and provides new aspirations to its inhabitants; and, on the other hand, it intends to explore the social potentialities of Music, as a means of celebration, of diversity and inclusion.
» Concertos Históricos (Historical Concerts): In 2012, the concerts of the Fundação Studio Orchestra will be a guide to the best of western symphony music, a founding heritage of European identity. Each concert will begin with an overture premiere commissioned from Portuguese composers.
» Concertos Pop Sinfónicos (Symphonic Pop Concerts): This type of concert will break down stylistic barriers and become a style in itself. An orchestra will create a world of different sounds in a kind of demystification of the orchestral world, using melodies accessible to the general public.
» Nova Criação (New Compositions): The aim of the Nova Criação project is to capture the spirit of our time and it is an investment in the talent of a new generation of Portuguese and European composers. Guimarães 2012 will thus help to enrich our musical heritage, sound testimony to the beginning of the 21st century.
• Guest Orchestras
Regional and national symphony orchestras will be received in Guimarães, giving the public at the European Capital of Culture the opportunity to get to know the network of Portuguese orchestras.
• Chamber Music
This cycle of themed concerts will occupy less conventional places throughout the city. It includes themed festivals, music in the streets and music at manor houses.
• Transgre_Sons (Transgre_Sounds)
This transdisciplinary programme includes the most significant, stimulating achievements in connections between sound and mechanical engineering, multimedia and the idea of electronics to manipulate sound.
• Orquestra Sub-21 de Guimarães (Guimarães under-21 Orchestra)
This will be a community orchestra of musicians aged no more than 21 and will provide young musicians still in training with the opportunity to work in a semi-professional setting, experience symphony work and repertoires and be taught by professional musicians.
• Orquestra Sub-12 de Guimarães (Guimarães Under-12 Orchestra)
This orchestra for children under 12 will develop their aesthetic sense, sensitivity and capacity for group interaction through music.
• Jovens Músicos (Young Musicians)
Guimarães will host the final concert of the Young Musicians Award, organised by Rádio Difusão Portuguesa in collaboration with the Gulbenkian, and concerts by Orquestra Geração and Banda Sinfónica Portuguesa.
• Encontros Internacionais de Música (International Music Meetings)
The idea is to continue and increase the visibility of an important project based in the city, sponsor its progress and step up its contribution to the country’s music students.
• Fórum Capital (Capital Forum)
This is a forum for reflection on topical themes in the Portuguese musical community.
This will be a continuation of the competition for emerging bands and will extend its scope to the rest of the country.
• Guimarães Jazz
This will continue and increase the visibility of a well-known project that has been based in the city for a long time.
• U Play!
This project brings the concept of play to Guimarães inhabitants’ everyday lives and is designed to be a spontaneous intervention in the daily routine, surprising people not only with music in unusual places but mainly because they are invited to participate actively in the construction of musical events. It includes Pic Nic Play, Hospital Play, Bus Play, Shopping Play and School Play projects.
• Ópera de Todos (Opera for All)
This project uses music in special settings as an essential tool in the cognitive, motor and sensorial development of people with special needs. This musical, choreographic and video performance involves around 100 students, 30 assistants and practitioners from CerciGuimarães and around 10 professional musicians.
• Big Bang
This offers moments of pure discovery for families and communities and helps to develop the idea that anyone can be part of a large, important musical initiative in a structured, meticulous but no less recreational form.