Something very special shall be attempted in the ninth installment of Con Brio – The John Gomes Memorial Piano Competition & Festival, presented annually by Furtados and directed by Parvesh Java. “Coming of Age” will feature exclusively young Indians performing some of the most well-known works by the most important composers of the last three and a half centuries in three concerts representing three fundamental ideologies that impacted all concurrent artistic activities: Enlightenment, Romanticism & Modernism. It will be the first time that the Con Brio festival will rest entirely on the shoulders of our young Indians, especially the pianists who have won the Con Brio competition in the past. All this as a precursor to 2019, which will be the landmark tenth Con Brio for which we hope to have the entire Con Brio family reunited, featuring Marialena Fernandes, Mark Troop, Patricia Rozario & Paul Stewart. We urge you to try to attend all three programmes as experiencing the progression of these three distinct styles, presented alongside important historical events and other art, will be educational.
The core idea of the Enlightenment of the 18th century was ‘reason’ and scientific thought was introduced into art as well. Handel, Bach and Scarlatti all took baroque music to unforeseen levels of intellectual complexity and the ‘Common Practice’ of music (which refers to the rhythmic, melodic and harmonic movement which underpins all the best known western music, including jazz and pop music) was established. The classical movement follows soon after with Haydn, Mozart and a young Beethoven glorifying this Common Practice without the complexity of the baroque. Chloe De Souza (Con Brio 2012) will open the festival with Scarlatti and the semifinalists will each perform Bach. Nakul Jogdeo (Con Brio 2015) will perform Mozart’s Kegelstatt Trio and Chelsea De Souza (Con Brio 2010) will deliver Haydn’s Piano Concerto in F with string orchestra.
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