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  • Concert
  • Orchestral, Piano, Contemporary
  • M/6

Fantastic Zoology

Gulbenkian Orchestra


Fri, 15 June 2018


Main Building – Grand Auditorium
Av. de Berna, 45A , Lisbon
(+351) 217 823 700
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Free admission subject to capacity restrictions. Tickets are collected on the same day of the event from 10:00 at the FCG Box Office.

A programme that includes some of the most exciting new music. Aeriality, by Anna Thorvaldsdottir, from Iceland, was released on disc at the end of 2014, in time to be featured in the New Yorker’s and the Boston Globe’s choices of the year. Anthology of Fantastic Zoology by the American Mason Bates is inspired by Jorge Luis Borges’s Anthology of Fantastic Zoology and is described by the composer as “a compendium of mythical creatures … a kind of psychedelic Carnival of the Animals.” Step Right Up, by Vasco Mendonça, a work that will also be recorded, is a commission by the Gulbenkian Foundation from a composer who is already a key voice in contemporary Portuguese and European music.


Gulbenkian Orchestra
Benjamin Shwartz Conductor
Roger Muraro Piano

Anna Thorvaldsdottir

Vasco Mendonça
Step Right Up, para piano e orquestra *

Mason Bates
Anthology of Fantastic Zoology

*World premiere. Commissioned by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, in the frame of SP-LX – Música contemporânea do Brasil e de Portugal


Pre-Concert Talk

15 June 2018, 20:00 – Congress Hall
Talk with Vasco Mendonça and Miguel Sobral Cid

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