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Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival: “Sax Celebration” curated by Paulo C. Chagas

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
  8–9:30 p.m.

Location: Arts Building Performance Lab, ARTS 166
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Category: Concert



3rd Annual Villa-Lobos
International Chamber Music Festival 2017
15 concerts of Latin American Chamber Music in Los Angeles, Riverside, San Diego, and across Southern California

This event, conceived by cellist Lars Hoefs in collaboration with UCR Professor Paulo C. Chagas, celebrates the music of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) and other Latin American composers of the 20th and 21st centuries.

Featuring the premiere of commissioned works for saxophone and piano by Brazilian and Argentinian composers including Paulo C. Chagas (2016): On the Three Metamorphoses.

Michael Couper, saxophone; Gary Barnett, piano; Martin Jaroszewicz and Paulo C. Chagas, electronics

Sax Celebration
Curated by Paulo C. Chagas


Baljinder Sekhon, II (2015): Sonata of Puzzles, alto saxophone and piano

Paulo Costa Lima (2016): Manteiga, tenor saxophone and piano (premiere)

Luiz Carlos Cseko (2016): Noite do Catete 12, baritone saxophone, piano and light design (premiere)

Paulo C. Chagas (2016): On the Three Metamorphoses, alto saxophone and electronics (US premiere)

Martin Jaroszewicz (2016): New work for saxophone, live-electronics and multimedia (premiere)

Michael Couper, saxophone
Gary Barnett, piano
Martin Jaroszewicz and Paulo C. Chagas, electronics


Free and open to the public.
Though admission is free, a ticket is required. One ticket per person will be distributed at the venue one hour before the performance. Seating is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis.

Parking: Complimentary permits available at the Kiosk.
Information: (951) 827-3245


Paulo C. Chagas is Professor of Composition at the University of California, Riverside. A very versatile composer, Chagas has written over 140 works for orchestra, chamber music, electroacoustic music, audiovisual and multimedia compositions. His music unfolds a pluralistic aesthetic, using the most diverse musical materials from different cultures, acoustic and digital media, dance, video, and audiovisual installations. His works have resulted from numerous commissions and fellowships and have been performed in Germany, France, Belgium, Holland, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Czech Republic, Swiss, Russia, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Serbia, Croatia, Romania, South Korea, the USA, and Latin America to public and critical acclaim.
    The creative manipulation of electronic and digital sound and the integration of music into multimedia forms is a significant aspect of Chagas’ work. As he states: “My compositions make extensive use of technology while seeking to understand the ways of thinking that lie behind technology by making it transparent. In accordance with Heidegger, I believe that “the more questioningly we ponder the essence of technology, the more mysterious the essence of art becomes.” The pursuit of the humanistic endeavor and the ascent of man as a spiritual being is at the core of my aesthetics that emphasizes the human, symbolic and ritualistic dimension of music.”
    Chagas is also a prolific author of articles on musical semiotics, electroacoustic and digital music. His most recent book Unsayable Music (Leuven University Press, 2014) presents theoretical, critical and analytical reflections on contemporary music creativity. The six essays of the book approach music from different perspectives such as philosophy, sociology, cybernetics, musical semiotics, media, and critical studies.

American cellist Lars Hoefs, professor of cello and music history at Sao Paulo State University in Campinas (Unicamp), performs in Brazil, the United States, and Europe. 2015 highlights included solo performances with the Collegium Musicum Orchestra in Berlin, recitals in Poland, appearances in Buenos Aires and Montevideo, the Ipalpiti Festival at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and numerous solo performances throughout Brazil. At Unicamp, Lars leads a cello ensemble of his students that tours regularly, and will release the album “Violoncelos sem Fronteiras” in 2016.
    Lars has established himself as a leading expert on the cello repertoire of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos. He was the first cellist to perform together in one program the complete works for cello and orchestra by Villa-Lobos with the Orquestra Sinfonica da Unicamp. In 2012 he was invited to perform Villa-Lobos’ complete works for cello and piano at the 50th annual Festival Villa-Lobos in Rio de Janeiro. In January of 2015 Lars was artistic director of the first Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival at the University of California in Riverside, presenting 10 concerts in Riverside and Los Angeles and premiering composer Paulo C. Chagas’ monumental cycle “Gravity and Grace, Mobiles I-III.”
    As soloist in Brazil, Lars has performed concerti with the Amazonas Filarmonica in Manaus; the symphony orchestras of Barra Mansa, Braganca Paulista, Nova Odessa, and Sorocaba; youth orchestras in Salvador (NEOJIBA), Campos do Jordao, Piracicaba and Rio de Janeiro (OSB Jovem); and notably the South American premiere of Korngold’s Cello Concerto with the Orquestra Sinfonica Municipal of Campinas and Maestro Victor Hugo Toro. Lars is a frequent guest at the Rio International Cello Encounters and the Festival Virtuosi in Recife, and in 2009, Lars spent the year as co-principal cellist of the Orquestra Sinfonica Brasileira in Rio de Janeiro under conductor Roberto Minczuk.
     Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Lars earned his high school diploma at the North Carolina School of the Arts, a Bachelors from Northwestern University studying with Hans Jorgen Jensen, and both Masters and Doctorate degrees from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles where he studied with former Los Angeles Philharmonic principal cellist Ronald Leonard.

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Music Department

Contact Information:
Kathy DeAtley
(951) 827-3245