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UC Riverside Department of Music presents:

Lars Hoefs, São Paulo State University, Campinas (Universidade Estadual de Campinas), "Expressions of Brazilian Identity through the Voice of the Cello: Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras.”

Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras, composed during the years 1930-45, combine Brazilian popular and traditional musical practices with elements of J. S. Bach’s musical language.  Nos. 1 and 5 in the series, scored for the highly original ‘orchestra of cellos’, have proven to be among the most popular and recognizable of Latin American concert music and established the now-flourishing cello ensemble genre.  The cello was in fact Villa-Lobos’ first instrument, and the concept of Bachianas Brasileiras began with Villa-Lobos’ arrangements for cello and piano of Bach’s preludes and fugues.  Through idiomatic cello writing, the uncanny integration of neobaroque and Brazilian traditional musical styles, and an overwhelming popular success worldwide, Villa-Lobos’ Bachianas Brasileiras have become synonymous with the expression of Brazilian identity in the sphere of classical music.



Lars Hoefs is professor of cello and music history at Sao Paulo State University in Campinas, Brazil und currently Visiting Scholar at UCR. Hoefs is founder and artistic director of the annual Villa-Lobos International Chamber Music Festival in Southern California, the only festival dedicated to Latin American chamber music in the United States, which began in 2015 in collaboration with Prof. Paulo C. Chagas and the University of California, Riverside. In the last 3 years, through Villa-Lobos International, Hoefs has released 6 albums of music by contemporary Brazilian composers as well as Villa-Lobos, available on all digital platforms.  In 2024, he will release 3 more albums that include Villa-Lobos’ Grand Concerto and Fantasias Concertantes.

Originally from Appleton, Wisconsin, Hoefs 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. At Sao Paulo State University in Campinas (Unicamp), Hoefs founded and leads the Unicamp Cello Ensemble, a conductorless cello orchestra consisting of current and former cello students. The Unicamp Cello Ensemble has performed at Brazil’s most prestigious festivals and concert halls and recorded an album of world premiere recordings featuring Lalo Schifrin’s Divertimento.  Hoefs is also active as a scholar, presenting and publishing papers on the cello repertoire of Villa-Lobos.


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2023-2024 Florence Bayz Music Series

The Florence Bayz Music Series offers online concerts, lectures, and presentations of academic research by Department of Music faculty, postdoctoral researchers, students, and international guest artists and scholars.

Deborah Wong, coordinator.

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