The Western tradition says that with the arrival of the New Year we should celebrate the renewal of life. Therefore, on behalf of the spirit of the season, we welcome our family and friends and share with them our best wishes for happiness and prosperity. Because the beginning of the year coincides with the beginning of a new music season, the Orquestra Clássica do Sul also celebrates this dual condition with concerts in different cities of the Algarve and Alentejo regions.
This new season of OCS will maintain a programme organized in thematic cycles that include orchestral music and chamber music written bythe greatest composers, as well as include events of fusion between different artistic genres, namely music and dance.
Furthermore, the year 2017 also marks the reaffirmation of the orchestra as a highly relevant cultural institution, both in the regional and the national panorama levels. The OCS is responsible for the reactivation of the FIMA - Festival Internacional de Música do Algarve (Algarve’s International Festival of Music) and, for three months, will provide the resident public as well as those who visit us the possibility to enjoy concerts of high artistic quality, with world renowned musicians.
Those who take music to be an instrument for aesthetic and spiritual enjoyment already see the Orquestra Clássica do Sul as an invaluable institution. In fulfilling its dual role of cultural ambassador and vehicle for the dissemination and appropriation of music as a primordial language, by an ever-wider audience, the OCS shares this universal vocation with all culturaland artistic projects, and intends to continue to make progress towards excellence.
To achieve this goal, inscribed on its mission, OCS is grateful for the support of each one of you, and promises to keep high artistic and aesthetics qualities as the natural purposes of its activity.
In the name of the Orquestra Clássica do Sul, I thank you all for your presence in our concerts.
President of the Board
The New Year was celebrated for the first time on January 1 in Rome, in 153 BC. Much later, with the widespread adoption of the Gregorian calendar, most countries of the world eventually also adopted that date as the milestone for the beginning of the civil year.