Composer Ilza Nogueira presents the oratory “Via-Sacra” in the Composers Project

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The Composition Department of the UFRJ School of Music, in partnership with the UFRJ Graduate Program in Music, will present, next Friday, April 2, 2021, at 18:00, a new edition of the Composers Project 🔗 with the presence of the Bahian composer Ilza Nogueira.

Ilza presents his oratory Via-Sacra (2004), a spectacle that brings together orchestra, choir, soloists, and ballet, to remember the moment of the Passion, within the liturgy of Holy Week, with an extensive memorial on the structure of the work and its intertextual connections with other works in the repertoire of concert music and Brazilian music, in an eclectic perspective.

The video will be launched on the PPGM-UFRJ YouTube platform 🔗 and, after the presentation, a ZOOM room will be opened, with a link in the video description itself, with the presence of the composer, for a conversation about her work, her biography and aesthetic or musical issues raised by the play.

Via-Sacra is one of the most important works in the composer’s repertoire, and her debut took place in 2005, at the São Francisco Church, in João Pessoa. According to the author, the choice of the work for the project is directly related to the difficult moment of reflection and challenges that we are going through, related to the new coronavirus pandemic, which demands strength and the belief in a future restoration. The spectacle has text by Waldemar José Solha, choreography and artistic direction by Rosa Cagliani, and has an orchestra united especially for the occasion conducted by conductor Carlos Anísio Oliveira Silva, in addition to the Villa-Lobos Camera Choir, with Geraldo Dias da Rocha as rehearsal conductor.

Ilza Nogueira has a Ph.D. in composition from the University of New York. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Music. She specializes in “New Musical Theater” held at the Higher School of Music in Cologne/Germany (1977) under Maurício Kagel’s guidance. She has a Master’s in Composition from the State University of New York in Buffalo (1984) and a Ph.D. in Composition from this latter institution (1985) under Lejaren Arthur Hiller’s guidance.

In 1989-1990, she did postdoctoral studies in Music Theory at Yale University under Dr. Janet Schmalfeldt’s orientation. She is a retired professor at the Department of Music at the Federal University of Paraíba (UFPB), where she taught theoretical subjects in the Bachelor in Instrument, Composition, and Theory of Music in the Graduate Program in Music, having been Chief Editor of the scientific publication of this program, the “Claves” periodical. His experience in the area of Arts / Music emphasizes Composition and Analytical Theory of Music.

As a researcher, she has been working mainly on the following themes: contemporary Brazilian music, contemporary analytical theories, narrativity, and musical narratography. She is an effective member of the Brazilian Academy of Music (chair no. 27) and a founding member of the Brazilian Association of Theory and Musical Analysis (TeMA), having been elected President for the 2014-2016 and 2016-2018 biennia.

Holy Friday, April 2, 2021 – 18:00 – PPGM-UFRJ Youtube Channel 🔗
Link to the ZOOM room (opened right after the video is shown) in the video description

VIA-SACRA – Holy Week Oratory
Text by W. J. Solha
Music by Ilza Nogueira
Choreography by Rosa Cagliani

Artistic direction
Rosa Cagliani

Musical Direction and Conducting
Carlos Anísio de O. e Silva

Musical Cast

Soloist voices
Sara Martins – Mezzo-soprano
José Vianey dos Santos – Tenor
Josuel André da Fonseca – Tenor
Daniel Seixas dos Santos – Baritone

Zezita Matos
Osvaldo Travassos

Chamber Choir Villa-Lobos
Geraldo Dias da Rocha, Rehearsal Regent

Leopoldo Nogueira, Spalla

Scenic Cast
ContemDança Group (Performing Arts Laboratory, UFPB Arts Department)
Guilherme Schulze, Coordinator

FIC – Augusto dos Anjos Culture Incentive Fund

São Francisco Cultural Center
Federal University of Paraíba – UFPB
Cultural Space Foundation – FUNESC Paraíba Symphony Orchestra – OSPB

General Producer and Director of the Spectacle
Ilza Nogueira

Video Edition
Prysma Media Factory

Composition Department of Music School of UFRJ / PPGM-UFRJ

General Coordinators
Pauxy Gentil-Nunes
Liduino Pitombeira
Yahn Wagner

Pauxy Gentil-Nunes