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In June the mic.pt “In Focus” section is dedicated to OrchestrUtopica, an ensemble, which this year celebrates the 10th anniversary of its existence. The OrchestrUtopica was founded in 2001 and since the beginning has been recognized with great enthusiasm not only by the public, but also by the critics and musical community. The ensemble corresponds to a sinfonietta format and has a special connection with current music. Composed of recognized musicians the ensemble is conceived as an instrument for composers, with main accent put on contemporary Portuguese creation. During this anniversary year the OrchestrUtopica decided to present new generations of composers in order to emphasize even more its philosophy. At the first anniversary concert, which took place on March 25th at the Belém Cultural Centre (101st concert since the beginning), the OrchestrUtopica performed works by Andreia Pinto-Correia, António Breitenfeld Sá Dantas, Filipe Esteves, João Godinho and Patrício da Silva. On July 8th, 10th and 12th the orchestra will perform a new opera by Alexandre Delgado, "A Raínha Louca" (“The Insane Queen”). Visit the mic.pt and get to know the history and artistic approach of OrchestrUtopica.

  Festival CriaSons
Numerica edited some of the works performed at the Festival CriaSons of Musicamera Productions. In this edition there recordings of works by Sergio Azevedo, Jorge Costa Pito, Anne Victorino D'Almeida, Amilcar Vasques Dias and Alexandre Delgado, interpreted by Opus Ensemble, Duo Contra Cello and Lopes-Graça Quartet .

These songs about female Hispanic-Arabic poetry, being a recognition that the courage, love and desire are eternal, cause me the nostalgia for ancient times. All my love and admiration for women who inspire me on this journey of creation. I, as a composer, wanted to remember them from my feeling." - Amílcar Vasques Dias

Diogo Alvim, Música para "Icosahedron"
New electroacoustic work by Diogo Alvim for the dance show "Icosahedron" by Tania Carvalho. The premiere took place on April 29 at Culturgest.
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Amílcar Vasques-Dias, O passeio da rã negra
New work by Amilcar Vasques Dias-piano commissioned by MPMP - Movimento Patrimonial pela Música Portuguesa and published in the Glosas # 3. It was premiered on May 15 at the Palacio Foz in Lisbon by Duarte Pereira Martins.
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Ana Seara, Pensamentos Perdidos
Obra para ensemble e electrónica de Ana Seara, estreada no dia 20 de Maio no Instituto Goethe, em Lisboa, no 1º Fórum para Jovens Compositores pelo Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble com direcção de Pedro Neves.
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Gonçalo Gato, Configurazioni
Gonçalo Gato's work for ensemble and electronics, premiered on May 20 at the Goethe Institute in London,at the 1st Forum for Young Composers by the Sond'Ar-te Electric Ensemble directed by Pedro Neves.
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Luís Tinoco, Shadow Play
New work by Luis Tinoco for Erhu and Orchestra, premiered on May 21 at the Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center in New York, USA, by the Albany Symphony Orchestra under the direction of David Alan Miller.
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António Pinho Vargas, Quasi una sonata
New work for violin and piano by António Pinho Vargas, premiered on May 29 at the Belem Arts Centre by Gareguine Aroutiounian (violin) and Miguel Henriques (piano).
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Daniel Moreira, Naquela Praia
Work for ensemble by Daniel Moreira commissioned by the Casa da Música Foundation. It was premiered on May 31 at the Casa da Musica in Porto, by the Remix Ensemble Casa da Musica under the direction of Peter Rundel.

Vitor Rua, Stress
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Vitor Rua, Etaoin
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João Pedro Oliveira, Entre o ar e a perfeição
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Gonçalo Lourenço, Quatro Motetos de Natal
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Gonçalo Lourenço, Dunengo
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Gonçalo Lourenço, Palíndrome
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Will take place on June 14, 2011 at the Escola Superior de Música de Lisboa a series of conferences around the general theme Composition/Research, organized by the department of composition of the School and with the participation of professors Carlos Caires, Carlos Marecos Antonio Pinho Vargas, Roberto Perez, Sergio Azevedo and João Madureira.
This is to introduce various types of reflections connected, in the case of the first panel, to the ongoing investigations by some teachers, and in the case of the second panel,to the works or the specific problem of teachers/composers.
This action aims to enrich the collective thinking within the school, increase mutual understanding of the various activities of teachers and deepen the connection with the composition of students and school in general.

On June 3rd, the Catholic University of Porto presented the estate of maestro Manuel Ivo Cruz. This event took place two years after the protocol signing ceremony of donation of the estate of Manuel Ivo Cruz and the educational institution. The legacy of the musician will be available on the Internet for everyone to see. Manuel Ivo Cruz left in life, to the University, books and sheet music from Portugal and Brazil, as well as operas, concerts and programs of the collections of postcards and stamps.
The collection was organized by the Music Research Centre for Science and Technology of the Arts (CITAR). The CITAR, through its website, points out that it will provide the estate who have an interest in "knowing it, study it and interpret it." The disclosure of the legacy of Manuel Ivo Cruz is a way of enriching the artistic and scientific project of the University. "The choice of the Catholic University of Porto for responsible for maintaining the musical heritage of Manuel Ivo Cruz "reinforces the research work in the line of action of Musical Studies of the CITAR," projecting "the role of the School of the Arts of the University's cultural and public".

The International Music Council, the European Music Council and the Estonian Music Council are pleased to announce the 4th IMC World Forum on Music to take place in Tallinn, September 26 - October 1, 2011, under the title "Music and Social Change". The event will be staged in close collaboration with the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre.
Tallinn will play host to the IMC World Forum on Music during the year in which the city celebrates the title of European Culture Capital 2011. Tallinn's buzzing cultural life will treat forum participants to an exciting artistic and social program.
The IMC World Forum on Music is a global knowledge-building platform on music and society in the 21st century. During the forum a variety of topics will be explored from diverse perspectives: cultural, political and economical. The IMC World Forum on Music is considered one of IMC's main contributions to setting the stage for the free celebration of music in the world.
The 2011 IMC World Forum on Music will focus on five areas which are of crucial importance to the world of music:
* Music as a tool for social change
* Current challenges and opportunities for music education
* Music distribution and export
* Music and development
* Youth: informal spaces

The composer João Pedro Oliveira received another 1st prize in an international competition. The Counterpoint Competition 2011 is organized by the Association for Contemporary Music Counterpoint, based in Italy and the USA. The work "Entre o Ar e a Perfeição", for flute, piano and electronic sounds, won unanimously and will be presented in several concerts. Joao Pedro Oliveira, beyond this award, this year was made ​​an honorary member of the National Academy of Music (USA and Greece), the excellence of his work as composer.
Is currently full professor at the University of Aveiro and Professor at the Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil), where he teaches composition, analysis and electronic music.

6TH INTERNATIONAL COMPOSITION COMPETITION OF POVOA DE VARZIM The jury of the 6th International Composition Competition of Povoa de Varzim (CICPV) announced the selection of finalists for each category (Orchestral Music and Chamber Music): "Vectorial-Modular", by Gonçalo Gato, and "Sopros de um vento extinto" by Osvaldo Fernandez, are pieces to debut on July 22 ("Orchestral Music "/ Prize Hall of Povoa de Varzim). In the "Chamber Music" / “Associação Pró-Música da Póvoa de Varzim” in the July 23 concert will be in confrontation "Ainda escutas o vento?" by Aurelio Edler-Copes, and “(in)pulso(ex)pansão”, by Luciano Campbell. Still in the "Chamber Music" category, was awarded an Honorable Mention to "Dissonoramas" by Andre Codeço dos Santos, whose score was very close to the two selected works. At the end of the concert, the jury (Christopher Bochmann (President), Pedro Amaral, Carlos and Carlos Caires Marecos) will announce the final classification.