Artistic Director: Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro


25 MAY to 23 JUNE 2023

Almada - Portugal


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Welcome to the 2023 edition of the Capuchos Music Festival!


"In the spring, cherry blossoms, in the summer the cuckoo.

In autumn the moon, and in winter the snow, clear, cold."

Eihei Dogen (1200-1253)


Capuchos Music Festival 2023 is inspired by the seasons of the year, building an arc of four centuries that opens with the unavoidable "Le Quattro Stagioni", composed by Vivaldi 300 years ago, and closes with the Portuguese premiere of "The American Four Seasons", written by Philip Glass in 2009, to which are added the cycles of seasons by Tchaikovsky, in the 19th century, and by Piazzolla, in the 20th century.

The succession of seasons is one of the evidences of our perception of the passage of time, and FMC'23 will present concerts dedicated to various temporal dimensions: with choral works from the time of the foundation of Convento dos Capuchos, the Renaissance; the time of creation in Darius Milhaud's "La Création du Monde" and the redemptive apocalypse of Olivier Messiaen's "Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps"; repertoire inspired by summer time, such as Hector Berlioz's "Les Nuits d'Eté", Samuel Barber's "Summer Music", George Gershwin's "Summertime"...


The FMC'23 will be held, as usual, at the place that gives it its name, the beautiful Convento dos Capuchos, and, for the first time, will present three concerts at Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite.

Artists and ensembles of great relevance will be present, including, internationally, the Venice Baroque Orchestra "I Solisti Veneti", the Budapest Chamber Orchestra "Franz Liszt", and the Hermès Quartet,  and national reference ensembles, such as the Officium Ensemble choir, the DSCH Schostakovich Ensemble, and the new musical projects 100 Caminhos and Juventus Ensemble, which will bring together young and established Portuguese musicians. 

Among the great international soloists, stand out the violinists Mario Hossen, Jack Liebeck, and Esther Hoppe, singers Lena Belkina, Ana Karina Rossi, Deniz Uzun, who will be in her Portuguese debut, cellist Christian Poltéra, clarinetist Pascal Moraguès, pianist Marianna Shirinyan, mandolinist Marcelo Nisinman, and last but not least, the legendary American pianist Stephen Kovacevich.

Throughout the festival, works by several Portuguese composers from various "eras", from the Renaissance to contemporary music, will be performed, with premieres and the highlight being the concert "Carta Branca a António Victorino d'Almeida", marking his 70 years of artistic activity.


In 2023, the cycle of the already emblematic "Capuchos Talks", curated and moderated by Carlos Vaz Marques, will be dedicated to the centenary of birth of Mário Cesariny de Vasconcelos, Natália Correia, and Eugénio de Andrade.

And, for the first time, the Festival will present in 2023 a set of Capuchos Masterclasses, oriented by professors of international reference, pre-concert talks called “Capuchos Preludes”, moderated by João Almeida, and a Capuchos Walk in the Protected Landscape of the Costa da Caparica Fossil Cliff, where the Convent is located.


The poem that serves as the epigraph to this text was written in the 13th century by the Zen Buddhist master Eihei Dogen. In the apparent yet expressive simplicity with which he describes the beauty of the seasons, Dogen connects us to the essence of elements that follow one another in the rhythm of the seasons. Dogen gave the title Innate Spirit to his poem, a spirit of contemplation, discovery, and sharing that inspires this 2023 edition of the Capuchos Music Festival. 



Artistic Director



General Programme


25 MAY, Thursday, PM 9.30, Convento dos Capuchos

The Time of Creation

Ravel, Debussy, Milhaud


Hermès Quartet

Omer Bouchez, Elise Liu Violin

Lou Yung-Hsin Chang Viola

Yan Levionnois Cello


Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro Piano


Debussy : String Quartet

Ravel : String Quartet

Milhaud : La Création du Monde, Op.81b, for Piano Quintet



27 MAY, Saturday, PM 9.00, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite 


Vivaldi Four Seasons


I Solisti Veneti

Lena Belkina, Mezzo-soprano

Mario Hossen, Violin and Direction


Geminiani : Concerto Grosso "La Folia"

Händel : Arias "Ombra mai fu" and “Crude furie degli orridi abissi”, from Opera “Serse”

Tartini : Sonata ''Il trillo del diavolo”

Vivaldi : Aria “Armatae face et anguibus”, from Oratorio “Judith Triumphans”

Vivaldi : “Le Quattro Stagioni”



28 MAY Sunday, PM 7.00, Convento dos Capuchos  

Voice and Piano recital


Deniz Uzun, Mezzo-soprano

David Santos, Piano


Pieces of H. Berlioz, J. Brahms, E. Korngold, A. Berg, J. Marx, A. Mahler, X. Montsalvatge and G. Gershwin



3 JUN, Saturday, PM 9.00, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite

Astor Piazzolla

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Marcelo Nisinman, Bandoneon

Ana Karina Rossi, Vocal

David Castro-Balbi, Violin

Tiago Pinto-Ribeiro, Double bass

Rosa Maria Barrantes, Piano

Alberto Mesirca, Electric Guitar


Astor Piazzolla : “Cuatro Estaciones Porteñas”

Marcelo Nisinman : “Hombre Tango”; “Pourquoi tu te lèves”; “Argentinos en Europa”

Astor Piazzolla : “Balada para mi muerte”; “Jacinto Chiclana”; “Chiquilín de Bachín”; “Balada para un loco”; “María de Buenos Aires”



4 JUN, Sunday, PM 7.00, Convento dos Capuchos 

The Time of Capuchos

Masterpieces of the Renaissance


Coro Officium Ensemble

Pedro Teixeira, Conductor


P. Palestrina : Missa Papæ Marcelli

Th. Tallis : O nata lux

Lobo : Audivi vocem

Allegri : Miserere mei, Deus 

Lotti : Crucifixus

Lassus : Salve Regina

Brito : O Rex Gloriæ



10 JUN, Saturday, PM 9.00 Convento dos Capuchos

Piano Recital

Tchaikovsky Seasons and Chopin


Marianna Shirinyan, Piano

P. Tchaikovsky : The Seasons Op. 37a

F. Chopin : Ballades



11 JUN, Sunday, PM 7.00, Convento dos Capuchos

The Winds of Time 1

Juventus Ensemble & Rui Lopes


Juventus Ensemble

Sónia Pais, Flute

Luísa Bandeira, Oboe

João Paiva, Clarinet

Luís Duarte Moreira, Horn


Rui Lopes, Bassoon


S. Barber: Summer Music

E. Carrapatoso: Five Elegies

S. Azevedo: Pastorals

C. Nielsen: Quintet Op. 43



11 JUN, Sunday, PM 9.00, Convento dos Capuchos

The Winds of Time 2

100 Caminhos & João Barradas 


100 Caminhos

João Moreira, Trumpet

Carolina Alves, Trumpet

Luís Vieira, Horn

Hugo Assunção, Tenor Trombone

Joaquim Rocha, Bass Trombone


João Barradas, Acordeon


C. Monteverdi : 4 Madrigais

J. Horovitz : Music Hall Suite 

Anne Victorino d’Almeida : Acroase Op. 90 (world premiere)

Ewazen : Frost Fire



11 JUN, Sunday, PM 11.00, Convento dos Capuchos

The Jazz Time

João Barradas solo


João Barradas, Acordeon



13 JUN, Tuesday, PM 9.00, Convento dos Capuchos

Time of Tribute 1

Carte Blanche to António Victorino d’Almeida


António Victorino d’Almeida, Piano and comments

Ana Maria Pinto, Soprano

Marina Pacheco, Soprano

Joana Moreira, Piano

Olga Amaro, Piano


António Victorino d’Almeida : Piano and Songs on texts by Fernando Pessoa, Natália Correia, André Heller et al.



17 JUN, Saturday, PM 9.00, Convento dos Capuchos

Time of Tribute 2

Piano Recital by Stephen Kovacevich


Stephen Kovacevich, Piano

A. Berg : Sonata

L. Beethoven: Bagatelles Op. 119 & Op. 126 (selection); Sonatas Op. 109 and 110



18 JUN, Sunday, PM 6.00, Teatro Municipal Joaquim Benite 


Four Seasons by Philip Glass


Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra

Jack Liebeck, Violin

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Piano and Direction


Arvo Pärt: “Orient & Occident”; “Summa” 

Johann Sebastian Bach : Concerto BWV 1056 

Philip Glass : “The American Four Seasons”, Concerto N. º 2 for Violin and Orchestra



22 JUN, Thursday, PM 9.00, Convento dos Capuchos

Capuchos Postlude

Quartet for the End of Time


DSCH – Schostakovich Ensemble 

Pascal Moraguès, Clarinet

Esther Hoppe, Violin

Christian Poltéra, Cello

Filipe Pinto-Ribeiro, Piano


O. Messiaen : Quatuor pour la Fin du Temps



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