From Poulenc to Respighi

José Soares, conductor
Cássia Lima, flute

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Les Biches: Suite
Flute Concerto in G major
Vocalise, Op. 34, No. 14
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José Soares, conductor

Born in São Paulo, José Soares was first introduced to music by his mother, Ana Yara Campos. He studied orchestral conducting with maestro Claudio Cruz in a course of regular masterclasses held in partnership with the Orquestra Jovem do Estado de São Paulo (The São Paulo State Youth Orchestra). In 2016 and 2017 he attended as a scholar at the Festival Internacional de Inverno de Campos do Jordão (Campos do Jordão International Winter Festival), where he was tutored by Marin Alsop, Arvo Volmer, Giancarlo Guerrero and Alexander Libereich. In the last edition of the Festival, José received the Conducting Award and was invited as assistant conductor at the Orquestra Sinfônica do Estado de São Paulo – Osesp (São Paulo Symphony Orchestra) during part of the 2018 season, joining a Morning Concert invited by Marin Alsop. Soares attended as a student at the Laboratório de Regência (Conducting Laboratory) by the Orquestra Filarmônica de Minas Gerais (Minas Gerais Philharmonic Orchestra), and was invited by maestro Fabio Mechetti to conduct one of the Concertos para a Juventude (Youth Concerts) of the 2019 season. In July of the same year he had classes with Paavo Järvi, Neëme Järvi, Kristjan Järvi and Leonid Grin, as part of the Conducting Program of the Parnü Music Festival in Estonia. He studies Composing at Universidade de São Paulo – USP (São Paulo University).

Cássia holds a bachelor’s degree in Flute from the São Paulo State University (Unesp), a Master’s degree, and an Artist Diploma from the Mannes College of Music in New York. In her formation years, she studied with João Dias Carrasqueira, Grace Busch, Jean-Nöel Saghaard, Marcos Kiehl e Keith Underwood. She has appeared in major festivals in Brazil and won many competitions, such as the Young Flutist National Contest, Young Soloist of Orquestra Experimental de Repertório (both in Brazil), Mannes Concerto Competition and Gregory Award (both in the USA). In chamber music, Cássia is a seasoned musician. She currently is a member of the Minas Gerais Philharmonic Woodwind Quintet and some other groups in Belo Horizonte. Once a fellow of the Tanglewood Music Center, the flutist performed with renowned conductors such as James Levine, Kurt Masur, Seiji Ozawa and Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos. In Minneapolis, she has been a member of the Minnesota Orchestra, conducted by Charles Dutoit. Back in Brazil, Cássia was Principal Flute and soloist of the São Paulo State Symohony (Osesp), same position that she holds since 2009 in the Minas Gerais Philharmonic.

Programa de Concerto

13 Aug 2022
Saturday, 6:00 pm

Minas Gerais Hall
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