A melodious Holy Week to end this Lenten season in Goa


As we prepare for the celebration of Easter, we have something uplifting and melodious in store. This Holy Week, three talented choirs join forces to bring you some lovely, spiritual, and classical music known to man.

A melodious blend of voices

This Holy Week, it’s the kind of melodious music that is created to put us all in closer touch with our spiritual side.Specialising in choral and classical music, this is a large group of individuals singing together for the first time.

Three choirs come together to bring you a melodious blend of voices at four different venues across Goa. They are Cantosospeso from Italy, Luther King Choir from Brazil and our very own Goa University Choir. They will be a part of The India 2018 West/East Choir Tour under the guidance of the music director Martinho Lutero Dalati de Oliveira.

The international choirs are performing in India for the first time. They have performed across the globe over the past 40 years, combining several influences, all under the directorship of Oliveira. He founded the Cantosospeco in 1970 at the age of 17 and now divides his time traveling between Italy and Brazil.

It’s going to be an experience of a lifetime

The Goa University Choir conductor is Santiago Lusardi Girelli who has worked in Goa for the last 4 years. Girelli is thrilled at this opportunity and full of praise for Oliveira. “Maestro Oliveira is an Italian-Brazilian master who has been conducting the choirs for years now, one is the Cantosospeso Choir in Milan-Italy which he founded and the other is the Brazilian choir – Luther King Choir. Most of the members have been with the choir for years and there are about 50 members who will be performing here from Milan, and the Luther King choir would number about 35 from Sao Paulo in Brazil,” he says.

Out of the four performances, only two will include the Goa University choir. “We are doing a big piece called Mozart Requiem it is a piece for the piano and choir,” adds Santiago.

Oliveira says that he is looking forward to the collaboration eagerly. “Both choirs are very interested in the exchange of music and thus it is very important for us to come to India, where we can sing our music and listen to some Indian music and improvise and improve on what we are doing now, and what is interesting in Goa is the experience with the University Choir.”

The Navhind Times has all the details about this melodious collaboration which you can read here.

Venues for the performances

The India 2018 West/East Choir Tour will present concerts at the below venues. If you miss one, you can always catch the next one. The concerts are open to all.

Church of St Ignatius of Loyola, the Seminary of Rachol, today, March 28 at 7pm.

Thursday at the Santa Monica Church, in Old Goa.

Friday at the Shetrapal Damodar Temple Hall in Durgawadi, Taleigao at 6:30 pm.

The Church of Our Lady of Divine Providence, of the Convent of St. Cajetan, Old Goa, on Saturday, March 31 at 6 pm.

Information credit – The Navhind Times