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Symphony on the hill

The Monte Music Festival returns for its 17th edition which will be held at the Chapel of Our Lady of Monte, Old Goa and the courtyard, from February 1 to 3

Get ready to experience musical nirvana in the beautiful setting of the Chapel of Our Lady of Monte, Old Goa and the chapel courtyard as the 17th edition of the Monte Music Festival will be held from February 1 to 3. The performances will begin at sunset everyday and continue till around 9 p.m.

Organised by Fundação Oriente and Cidade de Goa, the festival which began in 2002, following the restoration of the chapel by Fundação Oriente, has since gathered attention and interest from Western and Eastern music and dance enthusiasts.

“We have always had a blend of international and national music performances every year. This time around however the focus will be more of Goan artists,” says director, Fundacao Oriente, Ines Figueira.

The festival will open in the courtyard on February 1 with an interplay of dance, music, theatre and bhakti poetry titled Jheeni presented by the Mumbai based group Beej. This will be followed by the concert ‘Ave Stella Maris’ by the Pilar Music Academy Chorale from Goa, directed by Fr Peter Cardoso, which will be held in the chapel.

At sunset on February 2, Mexican flautist Nathalie Ramirez and Indian guitarist Shyamant Behal will delight the audience with melodies from European and Latin American composers, apart from one done by the Portuguese composer Lopes Graça. The same evening, Sonia Shirsat and her musicians will render a combination of mandos, dulpods and dekhnis in a concert titled ‘Sounds of Goa’.

Closing the festival on February 3, celebrated Portuguese fadista Carolina and her musicians will perform a number of traditional fados along with new songs written by Portuguese contemporary poets for the artist. The final concert of this Monte Music Festival promises to be unforgettable. The Chapel of Our Lady of Monte will be the stage for a multi arranged presentation of ‘Seven Last Words of Christ’ (Haydn) directed by Parvesh Java, featuring Eshivita Menezes and pianist Marialena Fernandes.

“We have always enjoyed partnering with events pertaining to the essence of Goa be it art, culture, etc which puts Goanness on the world map. The Monte Music Festival has over the years found its place on the event calendar of the state with guests especially planning their trips around the festival time. This signifies that it will be here for a long time,” says General Manager, Cidade de Goa, Neeta Brid.

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