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May 27, 2009 > Music of Portugal

Music of Portugal

Deo Gloria Concert Choir

Submitted By Sharon Xavier de Sousa

Mission Chamber Orchestra, the San Jose-based orchestra that brings spirited performances of classical and contemporary music to Silicon Valley audiences, presents two California premieres of works by Portuguese composers, one new and one old. The main work in the performance will be a choral piece sung in Latin, Joao Domingos Bomtempo's "Requiem Mass dedicated to the memory of Camoes," written and premiered in Paris in 1819. This will be only the second time this piece has been performed in America, and the first time on the West Coast. Camoes was Portugal's most famous epic poet, whose memory is honored during Portuguese Cultural Day, celebrated on the anniversary of his death, June 10. The concert will open with a short (5 minute) work for strings, "Preludio" by contemporary Portuguese composer Alexandre Delgado.

The Deo Gloria Choir was founded in 2001 by Sharon Xavier de Sousa of Fremont, following a musical pilgrimage to Rome by her then church choir of Corpus Christi (Fremont) and St. Edward's (Newark). While in Rome, the choirs sang for Pope John Paul II, for the Latin High Mass in St. Peter's, and performed a concert. The Deo Gloria Choir is comprised of members from that pilgrimage, as well as members of the San Jose Symphonic Choir

Tickets are available in advance through Mission Chamber Orchestra's website and at the door. Please join Emily Ray and Mission Chamber Orchestra for an afternoon that celebrates the culture and music of Portugal. For more details about the concert and how to purchase tickets, see or (408) 236-3350.

Music of Portugal
Sunday, May 31
2:30 p.m.
Five Wounds Church
1375 E. Santa Clara St., San Jose
(408) 236-3350

Tickets: $22 for General Admission, $18 for students and seniors, and $7 for children under 12

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