MEMETERIA by Thomas May

Music & the Arts

João Carlos Martins at Carnegie Hall

The incredible João Carlos Martins — a genuine cultural hero — celebrates the 60th anniversary of his debut at Carnegie Hall this evening at 7pm ET. He will lead NOVUS NY in a program combining Bach with music by the Brazilian composers Heitor Villa-Lobos and André Mehmari.

One of the great Bach interpreters at the keyboard, Martins shifted to conducting when it became no longer possible to continue his career as a concert pianist as a result of injuries and the condition of focal dystonia (which also affected the late Leon Fleisher). You can read in much greater detail here about the musician’s epic struggles and the love of music that has kept him going.

I had the honor of writing the program notes for his Carnegie Hall concert, which will present the following program:

J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concertos 1 and 3
“Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring” from the Cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben BWV 147
(arranged by Heitor Fujinami)

Heitor Villa-Lobos Prelúdio from Bachianas Brasileiras No. 4 W264 – 424

André Mehmari Portais Brasilerios No. 2 (Cirandas)

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