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Algarve History Association Events in Feb

AHAGuided Walks, Talks and Music. See details of Algarve History Association Events in February below.


Guided Walks on Wednesday 7 Walled Town, Wednesday 14 Medieval Town and Wednesday 21 Northern Suburbs. Meet 11 am at the Roman Bridge, Tavira.
with Peter Kingdon Booker. €2.50 to book contact: peterbooker1347@gmail.com.

Peter has devised three areas for Historical Walks in Tavira. The first covers the walled town on the hill, and includes the Roman Bridge, the Câmara building the castle and the walls. He discusses the churches and religious buildings within the walls and finishes the tour back at the riverside.
In Walk no 2, Peter tells of the demolitions which permit the Praça da República to appear as it does today, and then talks of the gardens in the centre of the southern edge of Tavira, and moving back towards the centre, past the old jail.
Walk no 3 is on the other side of the river, and shows the flood markers, the governor´s residence and the churches of the northern suburb, passing the chapel formerly devoted to those suffering from leprosy, of course on the boundary of the old town, and finishing at one of Tavira´s unsung examples of civic charity and generosity.

In 2008, Peter decided that because most expatriates (British and others) that he had met knew very little about the country to which they had emigrated, he would study and give lectures on the history of Portugal. Former Exhibitioner in Modern History at Pembroke College Cambridge, Peter has now delivered well over 200 lectures here in the Algarve, in Lisbon and in London on subjects related to Portuguese history and just a few on Portuguese culture. He says that his favourite non-historical subject is Fado.


MONDAY 19 at 18h00 Clube de Tavira and TUESDAY 20 at 18h00 Municipal Library Lagoa.

Making it in America: 4 Centuries of the Portuguese in the New World with Denis Bergin

Of all the great maritime powers of the late medieval period, Portugal was virtually unique in that it did not stake a lasting claim to any of the island territories of the West Indies or any portion of the North American Continent. With that disadvantage, how did the Portuguese fare when it came to taking their place among those nations of the world who sent thousands of adventurers, entrepreneurs and emigrants to the New World from the colonial period onwards? In this illustrated talk, Denis Bergin will look at the history of the Portuguese in colonial America and the United States, and will examine how the Portuguese diaspora there reflected, and continues to reflect, the values and culture of the ‘motherland’. He will compare its profile with those of two other small European countries, Ireland and Greece, using personal and community histories to measure achievement and influence

Denis Bergin is a writer and editor with a special interest in the story of immigrant communities in the United States of America, where he has been a regular visitor and part-time resident for over forty years. He recently co-ordinated a seminar in Washington DC under the title ‘Green Hills, White Houses’, focusing on the role of the Irish in the foundation of the U.S. capital. He currently lives in Tavira with his wife Carol, who is originally from upstate New York.

For more information go to: www.algarvehistoryassociation.com or contact: lynne.algarvehistory@gmail. com.


SATURDAY 24 February at 18h00 Beira Rio, Tavira - New Orleans Jazz Band Back in Tavira Again !
I am delighted that NOJB are returning to to play for us in Tavira on Saturday 24 February at 6 pm at the Beira Rio Restaurant - a favourite haunt of the Band. The restaurant provides a large space to dance as well as providing a buffet supper. The 70 tickets for the concert on Saturday 27 January were sold out quickly and there was a waiting list of 24 people so early booking for this concert is recommended. The New Orleans Jazz Band was formed in 1998 by a group of international jazz musicians, all now living in the Algarve. The band's current line up comprises Ray Charsley (trumpet/vocals), Dave Lawson (clarinet/saxophones), John Ballinger (trombone/vocals), Cory Sea (guitar), Luís Hilário (double bass) and Tony Scriven (drums/leader/vocals). The musicians play a mixture of blues, stomps, marches, spirituals and ragtime. They will be playing three 50-minute sets, which will include the now obligatory Umbrella Parade. So don´t forget your brollies - there will be a prize for the fanciest one. NOJB are one of the busiest bands around, and their enthusiasm for their style of jazz always shines through and ... it is impossible not to dance to the music!

Tickets are 22.50 per person. 3 x 50 minute sets, an umbrella parade and a buffet supper! A whole evening´s entertainment by the River Gilão in Tavira. 

To book contact: tony.pendleton@hotmail.co.uk.

SUNDAY 25 at 16h00 Quintinha da Música, Santo Estevão, Tavira €25.
The Lacerda Quartet (Alex Stewart - violin, Regina Aires - violin, Paul Wakabayashi - viola and Luís André - cello) With music by Haydn, Mozart and Lacerda.

The Lacerda String Quartet was founded in 1990 and is one of the leading string quartets of Portugal. Besides standard repertoire, with a special emphasis on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Lacerda dedicates much of its attention to great and unjustly neglected masterpieces from the Portuguese repertoire. Their first CD includes Viana da Mota’s String Quartet in G major (1895, first world recording), Freitas Branco’s String Quartet (1911, first world recording by a Portuguese string quartet) and Francisco de Lacerda’s Miniatures for String Trio (1917, also a world première recording). A second CD entitled "Maelstrom", with music by the internationally acclaimed Portuguese composer João Pedro Oliveira, includes Labirinto (2001), for string quartet and tape. The Lacerda has premiered works by Moritz Eggert, Alan Ridout, Arnold Trowel, Frederico de Freitas, Eugénio Rodrigues, Eurico Carrapatoso and Alexandre Delgado. They have performed in many of the major festivals and venues in Portugal, as well as in Spain, France, Italy and England.
The year 2008 saw the Lacerda “crossing borders”, to participate in an innovative project with the ever popular Portuguese light-music singer Jorge Palma at the Belem Cultural Centre in Lisbon. The Lacerda also took part in a historic and unique project during 2009 that involved the performance of every string quartet written by Joseph “Papa” Haydn to celebrate the bicentenary of his life. These concerts took place in Portugal, Madeira and the Azores and were broadcast by Portuguese national radio (Antena 2). The Lacerda released a CD with three of Haydn´s most emblematic quartets from the Op 1, Op 20 and Op 77 sets to commemorate this historic occasion. In August 2011 there followed an invitation for a series of concerts in various venues in China where the Lacerda performed works by Freitas Branco, Carrapatoso, Haydn, Mozart and Schulhoff. In the summer of 2012 the Lacerda performed in Guimarães (European Cultural Capital for 2012).
Recently during "Dias da Música" in the Belém Cultural Centre in Lisbon they performed a programme of Haydn, Melo and Beethoven. By far the most ambitious project of the Lacerda Quartet is the long-term objective to have recorded all 69 of Joseph Haydn´s String quartets by 2032, which will be the tercentenary of the birth of this great composer. The members of the quartet are Alexander Stewart (first violin), Regina Aires (second violin), Paul Wakabayashi (viola) and Luis André Ferreira (cello).

To book contact: lynne.algarvehistory@gmail.com.