It is with great pride that we present FEMUSC 2022, with Study Programs centered on Brazilian Popular Music and Early Music – the latter with an emphasis on the Baroque, Classical and Colonial periods.

FEMUSC 2022 comes to us in the midst of difficult times, with a Covid-19 pandemic still lashing the world, with political instabilities, policies for improvement not only in Brazil but also in several countries. However, what we have from the first FEMUSC in 2006 is the love of music and our dedication to bringing this one of the oldest and most valued inventions of humanity to the stages of Jaraguá do Sul and the northeast region of Santa Catarina. In fact, what archeologists and anthropologists teach us is that the arts, and especially music, have been part of our civilization since its creation, if not before. Part of a wind instrument was found in a Neanderthal camp dating back to 50,000 years ago, and we have cave paintings in various parts of the world from the same period (47,000 years ago in Indonesia and France). By comparison, great technological leaps like the domestication of animals and plants didn’t occur until less than 20,000 years ago, the invention of the wheel only came about 6500 years ago, and our cities sprung up to grow 10,000 years ago. This history indicates the importance that music has for the human being, and how it is fundamental to our existence.

We at FEMUSC celebrate this connection between music and civilization. Through music and how we learn to manipulate sound waves to create an emotional and intellectual plot we value humanity, our civilization, our diversity, and all that is best in our history. This feeling, that people are important, and that we all have a lot to contribute to society through music and how it makes us feel united, this feeling is fundamental for FEMUSC and all of us who participated beautifully in this event.

As usual, also at FEMUSC 2022 we will be bringing you a complement of teachers dedicated to the expansion of concert music and young participants who see their future surrounded by music. Together they will bring to Jaraguá do Sul and our beloved Femuscan audience memorable concerts and events for their quality as well as their affection for the city that welcomes us.

The Popular Music Program brings the spontaneity of Brazilian popular music together with the intellectuality and discipline necessary for a music festival that only lasts two weeks. Its teachers regularly perform on the most important stages of MPB in Brazil and abroad, with Profa. Jane Duboc being considered “one of the 100 greatest voices in Brazilian popular music” by Rolling Stones Brazil magazine, and also nominated for a Latin Grammy. At FEMUSC you will hear these wonderful teachers/artists and/or the young talents of the next generation of MPB in daily performances in the MPB Series at SCAR’s Pianos Bar, as well as regular performances at the FEMUSC Grandes Concertos Series in the SCAR Grand Auditorium .

The Early Music Program focuses on the study of works from the Baroque, Classical and Colonial periods. The diversity and multiplicity of actions taking place within this Program are compared only to the same multiplicity of musical styles promoted by the MPB Program. FEMUSC’s Early Music Program will have two tunings: 415Hz for the baroque orchestra and 430Hz for the classical orchestra, as well as the musical manifestations of each respective period. Period instruments or their reliable copies will be used. Of more central importance to Early Music is the value given to Latin American colonial music. Not only in Brazil, but also in Bolivia, Colombia, Guatemala, Mexico and other Latin American countries, colonial music played an important role in the development of our arts, and of our societies, of our civic values. The search for ancestral artistic values ​​leads us to a better understanding of ourselves and our current society. There we find artistic ambitions and performances that hundreds of years later find results in our artistic communities. The study of early music reveals how much we have changed, and also how much we are identical to our centenary colleagues. Therefore, the use of instruments of the time is no less than a necessity, as it is not enough for us to listen to old music in FEMUSC concerts and we need to hear it in the same way as Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, José Maurício Nunes Garcia, Manuel de Sumaya or Domenico Zipoli.

FEMUSC 2022 will have strict rules on health care due to the prevalence of the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be a small festival, with only 12 professors, 10 assistant professors, and around 110 participants. Viral tests will be offered regularly to event participants, masks will be mandatory, and social distancing will apply to everyone. These are simple and fair rules, yet necessary for the well-being of all as we maneuver through these difficult times for the health of the world.

I wish you all an excellent FEMUSC 2022!

Alex Klein
Artistic Director, FEMUSC