The Coro Contemporâneo de Campinas ("Campinas Contemporary Choir") is a chamber choir based in Campinas, São Paulo. This vocal ensemble was founded in 2009 by its conductor Angelo Fernandes along with graduate and undergraduate students of several music courses at UNICAMP Arts Institute. Nourished by the desire to broadcast the choral music in Campinas through a comprehensive platform for developing singers and choir conductors, the choir presents a challenging and eclectic repertoire from a capella singing to major chorus works with orchestra, operas and cantatas.
The ensemble also conducts a research in order to gather a high-technical and artistic quality repertoire focused on the choral music from the XX and XXI centuries. The singers are also highly interested in improving their foreign language skills and therefore sing in many languages. Such spirit of inquiry, together with its fine tuning, blended tone, wide spectrum in dynamics, and strong willing to participate in important festivals and competitions, meant that the group, in spite of its young age, has gained prominence and has been known regionally and nationally.
It has also received international recognition due to award-winning participations in relevant events in the music scene, such as the VII International Festival of Choirs of San Juan (Argentina) and the III Meeting of Choirs and Weinfest of São Paulo’s Transatlantic Club.
As for the repertoire dedicated to a capella music, its variety of styles is notable and includes composers such as Claudio Monteverdi, Henry Purcell, Hans Leo Hassler, Francis Poulenc, Anton Bruckner, Hugo Alfven, Javier Busto, Krzysztov Penderecki, Eric Whitacre and the Brazilians Carlos Alberto Pinto Fonseca, Marlos Nobre, and Ronaldo Miranda.
As for opera productions, it is noteworthy its staging of Mozart's operas "Don Giovanni", "Die Zauberflöte" and "La Clemenza de Tito", besides Purcell’s "Dido and Aeneas" and Bernstein’s "West Side Story".
Among the sacred works, it has featured in the Haydn’s “Lord Nelson Mass”, Mozart’s and Gabriel Fauré’s "Requiem", Brahms’ "A German Requiem", Bach’s "Christmas Oratorio", Haendel's "The Messiah" and Stravinsky’s "Mass".
In 2014 and 2015, the ensemble was featured in the seasons of Campinas, Limeira, Indaiatuba and many others Symphony Orchestras performing several pieces including the Orff’s cantata "Carmina Burana", Mahler’s "Symphony No. 2", Mendelssohn’s "Symphony No. 2", Beethoven’s "Symphony No. 9", Francisco Mignone’s "Maracatu do Chico-rei" and Villa-Lobos’ "Choros No. 10".