The Brazilian conductor Martinho Lutero Galati de Oliveira, one of the main authorities in the country in choral music, creator of the Luther King Cultural Network and the Camerata Sé, died at dawn on Thursday, the 67th, at the age of 67. He was interned in São Paulo and suffered a cardiac arrest.
On social media, the maestro’s family informed that he will be cremated this Thursday afternoon and asked that tributes be left for a future moment due to the care with the new coronavirus. “We suggest that everyone stay at home and leave the much needed socializing and homage for the near future given the seriousness of the crisis we are going through and the risks of contamination”, says the text published on Facebook by the Network.
Martin Luther dedicated his career to choral music – believing that through it it was possible to establish dialogues between cultures. The Luther King Choir was created in São Paulo in 1970 and received awards such as that of the São Paulo Association of Art Critics, having performed in countries such as Italy, Portugal, France, Germany, Cuba, Angola and Tunisia. Its goal is “to collaborate in the construction of choral singing, training and preparing thousands of people for musical, artistic and citizen life, producing music from the past and the present, externally promoting the development, the diffusion of Brazilian choral literature and reflection and the growth of people ”.
In 2020, the Luther King Cultural Network celebrates its 50th anniversary. In addition to the choir, Camerata Sé, who had been performing at the Catedral da Sé, in São Paulo, is part of the project, in addition to proposing original projects, such as the opera’s presentation Treemonisha, by Scott Joplin with the artists of the Ocupação Cultural Jeholu, who is dedicated to collectively thinking about black identity and its protagonism from the terreiros.