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November 2013

Ernesto Nazareth 150th Birthday Tribute

November 20, 2013 @ 6:30 pm - 7:45 pm
Music Building Room 264, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

An acclaimed ensemble of eight musicians dedicated to Brazil’s most popular instrumental genre will present a century’s worth of works by legendary composers, including the seminal Nazareth and his lineage: Anacleto de Medeiros, Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Hermeto Pascoal, and Guinga. While this repertoire is customarily passed from one generation to the next by aural tradition, Boukas’s arrangements and authoritative transcriptions capture choro’s essential qualities and performance practice values—virtuosic and expressive melodies, keenly interactive accompaniments, and florid counterpoints.

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Hendrik Meurkens Samba Jazz Quartet

November 22, 2013 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Flushing Town Hall
$10 – $15

  Join Harmonica and Vibraharp virtuoso Hendrik Meurkens and his jazz quartet for an evening of Brazilian jazz. The program will feature classic Samba Jazz compositions as well as Meurkens' original compositions, many of which have become part of the Samba Jazz language. Hendrik Meurkens - harmonica Misha Tsiganov - piano Gustavo Amarante - bass Adriano Santos - drums  

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December 2013

From Bach to Brazil: QC Vocal Ensemble and Baroque Ensemble Winter Concert

December 18, 2013 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

Music spanning five centuries, from Bach's deeply moving and beloved Cantata 106, to delightful choral arrangements of music by Ernesto Nazareth, Milton Nascimento and Sérgio Santos in celebration of Queens College's Year of Brazil.

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February 2014

Music in Brazil during the Colonial Era, and the European Influence

February 3, 2014 @ 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm
Music Building Room 214, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

As part of an on-going series of guest lectures in an undergraduate course taught by  Professor Amy Chazkel,  Brazilian History and Culture through its Music, visiting scholar Mary Olezkiewicz will speak about Music in Brazil during the Colonial Era, and the European influence.  Each of these lectures is free and open to the public.

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Rhythms of Resistance: Capoeira, Candomblé, and African Musical Instruments in Brazil

February 24, 2014 @ 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm
Music Building Room 214, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Click here to view/download flyer As part of an on-going series of guest lectures in an undergraduate course taught by  Professor Amy Chazkel,  Brazilian History and Culture through its Music, visiting scholar  Mary Olezkiewicz will talk about Rhythms of Resistance: Capoeira, Candomblé, and African Musical Instruments in Brazil. She will explore music and movement in Brazil, with a focus on the martial art-dance capoeira. Each lecture is free and open to the public.

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March 2014

Roots Revival: Performing and Exploring the Music of Northeastern Brazil

March 14, 2014 @ 1:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Lefrak Concert Hall | Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

Click here to view/download flyer Forró, a popular musical genre from Brazil’s Northeast that is typically associated with traditional life in the countryside and harvest festivals, represents a sertanejo or cowboy culture worlds away from Americans' stereotypical perceptions of Brazil as a land of soccer, beaches, and samba. Yet today forró has been re-embraced by urban Brazilians, with the result that this intriguing genre is undergoing significant changes. We propose to celebrate that evolution, in light of its longer tradition,…

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Samba: Brazil’s National Rhythm

March 17, 2014 @ 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm
Music Building Room 214, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Click here to view/download flyer This event has been rescheduled to Monday, March 17th As part of an on-going series of guest lectures in an undergraduate course taught by  Professor Amy Chazkel,  Brazilian History and Culture through its Music, visiting scholar Mary Olezkiewicz will discuss the Brazilian dance, Samba. Each of these lectures is free and open to the public.  

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Bananas is my Business

March 24, 2014 @ 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm
Music Building Room 214, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Carmen Miranda, the Golden Age, and Brazilian Music Abroad
Visiting scholar Mary Olezkiewicz will discuss Brazilian music in the mid-twentieth century as seen through the lens of a transnational scope.

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April 2014

Love, Protest, and Exile: Brazilian Music in the 20th Century

April 7, 2014 @ 1:40 pm - 4:20 pm
Music Building Room 214, Queens College
Flushing, 11367

Visiting scholar Mary Olezkiewicz will explore the themes of love, protest, and exile, including a discussion of Tropicália, the movement in Brazilian popular music in the 1960s and 1970s, featuring a short performance/exhibition with guitarist Aaron Larget-Caplan.

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May 2014

Birds, Barber, Brazil!

May 5, 2014 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College
Flushing, NY 11367 United States

The Queens College Vocal Ensemble, James John, conductor, presents a program of music spanning five centuries, including works by French Renaissance composer Clément Janequin, 20th century American composer Samuel Barber, and current QC graduate students in composition, as well as new arrangements by QC alumnus Richard Boukas of Brazilian composers Ernesto Nazareth and Sérgio Santos.

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