Monday, September 16, 2013

Brazilian music concert set for Sept. 20

Brazilian rhythms and melodies will energize the Presser Hall this Friday when Musica Brasileira comes to Randolph College.

Three local college professors who have lived and taught in Brazil will present an eclectic program featuring various genres of Brazilian music and the works of some of the best-known Brazilian composers. The performance begins at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Wimberly Recital Hall.

Armenio Suzano, left, Carol Hill, and Leon Neto will perform Musica Brasileira on Sept. 20.
“We are blessed to have these extraordinarily talented musicians bring us the music and culture of Brazil,”  said Chad Beck, a communication studies professor and coordinator of Randolph’s new Latin American studies minor. “It’s a wonderful opportunity for cultural and intellectual exchange  between the communities of Randolph, Sweet Briar, and Liberty, as well as the greater Lynchburg community.”

The performers have amassed decades of experience  with Brazilian music. Armenio Suzano, who became the youngest member of the Rio de Janeiro Opera House Symphony Orchestra at the age of 15, is now director of the Liberty University (LU) Symphony Orchestra.

Leon Neto, another LU faculty member, has worked with on almost 100 different albums of Brazilian music as a producer, musician, and arranger.

Carol Hill, a professor at Sweet Briar College, rounds out the trio. She has spent many years serving as a missionary in Brazil, where she coordinated the music department at the Equatorial Baptist Theological Seminary and later taught at the Carlos Gomes Conservatory of Music.

The music Friday night will include genres such as Samba, Bossa Nova, and BaiĆ¢o, as well as several classical pieces from celebrated Brazilian composers. The performance will highlight works from Noel Rosa, Pixinguinha, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Tom Jobim. The musicians will provide introductions to each piece, informing the listeners of the genre, instrumentation, and translation of lyrics, as necessary.

Musica Brasileira is sponsored by the Ernie Duff Latin American Studies Fund and the Diversity Enrichment Program Committee.