First International Brazilian Classical Music Festival-USA

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1st International Classical Music Festival – Brazilian Music Foundation - USA

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“Brazilian Dances and Cantigas”

May 1st and 2nd - 3pm

Saturday & Sunday

(two different programs)


BMF’s First International Festival of Brazilian Classical Music includes the participation of professional musicians from different parts of the world and consists of classical Brazilian works based on traditional genres such as maracatu, baião, ponteio, modinha, and Brazilian tango and valsa. This rich source of Brazilian culture and folklore has served as inspiration for several Brazilian composers. Their works, characterized by a variety of rhythm, melodies, harmonies, and instrumentation, offer a portrait of the Brazilian sensibility and soul, which is reflected in the wide range of the program.

The composers included in the program represent several strands of the nationalist movement in Brazil. From Chiquinha Gonzaga, Alexandre Levy, Brasílio Itiberê and Waldemar Henrique to the works of Villa-Lobos, Camargo Guarnieri, Francisco Mignone, Osvaldo Lacerda, Villani-Côrtes, Antônio Ribeiro and others. A later generation of composers (Clóvis Pereira, Ronaldo Miranda, João Guilherme Ripper, and Antonio Ribeiro) blended traditional motives with more universal compositional techniques, and the youngest generation (Lauro Lima, Kleberson Buzo) followed on the footsteps of these masters.

Produced by: Brazilian Music Foundation

Founder, President and Executive Director: Madalena Sousa

Vice President and Artistic Director: pianist Max Barros

Art by: Ernani Silva

Supporters: Bossa Magazine and Asuos Productions.

About the Organization:

The Brazilian Music Foundation (BMF), is a non-profit organization founded in 2013, in New York City, by the producer and entrepreneur Madalena Sousa, with the mission of transforming lives through music education, promoting and disseminating Brazilian music in the United States and familiarizing foreign audiences with the cultural heritage of Brazil.

Through concerts, educational programs and philanthropic contributions, BMF supports institutions that offer music education to disadvantaged children, giving them opportunities for a better life.

Benefit Concert for “The Future of Our Children” Program/ASSATEMEC.

The “The Future of Our Children” Program was created by BMF with the mission of supporting non-profit organizations that take children off the streets, teach them music, and help them to be socially responsible, providing an opportunity for a better life through music.

BMF’s First International Festival of Brazilian Classical Music will be presented online to benefit ASSATEMEC, a non-profit organization founded in 2000 by a group of citizens from Itu, São Paulo. The organization aims to provide classical music education to children and youths from low-income families, breaking the vicious circle of professional exclusion and offering them a more dignified life as citizens. All children receive a full scholarship and instruments lent by the organization.

Beneficiary institution:

ASSATEMEC - Associação Amigos do Teatro e Escola de Música Eleazar de Carvalho, Itu, São Paulo, Brazil.

Cost: Open to the public, with suggestions for donations through the Brazilian Music Foundation website ( and



The Brazilian Music Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and all donations in the U.S. are tax-deductible.




Marcos Aragoni, Brazil, living in São Paulo

Max Barros, Brazil/USA, living in New York

Sonia Muniz de Carvalho, Brazil, living in São Paulo

Bruno Gousset, composer, France, living in Paris

Suzana Gousset, Brazil, living in Paris

Martina Graf, Brazil, living in Bruxelles

Jairo Grossi, Brazil, living in Porto, Portugal

Susanne Hess, USA, living in New York

Clélia Iruzun, Brazil, living in London

Josiane Kevorkian, Brazil, living in Ilha de Paquetá, Rio de Janeiro

Christina Margotto, Brazil, living in Porto, Portugal

James Melo, Brazil, living in New York

Sonia Rubinsky, Brazil, living in Paris

Barbara Salovich, USA living in New York

Aida Sigharian, piano, Iran, living in Porto, Portugal

Rogério Tutti, Brazil, living in New York

Jeferson Ulbrich, Brazil, living in Curitiba, Brazil


Lauro Lira, cello, Brazil, living in Porto, Portugal

Jed Barahal, cello, USA, living in Porto, Portugal

Priscila Baggio Simeoni, violin, Brazil, living in Curitiba, Brazil

Luca Kevorkian, violin, Brazil, living in USA

Rafael Cesario, cello, Brazil, living in São Paulo


Guilherme Andreas, flute, Brazil, living in New York

Dawid Seidenberg, trombone, living in Porto, Portugal

José Staneck, harmonica, Brazil, living in Brazil

Pedro Teixeira, oboe, Portugal, living in Porto, Portugal


Juliana Moura, soprano, Brazil, living in USA

Marcelo Okay, tenor, Brazil, living in Vienna

Pedro Telles, baritone, Portugal, living in Porto, Portugal


Shiqi Zhong, vibraphone , China, living in Connecticut, USA



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