The International Brazilian Opera Company Presents an Evening of Music Celebrating Brazilian Independence Day at historic St. John’s Church in the Village.

The International Brazilian Opera Company (IBOC) will present an evening of music highlighting the diversity of the Brazilian musical experience on the evening of September 7, 2019, at the historic St. John’s Church in the Village (224 Waverly Place) in honor of Brazilian Independence Day. 

The evening will begin at 8 p.m. with a performance by Italian pianist, Chantal Balestri, playing Brazilian classical music, and pianist Jasna Popovic will also be playing a piece by Arthur Campella from her album Around The Piano World.

Following the piano portion of the event, Soprano Camila Vergasta and Mezzo-Soprano Flavia Darcie will sing selections from João MacDowell’s award-winning opera, Tamanduá, and also selections from  the Brazilian repertoire, such as Samba Clássico and Melodia Sentimental by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Five Songs of Northeastern Brazilian Folklore by Ernani Braga.

“Brazil is one of the most diverse countries in the world,” says Brazilian mezzo-soprano Flavia Darcie, who is a recent recipient of a Master’s in Classical Voice Performance from NYU. “The art of these Brazilian composers convey Brazil’s unique and distinguished culture.”

The event will close in the church’s famed art gallery with a performance by the IBOC Jazz Band trio—bassist Marcelo Maccagnan, percussionist Uka Gamaiero, and IBOC Artistic Director João MacDowell – who will be playing Brazilian Jazz standards and classic Bossa Nova.

This event serves as a fundraiser for IBOC’s upcoming programming, which includes a fall performance of João MacDowell’s one-woman opera, Plastic Flowers and a full performance of Tamanduá, in São Paulo.

Novo Fogo cachaça will provide complimentary drinks for the event. 

Suggested donation: $20. 

Please visit our website for more information: http://brazilianopera.com/

Upcoming Events:

September 21st: João MacDowell solo performance at the NY Botanical Garden, the closing concert for the Burle Marx Exhibit series.