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Iberian Suite – The John F Kennedy Center for the Arts

Tempest Entertainment is pleased to be the Music Consultants to The Kennedy Center’s lively Iberian Suite debuting in  March 2015.

IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix

Three-Week International Festival of

Dance, Theater, Music, Visual Arts, Literature, Design, and Fashion

Exclusively Features Picasso, Ceramist, and the Mediterranean

In Dozens of Performances, Exhibitions, and Events Throughout the Kennedy Center

March 3–24, 2015

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)—Over the course of three weeks in theaters, halls, and event spaces throughout the building, the Kennedy Center presents Iberian Suite: global arts remix, a major festival highlighting the many cultures that comprise the Portuguese- and Spanish-speaking peoples, and the impact they have had around the world, as well as the vast influence this region has embraced from other cultures.

The festival includes dozens of performances by some of the region’s best contemporary music, dance, and theater artists—many of whom are making their United States or Washington, D.C. debuts—as well as companies from around the world. The festival will take place March 3–24, 2015.

The festival is curated by Alicia Adams, the Kennedy Center’s Vice President of International

Programming and Dance. “Iberian Suite will offer an extensive and vibrant panorama of contemporary cultural traditions whose roots trace back to more than a millennium,” she stated. “The intersections of arts across continents show the movement and metaphor, the quality, plurality, and creativeness of the various genres and trends that have emerged from contact and encounters between artists that share the  Spanish and Portuguese languages.”

The American exclusive exhibition, Picasso, Ceramist, and the Mediterranean, will include more than 150 pieces of the artist’s ceramic work. This exhibition is made possible by the generous participation of private collectors with the support of the Picasso Administration, chaired by Claude Picasso. Performance highlights include: Latin Grammy® winner and well-known Spanish singer Buika performing with Cuban artist Iván “Melon” Lewis and his Continuum Quartet; the National Symphony Orchestra with Portuguese fado singers Carminho and Camané; Arakaendar Choir & Orchestra of Bolivia presenting an evening of Baroque music whose manuscripts were passed down through the Jesuit missions; the Spanish flamenco sensation Sara Baras in a new production; the locally-based PostClassical Ensemble in an innovative multimedia program that traces the confluences of Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish musical influences through the Reconquista period circa 1492; Cape Verdean singer Carmen Souza in a jazz program; Mexican singer Eugenia León with a tribute to the great Ibero-American female singers and composers; and Ode Marítima, a Portuguese theater production that stars actor Diogo Infante and musician João Gil that is based on an extraordinary poem by Fernando Pessoa, one of the greatest Portuguese writers of the 20th century.

“International festivals are a wonderful way for audiences to experience engaging, captivating programming in an immersive environment,” stated Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter. “Whether it be for free Millennium Stage concerts and compelling visual installations or for ticketed theater, dance, and music performances, we hope audiences will take advantage of the broad array of offerings to experience the exciting arts of the Iberian peninsula and beyond.”

A listing of festival programming—including the exhibition, installations, additional performances, and performance dates—is below, and can be found on the Kennedy Center  web site.

EXHIBITION

Picasso, Ceramist, and the Mediterranean

American exclusive exhibition

Atrium and Atrium Foyers

March 4–22, 2014

Picasso, Ceramist, and the Mediterranean is a carefully curated selection of more than 150 of Pablo Picasso’s ceramic pieces that reveal how the prolific artist reshaped the very notions of how clay could be used. Reflecting the artist’s strong attraction to Mediterranean colors, shapes, and mythological creatures, the exhibition is the first of its kind to be shown in the United States. During Picasso’s long career, he explored many forms of visual art: painting, sculpture, lithography, etching, collage, stage and costume design, poetry, and ceramics. He initially experimented with clay in 1900, but it was during the years after World War II that he developed an intense interest in the medium. At the time, he lived in southern France, where clay deposits had been exploited since pre-Roman times. During his lifetime, he produced some 4,500 plates, vessels, and other ceramic creations.

This exhibition was originally conceived for “Marseille-Provence 2013,” the yearlong celebration of Marseille’s reign as Cultural Capital of Europe and presented in Aubagne. In 2014, the exhibition traveled to the National Museum of Ceramics in Sèvres, near Paris, where it was the most successful show in the museum’s history. It is curated by Joséphine Matamoros and Bruno Gaudichon, and is made possible by the generous participation of private collectors with the support of the Picasso Administration chaired by Claude Picasso.

Installations

A journey of imagination

Hall of Nations

March 4–22, 2015

Just as the famed Portuguese writer and poet Fernando Pessoa was inspired in his work by his beloved city of Lisbon, artists and writers continue to be influenced by the ongoing transformation of urban environments and street life to showcase the evolution of this influence by giving four visionary contemporary artists the opportunity to honor iconic Spanish- and Portuguese-language authors in a journey of inspiration.

Vhils (Lisbon, Portugal) has been interacting with the urban environment since his start as a graffiti artist in the early 2000s, and focuses on creative uses for found objects. For Iberian Suite, he has created a portrait of Fernando Pessoa by using personally selected book pages from the author’s writings. Vhils grew up in an area of Lisbon which underwent many changes in the 1980s and 1990s, an evolution which has deeply influenced his work, just as it did for Pessoa a century ago.

Scott Gundersen (Grand Rapids, Michigan) used approximately 20,000 wine corks to create four panels portraying writers Gabriel García Márquez (Colombia), Gabriela Mistral (Chile), Jorge Amado (Brazil), and Federico García Lorca (Spain). Gundersen was inspired by the resourcefulness of the people he met on a trip to Africa who made use of things most of us would discard, to create tools, clothing, and art. This ingenuity inspired Gundersen to create his distinctive portraits, taking advantage of the natural colors and stains of the corks to create detailed murals from everyday objects.

Manuela Pimentel (O’Porto, Portugal) pays tribute to the rich tradition of Portugal’s Azulejo— painted, tin-glazed tile work—by creating her own, not from ceramics but from layers of paper, posters, and messages coated with resin. She has said her work is “based on the stories that I have created from that which I see on the walls in the street or, in other words, that which the street passes onto me.” The stories she finds are the phrases, stencils, and drawings she reconstructs on walls and canvas. Pimentel has used her technique to build a “poetry box” where Iberian Suite audiences can listen to recordings of writings from the Iberian literary sphere read aloud in Portuguese, Spanish, and English.

Designer Nuno Vasa (Torres Vedras, Portugal) is known for sculptures, paintings, installations, and performances that express his personal reflections on quotidian life and surroundings, human relationships, and the human condition. Vasa’s works are completed by spectators and their relationship with the objects, as well as the installations that he creates. Iberian Suite attendees will be able to admire a “cork cable car” produced to transport their imaginations across the oceans.

Fashion Remix

Hall of States

March 4–22, 2015

This installation features a selection of creations by designers from Spain, Portugal, North and South America, Africa, and Asia featuring the plurality and creativeness of the various trends that have emerged and been inspired by the Iberian Cultures and their encounters with other regions around the globe.

OPENING PERFORMANCE

With Carminho (Portugal), Ángel and Carmen Corella (Spain), Grupo Corpo (Brazil), Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra (Bolivia/U.K.), Moreira Chonguiça (Mozambique), Eugenia León (Mexico), and others

March 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Theater Tickets from $25

The official opening performance of IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix will include a selection of highlights of the festival, with extraordinary performances by Portuguese fado and popular music singer Carminho; Arakaendar Choir and Orchestra from Bolivia; Brazil’s internationally acclaimed dance company Grupo Corpo; Mozambican jazz saxophonist Moreira Chonguiça; and iconic Mexican vocalist

Eugenia León. The evening will feature the festival’s only appearance by renowned Spanish classical ballet dancers Ángel and Carmen Corella. Mr. Corella was a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre for 16 years and is the recipient of many awards including the National Award of Spain and the Spanish International Medal of Arts. He is the Artistic Director and principal dancer of the Barcelona ballet and was recently named Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Ballet.

DANCE

Grupo Corpo (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)

Sem Mim and Onqotô

March 6–7, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Tickets from $25

A wildly popular dance ensemble from the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais, Grupo Corpo has been a strong international representative of Brazilian contemporary dance since its founding 40 years ago. With its trademark combination of classical technique and a contemporary re-reading of popular Brazilian dance forms, the company has created more than 35 major works as well as 2,300 pieces under its founding brothers, Paulo Pederneiras and main choreographer Rodrigo Pederneiras. Their work Sem Mim features an original score composed by Carlos Núñes and José Miguel Wisnik and is based on the “Sea of Vigo” song cycle by Martín Codax, a set of seven songs dating from the 13th century. Onqotô is a piece about human perplexity and inexorable pettiness before the vastness of the universe. The choreography by Rodrigo Pederneiras contrasts and juxtaposes verticality and horizontality, chaos and order, roughness and tenderness, and volume and sparseness, moving along and sometimes going against the soundtrack, unveiling underlying meanings, melody, and rhythms. Grupo Corpo has performed around the world in Iceland, South Korea, Lebanon, Canada, Italy, Singapore, the Netherlands, Israel, France, Japan, Mexico, and the United States. The company’s last Kennedy Center appearance was in 2002, presenting Parabello along with Seven or Eight Pieces for a Ballet.

Ballet Flamenco Sara Baras (Madrid, Spain)

Voces, Suite Flamenca

March 9, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Washington, D.C. Premiere

Tickets from $25

One of Spain’s most popular flamenco stars, Sara Baras is celebrated for her brilliant footwork and captivating stage presence. She has become internationally renowned in a career that has spanned more than two decades and has won dozens of awards. Her performances capture the emotion, drama, and passion of traditional flamenco, with a vibrant contemporary edge. She makes her Kennedy Center debut with Voces, Suite Flamenca, a new work that premieres in Paris in December 2014 featuring Baras, guest artist José Serrano, live flamenco musicians, and nine other dancers.

Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo (Lisbon, Portugal)

Fado, Rituals and Shadows

March 10–11, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Terrace Theater

Washington, D.C. Premiere

Tickets $30

Companhia Portuguesa de Bailado Contemporâneo was founded in 1997 by Vasco Wellenkamp (a former choreographer for the Gulbenkian Ballet) and Graça Barroso. Over the last 15 years under the artistic direction of Wellenkamp, the company premiered more than 50 works and toured to Brazil, Italy, Spain, Austria, Germany, Luxembourg, the United States, China, and Israel. Jan Linkens, Artistic Director for the Netherlands DansTheater, invited Vasco Wellenkamp to choreograph this work about fado, the national music genre of Portugal. The score features the beautiful voice of Carla Pires. The poetry of the text she sings represents a sense of abandonment and emotion, a ritual without time or defined characters.

Compañía María Pagés (Madrid, Spain)

Utopía

March 11–12, 2015, 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

United States Premiere

Tickets from $25

Internationally renowned for her personal aesthetic concept of the art of flamenco, Spanish dancer and choreographer María Pagés has won numerous awards and has collaborated with a variety of artists that include Plácido Domingo, Ángel Corella, and others. Her ensemble, Compañía María Pagés, has toured extensively around the world. Her work Utopía represents her admiration for Portuguese writer José Saramago and Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The production is staged in a scenario inspired by the curved lines of Oscar Niemeyer’s drawings, and features an original score played by live musicians.

Double-bill: María Muñoz, Mal Pelo + Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza

María Muñoz, Mal Pelo (Celrà, Spain): Bach (U.S. Premiere)

Tania Pérez-Salas Compañía de Danza (Mexico City, Mexico): Made in Mexico XX March 13–14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Terrace Theater Tickets $26

The Kennedy Center presents two companies that will each present individual short works in the Terrace Theater for two performances.

Dancer and choreographer María Muñoz is co-founder of the Mal Pelo dance company with Pep Ramis. Since 1989, she has performed with Mal Pelo across Europe, the United States, and Latin America in more than 15 works, including her well-known solo piece Bach. With Bach, in an interiorized dedication to pure movement, she has embraced Johann Sebastian Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier to bring together body, dance, and music.

Tania Pérez-Salas is one of Mexico’s most accomplished contemporary dancers and choreographers. Made in Mexico XX is a new work, featuring interwoven images rooted in Pérez-Salas’s perspective as a Mexican artist with a music by a collage of Mexican composers. Founded in 1994, the company is known for its visual imagery, often making use of props and dramatic lighting. The company made its Kennedy Center debut in 2008 with The Hours and Anabiosis, and returned in 2010 with 3.Fourteen Sixteen, The Waters of Forgetfulness, and Ex-stasis.

THEATER

Teatro Meridional (Lisbon, Portugal)

Contos em Viagem – Cabo Verde

March 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Family Theater

United States Premiere

Tickets $30

 

Since its founding in 1992, Portuguese theater company Teatro Meridional has staged 45 productions in 19 countries with a repertory that includes a variety of original theatrical texts and staged adaptations of non-theatrical pieces. The company has won numerous awards, most notably the Prize for New European Theatrical Realities in 2010, and has toured internationally to five continents.

The company presents Contos em Viagem Cabo Verde (“Stories on a Journey – Cape Verde”), a one-woman play with an onstage musician, based on texts that, despite having a particular context and geography, speak of the universality of emotions. The work specifically speaks of Cape Verde through the words of Cape Verdean authors in both Portuguese and the native Cape Verdean Creole. This work will be presented in Portuguese with projected English titles. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Mundo Perfeito (Lisbon, Portugal)

By Heart and Three fingers below the knee

March 7–8, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Terrace Theater

United States Debut

Tickets $30

Portugal’s Mundo Perfeito was organized around the work of co-Artistic Director Tiago Rodrigues in 2003. Also producing new playwrights and collaborating with Portuguese and international artists, several of the company’s productions have received critical attention, including Three fingers below the knee, which was awarded the Best Theatre Show of 2012 by the Portuguese Author’s Society and a Portuguese Golden Globe for Best Theatre Performance of 2012 by the television channel SIC. Mundo Perfeito has presented work throughout Europe, Brazil, Lebanon, and Singapore, and makes is United States debut with this production.

Three fingers below the knee features texts from reports written by theater inspectors during the fascist regime that ruled Portugal for nearly 50 years—reports that forced the censorship of theatrical performances now take center stage. In By Heart, several audience members are invited to memorize a poem written in English, with the show only ending when each can recite the lines from memory. By Heart will be presented in English. Three Fingers Below the Knee will be presented in Portuguese with projected English titles. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Mala Voadora (Lisbon, Portugal)

with Third Angel (Sheffield, England, U.K.)

What I Heard About the World

March 13–14, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Family Theater

United States Debut Tickets $30

Mala Voadora is a Lisbon-based theater company founded in 2003 by co-Artistic Directors Jorge Andrade and José Capela. Its work focuses on contemporary social issues as well as the nature of theatricality and spectacle. With a repertory of nearly 30 productions, Mala Voadora has given performances in England and Greece and makes is United States debut with this production.

What I Heard About the World is performed with the contemporary English company Third Angel, which was founded in Sheffield in 1995. Told through a series of vignettes ranging from how to rent strangers to cry at your funeral to places to buy a cure for loneliness on CD, the play is a thought-provoking and entertaining attempt to describe a world that seems to get bigger by the day. The text for this comedic production is compiled just days before the performance and is based on current events. Third Angel has toured throughout Europe with its experimental and thought-provoking work. Both companies make their United States debut in the Family Theater. This work will be presented in English. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Teatro de La Abadía (Madrid, Spain)

Entremeses

March 17–18, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Terrace Theater

United States Debut

Tickets $30

Entremeses (“Interludes”) are short, comedic one-act plays, historically performed as an interlude during a long dramatic work during 16th- and 17th- century Spain. The entremeses satirized everyday customs of common people not typically depicted in the high-minded dramatic work they accompanied. Teatro de La Abadía’s production includes three of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes’s eight entremeses: El Retablo de las Maravillas, La Cueva de Salamanca, and El Viejo Celoso.

Entremeses was one of the first productions produced by Teatro de La Abadía and it has become one of the company’s signature works. To mark its 20th anniversary, La Abadía revives the work with several members of the original cast and makes its United States debut at the Kennedy Center. The company is under the direction of José Luis Gómez, who studied in New York City under Lee Strasberg, and has won more than 28 awards for directing, acting, and producing. This work will be presented in Spanish with projected English titles. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Companhia Hiato (São Paulo, Brazil)

O Jardim (The Garden)

March 18–19, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Washington, D.C. Premiere

Tickets $36

O Jardim (The Garden) is the third play created by Companhia Hiato of São Paulo, Brazil. Audiences sit on the stage of the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater surrounding the action. An exercise in memory, the audience will see the scenes repeated from different perspectives and often with gaps. It is not about showing multiple viewpoints of the same situation but emphasizing the implicit subjectivity in every encounter.

Companhia Hiato received high acclaim and several awards for its production of O Jardim, receiving nominations for 12 of the top Brazilian Theater awards and winning seven of the highest honors, including Outstanding Play 2011 from the Governor of São Paulo State, Outstanding Direction Award from APCA

2011, and awards for Outstanding Author and Outstanding Set Design from Shell Award 2011. This work will be presented in Portuguese with projected English titles. Recommended for ages 14 and up.

Ode Marítima (Lisbon, Portugal)

With Diogo Infante and João Gil March 20–21, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Terrace Theater

United States Debut Tickets $30

Starring actor Diogo Infante and guitarist João Gil, Ode Marítima is based on one of the most extraordinary poems by Fernando Pessoa, one of the foremost Portuguese writers of the 20th century. One of Portugual’s most well-known and respected actors, Infante’s career has spanned 25 years in theater, film, and television.

He is the former Artistic Director of the National Theatre and has received several awards, including a Golden Globe for his performance as Hamlet at Maria Matos Theatre in Lisbon and a best actor award in the Gramado International Film Festival. Musician and composer João Gil is the co-founder of several influential music groups on the Portuguese pop/rock scene and a composer of musical scores for theater and film. This production will be presented in Portuguese with projected English titles. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Ron Lalá Theater Company (Madrid, Spain)

Somewhere in Quixote

March 21–22, 2015 at 1:30 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Family Theater

United States Premiere

Tickets $20

Founded in 1996, Ron Lalá is a company with a unique style that blends theater, humor, and music.

Somewhere in Quixote is Ron Lalá’s comedic version of the Don Quixote adventure, with live music that allows audiences to experience all the wit, magic, rebelliousness, sadness, and depth of this immortal work.

This work will be presented in Spanish with projected English titles. This production is recommended for ages 12 and up.

MUSIC

Arakaendar Choir & Orchestra, Ashley Solomon, conductor (Concepcion, Bolivia; London, England)

Baroque Music from Jesuit Reductions in Bolivia

Terrace Theater

March 4, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. Classical

Tickets $35

Arakaendar Choir is founded upon the rich history of Baroque music manuscripts residing throughout the Missions of Bolivia. With the largest collection of Baroque music manuscripts in the world, Father Piotr Nawrot began the International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music in Bolivia and began a collaboration with Ashley Solomon, Artistic Director of Florilegium (U.K.). In 2005, Solomon auditioned Bolivian singers to work on Baroque choral pieces with Florilegium, and the Arakaendar Bolivia Choir was formed, making its debut in 2006 at the Sixth International Festival of Renaissance and Baroque music in Bolivia. The choir of Bolivians performs the classical Baroque music in Latin, as well as their seven native dialects, and has toured widely throughout Bolivia, the U.K., and continental Europe, keeping the choral tradition of Baroque music alive. The group was featured on 60 Minutes, and has recorded several highly acclaimed CDs with Florilegium.

National Symphony Orchestra with fado singers Carminho and Camané (Portugal) Jesús López-Cobos, conductor (Spain)

Concert Hall

March 5, 2015 at 7 p.m. Classical, Fado

Tickets from $10

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO), conducted by Jesús López-Cobos, presents an evening of fado, sometimes called the “soul music of Portugal.” This haunting music is melancholy and evocative, driven by voice and guitar. Bringing it to life are two of the greatest fadistas of today: Camané, the leading man in a new generation of Portugal’s fado singers, and Carminho, a household name in Portugal.

Carminho is steeped in the traditions of fado, as the daughter of Teresa Siqueira, a famous fado singer in her own right. Carminho is a consummate crossover artist, displaying a passion and mastery of traditional and contemporary fado, as well as other genres including Portuguese folk music, Brazilian popular music, jazz, pop, and rock. Her best-selling Fado and Alma albums have achieved platinum and gold status in her native country.

Camané has toured throughout Europe and South America. His 6 million-sold albums and Portuguese Golden Globe nominations attest to his popularity and artistry.

During this concert, the NSO also performs Turina’s Danzas fantasticas which celebrate the sounds of Aragon, the Basque region, and Andalusia, and Albéniz’s Suite Iberia which conjures the national sounds of the peninsula.

National Symphony Orchestra

Jesús López-Cobos, conductor (Madrid, Spain)

Juanita Lascarro (Bogotá, Colombia)

Concert Hall

March 6–7, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Classical

Tickets from $10

Jesús López-Cobos is one of Spain’s most distinguished conductors, and he leads a program celebrating four of his country’s finest composers, and one who personifies the flow and remix of the arts across continents, Brazilian, Heitor Villa-Lobos. Cristóbal Halffter’s Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial is based on two organ works by Spanish composers active in the 16th and 17th centuries. Manuel de Falla is one of Spain’s best-known composers, and his Nights in the Gardens of Spain evokes the Hispano-Arabic past of his native Andalusia. Pianist Javier Perianes, considered one of Spain’s most exciting young performers, will be the soloist. Turina’s Danzas fantasticas celebrates the sounds of Aragon, the Basque region, and Andalusia, while Albéniz’s Suite Iberia conjures the national sounds of the peninsula. Brazil’s Villa-Lobos is most renowned for his series of Bachianas Brasilieras. No. 5, with its ensemble of cellos and solo soprano, and is reminiscent of the guitar and singer combination characteristic of fado. The soloist will be a Colombian rising star, Juanita Lascarro.

Buika (Palma de Mallorca, Spain)

With Iván “Melon” Lewis & Continuum Quartet (Havana, Cuba)

March 8, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Concert Hall

Fusion

Tickets from $15

Buika, born María Concepción Balboa Buika (Concha Buika) in 1972 in Palma de Mallorca, is an internationally recognized singer and prolific recording artist. Her major international career crosses multiple genres and has seen her perform in nearly two dozen countries. Her recording career began in 2001 and produced another dozen albums, earning multiple awards, including two Latin Grammys®. Buika will be joined in concert with Cuban-born Iván “Melon” Lewis, a brilliant musician and pianist, and his Continuum Quartet.

PostClassical Ensemble (Spain, United States)

Iberian Mystics: The Confluence of Faiths

March 10–11, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Family Theater

Classical Music

United States Premiere

Tickets from $30

Inspired by the ebb and flow of Islamic, Catholic, and Jewish influences prior to the Reconquista (Reconquest) in 1492, this multi-media program celebrates seven centuries of a rich and thriving multicultural world on the Iberian peninsula. Intense mystic traditions, resulting in a glorious mixture of influences—Sephardic, Andalusian, Flamenco, and more—made this a distinctive era, and it is celebrated in music, dance, poetry, and visual arts, in a program written by Joseph Horowitz and Antonio Muñoz Molina. The PostClassical Ensemble (PCE) is an experimental orchestral laboratory based in Washington, D.C. The artists of PCE are joined by pianist Pedro Carboné and flamenco artists Sonia Olla and Ismayel de la Rosa. The program is conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez, who founded PCE in 2003 with Joseph Horowitz. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

National Symphony Orchestra

Christoph Eschenbach, conductor

March 12 at 7 p.m., March 13-14, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Concert Hall

Classical

Tickets from $10

No country has fallen under the Iberian influence more than the peninsula’s neighbor across the Pyrenees: France. Time and again its composers have been bespelled by Spanish sounds. Chabrier proclaims his inspiration in the title, España. Spanish violinist Leticia Moreno makes her NSO debut in Lalo’s Symphonie espagnole. Claude Debussy’s Iberia from his musical travelogue Images and Ravel’s Boléro, place the capstone on this program revealing France’s fascination with the sound-world of Spain.

Eugenia León (Mexico)

Eugenia León y Las Voces de Mujeres, Voces del Pueblo

March 14–15, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Fusion

Tickets from $25

Eugenia León pays tribute to the great Ibero-American female singers in a special program, including: Mercedes Sosa (Argentina), Julia Zenko (Argentina), Lilia Felipe (Argentina), Susana Rinaldi (Argentina) Elis Regina (Brazil), Cesária Évora (Cape Verde), Violeta Parra (Chile), Totó la Momposina (Colombia), Chavela Vargas (Costa Rica/Mexico), La Lupe (Cuba), Omara Portuondo (Cuba), Milva (Italy), Lola Beltrán (Mexico), Jesusa Rodríguez (Mexico), Concha Méndez (Mexico), Maristela (U.S./Mexico), Amália Rodrigues (Portugal), Lucha Reyes (Peru), Lola Flores (Spain), Rocío Dúrcal (Spain), Nina Simone (USA), Soledad Bravo (Venezuela). This multimedia performance will feature painter Cecilia García Amaro joining Ms. León onstage.

Over the course of her illustrious career spanning more than three decades, Eugenia León has become a Mexican cultural icon. She has produced nearly 30 original studio albums and has toured in such countries as France, Japan, Spain, Germany, Brazil, Morocco, Egypt, China, and the United States. In 2003, she debuted as the presenter of the popular television program Acústico in Mexico City, conducting interviews and performing duets with Ibero-American music celebrities such as Daniela Romo, José Feliciano, Susana Zabaleta, La Sonora Santanera, Chavela Vargas, and Amaury Pérez, among many others.

Carmen Souza (Cape Verde)

Live at Lagny Jazz Festival Tour

March 16, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Fusion

Tickets from $25

Carmen Souza stands out as one of the most in-demand jazz and world singers in Europe. Her vocal approach has been compared to singers like Billie Holiday, Nina Simone, and Eartha Kitt, but this singer-songwriter and musician has created her own idiosyncratic soundscape. Her mix of West African rhythms with contemporary jazz was named by DownBeat magazine as a “recipe for artistic success.” Ms. Souza was born in Lisbon within a family of Cape Verdeans. She grew up in a multilingual environment with a mixture of Creole, the local dialect her parents spoke at home, and Portuguese, always surrounded by the Cape Verdean way of life.

Piazzología (Buenos Aires, Argentina)

El Mundo de Piazzolla su Vida y su Obra

March 20–21, 2015 at 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater

Tango

United States Debut

Tickets from $19

Piazzología is an unprecedented multimedia presentation of the work of the genius maestro Astor Piazzolla, performed by five internationally acclaimed musicians. El Mundo de Piazzolla su Vida y su Obra is directed by Emmanuel Alvarez and features two international caliber tango dancers, Iris Acuña and Marcelo Montenegro, semi-finalists in the Tango World Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Combining music, video, and dance, Piazzología traverses the life and major works of maestro Piazzolla in a resounding and exquisite tribute to his legacy. The work premiered to acclaim in Formosa, Argentina in March 2014, and will make its international debut at the Kennedy Center.

Orquestra Jovem do Estado (São Paulo, Brazil)

With soprano Harolyn Blackwell (United States)

Cláudio Cruz, conductor

From Villa –Lobos to Tom Jobim: Symphonic Music from Brazil

March 22, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Concert Hall

Classical

United States Debut

Orquestra Jovem do Estado de São Paulo (the youth orchestra from São Paulo State) was founded 1979 in Brazil and makes its United States debut at the Kennedy Center, and will perform subsequently at Lincoln Center. Under the direction of maestro Cláudio Cruz, the orchestra has toured throughout Brazil and performed in France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

Repertory will include Suíte Sinfonica Tom Jobim, a collage featuring several of Jobim’s best-known songs, as well as compositions by Heitor Villa-Lobos, one of the most celebrated and influential Brazilian composers, including songs from Floresta do Amazonas and Choros No. 6.

Songwriter, composer, arranger, singer, and pianist Tom Jobim was also a primary founder of the Brazilian bossa nova. Songs such as The Girl From Ipanema, Corcovado (Quiet Nights of Quiet Stars), and Wave became standards all over the world, and were recorded by the greatest singers and musicians of our time, including Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, and Tony Bennett.

Soprano Harolyn Blackwell has performed in many of the world’s finest opera houses, concert halls, and theaters in operas, oratorios, recitals, and Broadway musicals.

Sharon Isbin and Isabel Leonard (United States)

March 24, 2015 at 7:30 p.m.

Terrace Theater

Classical

Tickets $32

Guitar and voice: it is the quintessential Iberian musical combination. Sharon Isbin, one of today’s most renowned classical guitarists, and the exciting mezzo-soprano Isabel Leonard, an American of Argentine descent, have concocted a recital of works that is almost a roll call of Spain’s musical pantheon: Lorca, Falla, Rodrigo, Albéniz, Granados, Tárrega, and Montsalvatge. It’s an exotic mix of traditional songs and original compositions celebrating almost every corner of Spain.

SPECIAL PERFORMANCE

Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso – A Multimedia Celebration (Spain/Chile/ U.S.) March 13, 2015, 8 p.m.

Eisenhower Theater Tickets $25

An intimate tribute to three giants and contemporaries of the Spanish-speaking world, Casals, Neruda and Picasso, all of whom died in the same year, 1973. The event includes videos of all three artists, as well as live music and interviews, and will be moderated by distinguished author and critic Marie Arana, the evening also welcomes Marta Casals Istomin, the Puerto Rican music impresario, educator and widow of Pablo Casals; Marilyn McCully, eminent art historian and foremost scholar on the life and works of Picasso; and Julia Alvarez, a best-selling Dominican-American novelist and memoirist who once translated Neruda’s poetry.

FREE PERFORMANCES ON THE MILLENNIUM STAGE

Coral Cantigas (Washington, D.C.)

March 3, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Fusion

Coral Cantigas, directed by Puerto Rican-born Diana Sáez, is a Washington D.C.-based chorus with a mission to increase awareness and appreciation of the many styles of Latin American, Spanish, and Caribbean choral music. The chorus performs in Spanish, Portuguese, as well as indigenous languages and dialects of the Americas such as Nahuatl, Quechua, and Creole, with bilingual concert program notes and texts that allow audiences to follow along.

Metales M5 (Morelia, Mexico)

March 4, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Fusion

Mix the shenanigans of the Blues Brothers with the seriousness of the Canadian Brass and you have Metales M5, Mexico’s leading brass quintet. The ensemble’s wide-ranging repertoire synthesizes classical, contemporary, folk, film and pops arrangements. Playing from memory, M5 merges chamber music with showmanship. The program includes brilliant costumes, audience interaction, and Latin American charm. Since its founding in 2005 in Morelia, Michoacán, the group has toured the United States and Mexico extensively, as well as throughout Canada and South America.

Claudia Acuña (Santiago, Chile)

Homage to Violeta Parra

March 5, 201, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Chilean singer/songwriter/arranger Claudia Acuña is one of the most beautiful and compelling voices in jazz and creative music. Claudia Acuña presents a special program in honor of Chilean composer, singer, folklorist, and visual artist Violeta Parra. Born in Santiago, Chile and raised in Concepcion, Acuña was inspired as a child to perform a variety of music, including folk, pop and opera by Vitor Jara and Violeta Parra. In 1995, she moved to New York and began performing at jam sessions and clubs. It was at the original Small’s in Greenwich Village, New York, a hotbed of young talent, that Acuña made the greatest strides, meeting and working with Jeff Ballard, Avishai Cohen, Frank Hewitt, Guillermo Klein, Jimmie Lovelace, Brad Mehldau, Harry Whittaker, and the man who became her musical director and closest collaborator, pianist Jason Lindner. She was signed to Verve Records in 1999, where she recorded two albums, Wind from the South and Rhythm of Life. A third disc, Luna, was recorded for MAXJAZZ in 2004, and her debut on the Marsalis Music label, Este en Momento, was released in April 2009. She has performed several times with the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and collaborated with Wynton Marsalis. Acuña has also recorded and toured with a host of performers including George Benson, Joey Calderazzo, Billy Childs, Roy Hargrove, Tom Harrell, Christian McBride, Danilo Pérez and Pablo Ziegler.

Papo Vázquez Pirates Troubadours (Puerto Rico, U.S.)

March 6, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Trombonist, composer and arranger Papo Vázquez has performed and recorded jazz, Latin, Afro-Caribbean and classical music for more than 35 years. Born in Philadelphia, he spent his early years in Puerto Rico before moving back to the heart of the city’s Puerto Rican community in north Philadelphia. He was recently invited by “The Presidents Own” U.S. Marine Band to lead and direct the group on its first Afro Caribbean Jazz performance in Washington, D.C. In May 2013, Vazquez was commissioned by Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra and Symphony Space to compose new music for the Nueva Musica concert series, in New York. In 2011, he was presented with a Latino Masters Award by the Pregones Theater under the NEA’s American Masterpieces: Presenting Program. In 2010, Vazquez was commissioned by Wynton Marsalis to compose a work inspired by Cuban painter Wilfredo Lam, which he conducted and performed with Jazz at Lincoln Center’s Orchestra on The Jazz and Art

Concert. In 2008, the Papo Vázquez The Mighty Pirates recording Marooned/Aíslado earned a Grammy® nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album.

 

Moreira Chonguiça (Matola, Mozambique)

March 7, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Jazz

United States Debut

Ethnomusicologist, saxophonist, producer, and composer Moreira Chonguiça has performed in Mozambique, South Africa, and Brazil. He played the saxophone in 10 international festivals, and participated in numerous national and international festivals in South Africa. He brings a jazz program to the Kennedy Center from Mozambique.

Piano Marathon Cubano (Havana, Cuba)

Featuring Jorge Luis Pacheco, Harold López-Nussa, and Aldo López-Gavilán

March 8, 2015, 5 p.m. Millennium Stage Jazz/Fusion

In partnership with FUNDarte

Jorge Luis Pacheco Campos is one of the leading pianists of the new generation of jazz in Cuba. He is a pianist, percussionist, composer, vocalist, and musical director who is recognized worldwide. Harold López-Nussa Torres is one most outstanding young interpreters of jazz in Cuba. He has given concerts in the most important venues in Cuba, as well as on notable stages and international festivals. His training and musical background have allowed him to move easily from the classical to the popular. Aldo López-Gavilán was born in Cuba to a family of internationally acclaimed classical musicians. His father is a conductor and composer, his mother is a concert pianist, and his brother is a violin virtuoso. López-Gavilán began his formal piano studies at the age of seven. He made his professional debut at the age of 12 with the Matanzas Symphony Orchestra. He later went on to perform Prokofiev’s Third Concerto with the National Symphonic Orchestra of Cuba.

Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró (Catalonia, Spain)

March 9, 2015 at 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Fado/Jazz

Singer Sílvia Pérez Cruz performs a fusion of fado, jazz, and flamenco. Cruz has performed recently at the London Jazz Festival, Primavera Sounds Festival in Barcelona, Arles Festival, Arles and the Théâtre des Abbesses in Paris. She went to Catalonia College of Music in Barcelona, where she received classical training studying the piano and saxophone and receiving a degree in vocal jazz. While she was at Catalonia College of Music, she co-founded a flamenco group called Las Migas and became well-known in the Spanish music scene. Cruz won a Goya Award, Spain’s most prestigious film award, for best original song “No Te Puedo Encontrar” in the film Blancanieves. Her first album, 11 de noviembre, went Gold in Spain. Raül Fernández Miró learned flamenco alongside Catalan Guitarist Kiko Veneno, with whom he has performed throughout his career. Sílvia Pérez Cruz and Raül Fernández Miró have been collaborating and performing together for the past eight years.

Romero Lubambo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) and Hernán Romero (Granada, Spain) March 10, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage Jazz

Romero Lubambo’s guitar playing unites the styles and rhythms of his native Brazilian musical heritage with the American jazz tradition to form a distinctive new sound. He has performed and recorded with many outstanding artists, including musical legends Yo-Yo Ma, Harry Belafonte, Dianne Reeves, Diana Krall, Michael Brecker, Kathleen Battle, Wynton Marsalis, Kurt Elling, Kenny Barron, Luciana Souza, Cyro Baptista, Sergio and Odair Assad, Paquito D’Rivera, Larry Coryell, Gato Barbieri, James Carter, and Cesar Camargo Mariano, among many others.

Composer and guitarist Hernán Romero was born in Granada, Spain where began performing at the age of four with his family’s ensemble alongside his mother, internationally acclaimed singer Estela  Raval. In 1986, Romero moved to New York and began working with some of the finest area guitarists including Al Di Meola, Paco De Lucia, and John McLaughlin. Romero has played with Di Meola on 15 albums, His own albums, include Romero-Live at Trinity Church and Un Segundo Una Vida which won a Grammy® for best surround sound album of the year, and Duende which hit No.6 on the World Music Billboard charts. His music has also been featured in major motion pictures. His song, “Rear View Mirror” was recorded with Alicia Keys for the film Dr. Doolittle 2.

Hadi Eldebek (U.S./Lebanon)

March 11, 201, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Composer and oud player Hadi Eldebek began as a teaching artist in 2009 for Silk Road Connect, teaching students in New York City public schools about the oud and Arabic music, and in 2010 he joined the Silk Road Ensemble, performing with Yo-Yo Ma and other great musicians from around the world. In 2012, he joined the Brooklyn Philharmonic as composer for the Outside-In Fellowship. He collaborated with Heather Raffo on the score of her play 9 Parts of Desire and performed with the production across the country, including at the Kennedy Center in 2009.

Nathalie Handal and Hanna Khoury (United States)

March 12, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Fusion

Nathalie Handal was raised in Latin America, France, and the Arab World. Her most recent books include the critically acclaimed Poet in Andalucía, and Love and Strange Horses, the latter winning the prestigious 2011 Gold Medal Independent Publisher Book Award. She has performed and read on stages worldwide and her work has appeared in Vanity Fair, Guernica Magazine, the Guardian, the Nation, and other publications. Handal is a Lannan Foundation Fellow, winner of the Alejo Zuloaga Order in Literature, and Honored Finalist for the Gift of Freedom Award, among other honors.

Hanna Khoury is the director of the music program with Al-Bustan Seeds of Culture, and Music Director of the community-based Philadelphia Arab Music Ensemble. He is a recipient of the  2010 Pew

 Fellowship in the Arts, an annually awarded grant given to 12 Philadelphia artists who demonstrate exemplary talent, and the prestigious Qattan Foundation Award. Khoury is a violinist trained in the classical traditions of Arab and Western music and can be heard on several pop songs including Beautiful Liar (featuring Beyoncé and Shakira) and Love and Compassion (featuring Paula Cole and Kazem Al Saher). Khoury has collaborated and performed with major artists including Lebanese superstars Fairuz and Marcel Khalife, Iraqi singer Kazem Al-Saher, Grammy winner Youssou N’Dour, Algerian singer Cheb Khaled, and Tony Award winner Mandy Patinkin. In additiona his work can be heard in the award-winning films Amreeka, Budrus, Encounter Point, and the PBS documentary Mosque in Morgan Town.

Manhattan Camerata (Argentina, Portugal, U.S.) March 13, 2015, 6 p.m.

Tango-Fado Project

with Maestro Daniel Binelli Millennium Stage

Manhattan Camerata is a New York-based world music chamber orchestra whose performances integrate Western classical chamber orchestra with several instruments from around the world (including Portuguese guitar, sitar, koto, darbuka, bandoneón, among others), in a wide variety of musical styles (including tango, fado, and flamenco, among others). The Camerata was founded in 2009 by Argentine composer and pianist Lucía Caruso and Portuguese composer and guitarist Pedro H. da Silva. The Camerata performed at major venues across the New York area and internationally in Portugal, France, and Italy. Exploring the connections between Argentine tango and Portuguese fado, Tango-Fado Project blends the traditional sounds of the two instruments that are at the very heart of both styles: bandoneón and Portuguese guitar. The performance features fado singer Catarina Avelar, pianist Polly Ferman and renowned Argentine composer and bandoneón player Maestro Daniel Binelli, a member of Astor

Piazzolla’s New Tango Sextet.

Leticia Moreno with Christoph Eschenbach (Spain, Germany)

March 14, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Classical music

Violinist Leticia Muñoz and pianist Christoph Eschenbach will offer a recital program of music from the Iberian peninsula. Mr. Eschenbach is music director for both the National Symphony Orchestra and the Kennedy Center, and is in great demand by the finest orchestras and opera houses the world over. He frequently mentors gifted young performers, and works regularly with the Schleswig-Holstein Festival Orchestra.

Born in 1985 in Madrid, Leticia Muñoz Moreno has been playing the violin since the age of three. Truly a musicians’ musician, her vivid artistry has earned encomiums from some of this era’s most renowned string players, including Maxim Vengerov, Mstislav Rostropovich, and Ruggerio Ricci.

El Païs has extolled her for her “captivating vehemence, virtuosity, and brilliancy.” The youngest-ever scholarship student to attend the prestigious Alexander von Humboldt Foundation school in Berlin, Leticia went on to graduate from London’s Guildhall School of Music. In 2012, HRH Prince Felipe of Spain awarded her the IMPULSA Art and Literature Award for her work with the Principe de Girona  Foundation, an educational program to bring younger audiences, aged 16–35, to classical music, and concerts.

Hiromi Suda (Japan)

March 15, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Fusion

Hiromi Suda began her studies at Berklee College of Music in 2005, and by 2007, she had developed a keen interest in Brazilian music. Ms. Suda has woven her knowledge of Brazilian music to produce a singular and innovative sound recognized by critics as a serious contribution in vocal style and technique. She has performed at clubs and venues throughout New York City including Blue Note, Zinc Bar, Cornelia Street Café, among others, and has toured extensively through her native country, Japan.

The Gift (Alcobaça, Portugal)

March 16, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Alternative Rock

In partnership with Arte Institute

Formed in Portugal in 1994, The Gift’s first album, Vinyl, went platinum – a first for a debut record of an independent band. Their subsequent album releases were met with equal enthusiasm and success, achieving gold and silver statuses. In 2005 The Gift was awarded the MTV Europe award for Best Portuguese Act. By the release of their 5th album, Explode, their fan-base was so strong that it immediately went to number one on the charts and held the position for over 10 weeks. The independent band has found resounded success in the career spanning over two decades not only in Portugal, but across the globe with successful tours to Germany, Macau, Paris, Spain, Prague, and the United States, among others. The group has performed at many of the top festivals around the world, including South by Southwest (SXSW), and Sonar festival, and has toured with international superstars like The Flaming Lips.

Sofia Ribeiro (Portugal, Colombia) and Luísa Sobral (Portugal)

March 17, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Jazz

In partnership with Arte Institute

The Millennium Stage performance will be shared by two of the top Portuguese female musicians today: Sofia Ribeiro and Luísa Sobral.

Sofia Ribeiro is a magnificent Portuguese singer who has the ability to immediately attract the listener to her unique musical universe. Well-known for her strong and emotional performances, the multi-awarded singer has captivated audiences all over the world, performing in countries such as Portugal, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, France, the U.K., Belgium, Germany, Morocco, Finland, the U.S., and more. She has recorded eight CDs, and won several prizes from Jazz festivals and competitions around the globe. In 2008, she participated in the Betty Carter Jazz Ahead program at the Kennedy Center. Sofia is joined by acclaimed musicians: pianist Juan Andrés Ospina (Colombia), bassist Petros Klampanis (Greece), and percussionist Marcelo Woloski (Argentina).

Composer, lyricist, performer and multi-instrumentalist Luísa Sobral is one of the biggest talents in Portuguese music, with two albums to her name. She has won critical and public acclaim, both in Portugal and abroad. Her first album, The Cherry on My Cake went platinum and won her nominations for two Golden Globes, in the Newcomer and Best Individual Performer categories. Her second album, There’s a Flower in My Bedroom was certified Gold and Luísa followed with a successful tour to sold out venues throughout Portugal and beyond to Spain, France, England, Scotland, Switzerland, Germany, Turkey, Israel, Morocco, and China.

José André (Cochabamba, Bolivia)

March 18, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Jazz

U.S. Debut

José André Montaño is a nine year-old jazz musician from Bolivia, who is blind. He formed his first Latin Jazz band at age six, and recorded his first album, Ama a Todos, in 2013. José André has performed with many great jazz musicians throughout Bolivia, Brazil and Peru. At a young age, he has been covered in international news stories by both Reuters and the BBC. He makes his United States debut with this performance.

Rodrigo Leão (Lisbon, Portugal)

March 19, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Pop

In partnership with Arte Institute

Rodrigo Leão is a founder, musician, and composer behind the well-known Portuguese ensemble Madredeus. After 10 years with the band, he began a solo career in 1993 and has performed in the United States, Italy, and India, among others. Rodrigo is also a founding member of the indie-rock band, Sétima Legião and has won awards for his film music compositions, most notably an American Film and Television Award for the soundtrack for the 2013 film, The Butler, directed by Lee Daniels.

António Zambujo (Beja, Portugal)

March 20, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

In partnership with Arte Institute

António Zambujo was born in Beja, located in the Alentejo region of southern Portugal, where he grew up listening to cante alentejano, male chant from southern Portugal with North African influences, which became a strong influence in his music. He began studying the clarinet at the age of eight at the Conservatório Regional do Baixo Alentejo, but from a very young age became entranced with fado. Zambujo merges traditional fado with cante alentejano, bossa nova, Brazilian popular music, and jazz. Since 2002, he has produced five successful albums and has won several awards including the Amália Rodrigues Prize in 2006 in the category of “Best male fado singer.” He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2012 as part of Carnegie’s World Views program and has toured to Canada, France, Serbia, and Croatia as well as Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands, Brazil, Finland, and Austria.

Brass Ensemble São Paulo (São Paulo, Brazil)

Carmen Miranda, Carnival, and Beyond

March 21, 2015, 6 p.m.

Millennium Stage

Classical

United States Debut

An ensemble of musicians from the São Paulo Youth Orchestra will perform an exciting program of South American rhythms. Repertory will include songs that Carmen Miranda made famous, popular songs from Carnival, and more. Carmen Miranda was a Portuguese Brazilian samba singer, dancer, Broadway actress, and film star. She was the first Latin American star to be invited to imprint her hands and feet in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, in 1941. She became the first South American to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

LITERATURE SERIES

March 13–15, 2015

The Literature series, moderated by Marie Arana, who is a novelist, biographer, Writer at Large for the Washington Post, and Senior Consultant to the U.S. Library of Congress, offers an array of literary voices, reaching from Spain and Portugal to many countries of Latin America, as well as Africa and the Caribbean. Novelists, playwrights, poets, essayists, and translators will gather to celebrate the abiding legacies of Iberian culture. This three-day series promises a stimulating exchange of ideas and an inspiring celebration of words.

In Tres Pablos: Casals, Neruda, and Picasso A Multimedia Celebration, Marta Casals Istomin, Puerto Rican music impresario, educator, and widow of Pablo Casals and Julia

Alvarez, a Dominican-American novelist and memoirist, who has translated poetry by Pablo Neruda, pay tribute to three giants and contemporaries of the Spanish-speaking world, including video, music and interviews. The series will also offer a resounding tribute to the Portuguese Nobel Laureate, José Saramago. Other writers and moderators in the series include: Afonso Cruz (Portugal), José Luis Peixoto (Portugal), Ondjaki (Angola), Tatiana Salem Levy (Brazil), Edith Grossman (U.S.), Eduardo Lago (Spain), Gonçalo Tavares (Portugal), Laura Restrepo (Colombia), Pilar del Rio (Spain), Adriana Lisboa (Brazil), Esmeralda Santiago (Puerto Rico), Francisco Goldman (Guatemala),

Cristina Henríquez (Panama), Achy Obejas (Cuba), Ray Suarez (Puerto Rico), Carlos Ruiz Zafón (Spain), Antonio Muñoz Molina (Spain), Valerie Miles (U.S.), Juan Gabriel Vázquez (Colombia), Cesar Aira (Argentina), Dulce María Cardoso (Portugal), Alonso Cueto (Peru), Carmen Boullosa (Mexico), Javier Cercas (Spain) and Anne McLean (Canada). Additional details will be announced on the Kennedy Center website.

CULINARY EVENTS

Vibrant, diverse, and overwhelmingly popular, the cuisine of the regions and countries featured in the festival are an integral part of the culture. The culinary portion of the program will offer a variety of ways for the public to engage and taste an array of the regions culinary offerings through special regional menus during the three weeks in the KC café and KC restaurant, wine tasting events, and others. A family space during the festival will feature recipes, and games centered on healthy eating.

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVALS AT THE KENNEDY CENTER

For more than 40 years, the Kennedy Center has presented diverse festivals of international arts and culture. In March 2014, the Center presented WORLD STAGES: International Theater Festival 2014, featuring theatrical offerings from 19 countries. Other recent international festivals include Nordic Cool 2013, highlighting the different cultures of the Nordic region, The Music of Budapest, Prague, and Vienna (2012), which highlighted the rich musical heritage of three European cities with dozens of performances, lectures, and events; maximum INDIA (2011), an unprecedented celebration of Indian arts and culture that included nearly 100 performances, events, and exhibitions; Arabesque: Arts of the Arab World (2009), a wide-reaching celebration of Arab arts and culture that presented more than 800 artists from 22 Arab countries; JAPAN! culture + hyperculture (2008), which showcased the richness and diversity of the arts of Japan by bringing the traditional and classical together with the contemporary and cutting-edge; Festival of China (2005), which comprised four weeks of unprecedented performances and exhibitions, featuring more than 900 Chinese artists, and was the single largest celebration of Chinese performing arts in American history; Festival of France (2004), a large-scale celebration in recognition of the global impact of French art, culture, and history; AmericArtes (2001-2004), a multi-year festival exploring Latin American art and culture; and African Odyssey (1997-2000), a four-year festival celebrating the arts and culture of Africa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempest News

Brazilian Singing Star MARIA RITA Debuts “Voice & Piano” Show in Six U.S.Markets

Brazilian Singing Star MARIA RITA Debuts “Voice & Piano” Show in Six U.S.Markets

With More Latin Grammys than any other Brazilian Artist, Singer Returns after 8-Year Absence

 A Challenging, Intimate Program with Pianist Tiago Costa, Covering Hits from her Four CDs

including her 2013 Latin Grammy winner “Redescobrir”

 Tours Ends with Special Tribute to Bossa Nova Legend Oscar Castro-Neves in Los Angeles

 MARIA RITA “VOICE AND PIANO” (Tiago Costa, piano)

Jan 31                  Scottsdale, AZ                       Scottsdale Center for the Arts

Feb 2 & 3             New York, NY                        City Winery

Feb 6 & 7              Chicago, IL                            City Winery Chicago

Feb 9                     New Bedford, MA                 Zeiterion Theatre

Feb 10                   San Francisco, CA                SF Jazz / Miner Auditorium

Feb 14                    Los Angeles, CA                  Walt Disney Concert Hall (Tribute to Oscar Castro-Neves w/                                                                                      guest musicians)

It should be clear by now that Brazilian singer Maria Rita marches to her own drummer.

She resisted pressures to sing until she decided it was time. Then she went out and exploded onto the international music scene ten years ago. Numbers never tell the whole story, but in the decade since she has won a shelf full of awards including seven Latin GRAMMYs (more than any other Brazilian artist), has sold more than 2.5 million copies of her four recordings, and has performed in some of most important festivals and venues around the world.

She gracefully negotiated treacherous, impossible comparisons with the late Elis Regina, one of Brazil’s greatest singers — who happens to be her mother. And then, when she decided it was time, she addressed Elis’s shadow in her stunning show Redescobrir (Rediscover). Its success was complete last year when, Redescobrir Ao Vivo, the live recording, won Maria Rita her latest Latin GRAMMY for the Best Album of Brazilian Popular Music (or MPB in its Portuguese acronym).

So what to do as a follow up?  A very personal, stripped-down show of voice and piano.

For a singer, it’s the equivalent of doing a high-wire act without a net.

“It is a challenge, but I like challenges,” she says with a laugh, speaking in barely-accented English, partly the result of her years living and studying in the United States. “I’m not a woman who shies away from a challenge. To the contrary, I get excited. It kind of gets me going. If I do the same thing the same way for a long time, I get bored, so I look for different challenges in my career as well as my personal life.”

“I’ve been playing with my pianist, Tiago Costa, for a long time and we kind of breathe together on stage. But these types of performances are a challenge. As a singer, in this setting, you are totally exposed,” she says. “There is very little room for mistakes. You breathe in the wrong place, you hold a note too long, and it all gets magnified.  In a way, everything is much louder than when you are on stage with a lot of people around, a lot of noise. And it’s a great challenge not only for the artists on stage. It demands a lot from the audience, too.”

Born September 9, 1977 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Maria Rita Camargo Mariano is the daughter of singer Elis Regina, who died in 1982, and pianist and arranger Cesar Camargo Mariano, whom she has often cited as her greatest influence.

Bloodlines notwithstanding, Maria Rita resisted what to many seemed her preordained path. “I always wanted to sing,” she once explained. “But the issue was not the ‘wanting’ but the ‘why.’ I don’t like to do anything without a reason. It gets easier when you have a goal. The reason became clear when I realized I would go crazy if I did not sing. ”

Still, in an interview with National Public Radio in 2004 she noted that “There was this pressure. It was a kind of obligation. I had to sing. It was hard to deal with it at times.” So, instead, at 15 she moved to Chatham, New Jersey with her father, finished high school and enrolled at NYU, graduating with degrees in Communications and Latin American Studies in 2000.

The following year — she was then 24 — Maria Rita began singing professionally. Her impressive debut CD, Maria Rita, earned her three Latin GRAMMYs in 2004, including Best New Artist, Best Song in Portuguese (for her interpretation of Milton Nascimento’s “A festa”) and Best MPB Album.

It was followed by Segundo (2005), which earned her two more Latin GRAMMYs; Samba Meu (2007) which also won a Latin GRAMMY and had such an extraordinary popular reception that it toured until 2010; and, in 2011, Elo.

 Then came Redescobrir (Rediscover), which started as a tribute concert to Elis Regina on the 30th anniversary of her passing and, by popular demand, grew into a touring show and CD. Maria Rita says the project happened at the right time to address her mother’s music and her iconic presence.

“I had been on stage for more than 10 years; I had a number of albums and awards, so I felt I had nothing to prove,” says Maria Rita. “If there is anybody out there who still thinks I’m only a singer because of my mother, poor you. There is nothing else I can do for you. I’m just doing my thing. I admire my mother too much. That’s one of the reasons I didn’t want to start my career singing her songs, I didn’t want to intrude in her place. Her place is there and is untouchable. She is immortal.

“As far as the experience, every night I sang I told the audience that I was there not just as a singer but as a daughter. I could see the reaction of the people, how much they felt, how much they miss her. Honestly, to see that was a gift for me. It was a beautiful thing.”

Fast forward to 2014, with Maria Rita celebrating the success of Redescobrir and ready to move on to the upcoming “Voice & Piano” tour, her first in the U.S. in eight years.

As usual, Maria Rita will be keeping things a bit unpredictable and fresh. “There will be songs from the various albums, some songs I have not recorded and I’m sure we will be doing some songs from Redescobrir,” she says.

“Singing in the United States is for me very special. I still have many personal friends there. So I am very excited — and I also have butterflies in my stomach because it’s a huge challenge,” she says with a chuckle. “But we’ll see what happens!”                                                                                        January 2014

Tempest News

First 3 Months

Greetings.  Lovely to be reporting that this year has truly started out with Artistic fireworks!  We are please to announce that the wave of Fado continues strong and powerful.  This year and next Tempest Entertainment will be backing new revelations the likes of Nathalie Pires [ see Artists] and the crown jewel of all male Fadistas, Camane.

On the Portuguese bent, we are also extremely proud to be representing Teresa Salgueiro’s solo work.  You may know  Teresa as the iconic and trademark vocalist of Madredeus.  Since  2006, Teresa has continued building her exceptional repertoire which has culminated in a distinguished new release, “O Misterio” .

All about Jazz: Each song is a beautifully crafted little masterpiece. O Misterio is a bit difficult to categorize but is all the more unique and enjoyable for it. It really shows an artist at a peak of her craft and with a vision to match. 

 

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