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Queens College Launches "Year of Brazil" with Free Performance of Brazilian Jazz Ensemble on October 11

-- Events Planned Through June 2014 Will Explore Brazil’s History, Art, and Culture --

FLUSHING, NY, September 30, 2013 – Queens College’s “Year of Brazil” gets off to a rousing start with its first official event—a free Brazilian Jazz Ensemble concert, “Quarteto Moderno,” on Friday, October 11 at 10 am in the LeFrak Concert Hall. Acclaimed guitarist-vocalist-composer Richard Boukas, a QC graduate, leads the ensemble, known for its performance of samba, choro, bossa nova, baiao and other Brazilian musical genres.  

The program will feature a 150th birthday tribute to Brazilian composer and pianist Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934) and pieces by Brazilian composers Pixinguinha, Jacob do Bandolim, Hermeto Pascoal and Sergio Santos. The concert will also showcase original Boukas compositions for samba, choro, baiao, and maracatu genres. Part of an on-going subscription series, “Chamber Music Live,” presented by the Aaron Copland School of Music, this Year of Brazil concert is free to the public as well as QC faculty, students and staff. (The price for the entire eight-concert series is $95. 

Following the concert, Boukas will discuss and perform the distinctive Brazilian instrumental music form of choro (“little lament”), which features virtuoso melodies, embellishments and counterpoints, in his piece “Choro– The Bebop of Brazil.” This will take place at 1:40 pm, Room 226, Music Building.

Upcoming events showcase related musical traditions, dance performances, art exhibits, a pre-“World Cup” match, and other expressions of Brazilian culture. Recently, visiting Brazilian artisans worked with students to construct a recreation of a favela (Brazilian shanty town) on the steps of the library and in front of the Science Building, an installation that will remain on view throughout the academic year. More at

The 2013-2014 academic Year of Brazil will also feature student and faculty exchanges, newly developed credit-bearing courses taught by QC professors, opportunities to learn Portuguese and programs by members of the local Brazilian community. To encourage collaborations and partnerships, faculty will lead study tours to Brazil for faculty, students, and staff.

Dedicated to embracing and understanding the complexity and vitality of our world, Queens College has focused since 2010 on a campus-wide, in-depth exploration of the history, art, and culture of a different country. The process of selecting the country involves many members of the Queens College community in a campus-wide conversation. The “Year Of” initiative began with the Year of China, followed by the Year of Turkey and Year of India.

“By bringing in these international programs, we can offer our students meaningful academic content about countries that are vital to the world of nations today,” said Marleen Kassel, Director of Asian Initiatives.

Programming for the 2013-2014 Year of Brazil will reflect that nation’s vibrant life, and include art exhibitions and installations, music and dance performances and student-sponsored activities on culture, sports, and daily life. Rich presentations will explore Brazil—its society, politics, arts, culture, science, religions and economics—as well as its influence in Latin America and the world, and its diaspora in the United States, through a variety of lenses.

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Queens College of the City University of New York enjoys a national reputation for its liberal arts and sciences and pre-professional programs. With its graduate and undergraduate degrees, honors programs, and research and internship opportunities, the college helps its over 20,000 students realize their potential in countless ways, assisted by an accessible, award-winning faculty. Located on a beautiful, 77-acre campus in Flushing, the college is cited each year in the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s 100 “Best Value” colleges, thanks to its outstanding academics, generous financial aid packages, and relatively low costs. This year, Washington Monthly ranked QC #1 among “Master’s Universities” as a Best-Bang-for –the-Buck college and #2 nationwide among only 349 colleges that do the best job of helping non-wealthy students attain marketable degrees at affordable prices.


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