Drew Peterson, pianist
Josephine Baker
John Edward Hasse, guest curator
Felix Conteras, conga
Ellington Carthan, pianist and narrator
Jeffrey Mumford, guest curator
Annie Jacobs-Perkins, cello
Katerina Burton, soprano
Robin De Jesús, actor
David Strathairn, actor
Kevork Mourad, artist
Derek Goldman, playwright/director
José Sacín, bass baritone (Don Quihote)
Israel Lozano, tenor (Master Peter)
Jennifer Zetlan, soprano (Trujaman)
Ricardo Marlow, Flamenco guitar
Philip Kennicott, guest curator
Hany Hassan FAIA, visuals
Flávio Chamis, guest curator
André Mehmari, pianist and composer
Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola
Elin Melgarejo, vocalist
Jerod Tate, guest curator
Nino Rota, composer

Legends of Brazil: A Musical Celebration for 200 Years of Friendship

The year 2024 marks the 200th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the United States and Brazil. Join PCE this November for a bicentennial celebration that showcases two centuries of incredible music from South America, from the earliest works by composers native to Brazil to a world premiere commission by André Mehmari, a leading figure on the Brazilian classical scene today. Presented by guest curator Flávio Chamis (composer, conductor, and educator), the concert offers a panoramic view of Brazilian concert music. The program includes a tempestuous classical overture by José Maurício Nunes, the modern and US premiere of Francisco Mignone’s Quadros Amazônicos (an orchestral suite based on myths from the Amazon), Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Bachiana Brasileiras no. 4, a set of popular Brazilian songs performed by DC’s own Elin Melgarejo, and chamber music featuring Latin GRAMMY-nominated violist, Tatjana Mead Chamis. 


Legends of Brazil: A Musical Celebration for 200 Years of Friendship

Tue. Nov. 19, 2024 7:30p.m

Wed. Nov. 20, 2024 7:30p.m

Terrace Theater | The Kennedy Center | 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

Presented without intermission

Flávio Chamis, guest curator

Tatjana Mead Chamis, viola

André Mehmari, piano and composer

Elin Melgarejo, vocalist

PostClassical Ensemble conducted by Angel Gil-Ordóñez


Zequinha de Abreu arr. Jamberê Cerqueira: Tico-Tico no Fubá
Padre José Maurício Nunes Garcia: Zemira
André Mehmari: Sonata for Viola

Francisco Mignone: Selection from Tres Valsas Brasileiras
Francisco Mignone: Saci and Caapora from Quadros Amazônicos
A selection of Brazilian popular songs

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Bachiana Brasileiras no. 4

André Mehmari: World premiere work for piano and orchestra

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So many thanks for that most inspiring, capacious evening. With PCE’s usual ability to surprise and delight… that symphony was astonishing…


Your leadership and dramatic shaping of the Symphony last night was truly masterful - and so inspiring. I know I’ll never forget this experience. Thank you, Maestro!


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Angel, You are so musical! I've played the 4th twice, it was the first Mahler I heard as a kid, and I'm invariably disappointed that conductors don't let it breathe.  U nailed it.


Congratulations again to you and your superb ensemble on a wonderful and provocative performance in the Terrace Theater last evening.  As always, we learned something from this concert and it was fun, too.


Everything about it was sheer delight, including the lively and interesting talk at the end…