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<EM>Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art</EM>
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  •  18 January - 19 October 2014

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), presents a selection of works by 20th-century Brazilian artists of mostly African descent in Samba Spirit: Modern Afro Brazilian Art. Opening the weekend of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the exhibition includes 15 paintings and one work on paper by key artists including Heitor dos Prazeres, Maria Auxiliadoro da Silva and Waldemiro de Deus, as well as two sculptures by Agnaldo Manoel Dos Santos. Rarely studied in the United States, these artists drew on a range of traditions and found inspiration in all aspects of Brazilian culture—religious rituals, urban and rural life, music and dance.

In the 19th century, Brazil had the largest population of African slaves in the Americas and was the last to abolish the institution in 1888.  The pervasive impact of slavery on subsequent generations led one sociologist to write, “Every Brazilian, even the light-skinned fair-haired one, carries with him on his soul, when not on soul and body alike…the influence of the African, either direct or vague or remote.”  The resulting blend of African, European and indigenous cultures can be seen throughout Brazil, from the world-famous choreography of the samba and the frevo to the practices associated with the Candomblé and Umbanda faiths.  This influence extends to the visual arts as well, where the depiction of subjects and symbols related to the experiences of Afro Brazilians is prevalent.

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Website


Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
465 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115


Tel: (1) 617 267 93 00

Events in Dance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  Citi Wang Theatre  •  1 - 4 May 2014

Classic works by Alvin Ailey himself, seen on Friday evening and both weekend matinees, include the immortal Revelations and a trio of Mr. Ailey's dances set to the music of Duke Ellington: Night Creature, Pas de Duke, and The River.

The program of newer works, seen on opening night and Saturday evening, features Wayne McGregor's Chroma (2006), the Boston premiere of Aszure Barton's LIFT (2013), and Bill T. Jones' D-Man in the Waters (Part 1) (1989, revised 1998).

Detailed schedule information:
Thursday | 7:30pm (new program)
Friday | 8pm (classics)
Saturday | 2pm (classics)
Saturday | 8pm (new program)
Sunday | 3pm (classics)

Contact: Citi Wang Theatre
Citi Performing Arts Center
270 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02116

Tel: (1) 617 48 29 39 3

Events in Opera

Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria: By Claudio Monteverdi
BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, UNITED STATES  •  NEC's Jordan Hall  •  25 - 26 April 2014

Claudio Monteverdi (1567 - 1643): Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, SV 325 (The Return of Ulysses to his Homeland), 1639-1640
Prologue and five acts (later revised to three)
Libretto by Giacomo Badoaro

Semi-staged opera performances
Directed by Mark Streshinsky
Boston Baroque
Sung in Italian

Fernando Guimarães, Ulisse/tenor
Jennifer Rivera, Penelope/mezzo-soprano
Leah Wool, Minerva/mezzo-soprano
Daniel Auchincloss, Eumete/tenor
Abigail Nims, Melanto/mezzo-soprano
Aaron Sheehan, Telemaco/tenor
Daniel Shirley, Eurimaco/tenor
Marc Molomot, Iro/tenor
Sara Heaton, Amore/soprano
Christopher Lowrey, L’umana fragilità/countertenor
Teresa Wakim, Guinone/La Fortuna/soprano
João Fernandez, Nettuno/bass
Owen McIntosh, Giove/Pissandro, tenor
Krista River, Ericlea/mezzo-soprano
Jonas Budris, Anfinomo/sailors/tenor
Ulysses Thomas, Antinoo/bass-baritone

Boston Baroque Website

Please click here for a Culturekiosque book review of Mark Ringer's "Opera’s First Master: The Musical Dramas of Claudio Monteverdi."

Detailed schedule information:
7:30 pm

Contact: New England Conservatory
Jordan Hall
30 Gainsborough Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Tel: (1) 617 987 86 00

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