¡Viva Brazil! : Latin trio offers forum before concert to discuss music, social action in Latin America
The Luciana Souza Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. today at the Norton Center for the Arts. Other related events, such as a Brazilian-themed meal and panel discussion, will be held prior to the concert. (Photo contributed)
¡Viva Brazil! is an event that began yesteday at Centre College, with several Grammy Award-winning Brazilian artists. The performance of the Luciana Souza Trio is the anchor event of the celebration.
Genny D. Ballard, associate professor of Spanish and Latin American Studies at Centre College, said the collaboration is a result of the new Latin American Studies minor on campus. Brianna Leavitt Alcantara, assistant professor of history at Centre College, wrote in an essay about the collaboration, “ ... When faculty members talked to students about how they would like to encounter Latin American culture, students responded, ‘Music, music, music!’ The collaboration between Centre’s Latin American Studies minor and the Norton Center for the Arts made that possible and much more.”
Alcantara also noted in her essay, “Centre students and the larger community have the opportunity to actively reflect on the ethnic and cultural influences that have shaped Brazil’s musical tradition, the relationship between Brazil and the United States, and the intersection of art and social action at home and abroad.”
The relationship between art and politics, both here and abroad, also will be explored.
“In the United States, we often assume a clear boundary separates cultural and political activities,” Alcantara wrote. “But in Brazil and the rest of Latin America, art regularly intertwines with social action. Latin American musicians and artists frequently wrestle with the thorny legacies of conquest, colonialism and imperialism. They have been some of the most vocal critics of economic and political oppression. Some paid a high price for protesting — prison, exile, even execution.
“On the other side of the spectrum, artists and intellectuals have also often served as political leaders and national heroes. The discussion forums provided by ¡Viva Brazil! represent an exciting opportunity for the Centre community to explore art’s potential to call out for social change and transform society.”
Centre College Dining and the Norton Center for the Arts are teaming up to celebrate “Carnaval Brasilero,” an opportunity for students and the community to learn more about the traditions and history of Brazil.
A themed menu will be served. It will feature Brazilian flank steak, chicken breast Bahia–style, spicy greens, Brazilian-style succotash, coconut rice and a Brazilian vegetable stir fry complete with plantains as an entrée alternative for vegetarian guests.
The music of Carnaval, a decorate-your-own-masquerade-mask, with jewels, paint, feathers and other accessories, and a trivia contest will be part of the festivities at 6:30 p.m. Three attendees will win prizes.
The “Carnaval Brasilero” will be 5-7:15 p.m. at Cowan Dining Commons. Seating at Cowan starts at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $9.55 to the public at the door; students can use their meal plan for entrance. The rate for faculty and staff will be $8. The Luciana Souza Trio will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Newlin Hall at the Norton Center for the Arts. The trio includes: Luciana Souza, vocals; Romero Lubambo, guitar; and Cyro Baptista, percussion. From Brazilian pop tunes to the bossa nova, folk songs to lyrical interpretations of Pablo Neruda’s poetry, the Luciana Souza Trio performs Brazilian music with equal parts melody, clarity and sizzle.
Tickets, ranging from $23-$45, can be purchased on the web at www.NortonCenter.com or by calling the box office at (859) 236-4692.