Brazilian Professor to Give Lecture and Performance

April 30, 2008

by Devany Severin , student newswriter, (254) 710-6805

Amarilis de Rebua, professor of voice at the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, will perform the works of Brazilian composer Heitor Villa-Lobos at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30, in Roxy Grove Hall on Baylor University's campus. The performance is sponsored by Latin American Studies in conjunction with the Baylor School of Music.

On Thursday, May 1, Rebua will discuss the works of 20th-Century composer Heitor Villa-Lobos as a part of the Global Issues Lecture Series from 4-5 p.m. in Recital Hall II of Waco Hall.

"Heitor Villa-Lobos is one of Brazil's most important classical composers of the early 20th century and a leader of the country's Modernist movement," said Dr. Lizabeth Souza-Fuertes, director of Latin American Studies. The concert and lecture will provide students with a rare opportunity learn about Latin American classical music at Baylor, she said.

Rebua's received a master's degree in voice performance from the Federal University of Paraíba, Brazil, and she specialized in voice at the Hochschule für Musik-München (the University of Performing Arts in Munich) where she studied under the direction of professors Hanno Blaschke, Erick Werba and Ernest Haeflieger.

Rebua has published several books and articles, recorded several CDs and has presented throughout Latin America.

In 2001 she directed and sang the opera, "Il Guarany," by A. Carlos Gomes in a special premiere which included the appearance of Guarani indians, for more than 40,000 people in the city of São Mateus, Brazil. She also performed the opera in Vitória, Brazil, for 80,000 people, under the direction of Modesto Flávio. The productions were televised by TVE, the international television network of Spain, and shown throughout Brazil.

Thursday's presentation is sponsored by the Center for International Education. Both the concert and lecture are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Lilly Fuertes at (254) 710-4531.

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