Flutist, pianist to perform Brazilian, Latin music

Performing Arts
Apr 22, 2017
4:00 PM
Pianist Maria José Carrasqueira and flutist Wendy Rolfe

Brazil pianist Maria José Carrasqueira and Berklee professor and flutist Wendy Rolfewill perform Brazilian and Latin musical gems in concert at the First Congregational Church of Marion on Saturday, April 22, at 4 p.m.

Their program will included waltzes by Ernesto Nazareth, favorites by Tom Jobim and Heitor Villa-Lobos, and other selections evocative of Brazil and Latin America. Rolfe, a Marion resident, and Carrasqueira have performed together in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and the United States, and recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Images of Brazil” together.

Tickets for the concert are $15 for adults and $10 for students are available at the The Bookstall on Front Street in Marion and at the door. For more information and reservations, call the church office at 508-748-1053. The First Congregational Church, located at 28 Main St. at the corner of Front and Main in Marion, and is handicapped accessible.

Renowned as a performer and a professor, Carrasqueira is the recipient of three of the most important prizes for classical musicians in Brazil: The Carlos Gomes Award for Best Instrumental Soloist, the São Paulo Critics of Art Association Award for Best Recitalist of the Year and the Sharp Music Award-for Best Classical CD Production. In 2005, her CD received four stars from the French magazines “Le Monde de La Musique” and “Diapason.” She has been professor of piano at the Faculdade Santa Marcelina in São Paulo and the University of Campinas.

Wendy Rolfe is a leading performer on historical and modern flutes and is well-known as a musical ambassador throughout the Western Hemisphere and overseas. She has lectured, taught and performed in Latin America as a Fulbright Program Senior Specialist in American Music and also toured the United States with a Solo Recitalist Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, presenting her unique “A Journey Through Music History with the Flute.”

Rolfe performs, records and tours with the Handel and Haydn Society and Boston Baroque, and holds the piccolo chair with the Cape Symphony Orchestra. She is also heard on the soundtracks of the Disney/Touchstone film “Casanova” and the Ken Burns PBS special on Thomas Jefferson.