Brazilian youth orchestra to perform Sept. 19

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's School of Music and the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra will welcome the Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais on Thursday, Sept. 19, for a full day of activities, culminating in a public performance. Admission is free.

The collaboration begins at 10 a.m. with a viola masterclass offered by guest soloist Carlos Reis Aleixo. The masterclass occurs in 112 Music Building I and is open to the public. During the day, the Brazilian youth orchestra members will be hosted by members of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra and members of Penn State's Brazilian community, including a joint rehearsal, shared dinner and a visit to The Berkey Creamery.

The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais will present a full concert at 7:30 p.m. in Esber Recital Hall. They will be joined on two pieces by members of the Central Pennsylvania Youth Orchestra. Soloists are Carlos Reis Aleixo (viola), Cenira Schreiber (piano) and Nabila Dandara (soprano). The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais is conducted by Renato Almeida and Rosiane Reis.

Carlos Aleixo is a professor of viola at the Federal University of Minas Gerias. He completed his master's and doctorate degrees in the United States at Shenandoah Conservatory where he was a student of Jan Wagner. As a concerto soloist, he has appeared with the Universidad de Minas Gerias Orchestra, the Fairfax Simphony Orchestra and the Orchestra Sinfonica National of the Theater Claudio Santoro/Brasilia.

In addition to his work as a soloist, Carlos has presented chamber music in concert halls throughout Brazil. With pianist Cenira Schreiber, he has formed VIOLiPiANO, a duo that maintains an intense chamber music schedule, presenting recitals of repertoire featuring Latin-American composers.

Born in Volta Redonda in Rio de Janeiro, Cenira Schreiber is the pianist of the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais/Brasil and professor of piano at the University of the State of Minas Gerais School of Music. She holds a bachelor’s degree in piano from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, and a master’s and doctorate degree in piano from Shenandoah Conservatory.

During the doctoral program, she participated in the World Piano Pedagogy Conference (WPPC) in Las Vegas (2004) and Anaheim (2005). In October 2006, Cenira was one of the pianists invited to the award committee of the first piano competition of WPPC in Atlanta.

Cenira has performed as a soloist in the UFMG Symphony Orchestra, SesiMinas Chamber Orchestra/Musicoop and the Symphonic Orchestra of Minas Gerais. Her repertoire includes solo piano and chamber music. She performs with violist Carlos Aleixo, as well as several chamber groups.

The Orquestra Jovem Das Gerais is a Brazilian youth orchestra that has existed for 17 years. The orchestra has performed 200 concerts in Brazil and 70 concerts internationally.

In addition to its performing schedule, the orchestra provides free classes for string and wind instruments, music theory, and English for children and adolescents from socially vulnerable communities in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte. Since its inception, more than 1,400 student musicians have participated in the orchestra's music and enrichment programs.

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Last Updated September 11, 2013