From the 1960s forward, Brazilian music has occupied a privileged niche in the worlds of popular music and jazz, recognized widely for the infectious rhythms and languorous harmonies of Samba music and Bossa Nova. These musical styles evolved from a remarkable classical tradition in Brazil that combined learned European sensibilities with African and indigenous musical aesthetics. Filtering through the cultural centers of Brazil's largest cities — São Paolo and Rio de Janeiro — these influences coalesced in the music of modern Brazilian composers, producing a musical dialect that often blurs the boundaries between classical and popular styles.
Aperio's program brings together the works of many of these modern South American masters who are widely credited with developing the modern classical tradition in Brazilian music. The concert features performances by pianist and artistic director Michael Zuraw, soprano Yuri Maria Saenz, cellist Daniel Saenz and guitarist Alberto Rodriguez-Ortiz.