On Monday, the Oliveira Lima Library presented “An Evening of Brazilian Classical Music” at Strathmore Hall in Bethesda, Md. Its program was inspired by the 1910 "Concert de Gala" organized by Manoel de Oliveira Lima in Brussels where he served as Brazilian Minister to Belgium.
The concert was part of the celebration of the Bicentennial of Brazil's Independence and was a cultural collaboration between the Oliveira Lima Library at Catholic University and the Embassy of Brazil in Washington, DC. It was supported by Catholic University's Office of Global Strategies, Institute for Latin American and Iberian Studies, Latin American Music Center, and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art.
The concert featured the Catholic University Symphony Orchestra directed by Maestro Simeone Tartaglione, Ph.D., professor of instrumental music and conducting, and other special guests. Vice Provost for Global Strategies Duilia de Mello served as the concert's master of ceremonies and President Garvey delivered welcome remarks.
Chiara Pappalardo, a student in the doctor of musical arts program at Catholic University, plays the cello at the concert on Monday night.
Nestor Forster, Jr., ambassador of Brazil to the United States, gives remarks at the concert. The concert was a collaboration between Catholic University’s Oliveira Lima Library and the Embassy of Brazil.
Noel Nascimento, candidate conductor in the doctor of musical arts program at Catholic University’s Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art, conducts the Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra provides conducting students opportunities to conduct a full orchestra as part of their studies.