Stela Brandao
Villa-Lobos: Modinhas & Canções

Stela Brandão, soprano
Max Lifchitz, piano

Sunday, November 8 at 3 PM

Christ & St Stephen’s Church
120 West 69th St (bet Bway & Columbus), NYC
Free Admission. No tickets required.

Celebrating the 4th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in NYC

North/South Consonance, Inc. inaugurates its 30th consecutive season with a special concert focusing on the vocal music of Heitor Villa-Lobos, the great Brazilian master on Sunday, November 8 at 3 PM.

The event will feature soprano Stela Brandão accompanied by pianist Max Lifchitz in the performance of the complete cycle of Songs and Modinhas by Villa-Lobos. It will be held at the auditorium of Christ & St. Stephen’s Church (120 West 69th St) in Manhattan. Admission is free.

The concert is part of the 4th Annual Latin American Cultural Week in New York City organized by the Pan American Musical Art Research, Inc. (PAMAR).

A native of Rio de Janeiro, soprano Stela Brandão studied voice at the University of Brasilia before going on to earn a masters degree in performance from Brooklyn College (CUNY) and a doctorate from Teachers College at Columbia University. She advanced her vocal studies with Caroline Murdoch, Richard Barrett, Eleanor Clark and Jan Prokop and coached with, among others, Dalton Baldwin, Nico Castel and Eleanor Steber. A strong advocate of Brazilian music and culture, Ms. Brandão has performed throughout her native country as well as at the United Nations and the Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. As a guest professor, she taught the course African Roots of Brazilian Music at Hunter College, and has been invited to teach Brazilian and Latin American repertoire nationwide at the National Association of Teachers of Singing Workshops (NATS), at Mannes College of Music, at the Project Canción Española in Granada, and at the Barcelona Festival of Song. She has also researched and written extensively about the Brazilian vocal repertoire including a highly regarded article about the Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 by the Brazilian master Heitor Villa-Lobos.

Active as pianist and composer, Max Lifchitz is a native of Mexico City and has resided in New York City since 1966. Described by the American Record Guide magazine as “one of America’s finest exponents of contemporary piano music,” Mr. Lifchitz has released 9 compact disc albums featuring piano music by composers from the Americas. A graduate of The Juilliard School and Harvard University, Mr. Lifchitz has appeared as soloist and recitalist throughout the US, Europe and Latin America. Praised by the New York Times for his “clean, measured and sensitive performances,” Lifchitz has performed in major Brazilian cities at the invitation of the Academia Brasileira de Musica and the Festival Musica Nova.

The artists will be available for interviews and other media related events. They may be contacted through our office at (212) 663-7566 or via e-mail at

North/South Consonance’s 2009-10 season is made possible in part with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support comes from the Alice M. Ditson Fund at Columbia University in the City of NY; the Music Performance Funds of Local 802 of the American Federation of Musicians; and contributions from many generous individuals.

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