Sunday, March 6th at 3 PM
Scottsdale Presbyterian Church – Corner of Hayden and Osborn Roads

Melanie and Rubia 300American mezzo-soprano Melanie Ohm and Brazilian pianist Rúbia Santos met during their doctoral studies at Arizona State University in 1999. Since then, the artists have passionately shared their great interest for Brazilian culture, in particular its wealth of music and literature. In 2002, Ohm and Santos began collaborative work dedicated to researching, lecturing, and performing the “canção brasileira,” or Brazilian song. They have traveled to Brazil, Europe and within the US to present their work at various venues. The Duo gave their international debut during the 2006 Mediterranean Studies Association Congress in Genoa, Italy.

The Concert Program

  • Edmundo Villani-Côrtes (b. 1930)
    • Baile imaginário (poetry by Julio Bellodi)
    • Sem nome (poetry by Mônica Côrtes)
  • Ernani Braga (1868-1945)
    From Cinco canções nordestinas

    • Nigue-nigue ninhas (Afro-Brazilian Lullaby)
    • Engenho novo (Song of Field Workers)
  • M. Camargo Guarnieri (1907-1993)
    • Não sei (from Four cantigas)
    • Cantiga
  • Carlos Gustavino (1912-2000)
    • Pampamapa (Folksong)
    • Se equivocó la paloma (poetry of Rafael Alberti)
  • Edmundo Villani Côrtes
    • Valsinha de roda
  • Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934)
    • Escorregando
  • Jonathan Chenette (b. 1954)
    From Oh Millersville!

    • The Journey to Come
    • Waiting
    • The Electric Button
  • Lina Pires de Campos (1918-2003)
    • Embolada (Folksong)
    • Toada (Folksong)
  • Jaime Ovalle (1894-1955)
    • Azulão (poetry by Manuel Bandeira)
  • Ira and George Gershwin, arr. By Richard Walters
    • They Can’t Take That Away From Me from Shall We Dance (1937)
    • Love Is Here To Stay from Goldwyn Follies (1938)

Brazilian pianist Rúbia Santos is among the most sought-after collaborative pianists from her country, having lectured and performed in the Americas, Europe, and Asia. Reviews have praised her performances for her “provocative pianism and enthusiastic temperament.” Santos has received many awards recognizing her unique work and her passionate commitment for making her native music accessible to a broad audience. Currently, she is a faculty at Metro State University in Denver, CO, where she also coaches chamber music as well vocal literature. Santos is the co-founder of Duo Braziliana and Duo Brazil Brilliance, both ensembles dedicated to divulge contemporary music that can educate and entice. Santos is the editor of the first publication in the US of songs and piano solo works by contemporary composer E. Villani-Côrtes and has released the first recordings of chamber music by American composers Jennifer Higdon and Paul Chihara. She holds a doctoral degree in collaborative piano from Arizona State University and an Artist Diploma in piano performance from the Musikhochshcule in Cologne, Germany. Santos will become a Certified Feldenkrais Method Practitioner in November 2015. Additional information on Rúbia Santos can be found at

Melanie Ohm, mezzo soprano, specializes in North American and Brazilian art song repertoires, and has performed throughout North America, in Brazil and Europe over the course of her career. An early interest in art song provided opportunities to work with living composers, such as Jonathan Chenette, Edward Hupton, George Crumb, George Walker, and Ronaldo Miranda. Ms. Ohm premiered Chenette’s Posthumous Orpheus, and is featured performing a selection from his work Oh, Millersville! on a special CD edition of “Music in the Midwest.” With pianist Rúbia Santos, Melanie formed Duo Braziliana, dedicated to researching and performing Brazilian and Latin American art song.  Melanie received a DMA in vocal performance from Arizona State University in 2009, researching Brazilian-Portuguese Lyric Diction in Brazil. As an independent scholar, she presents on the foreigners experience of the Brazilian Portuguese language in singing, most recently in Lisbon, Portugal. Melanie provided English translations for Rúbia Santos’ edition of Eight Art Songs by Edmundo Villani-Côrtes.

Duo Braziliana is represented by Virtuosi Artistic Productions, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil¸

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