Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! Presents “A Night in Brazil: The Bossa Nova,” November 17

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Prepare for a musical adventure of romantic melodies and thrilling rhythms from Brazil when Long Beach Symphony Orchestra continues its 2012-2013 Orchestra POPS! series with “A Night in Brazil: The Bossa Nova,” on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at The Long Beach Arena.

Conducted by noted composer/instrumentalist Matt Catingub, “A Night in Brazil” features renowned Brazilian vocalist/guitarist Téka Penteriche, who sings with a sensual lyricism and rich, velvety tone as she performs perfectly swung grooves from smooth Bossa Nova and Brazilian jazz.

Selections to be performed include Desafinado, The Girl from Ipanema, Mas Que Nada, and many more.

To help get concertgoers into a festive mood, Samba dancers will be roaming the Long Beach Arena during dinner and intermission, and they’ll join LBSO during the second half of the concert.

“A Night in Brazil” begins at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena, 300 East Ocean Blvd. in Long Beach. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for picnicking. Tickets start at only $21. Student rush tickets are available for $10 with valid I.D.

For more information or to purchase tickets, call (562) 436-3203, or visit LBSO.org.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra is proud to have Farmers & Merchants Bank as its 2012-2013 Orchestra POPS! Season sponsor.

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra POPS! is a fun and friendly way to enjoy an entertaining night out. There are two ways to experience the Orchestra POPS!—either at a table of 10 on the Arena floor, or from the upstairs loge or balcony in a theater-style seat. The concert itself starts at 8 p.m., but the doors open at 6:30 p.m. Audiences are encouraged to come early and bring a picnic dinner to enjoy before the show. There are concessions available at the Arena (pizza, sandwiches, and full beverage service). Patrons can also choose to have their table catered by one of the Orchestra POPS! approved caterers.

Multi-talented musician Matt Catingub is generating excitement throughout the entertainment industry for his unique abilities as a conductor, composer, arranger, instrumentalist, and singer. Recently been appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the newly formed Glendale Pops Orchestra; Conductor, Hawaii Symphony Orchestra Pops; and New Hampshire Music Festival Pops Conductor, he consistently garners praise for his innovative pops programming.

A prolific arranger, Matt has developed such a substantial library of his own charts that he is able to put together shows in virtually every genre of music from big band, to the Rat Pack, to Motown, to 80’s hits, to smooth and classic jazz. He has also made a specialty of arranging and orchestrating symphonic shows for major international artists, thereby enabling them to work with orchestras. In this capacity he has worked with names such as Rosemary Clooney, Kenny Loggins, Michael Feinstein, John Pizzarelli, Toto, Michael Mc Donald, and more.

As a conductor, he has appeared with ensembles including the symphony orchestras of Cincinnati, Columbus, Florida, Houston, Los Angeles, Minnesota, Nashville, Oregon, St. Louis, and Utah, among others. Recent and upcoming engagements include returns to the Cincinnati Pops, Columbus Symphony, St. Louis Symphony, Nashville Symphony, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony and New Hampshire Music Festival, as well as debuts with the Phoenix, Long Beach, Hartford, Victoria, and Omaha symphonies.

Read Matt’s complete bio on the LBSO website

Téka is an artist with roots firmly planted in the traditions of Brazilian music: the samba, bossa nova, and choro. Born into a musical family, singing was a natural part of growing up in Brazil. From an early age, she fell under the spell of American Jazz and began soaking up the sounds of Sarah Vaughan, Billy Holiday and Frank Sinatra. Today, her music has become a fusion of the sensual rhythms and harmonies of Brazil with the improvisation of Jazz, which she has coined New Bossa.

A graduate in Music Education and Arts at São Paulo State University, Téka went on to study at Boston’s Berklee School of Music and Longy School of Music. She met, and was mentored by, Dominique Eade, a well known teacher and jazz vocalist, and soon began appearing at Boston’s premier jazz clubs, including Scullers and the RegattaBar. She was a 1993 nominee for the Boston Music Award for Outstanding Latin Act.

Téka has performed and recorded with many internationally renowned artists, including Hermeto Pascoal, Gilberto Gil, Flora Purim, Airto Moreira, Mike Shapiro, Otmaro Ruiz, Helio Alves, Russel Ferrante, Renato Neto, Rique Pantoja, Café, Cassio Duarte, Luis Conte, Adriano Santos, Carlos Del Puerto, Gary Meek and Gilles Apap. In 1995, she moved to Santa Barbara and released her first CD, “Garden Planet”, comprised of original music with an environmental theme. Her second CD, “Watercolours of Brazil,” has received uniformly high praise from critics and audiences alike.

Read her complete bio on her website. Téka – newbossa.com.


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