Our featured guest artist will be pianist Dr. Michael Braz, Director Emeritus of the Boy Singers of Maine and former Portland Symphony Orchestra keyboardist. Braz will perform brief works by Scriabin, Gershwin, and Lecuona, as well as an original Braz composition. Soprano Elizabeth Harmon will join Michael Braz in performing works by Mussorgsky and Gershwin.
Violinist Eleanor Lehmann and cellist Mathew Nichols
will play five selections from Eight Duets, Opus 39
by Reinhold Glière
Pianist Cynthia Henriques will perform two selections from Robert Schumann’s Fantasiestücke, Opus 12
Cellist Tim Carter, clarinetist Steve Schiffman,
and pianist David Sherman(guest) will play
Carl Frühling’s Trio for clarinet, cello, and piano, Opus 40
Meet our performers at a reception which follows the concert. Click here for concert flyer.
The Cathedral Church of St. Luke
143 State Street, Portland
Suggested donation $10/5 seniors (students are admitted free of charge)
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Dr. Michael Braz is an internationally known music educator, composer, and clinician. For over forty years, his pianistic and teaching skills have helped make music and musicianship accessible to children and adults on three continents.
Braz received his B.M. and M.M. degrees from the University of Miami, later completing a Ph.D. as a University Fellow at Florida State University. A keyboard soloist in England’s Haslemere Festival of Early Music (directed by Dr. Carl Dolmetsch), he has also collaborated with numerous orchestras, music festivals, and ensembles ranging from chamber music to jazz and rock. Director Emeritus of the Boy Singers of Maine, former keyboardist with the Portland Symphony, and orchestrator/co-producer of the Classic Schooner Fare album, he is currently Principal Keyboard of the Hilton Head (SC) Symphony and was a performer in the 2014 Savannah Music Festival.
While teaching at Miami’s Barry University, Braz wrote and premiered his first opera, Memoirs from the Holocaust, inspired by a visit to the Dachau concentration camp site. Recipient of an American Composers Forum/Rockefeller Brothers Fund “Faith Partners” grant, he has written orchestral/choral commissions for professional, collegiate, and school/community ensembles across the country. In 2007, he premiered his second opera (A Scholar Under Siege), dealing with racial politics in 1941 Georgia and the firing of a respected college president by the populist governor of that state.
Professor Emeritus of Music at Georgia Southern University, Dr. Braz’s longtime teaching experience includes music education, theory, composition/arranging, and orchestration, plus classes in such subjects as Finale music software and Wagner’s Ring Cycle. Internationally, he has enjoyed artist residencies at St. Benedict’s Catholic School and Performing Arts College (Derby, England), Nepal Music Center (Kathmandu), and Huazhong Normal University (Wuhan, China).
His hobbies are comparative religions and trekking in the Nepal Himalaya.