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with the extraordinary singer songwriter
Celia Malheiros

Presented in association with Brava Theater Center

Featuring:  Weber Iago, Carlos Oliveira,
Gamo da Paz & Ginga Brasil Dance Company directed by Conceição Damasceno

February 14 & February 15 · 2003
See Home page for  March 1 show in Pacifica

Brava Theater  2781  24th  Street (at York)
San Francisco, CA
Parking at S.F. General Hospital

$22 advance · $25 at the door · Seniors/Students $22

Box Office: 415-647-2822
Tickets can be purchased in person 2-5pm at the Brava Box Office


Brava! For Women in the Arts/The Brava Theater Center in association with Thalia Productions, proudly present Brava Brasil! Songs of the Heart, A Valentine’s Day Weekend music and dance extravaganza on Friday and Saturday, February 14th & 15th, featuring the soulful music of Celia Malheiros Quintet, with an array of talented Brazilian performers including: pianist Weber Iago, guitarist Carlos Oliveira, master drummer Gamo Da Paz, and Ginga Brasil Dancers, directed by Conceição Damasceno. Celia Malheiros sings, plays guitar, cavaco (four string ukele-like instrument), moringa (gourd), and cajon (percussion box).  Both shows are at 8 pm, and take place at the refurbished Brava Theater at 2789 24th Street (24th & York Streets – formerly the York Theater) in San Francisco.  Following the performance, there is a post-show Valentine’s Dance bash, which will feature, DJ music, live performers, Brazilian appetizers and bar each night.

Celia performes her own compositions for the first time in San Francisco from her long-awaited solo debut CD Sempre Crescendo, recorded independently this past year, and released in Rio de Janeiro. The CD features a star-studded group of Brazilian musicians (fifty-seven in all!)— including legendary multi-instrumentalist and composer Hermeto Pascoal. Brazilian superstar João Bosco lauded it, writing: “Everything is delightful in Sempre Crescendo…it guides us through Rio de Janeiro, and the Brazilian northeast.” Hermeto Pascoal— Celia's music guru— wrote in the liner notes: “It was wonderful to improvise and create through the heart and soul with you.” And in a review for Latin Beat Magazine, Jesse ‘Chuy’ Varela described the recording as … “A cabaret delivery full of soulful, spontaneous improvisation…passionate.”

“Composing music is a very natural way for me to communicate and express myself,” Celia affirmed. “Once I pick up my instrument, I'm already composing, so it seems that I should have recorded my own albums by now. But when I came to the United States twenty years ago, my musical path changed. In order to survive I had to transcribe and play other composers' music, perform Brazilian top forty, and appear in many festivals and Brazilian carnavals. I decided it was time to do my own music, so naturally, I chose to produce it in Rio, because that's where my love of music and my very self began.”

BRAVA and Thalia Productions collaborate for the first time in bringing this dazzling Brazilian experience to the Brava Theater by immersing audiences in the spectacle on Valentine’s Day weekend with top San Francisco Brazilian artists, and the great showmanship of Celia Malheiros.  In addition, the lobby will be transformed into a Brazilian market place, exhibit Carnaval costumes, paintings, percussion instruments, and provide typical Brazilian alcoholic, non-alcoholic beverages, and Brazilian appetizers. “Together we can re-create Brazil, the way we experience it --- sensual, free, and limitless,” Celia Malheiros exclaims.

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