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Posted: 04/23/14

The Macomb Symphony Orchestra's guest artist will be Brazilian pianist Maria Meirelles during its Saudades Do Brasil concert on May 9.

(Photo courtesy of Thomas Cook)

MSO's finale features
Saudades do Brasil

      The Macomb Symphony Orchestra (MSO) will present its season finale, "Saudades Do Brasil" (A Salute to Brazil), at 8 p.m., Friday, May 9, at the Macomb Center for the Performing Arts located on Garfield at Hall Road in Clinton Township.
       Brazilian Impressions was inspired by a 1928 visit to Rio de Janerio by the Italian composer Ottorino Respighi. The three sections picture a tropical night, a sinister snake-like movement and a colorful Brazilian dance.
       The evening's centerpiece will be Momo Precoce (Momo's precocious children), a work for piano and orchestra based on children's songs. The music is by Brazil's foremost composer, Hector Villa-Lobos. The orchestra's guest artist is longtime Detroiter and native Brazilian pianist Maria Meirelles. Meirelles is a virtuoso musician who has performed all over the world and is especially suited to the music of her country.
       The final offering will reflect the title of the concert itself, "A Salute to Brazil" (Saudades Do Brasil). It was composed by the early 20th century Frenchman Darius Mihaud while on a diplomatic assignment in Rio. Originally a set of twelve pieces for solo piano, Mihaud created a three-movement suite upon his return to Paris in the 1920s.
       Tickets are on sale now at the Macomb Center Box Office. Prices are $18 reserved seating for adults and $15 for students and seniors. For more information, call (586) 286-2222 today or click onto

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