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  • PORTUGUESE "FADO" SENSATION MARIZA PERFORMS IN PROGRAM FEATURING CHARLES FLOYD CONDUCTING THE LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC
  • Apr. 2, 2004
  • Program Includes Orchestrated Pieces From Mariza's Two Recordings
    Fado Em Mim and Fado Curvo

    FRIDAY, APRIL 2, AT 8 PM

    This concert is generously sponsored by Acura; additional media support provided by KCRW

    Charles Floyd conducts the Los Angeles Philharmonic in a world music program featuring the celebrated Portuguese fado singer Mariza on Friday, April 2, at 8 p.m. Designed to expand the artist's repertoire by using an orchestral accompaniment, the performance at Walt Disney Concert Hall is the only program in the Los Angeles Philharmonic's 2003/2004 World Music series to feature the Philharmonic accompanying an artist.

    The program includes orchestrated works from Mariza's debut recording Fado Em Mim and Fado Curvo. Mariza performs selections such as Barco Negro, Primavera, Fado Curvo, Loucura and Maria Lisboa with her band, as well as works accompanied by the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

    The Los Angeles Philharmonic's World Music series spotlights international artists from around the globe in four evenings of music. The series at Walt Disney Concert Hall concludes with Zakir Hussain and the Masters of Percussion on April 24.

    Portuguese fado singer MARIZA gained international popularity with the release of her debut CD Fado Em Mim. Fado is Portugal's equivalent to the American blues, the Argentinean tango, or Spanish flamenco. Mariza has toured Europe and has built a sizable following through her powerful stage presence and voice. Hailed as the heir to the "Fadista" legend Amália Rodriques, Mariza received the prestigious "Best Fado Voice 2000" award in Portugal. She was awarded the "PERSONALIDADE DE ANO-2003" (PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR 2003), one of the most prestigious awards in her native Portugal, which is awarded by the Association of International Press of Portugal (A.I.E.P.).

    Conductor, pianist, and composer CHARLES FLOYD has been the recipient of numerous awards and grants including those from the Aspen School of Music, the Columbus Symphony Orchestra, and the National Chopin Competition. As a conductor he has been heard in pops concerts with more than 500 orchestras since 1991, and his eleven-year partnership with Natalie Cole included such projects as the multiple Grammy Award-winning tribute to Nat King Cole.

    EDITORS PLEASE NOTE:

    FRIDAY, APRIL 2, AT 8 PM

    Walt Disney Concert Hall

    111 S. Grand Avenue, Los Angeles

    MARIZA

    LOS ANGELES PHILHARMONIC

    CHARLES FLOYD, conductor

    This concert is generously sponsored by Acura; additional media support provided by KCRW.

    Tickets ($25 - $80) are on sale now at the Walt Disney Concert Hall Box Office, online at LAPhil.com, or via credit card phone order at 323.850.2000. Groups of 12 or more may be eligible for special discounts for selected concerts and seating areas. For all information, please call 323.850.2000.

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  • contact:

    Ryan Jimenez, 213.972.3405; for photos: Beth Norber, 213.972.3409