Smoking Brazilian Sound 

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Long before Jobim, Gil and Gismonti, Heitor Villa-Lobos (1887-1959) was tapping the multicultural musical roots of Brazil. Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Music, with guests including Brazilian pianist Sonia Rubinsky and the Cuarteto Latinoamericano, celebrate the father of modern Brazilian music in "Experiencing Villa-Lobos," March 27-29 at VCU's Singleton Arts Center. In five concerts, performers will sample Villa-Lobos' vocal, chamber and orchestral works and present three new pieces inspired by the composer: Ken Metz's "Musica visto que Villa-Lobos" for percussion ensemble, Frank Mullen III's "Choros Modernos" for 40 guitars and Doug Richards' "Expansions on 'A Mare Encheu'" for two choruses and orchestra. The festival concludes with "Green Mansions," the 1959 film starring Audrey Hepburn and scored by Villa-Lobos. Tickets are $10-$125. 828-6776.

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