First.. the Bad News… Then, the GREAT News!

Bad News First…

Exactly four days after our last newsletter was sent out on February 16th, Madeleine, who had already started sewing on six costumes for our next performance, fell on black ice, broke her wrist and had to have emergency surgery. However, between moments of excruciating pain, she was able to return to sewing and had two volunteers help her on a couple of costumes that needed immediate attention. Between all else in her life as well as countless sessions with her occupational therapist, we are happy to report that Madeleine has still been able to find time to finish working on all six costumes.

Everyone is asking about the costumes!

Below are sneak peeks of four small parts of the colorful and rather ornate costumes. The first image is of the cuff to Paul’s Baroque jacket, followed by Speare’s Medieval vest. Paul’s jacket is actually a woman’s jacket from a thrift store with added tail and cuffs and lots of gold trim, designed by Madeleine. Speare’s vest is also from a thrift store and made for a woman. The yellow sleeve shown here is actually a Star Trek shirt that Madeleine was also able to modify. Along with the cross pendant for Kim, the Renaissance “Juliet-jeweled” cap was a tedious task using small pieces to embellish a small pie-shaped hair piece that she had to construct from scratch. She also constructed a tall steeple hennin in spun gold fabric for Laura’s Medieval costume. (Incidentally, the photo of the Medieval gold hennin is pictured on top of Kim’s Renaissance costume.) Creating the costumes is great fun for Madeleine. She is currently finishing up two Medieval, two Rennaisance and two Baroque costumes and quite thankful that her wrist is almost back to normal.

You can follow along with progress of each of the costumes by connecting with our official Facebook and Instagram pages on a regular basis for photos. You will find bios about each performer between now and the date of the concert and there will also be tiny rehearsal clips of some of the music we are working on, so listen out for some teasers!!
And Now for the GREAT News!!

Tickets are now available for our Early Music Concert & Period Costume Fashion Show at Howland Cultural Center on Sunday, June 26th at 4:30pm!

Come listen to the music, learn about the Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque eras and see the vibrant garments of the past. Tickets go fast at this wonderful venue so make sure you reserve your spot today! TICKET DIRECT LINK
 
About the Performance…

We are very pleased to announce that Howland Cultural Center board member, Tom Conroy will be our master of ceremonies for this special event. This concert is filled with some of the most beautiful music ever composed and will feature three accompanists who are each quite exceptional. Joining us are Richard Kolb on lute and theorbo, James Fitzwilliam on harpsichord and organ, as well as Holly Mentzer on Medieval harp, viola da gamba and recorder. We will have more vocalists for this concert than usual, so there will be plenty of solos, duets, quintets and even an octet, which will be a first for us as we continue to grow! This concert holds a good bit of complicated pieces that we are all very eager to share. Ranging from von Bingen to Dowland to Monteverdi to Bach, we will cover all emotions, tempos and volumes. And, if you particularly enjoy the likes of Monteverdi or Purcell, then this concert is definitely not one to be missed!
Our poster was designed by Bud Lavery. Find more of his work HERE.
MORE EXCITING NEWS!

What is the new Brasiles Arts Collective?

The Brasiles Ensemble is also pleased to announce the new Brasiles Arts Collective. You can find out more about this new part of the Ensemble from the special tab recently added to our website. 
The Brasiles Arts Collective
We will be adding more and more information about BAC in the coming weeks, so please follow the official Facebook page.

Can you help us with our growth?

In addition to creating The Brasiles Arts Collective, we have also started a volunteer group, Friends of The Brasiles Ensemble, to help us with our growth! On this new website tab, VOLUNTEER, you can find out what we sometimes need assistance with and easily print up a form with your contact information and checking off what areas you are interested in. We really appreciate your time and interest! 

We hope to see you at the concert! Here is just one of the beautiful pieces to hear us perform live!

Watch us Grow! Help us Grow!

We welcome this new year with several great announcements!

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1. We hope that you will join us in celebrating our return to the stage!  In our last blog post we left off with the question “What’s in store for 2022?” We mentioned something about planning a concert at Howland Cultural Center… and that’s exactly what we are doing!

Early Music Concert & Fashion Show
Howland Cultural Center in Beacon
Sunday, June 26, 2022 ~ 4pm

Please join us for a late afternoon of Medieval, Renaissance and early Baroque pieces, complete with a bit of a “fashion show” with costumes from these eras. You will enjoy masterpieces from Purcell, Händel, Monteverdi, von Bingen, Dowland, Bach and Palestrina— just to mention some of the composers included in the program.

Speaking of Dowland, here’s an a cappella teaser of a piece that we plan to include in the concert.
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2.  We are GROWING! If you attend our June concert, one of the first things you will notice is that there are not four or five or even six of us… there are nine of us performing. You will hear an a cappella octet and you will notice that some of us are doubling up on singing and playing instruments and there may even be a moment of dancing here and there.

We are happy to announce this new growth with our extended group The Brasiles Arts Collective. The Brasiles Ensemble is honored with this growth as we begin inviting a selective group of visual, literary, dance and theatrical artists to collaborate with for very special performances throughout the Hudson Valley Region, as well as in New York City. Be sure to check out our social media pages regularly in the coming weeks and months as we begin to spotlight those who have been invited to collaborate with us. 

3. We have new tabs on our website! One in particular, the wishlist tab, is proving to help us with our June concert. Here is where we list various items that we may be in need of and if anyone has such items that they are willing to donate, we would be most appreciative! Here is the direct link: wishlist 

4. We are seeking outside assistance. Another tab that you will notice that’s ready for action is our volunteer page where you can read through multiple bullet points of what we might need physical assistance with in the future. We are happing to announce the Friends of The Brasiles Ensemble and hope that some of you will be interested to help us out ever now and then and join the fun that we have! 

A “throwback” Brasiles memory…

Here’s how we spent our time together on the afternoon of Christmas Eve in 2021, performing at the Ice Pavilion at Mohonk, complete with White Christmas Winter Wonderland of Snow!! It was a very dreamy moment, though a bit chilly, of course! We had a great audience of skaters and resort overnighters who sipped hot chocolates by the enormous fireplace next to us. It was a very memorable event! 

PHOTO -courtesy of TBE founding member, Speare Hodges ©2021

Incidentally, catch Speare’s return to singing with us on June 26th!!

Looking Ahead to a Big Comeback!

The Brasiles Ensemble is happy to announce a full holiday season of performing!

Please check out our PERFORMANCES & SPECIAL EVENTS to learn where you can find us live during the month of December. This page will be updated more often as the holiday season is just around the corner. Also, we will make announcements about what we are planning for in 2022 on the tab, so please come back regularly for more details as they become available. We are super excited about returning to the music that we love so dearly.

Looking Ahead!

We are coming up for air from 2020 and though we are still not quite able to offer much for 2021, we are very, very busy behind the scenes as we return to regular rehearsals, administrative meetings and even some adventurous field trips to explore more venues for potential concerts in the future.

Stay tuned for more news to be announced as early as late July on our website, as well as through our Mailchimp newsletter.

The photo below is from our only live performance of 2020, as we were hired by Mohonk Mountain House to sing on weekends during the holidays at the Ice Pavilion while guests skated around the lovely outdoor rink. We were pleased to be able to offer to sing as a quartet while Kim was away. We look forward to returning to offer performances as a quintet, sextet up to an octet in 2022, if not by the end of 2021.

So, on that note… keep us alive in your thoughts as well as your inboxes as we will have more news about our fresh plans for the future!! For now, enjoy this Early music tune from our special 2019 gig in Tarrytown at Jazz Forum for what was the First Annual Sleepy Hollow Literary Festival. It is our hope that the festival will return in 2022, after being on pause from the obvious pandemic restraints. Come Again

November/December – 2019

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 1.31.07 PM  Once again, the time is nearing for us to push our holiday CD that never goes out of date! Our 2018 CD, “A Christmas Feast” was recorded by Grammy Award winner, Jody Elff, sound engineer for Yo-Yo Ma. The album rings in the season with holiday fare from around the world and across the centuries. Celebrating the wassail, flaming pudding and other foods that bedeck a Yuletide table, we bring beloved English carols, international gems and traditional works together in this merry feast of song. You can always buy a hard copy from us in person at our concerts and other events or by using these links to CDBaby, or on Amazon Prime. You can also stream the CD on Spotify, Tidal, Apple Music, Amazon or Deezer. Here’s a sample: Carol of the Meal

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We may have been quiet lately, but we have been super busy behind the scenes! In addition to working on our new education programs, we have been rehearsing for several events and planning a special 2020 concert. Please view our remaining 2019 schedule below.

NOVEMBER

November 16, 2019 – 12:30pm – Cold Spring – Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance Performance

Join Kim, Laura and Madeleine as a trio singing in Gregorian Latin at the special outdoor procession event right in the heart of Cold Spring. Commissioned by Magazzino Art Foundation,  Marinella Senatore and The School of Narrative Dance Performance, will be interpreting music through dance, right on Main Street in the Village of Cold Spring, NY. Find more details here:  Marinella Senatore in Cold Spring

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DECEMBER

December 7, 2019 – 4pm – Peekskill Tree Lighting

The location is at the gazebo right in the middle of downtown Peekskill at North Division and Park Streets. You can catch us caroling at the lighting an then we will stroll through several restaurants within walking distance from the tree, offering diners a special treat of our Dickensian food carols, many of which can be found on our 2018 CD.

December 8th, 2019 – 11am – 12pm –  Mohonk – Hudson Valley Annual Gingerbread Competition

As people enjoy viewing many gingerbread scenes, sip hot chocolate or ice skate, we will be offering a festive assortment of Dickensian carols to enhance a brilliant New York mountain holiday season!  Details on event fees and directions to the wonderful Mohonk Mountain House are here:  Mohonk – Gingerbread Competition Day

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Hire Us!

Did you know that you can hire us as a quintet, quartet, trio, duet or as soloists for special events, private parties, weddings or funerals?

Also, maybe you have a last minute idea about hiring us for a holiday party or event?

We may be able to fit you in if you contact us as soon as you can. You never know… it might just work out as long as it’s before December 22nd, which is our 2019 cut-off date.

Check out our hiring page for more information and contact us at thebrasilesensemble@gmail.com or call 917.536.2033.

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We Are Having Such a Groovy Time!!

And now… for something COMPLETELY DIFFERENT!

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We are excited to be preparing for our upcoming performance at Jazz Forum in Tarrytown as part of the Sleepy Hollow Literary Festival on May 18th, 2019! For more details click on the direct link below.

Expressive Words ~ A Celebration of Poetry

Yes, we are a known as a group of classical vocalists, but we are eager to show off our versatility with this new program of somewhat tweaked classical pieces all the way to some funky soul! We have some surprises for our audience that we cannot wait to share! Below are some of the psychedelic shots from our recent groovy photo shoot! We have plenty more to reveal soon!

Photography by Clay Scales
Photo editing by Madeleine DeNitto
©2019 Scales/DeNitto Photos are property of The Brasiles Ensemble

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Welcome to Our Official Newsletter

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This week, those on The Brasiles Ensemble mailing list will receive our fresh newsletter coming from Mailchimp. Here’s a peek at the pdf version of the newsletter that is so soon to arrive in the inboxes of all of our fan subscribers!

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Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 1.31.07 PM   Our newly released CD, “A Christmas Feast” is now available in a limited supply at Alto Music – 1676 Route 9 in Wappingers Falls! Just walk through their entrance straight into the sheet music department and there is a local music CD section on the wall! You can also still find a few CDs left at Romeo & Juliet Salon & Verona Spa in Cold Spring and The Coop Antiques and Bruised Apple Books in Peekskill! Also, check us out on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon Music Unlimited and CDBaby!

Check out our newly released debut CD with this link: CDBaby 

You can sign up for our newsletter with this link: NEWSLETTER SIGN-UP FORM

Coming soon! 

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The Holidays are Near!

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We are looking forward to sharing our Flaming Pudding Carol with everyone soon!

SAVE – THE – DATE!!

With Thanksgiving almost upon us, we wanted to give everyone fair notice of our next concert so that calendars can be marked now! Come listen to our special evening feast of old carols as well as some very enchanting holiday pieces rarely ever performed!

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St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the Highlands – Cold Spring, NY

~ Proceeds to benefit St. Mary’s ~

More details, as well as other great news coming soon! Stay tuned!

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HELLO DOLLY 50th ANNIVERSARY PARADE

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GUESS WHO is going to be performing with Tommy Tune!! 

WE ARE!

HELLO DOLLY 50th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVALThe Brasiles Ensemble will be part of the core group of singers performing for the festival parade set for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00pm at The Garrison Landing, which is the exact spot of the filming for the movie! We will be joined by a fun cast of professionals! The cast below is listed in order of appearance.

Cornelius – Justin Wingenroth

Barnaby – Will Speziale

Dolly – Joni Michelle Lanza

Ermengarde – Madeleine DeNitto

Ambrose – Tommy Tune!!!

Friends of Dolly – Laura Danilov & Kimberly Hiss

Friends of Dolly – Paul Phillips & Ed Robinson

That’s right! You read that correctly! Tommy Tune will be joining this special part of the festival– singing, dancing and acting with us!! We are thrilled to have this experience with him!

For all performer and director bios as well as information on how you can view the parade, please visit this link for details! PARADE

SUMMER 2018

+ THANK YOU: We thank you for your patience in the last month. We have had a couple of recent setbacks with one member having a death in the family and another having an appendectomy!

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Photo – DeNitto©2017

Dr. John Francis DeNitto ~ 11/30/1933 – 5/18/2018

+++++  It is with heavy, heavy heart that we must bear the sad news of Dr. John Francis DeNitto, passing away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Rhinebeck, NY. It is important to point out that my father was the last remaining member of the original Brasiles family, for which The Brasiles Ensemble gets its name. As he was adamant about not wanting a funeral or religious service, The Brasiles Ensemble compromised by having a mini-concert in a church, which was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Though a professor by career, he was first a highly accomplished musician and music led his life all the way through to his very last days. We felt that he would certainly not object to a lovely concert featuring the St. Philip’s Choir, The Brasiles Ensemble, The Mary Powell as well as his grandson, Speare Hodges at the piano. +++++

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     Now, as we are on the mend, we have some exciting announcements to share!

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+ HELLO DOLLY 50th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL: The Brasiles Ensemble will be part of the core group of singers performing for the festival parade set for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00pm at The Garrison Landing, which is the exact spot of the filming for the movie! We will be joined by a fun cast of professionals! The cast is as follow and is listed in order of appearance.

Cornelius – Justin Wingenroth

Barnaby – Will Speziale

Dolly – Joni Michelle Lanza

Ermengarde – Madeleine DeNitto

Ambrose – Tommy Tune!!!

Friends of Dolly – Laura Danilov & Kimberly Hiss

Friends of Dolly – Paul Phillips & Ed Robinson

That’s right! You read that correctly! Tommy Tune will be joining this special part of the festival– singing, dancing and acting with us!! We are thrilled to have this experience with him!

For more information on how you can view, please visit this link and scroll down to number eight for details! FESTIVAL EVENTS  

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+ THE MARY POWELLKim and Madeleine have a couple of summer dates where you can catch them singing folk and Americana tunes! See most immediate dates below.

COLD SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET : Saturday, July 7, 2018 – 10:00am – 11:00am  The market is located outdoors at Boscobel in Garrison, NY — COLD SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET

HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS’ CENTER: Friday, July 20, 2018 – 7:00pm – we will be their “featured artist” at their Open Mic Night. The center is located in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS’ CENTER

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+ CD RECORDING: The Brasiles Ensemble has been having several business meetings to discuss opportunities to record a CD later this year.  Though there will be some fundraising for such a project, we are working on how to make this happen! Stay tuned for more details to follow in the summer months.

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