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Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 1.31.07 PM  Once again, the time is nearing for us to push our holiday CD that never goes out of date!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

IMG_6190EVENTS – 2019

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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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!

BRASILES ENSEMBLE – NEWSLETTER – WINTER 2018

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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2017 Update & What’s Ahead!

“Amazing!”… “Magical!”… “Sublime!”… “Do you have CDs?”

These were some of the compliments after our enchanting performance in such an ethereal space. Thank you, Magazzino for having us as your very first concert, which you can read about with this link from the Magazzino website:  Magazzino Holiday Concert  We had nearly 200 people in attendance and a sizable waiting list. For a sampling of photos from the event, please visit this Facebook link:  Magazzino Holiday Festivities

Now, what’s ahead for early 2018, you ask? Scroll below photo to find out!

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2018

In addition to planning for recording sessions for a CD to make available for our growing number of fans, we are also working on offering more concerts— beginning with one already in rehearsals which is set for March 25th. Please visit this link to find more concert announcements and mark your calendars now to save dates!

Performances & Special Events

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We are very excited about our March concert, in particular and hope everyone can make it! We will be performing Pergolesi’s Stabat Mater. If you would like to respond to the official Facebook event page, you can do so with this direct link:  St. Mary’s Benefit Concert

 

What’s next, you ask??

 

Some of our biggest fans are asking us when they can catch us live again. Read below to find out when and where!

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The Brasiles Ensemble is super excited for two of our next performances! You can find them HERE on our performance announcement page. Look for the special *free* concert at Magazzino set for December 15, 2017 and the benefit concert for St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in the Highlands, set for Palm Sunday, which is March 25, 2018! Both events are in Cold Spring, NY.

New Announcements Coming Very Soon!!

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The Brasiles Ensemble is very excited to soon share some wonderful announcements with everyone about our late autumn and winter performances, as well for a special concert coming up in the spring of 2018!

We are thrilled to also have more instrumentalists performing with us as well as having Speare Hodges return from the 2013 Nocturnal Concert offering his piano, vocal and percussion skills for a couple of our concerts.

We have loads of details to share with everyone very soon, including concert dates, musician bios, photos and audio and video recordings… all in line for online posting!

We can hhhhardly wwwwwait!!!

Longing ~ A Concert About Spring Love

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“Longing” 

A Concert About Spring Love

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Saturday, May 13, 2014 at 7:00pm

The Chapel Restoration, Cold Spring

Suggested Donation $12 / $10 seniors

A light reception will follow the concert.

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~ Here is a list of reasons as to why you shouldn’t miss this concert. ~

On May 13th, The Brasiles Ensemble will be performing eighteen pieces from fourteen composers.

We will sing in five languages— English, Olde English, Galician-Portuguese, French and Italian.

There will be two pieces from Purcell, two from Mozart and two from Morley.

Ten pieces will be performed as a full quintet.

Nine of the pieces will be sung a cappella.

Three of the a cappella pieces are in five parts.

There will be seven solos and one duet.

Five pieces are about spring.

Four pieces are fun and lively.

Eleven pieces are about love.

Three of the pieces are sad.

The duet is about infidelity!

One of the evening’s composers is Norwegian.

Two of the evening’s composers are Italian.

There are five composers who are English.

Four of the five English composers are from the English Madrigal School. 

Eight of the pieces are Renaissance madrigals.

Three of the madrigal composers are named John.

Two of the composers, Purcell and Monteverdi shifted from the Renaissance into the Baroque era.

Still, two more composers, who both happen to be French, are from the Romantic Period. Coincidently, these composers, Debussy and Messiaen wrote collections entitled Trois Chansons and Trois Melodies

Also, another couple of the evening’s composers are living composers with direct ties to New York, one of whom happens to live in Cold Spring.