The creators behind the wildly successful Beatles tribute, Abby Road, introduce their latest project, Brasil. Under the artistic direction of founder Andrew Burashko, the Art of Time Ensemble - known for its contemporary twists on classic music - will present a show featuring three musical perspectives on this rhythmically abundant South American nation.

The eclectic program will feature Bachianas Brasileiras #1 by Heitor Villa Lobos, presented by eight of Canada's finest cellists, including U of T graduates Margaret Gay and David Hetherington. Bossa Nova, swing, and jazz medleys by Grammy-award winning Antonio Carlos Jobim, will be sung by smooth and sultry Canadian jazz vocalist, Emilie Claire-Barlow.

Alan Hetherington, who graduated from U of T with a Masters Degree in Percussion Performance, looks forward to playing with Rio's legendary composer/guitarist Guinga, who is famous for his work in the genres of samba, chorinho, and baiao.

"[Brasil is] a varied program with both solo and ensemble perfomances," said Hetherington. "Some of it is very low key and ballad-esque, and some is very high energy with a lot of percussion. It's as diverse and varied as the country itself."

Hetherington, who has been drumming for over 30 years and has studied throughout South America and the Carribean, loves Brazilian music because it contains "lots of percussion". He teaches the musical tradition of samba at Escola de Samba de Toronto and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Though most of us will spend the daunting chilly first days of December in Toronto, the sun-soaked sounds and energy of Brasil will surely thaw you out and warm you up.

Brasil runs December 4 & 5 at Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (231 Queens Quay W.)

Tickets are $19-$49 (discounts for students) and can be purchased from Harbourfront Centre Box Office: 416-973-4000 or at www.artoftimeensemble.com.

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  • Subtitle: U of T grads take part in celebration of Brazilian music
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