July 22, 2011

Friend of CPSAS To Tour Brazil With University Guitar Ensemble

Jason Breslin, a graduate of Marshall University and a student who formerly received support from the College Program for Students with Asperger's Syndrome, will be part of an ensemble representing Marshall University in Brazil in August, 2011. The following press release provides details:

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Members of Marshall University’s Guitar Ensemble will represent Marshall in Brazil early next month. The ensemble, directed by Júlio Alves, associate professor of music, will perform in the Brazilian cities of Brasília and Goiânia.

The members of the group are both current and former students in Marshall’s Department of Music, including Tiago Negreiros, Alexandre Lopes, Danilo Moraes, Michael Pitaniello, Pedro Silva, and Jason Breslin. Alves and Brazilian guest guitarist Júlio Cruz will also join the group in the performances.

The first three recitals will occur in Brasília. The first will be at the Professional Education Center School of Music of Brasilia (CEP- EMB) Aug. 3, followed by a performance at the University of Brasília (UnB) Aug. 5, and a last performance at the Mosteiro de São Bento, a traditional monastery in the Brazilian capital. Then the group will perform in Goiânia, at the Federal University of Goiás (UFG). The recital there will mark the beginning of the academic semester of that institution. UFG and Marshall, Morehead State University, and Santa Catarina State University (UDESC, in Brazil) compose the Music Abroad Generating New Experiences for Talented Students (MAGNETS) student and faculty exchange project.

In addition to those performances, Lopes and Moraes will join Alves in his recital at the 5th Guitar Festival of BRAVIO (Guitar Society of Brasília) July 28. The members of the group will also participate in ensemble exchange experiences with the Guitar Chamber Orchestra of the School of Music of Brasília (Camerata de Violões do CEP-EMB) and students of the University of Brasília, and will attend workshops given by faculty of both schools on Aug. 2 and 5.

For Alves, who has been directing the MU Guitar Ensemble since 2006, these experiences abroad represent the synthesis of the learning process the students went through at Marshall.

“There are several reasons for which this tour, supported by the Music Department and the College of Fine Arts, is to be celebrated,” Alves said. “It will give the opportunity for our students to develop their music skills even further by performing and working with the Brazilian faculty and students, and to make new connections that can lead to other opportunities in their professional careers. The communities of the two Brazilian cities will also be enriched with the presence of the MU Guitar Ensemble. They will be able to hear our talented musicians perform music originally composed for guitar ensemble, as well as arranged for this instrumental formation, from several periods and styles.”

Negreiros has recently joined the guitar faculty at the CEP-EMB. Lopes earned his M.A. in guitar performance last spring. Moraes, a prize winner in the 2010 guitar competition at BRAVIO, finished his Bachelor of Fine Arts in guitar performance last spring and will begin his M.A. at Marshall this fall. Pitaniello, a junior at Marshall, is one of the students from Marshall who studied in Brazil (at UDESC) last spring as part of the project. Silva, a guitar student from UFG, was a member of the MU Guitar Ensemble during the fall semester of 2010. Breslin also graduated summa cum laude from Marshall last spring.