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MECA's Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts Concert Series Presents Brazusa.

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HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 12, 2004

On Sunday, April 4, 2004 at 4:00 p.m., MECA MECA Maine College of Art
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 will present Brazusa featuring Brazilian and American music performances by Vania Pimentel and Marcelo Meira, clarinetist.

Pianist Vania Pimentel is a renowned Brazilian recitalist who promotes the art and music of her home country. Also an active chamber musician, she has lived in Houston since 1993.

Vania Pimentel graduated in Piano Performance and Philosophy in Brazil. She subsequently earned graduate degrees with distinction from the Staatliche Hochschule fur Musik Karlsruhe, in Germany. She also received the degrees of Master in Performance and Pedagogy and Doctor of Musical Arts Noun 1. Doctor of Musical Arts - a doctor's degree in musical arts

doctor's degree, doctorate - one of the highest earned academic degrees conferred by a university
 from the University of Houston, Texas “Houston” redirects here. For other uses, see Houston (disambiguation).
Houston (pronounced /'hjuːstən/) is the largest city in the state of Texas and the

Vania Pimentel has received numerous prizes in various piano competitions since the age of seven. She was awarded fourth place at the 26th International Competition in Jaen, Spain, and achieved a second place award in the 6th International Johann Sebastian Bach Piano Competition in Paris.

As a chamber musician, she has performed the whole cycle of Beethoven Sonatas for piano and violin in Napoli, among other concerts in Italy, and Germany as well.

Dr. Pimentel has belonged to the Pi Kappa Lambda Pi Kappa Lambda is an American honor society for undergraduate students, graduate students, and professors of music. There are currently 205 active chapters and approximately 64,500 individual members. , National Music Honor Society honor society
An organization to which students are admitted in recognition of academic achievement.
 since 1998. She has been a frequent guest artist of the Greenbriar Consortium and the Morning Show of KUHF. Her performances have been broadcasted in the program Houston in Performance. She has given recitals in Galveston and the Bay Area, College Station, San Francisco, and Washington D.C. Last October she performed at the Brazilian Academy of Music in Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro, city, Brazil
Rio de Janeiro (rē`ō də zhänā`rō, Port. rē` thĭ zhənĕē`r
, Brazil in recognition of her successful CD Brazilian Toccatas and Toccatinas from 2000 (Ultimo ul·ti·mo  
adv. Abbr. ult.
In or of the month before the present one.

[Latin ultim (m
 Productions). In March she will perform a program on American music for flute and piano in Frankfurt.

Brazilian clarinetist Marcelo Meira began his musical studies in Sao Paulo state. In 1991, he was offered a full scholarship to Arizona State University Arizona State University, at Tempe; coeducational; opened 1886 as a normal school, became 1925 Tempe State Teachers College, renamed 1945 Arizona State College at Tempe. Its present name was adopted in 1958. , and since then he has studied with renowned clarinetists, such as Michelle Zukovsky of the Los Angeles Philharmonic The Los Angeles Philharmonic (LAP) is an American orchestra based in Los Angeles, California, United States. History
Founded in 1919 by William Andrews Clark, Jr.
 and Thomas Le Grand of the Houston Symphony. In 1994, Mr. Meira won the Young Texas Artist Competition, and performed the Mozart Clarinet Concerto with the Clear Lake Symphony under the direction of Dr. Charles Johnson. In 1993 and 1994 Mr. Meira was a member of the Pacific Music Festival in Sapporo, Japan. An active chamber musician, he has performed with the Zephyr Quartet and the Greenbriar Consortium. In addition, Mr. Meira has performed with the Houston Symphony, the Woodlands, Beaumont, and Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestras.

Who:                Marcelo Meira and Vania Pimentel

What:               Brazusa

When:               Sunday, April 4, 2004 at 4:00 p.m.

Where:              MECA
                    1900 Kane
                    Houston, Texas 77007

Admission:          $5.00 Per Person
                    Tickets available by phone at 866-468-7621 or
                    online at or at the door 30
                    minutes prior to curtain.

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