2: The Art of the Duo – Sinatra – Jobim Sessions featuring Angelica de la Riva & Hilary Gardner
Friday, June 10, 2016
Inspired by the historic collaboration between Frank Sinatra and Antonio Carlos Jobim in the 1960’s, this concert features award-winning Brazilian-Cuban opera singer Angelica de la Riva and critically acclaimed American jazz singer Hilary Gardner, singing an iconic collection of classic Jobim favorites, including “The Girl form Ipanema,” “How Insensitive,” and “Meditation,” among others. Highlighting the intrinsic simpatico between jazz and Brazilian music, several Great American Songbook standards find their place amidst Jobim’s compositions, including Irving Berlin's "Change Partners,” Cole Porter's "I Concentrate on You,” and the playful ode to glittering finery, "Baubles, Bangles, and Beads.”
With their sparkling voices and unique musical personalities, de la Riva and Gardner complement one another and breathe new life into the irresistible and unforgettable art form of bossa nova. For this tribute to Sinatra and Jobim, Angelica and Hilary will be joined by an outstanding quintet of legendary New York based musicians including Grammy Award-nominee Manuel Valera on the piano.
Angelica de la Riva
Winner of Carlos Gomes Cultural Merit Award for the highest honorable distinction for her work for the Brazilian Classical Music around the world and praised for having “a gorgeous presence, a warm, agile and powerful voice.” Highlights: Recent debut in China with the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra; recorded and performed at Lincoln Center and Sāo Paulo the leading role in the Opera Las Horas Vacias conducted by E. Plasson (NY) and A. Soriano (SP); Carnegie Hall debut in 2010 where she performs regularly; Rossini’s L’Italiana in Algieri with the Prague Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by R. Boudharam in Paris. Upcoming engagements include concerts celebrating Brazilian composer Antonio Carlos Gomes and Spanish composer Enrique Granados for their anniversaries, Winter Music Festivals in Brazil, ‘Opera & Canzoni’ concert with the Brazilian Symphony Orchestra as well as the concert celebrating the closure of RIO 2016 Olympic Games. Former Brazilian rowing champion has been recently recruited by the Brazilian National coach to return to her team and fight for a spot at Rio 2016 Olympics. www.angelicadelariva.com
Acclaimed singer Hilary Gardner grew up in Wasilla, Alaska infatuated with New York City. Her stunning Anzic Records debut, The Great City, is part love letter, part lament to New York and the big dreams it represents. The Great City can be heard on radio stations across the country, and the album has garnered effusive praise from the jazz community, including DownBeat Magazine, which named Hilary "an artist to watch in 2015" and a Rising Star Female Vocalist.
The Frank Sinatra estate chose Hilary to appear as the live, onstage singer in Tony-award winner Twyla Tharp’s Come Fly Away. Backed by a 19-piece big band, Hilary sang solos and duets with Frank Sinatra in a performance hailed by critics as “wonderful” (Huffington Post), “elegant” (USA Today), and “terrific” (New York Observer). Hilary performs as a leader throughout New York City and is a frequent soloist with symphonies throughout the United States.