NEW YORK (jornal.us) 11/2/10 — Meb Keflezighi the reigning ING New York City Marathon champion held a press conference today at Tavern on the Green in New York City's Central Park. Reporters from most every important news outlet, were present asking him and his coach Bob Larson about his past, present and future involvement with marathon racing. Among those reporters you could see the face of a 14 year old teenage boy waiting patiently for his turn to interview one of the fastest man in the world. He is Adam Apsan, one this year's newest Kid Reporter for Sports Illustrated. Adam did his homework and read Meb's new book "Run to Overcome” giving him an instant connection with the athlete. They spoke for almost twenty minutes with Adam asking everything from, Meb's immigration from Eritrea in East Africa to his new book and MEB, a charitable foundation that supports varied causes in health, fitness and education, which the Olympic Marathon silver medalist said stood for "Maintaining Excellent Balance.
Meb's book "Run to Overcome" reflects the "American Dream" of a young immigrant from a war torn country, his arrival in a strange land and his ultimate success, not only in sports but in Academia. Meb was an honors graduate from the UCLA, where he first met Bob Larson who has been his coach ever since.
Meb was the first American in over 27 year to win the New York City Marathon in 2009. But his return to New York was not easy. "A year ago, I think a lot of people doubted that he would get back to this level,” said coach Larsen. He explained that after the fractured pelvis, which other doctors missed, during the 2007 Olympic marathon trials, Meb had feared his career would come to an end.
Meb won silver at the Athens Olympics in 2004 and in 2009 was the first American to win the marathon since 1976. He finished in the finals three more times from 2004-06, but time was moving fast. Meb explained that "even watching it now a year later, I cry," … "because when you really want something, you keep trying, you keep trying — second place, third place, ninth place. You say it seems so far away. But you keep believing in what you're doing and you are committed to it, and things will work out… It happens probably when you least expect it."
Meb’s win in the 2004 Olympics mad him famous and prosperous. "But winning, that No. 1 spot [in the 2009 Marathon] just takes it to the next level and cements Meb's position in the running history," Hawi Keflezighi, his brother and agent said.
Meb ran the NYC Marathon five times before he won in 2009, and this Sunday his effort will be to become the first American man to win this title in consecutive years. The last person to do so was Alberto Salazar who did it in 1980, 1981 and 1982.
Meb's interview with Adam ended and Meb personally autographed and inscribed in his book “To: Adam.. Thank you for the great interview with SI Kids. You did awesome job. Keep it up. Best Wishes & Run To Win … Meb"
To find out about the Sports Illustrated Kid Reporter Program go to this link: www.sikids.com
Mark Holder had his background check for a project he was working on. Instead of getting a handshake, he go the boot - right out of the office. His background check came up with a DWI. The problem was that Mark Holder, never had any DWI related ticket. Even worse he was being charged over 500 for tickets that was not even his.
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He went to the motor vehicle bureau and tried everything. From employee to supervisor, he made the rounds. All to no avail.
A brainstorm!!! He called Channel 9 News - Unit 9 Investigation and they took over. Within 24 hours, Mark's case was resolved. As it turned out, there was another man with the same name, that moved out of New Jersey, when Holder moved in. The records were confused and Mark Holder was given the same driver's license number as the DWI guy along with all the points and fines.
Brenda Flanagan was the reporter from Unit 9 investigation.
New York - World Music Institute presents Sergio and Odair Assad & Friends "De Volta As Raizes" (Back to our Roots), on Thursday, April 15, 2010, 8:00PM, at Skirball Center for the Performing Arts at NYU, 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South, New York City. The famed Brazilian-born Sergio and Odair Assad, acclaimed for their brilliance in the classical, folk, jazz, and Latin repertoires, have been called “the best two-guitar team in existence” (Washington Post). In this program, they explore the rhythmic similarities that tie Middle Eastern music (their ancestral roots) with the music of Brazil. Joining the Assad Brothers are the hypnotic Lebanese singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad, and pianist/singer Clarice Assad. Their concert features modern and ancient Lebanese texts set to new music by Sergio and Clarice Assad. Tickets & Info: http://wminyc.org/event.php?id=929 or 212-545-7536
About the Musicians
Brazilian-born brothers Sérgio and Odair Assad have set the benchmark for all other guitarists by creating a new standard of guitar innovation, ingenuity and expression. Their exceptional artistry and uncanny ensemble playing come from both a family rich in Brazilian musical tradition and from studies with the best guitarists in South America. In addition to setting new performance standards, the Assads have played a major role in creating and introducing new music for two guitars. Their virtuosity has inspired a wide range of composers to write for them including Astor Piazzolla, Terry Riley, Radamés Gnattali, Marlos Nobre, Nikita Koshkin, Roland Dyens, Jorge Morel, Edino Krieger and Francisco Mignone. Now Sérgio Assad is adding to their repertoire by composing music for the duo and for various musical partners both with Symphony Orchestra and in recitals. They have worked extensively with such renowned artists as Yo-Yo Ma, Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, Fernando Suarez Paz, Paquito D’Rivera, Gidon Kremer and Dawn Upshaw.
The Assads began playing the guitar together at an early age and went on to study for seven years with guitar/lutenist Monina Távora, a disciple of Andrés Segovia. Their international career began with a major prize at the 1979 Young Artists Competition in Bratislava. Odair is based in Brussels where he teaches at Ecole Supérieure des Arts. Sérgio resides in San Francisco, where he is on the faculty of the SF Conservatory, and Paris.
The Assad’s repertoire includes original music composed by Sérgio Assad and his re-workings of folk and jazz music as well as Latin music of almost every style. Their standard classical repertoire includes transcriptions of the great Baroque keyboard literature of Bach, Rameau and Scarlatti and adaptations of works by such diverse figures as Gershwin, Ginastera and Debussy. Their touring programs are always a compelling blend of styles, periods and cultures.
The Assads are also recognized as prolific recording artists, primarily for the Nonesuch and GHA labels. In 2001, Nonesuch Records released “Sérgio and Odair Assad Play Piazzolla,” which later won a Latin Grammy. Their seventh Nonesuch recording, released in the fall 2007, is called “Jardim Abandonado” after a piece by Antonio Carlos Jobim. It was nominated for Best Classical Album and Sérgio went on to win the Latin Grammy for his composition, “Tahiiyya Li Oussilina.”
A Nonesuch collaboration with Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg in 2000 featured a collection of pieces based on traditional and Gypsy folk tunes from around the world. The Assads and Ms. Salerno-Sonnenberg continue to tour together, displaying unique chemistry, humor and stunning virtuosity. In 2003, Sérgio Assad wrote a triple concerto for this trio that has been performed with the orchestras of São Paulo, Seattle and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In the summer of 2004, Sérgio & Odair arranged a very special tour featuring three generations of the Assad Family. The family presented a wide variety of Brazilian music featuring their father Jorge Assad on the mandolin and the voice of mother Angelina Assad. GHA Records has released a live recording and a DVD of the Assad Family live at Brussels’ Palais des Beaux-Arts.
The Assad Brothers collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma is ongoing. In 2003 the Brazilian record “Obrigado Brazil” was released featuring Rosa Passos, Egberto Gismonti and Cyro Baptista. Sérgio arranged several of the works on the disc, which captured a Grammy in 2004. A world tour followed, culminating in live concerts at the opening of Carnegie Hall’s Zankel Hall and another Sony release of the live concert. In 2009, the Assads were featured on Yo-Yo Ma’s chart topping release, “Songs of Joy & Peace,” which features other guest artists as diverse as James Taylor and Dave Brubeck. In the piece “Familia” Yo-Yo plays Sérgio’s composition featuring mother, Angelina Assad, sister Badi and children Clarice, Rodrigo and Carolina. The release topped both the classical and the mainstream Billboard charts and won a Grammy for Best Classical Crossover. Yo-Yo and the Assads appeared together on Garrison Keillor's "Prairie Home Companion" in December 2009 and are working on a plan for a future tour of the U.S.
In the 2006-2007 season, the Assad Brothers performed Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto Madrigal for Two Guitars and Sérgio’s arrangement of Piazzolla's Four Seasons of Buenos Aires with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at the Hollywood Bowl. In 2007 and 2008, the brothers toured with the Turtle Island Quartet in a program called "String Theory." In the winter of 2008, the Assads curated a guitar festival at the 92nd St. Y in New York, and then toured with some of those artists in a project called “Brazilian Guitar Festival” featuring Badi Assad, Romero Lubambo and Celso Machado. The Assads were also featured performers on James Newton Howard’s soundtrack to the movie “Duplicity,” starring Julia Roberts and Clive Owen. In the spring of 2010 the brothers tour a project entitled “De Volta as Raizes” (Back to Our Roots) featuring Lebanese-American singer Christiane Karam, percussionist Jamey Haddad and composer/pianist Clarice Assad. Sérgio Assad is now working on a new concerto for two guitars to be premiered with the Seattle Symphony in February 2011.
Source: In part from opus3artists.com via Jornal.us
On April 20, 2010 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY) a discourse on the Brazilian Parlimentary leader, Joaquim Nabuco, Angela Alonso will argue that Brazilian abolitionism configured a social movement, in the sense of a national network of anti-slavery activists, organizations and demonstrations. She will present that Nabuco operated as a broker between parliamentary and civil society activism, on one hand, and between the local activism and the global abolitionist network, on the other – bringing previous abolitionist movements, particularly the English one, into Brazilian activism strategies. Angela Alonso is a professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of São Paulo, Brazil; the coordinator of the Environmental Conflicts Area at Cebrap (Brazilian Centre of Analysis and Planning); and a researcher at the Development Research Centre on Citizenship, hosted by the University of Sussex (UK). Currently she is also a Visiting Fellow at Yale University and a Guggenheim Fellow. She has been studying the relations between culture and political action in Brazil, and has written two books on that subject.
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Joaquim Aurelio Barretto Nabuco de Araújo: (born Aug. 19, 1849, Recife, Braz. — died Jan. 17, 1910, Washington, D.C., U.S.) Leader of Brazil's abolitionist movement. Both in the national Chamber of Deputies (from 1878) and in the Brazilian Anti-Slavery Society, which he founded, Nabuco worked tirelessly to end slavery in Brazil. Emancipation was proclaimed in 1888, and in the ensuing economic disruption the emperor Pedro II was overthrown (1889) and a republic established. A monarchist, Nabuco retired from public life until 1900, when he accepted the republic and entered its service. As ambassador to the U.S. he distinguished himself as an advocate of Pan-Americanism.
EVENT: Brazilian Abolitionism, The Role of Joaquim Nabuco,
by Angela Alonso, Professor of Sociology,
University of São Paulo, Guggenheim Fellow 2009/2010.
Visiting Fellow, Yale University.
WHEN: Tuesday, April 20, 2010, 4:00 PM.
WHERE: The Graduate Center, Rooms C201/C202. 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), New York City.
New York - At the Tribeca Fim Festival on Thursday, April 22, 2010 at the Chelsea Cinema 8, you can see one of the most unique romantic comedies to emerge in years, Elvis & Madona is a colorful crowd-pleaser set in Rio de Janeiro's lively neighborhood of Copacabana. Elvis is a talented photographer and lesbian whose father is down on his luck financially. Since her photography isn't paying the bills, she gets a job delivering pizzas on her motorcycle.
Madona is a ravishing blonde drag performer who works as a hairstylist by day and performs in Rio's drag clubs at night. The pair's paths cross when Elvis arrives at her first delivery only to find Madona robbed and beaten by her sometime lover John Tripod. From this first meeting, their lives will increasingly intertwine as love and desire begin to emerge.
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Debut writer/director Marcelo Laffite brilliantly unfolds the relationship between his two protagonists in a natural and believable way, vitalizing his film and characters with a continuous playful energy that lets the viewer get carried away in the story. Actors Igor Cotrim and Simone Spoladore effortlessly share a natural chemistry even in their unusual scenario, bringing their characters' passion, rather than their labels, to life.
In Portuguese with English subtitles.
Thu, Apr 22, 10:00PM Clearview Chelsea Cinema 8
Sat, Apr 24, 3:45PM Village East Cinema 4
Tue, Apr 27, 10:00PM Clearview Chelsea Cinema
Fri, Apr 30, 3:00PM Clearview Chelsea Cinema 7
More Info: Tibeca Film Festival
Brazilian Caetano Veloso has been called "one of the greatest songwriters of the century" and is by some considered to be the Bob Dylan of Brazil. Veloso is most known for his participation in the Brazilian musical movement called Tropicalismo, which encompassed five decades of music.
The development of Tropicalia combined traditional Brazilian styles with international influences. The music is an extremely diversified sophisticated blend of sounds merging anything from electric guitars, psychedelic rock to etherial poetry.Members of the movement included fellow songwriters Tom Ze and Gilberto Gil, vocal talents Gal Costa and Maria Bethania (Veloso's sister) and the group Os Mutantes.
In 1969 when the movement began, the Brazilian government viewed Veloso's music and political action as a threat. He along with fellow musician Gilberto Gil were arrested. The two eventually were exiled from Brazil, and went to London, where they lived for two years. After he moved back to his home country, in 1972, Veloso once again began recording and performing, becoming popular outside of Brazil in the 1980s and 1990s. He has so far won five Latin Grammy Awards. He recorded his first all-English album, A Foreign Sound in 2004. The album contains many American standards.
Last time Veloso’s made a Bay Area appearance SFJAZZ promoted his then latest album entitled 'Ce' with backing from a trio of young Brazilian musicians. The sounds were reminiscent of the late '70s.
Veloso returns with the same group of players to perform music from 'Zii e Zie,' his second recording featuring Pedro Sá on electric guitar, Ricardo Dias Gomes on electric bass and Fender Rhodes piano and Marcelo Callado on drums.
He will be appearing Saturday, April 17, 8PM Nob Hill Masonic Center. San Francisco, California.
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HADDONFIELD, N.J. -- The grandmother of Sean Goldman, the boy brought from Brazil to his father's New Jersey home to resolve an international abduction case is complaining that she's not allowed to see the child.
Silvana Bianchi told Brazil's Globo TV on Sunday night that her grandson's human rights are being violated.
The Brazilian woman and her husband arrived in New Jersey last month with hopes of visiting 9-year-old Sean Goldman.
His father, David Goldman, brought him home on Dec. 24 after a five-year international custody battle. The U.S. Congress and Brazil's Supreme Court weighed in on the case, and the presidents of the two countries discussed it when they met last year.
The boy's mother, Bruna Bianchi, took the child to her native Brazil in 2004. There, she divorced Goldman and eventually married a Rio de Janeiro lawyer. After she died giving birth to a daughter in 2008, the abduction case started getting attention around the world.
Goldman traveled repeatedly to Brazil to visit his son. But he did not get to see the boy until U.S. Rep. Chris Smith, a Republican from New Jersey, began accompanying him last year.
At the time, Goldman consistently said that the boy's family in Brazil would be able to see him when the child returned to New Jersey.
When the handoff finally happened last December, Goldman denied Silvana Bianchi's request to board the private jet that flew the child and his father back to the U.S.
Goldman's lawyer, Patricia Apy, says the father is willing to give the boy's maternal grandparents access to the child in time, but he wants a mental health professional involved.
"We requested from Silvana and her husband in January that there be a process to deal with the ongoing family relationship, which is complex because David is getting to know Sean," Apy said.
"That was not a process that they were willing to be involved in."
The couple, who previously owned a home in New Jersey, arrived last month and met with David Goldman and a mental health professional.
Apy said that after that meeting didn't result in immediate visitation, the couple filed an emergency application to see the boy.
A judge denied that emergency request last week on grounds that it didn't qualify as an emergency -- and planned a hearing on the visitation matter for May.
Bianchi told Globo that she has not been allowed to speak on the phone with her grandson, who lived with her for much of his five years in Brazil, for more than a month.
"I told (Sean) we are doing everything we can to go visit him," she said. "I said 'I miss you very much.' He asked me, 'When will you come?"'
"I came here to try to hug my grandson, but I'm leaving with an empty hug, I was not able to see Sean," she said.
Their lawyer, Jonathan Wolfe, said the couple resorted to a court filing only because their other efforts to see the boy have been rebuffed. He said the grandparents are the boy's link to his late mother, his little sister and the culture in which he lived for half of his life.
"It's a sad situation; I think it's a terrible thing for this boy," Wolfe said. "You can't erase that side of his family."
Apy said Sean is adjusting well to life with his father, and is doing well in school.
Apy said David Goldman would not grant interviews on the visitation issue. She said he also was seeking to keep the Bianchis from talking about it in the media.
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Florida, april 7 2010. The Brazilian Consulate has announced the winners of the 3rd Annual Poster Contest for Broward County public schools. The topic was “How Have Brazilians Added to the Quality of Life in Broward County?” Cash prizes will be awarded to the winners of the top three poster entries: 1st Place, $500; 2nd Place, $300; and 3rd Place, $100.
The 1st pace winner was Raffael Oliveira and this is what he wrote:
The Transformation Of Ordinary Into Beautiful
Nova High School - 11th Grade
Broward County is a melting pot for a plethora of different cultures. It's a perfect example of the demographic diversity that is America today. While walking down the street. it's not uncommon to hear many different tongues being spoken, some of which aren't even recognizable. Every group of people who immigrate to Broward County brings their cultural traditions and moral values from their homeland, and implicates them in their new homes, which leads to a beautiful web of intermingling as immigrants share their culture with their new neighbors, who in turn begin to adopt some of these traits. According to the National Census, 23 percent of Broward County residents were born outside of the United States, so it's easy to infer that these residents have greatly influenced the quality of life and way of living in our cities.
The Brazilian population has increased rapidly over the years and there are now 22,087 Brazilians living in Broward County. Portuguese is now the third most commonly spoken language in the county. In every good sense of the meaning, Brazilians have made their mark and created a niche, bringing unique characteristics to Broward and contributing to the well being of its citizens. From those who come from the concrete jungles of Sao Paulo, bringing their city bustle, to those from Rio de Janeiro, who bring a refreshing outlook on life, Brazilians have contributed immensely to Broward County and facets of their culture have become an integral part of the society.
The way in which Brazilians have made the biggest contributions in terms of improving the quality of life is through their demonstrations of "0 Jeito Brasileiro " which literally means the Brazilian way. The Brazilian Way encompasses every aspect of being, from demeanor and outlook on life down to interpersonal relationships. Regarding relationships, common behavior in the United States is generally more formal and rigid. People tend to be more paranoid in this day and age and therefore refrain from revealing themselves completely in fear of being exploited in some way. Perhaps because of the diverse groups of cultures living together in Brazil during its formation, Brazilian behavior developed a unique and warm way in dealing with others, and this "Brazilian Way" is recognized and revered throughout Broward County. Brazilians pride themselves on toleration, conciliation, and helpfulness to all people, even complete strangers. They value how others perceive them, so extra effort is exerted to make a good impression. Life is without a doubt more comfortable and joyful when people are courteous to one another, and Brazilians, whether it is in schools or in the workplace, are showcasing their art of warm communication with their peers and coworkers.
Brazilians also have a way of not taking life too seriously. Through all of their daily trials and tribulations, Brazilians tend to always look ahead to the next day and live life to the fullest, never sweating the small stuff. They have an incredible knack for using an outside stimulus to function as a comforter and alleviate their daily troubles, and music is without a doubt a major asset. From the soothing sounds of Bossa Nova to the upbeat and joyful rhythms of Samba, people have been using music from Brazil as medicine to lead them through hard times, and see the light at the end of the tunnel. "He who sings chases all of his troubles away." This is an old Brazilian saying that sums up the spirit and resilience of the culture. In Broward County, a duo of Brazilian women formed a female vocal group in 2001, fittingly named Brazilian Voices. Beatriz Malnic and Loren Oliveira, who were both successful singers in their respective careers, put the group together. The formation of this group grew from a love and passion for music, but their contributions to the Broward Community exceed just the musical aspect. Brazilian Voices offers seminars, workshops, and vocal training to anyone who loves music. Katia Iole, a member of the group expressed her feelings about the impact on the Broward community through their music by saying, "Through these successful events, we noticed we had reached another dimension-not only vocally, but in the way we touch our community." Malnic testifies that " ... It's refreshing to see people joining forces, spreading harmony, tenderness and joyfulness." The impact of this group has not gone unnoticed. Brazilian Voices was awarded a Cultural Diversity Program grant from the Broward Cultural Council. It's clear to see that Brazilians use music as a powerful vortex to attract people from all walks of life to assemble and enjoy life.
Another event in which Brazilians have contributed to the quality of life in Broward County is through "The Brazilian Carnival", which has been an annual event in Deerfield Beach since 2003 . The Carnival brings Brazilians together from all corners of the world, and brings a piece of their beloved country to South Florida. Brazilians celebrate and rejoice for hours on end while drums and guitars saturate the atmosphere, as well as the smells of traditional dishes. The most spectacular part of this festival, however, is the sighting of non-Brazilians, some who come from other lands to experience the beauty and delight of Brazil. Americans pace the Carnival back and forth, smiling from ear to ear, anxiously awaiting to sample an exotic food or tap their feet to the mesmerizing melodies. It now seems that this really isn't a Brazilian carnival as much as it is a cultural and human reunion. All of the people in attendance are one, moving together to the cadence of Samba. It's a breathtaking experience and for those few hours all of the evils in this world are put aside, only peace and harmony transpire. The Brazilian culture has an unexplainable ability to attract people and have them fall in love with life, as if they had been experiencing it for the first time.
I can attest to the ways in which my life has been made better because of my Brazilian heritage. The values which were instilled in me while living in Brazil and when I moved to Broward County have helped me enjoy every instance of my being and allowed me to be a tolerant person, who is always open and excited to learn about others. Even when on my journey through life I encounter roadblocks, I always see the better times which lay ahead. I am proud of the green, yellow, and blue blood that flows within my veins and I am eager to humbly share my culture with my fellow citizens of Broward County. Brazilians have used their easygoing and kind ways to improve the quality of life in Broward County, welcoming all who are willing to board the train to peace and unity.
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Fort Lauderdale - The Brazilian population in Broward County has grown rapidly over the past fifteen years to 22,087 residents, according to the American Community Survey (ACS). The Brazilian population in Broward accounts for 63% of the tri-county total; Miami-Dade has 8,533 Brazilian residents and Palm Beach has 4,372. Growth has been concentrated in northeastern Broward, primarily in the City of Deerfield Beach where nine percent of residents have Brazilian ancestry.
Although the 2004 ACS provides the most recent count of Brazilian people living in Broward County, it does not contain detailed information about the characteristics of the population. Therefore, Census 2000 tabulations by ancestry group are used in the following analysis.
Population by Age Group
The Brazilian population is younger than the population as a whole. Adults under age 35 make up 36 percent of the Brazilian population, compared to only 21 percent of the County’s population. Less than two percent of Brazilians are aged over 65, whereas seniors make up 15.7 percent of residents countywide. These differences are noticeable on the population pyramid (to the right) which shows the percent of males and females in five year cohorts, for each population.
Being a younger population, almost half (46 percent) of Brazilian households have children under age 18, compared to 29 percent countywide. This is also reflected in the average household size (2.9 persons), which is slightly higher than the county average (2.5 persons). The proportion of single person households (16 percent) is half the countywide rate (31 percent), in part due to the smaller number of seniors.
Portuguese Speaking Population
Portuguese is now the third most commonly spoken foreign language in Broward County. Although Portuguese is the native language in Portugal and several African countries, in Broward County its growth is attributed to the Brazilian population.
Since 1990, the number of residents speaking Portuguese or Portuguese Creole has increased from 3,607 to 27,252. Of these persons, 12,193 (44 percent) are not fluent in English.
Immigration from Brazil to Broward
Between 2001 and 2003, 1,686 Brazilians immigrated directly to Broward County (the number of persons that moved from Miami-Dade and other counties is unknown).
After spending the first few minutes of her show in a cage, Alicia Keys used the remaining time to express just how free she is during “The Freedom Tour,” which rolled into the sold out AmericanAirlines Arena on Saturday, March 27.
Keys’ intended message for the show felt more like an underlying theme that she hoped would resonate with her fans.
“I feel that the element of freedom is such an important thing…We have to remove any doubts in our mind. Any feeling of fear in our minds,” she told the diverse audience that sang along, on its feet for most of the show.
The concert opened with a video montage of world events and images of respected world leaders, and a recorded statement from Keys aimed smack dab at the naysayers who doubted her ability to carve out a successful career, which began when she burst onto the scene with her 2001 hit “Falling.”
During the ten years since, the 29-year-old former Columbia University student has released three more studio albums, has sold over 30 million albums, and has won 12 Grammy awards. Despite Keys’ commercial success, her ascent to the top of the music industry has drawn a yin/yang combination of acclaim and criticism.
While some music critics deride her songwriting skills as weak, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers honored her with its 2005 Songwriter of the Year award. And although her voice has been noted for its strength, it has also been assailed for veering off key during live performances.
Off-key or on, Alicia Augello Cook (Keys is her stage name) is thankful for the opportunity to sing.
“We feel extremely blessed to be able to share this night with you, to be able to share this music with you… It is a blessing,” the self-described “renegade” said.
Keys sashayed seductively across the stage during the 90-minute show that featured songs from all of her CDs. Backed by a talented, six-piece band and three very capable background singers, Keys featured a set that included two costume changes, one into a slinky white gown for the second half of the show.
During the concert that was heavy on light messages of self love and love for each other — a distracting video of nonstop text and images flashed behind, beside and above Keys as she performed. Thankfully, the images stopped temporarily as the classically trained pianist took her seat at the baby grand to perform a few of her ballads, among them her hits, “You Don’t Know My Name” and “Diary.”
Keys rounded out the show with a really nice encore performance of “Empire State of Mind,” drawing cheers from the audience with her occasional substitution of “Miami” for “New York,” in the hit she recorded with rap superstar Jay-Z.
Anthony Hamilton opened the show with a solid performance that was finger-snapping and head-bopping. If Keys’ opening act has not already been a featured act, he undoubtedly will be in the near future.
While opening acts frequently play to smaller, late-arriving crowds more interested in the main performance, Hamilton’s appearance was clearly a factor in the crowd’s near-prompt arrival.
“I appreciate you coming early enough to check a brother out,” Hamilton said.
Photo by Sayre Berman. Alicia Keys
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