Friday, April 5th- Live Music Series
April 05, 2019 07:00 PM until April 05, 2019 08:00 PM
Join us at The Four Seasons Restaurant for an evening of eclectic classics by composers: Poulenc, Jerome Kern, Rodgers & Hammerstein performed by Rafa Campos Salles with pianist, Monica Lu. Tickets are $35.00 per person for entry. Advance reservations are required and are on a first come, first serve basis.
Doors at 6:00pm, Show at 7:00pm
Rafa Campos Salles, a singer noted for his “warm and velvety voice,” hails from Brazil and has sung across hemispheres for the past seven years. Rafa completed his undergraduate degree in vocal performance at the Jacobs School of Music, receiving the Voice Faculty Award and the Premiere Young Artist Award. In 2017, he was one of six singers selected for concerts and master classes in the largest music festival in Latin America, Campos do Jordão Winter Festival. At IU Jacobs, he explored genres ranging from art music to contemporary musical theater under the direction of Dr. Robert Harrison and world-renowned, two-time Grammy Award winning soprano, Sylvia McNair.As versatile crossover singer, Rafa performed as a soloist with the Columbus Philharmonic Orchestra, the Symphonic Orchestra of Sergipe, and in productions of Rodgers &Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” (Lt. Joe Cable), Faurè’s “Promethée” (Hermes), Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondoliers” (Francesco), Purcell’s “The Fairy Queen” (Autumn), and “Dido and Aeneas” (Aeneas). He has sung under the baton of renowned conductors Lutero Rodrigues, Dale Rieling, Abel Rocha, the Broadway conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos, among others. Rafa has been featured at renowned houses such as the Brisbane Town Hall, The Carmel Palladium, Sala São Paulo, the Metropolitan Room, The Duplex cabaret house, and the off Broadway stage Broadway Comedy Club. In addition to his solo career, Rafa was proud member of the Singing Hoosiers at IU Jacobs School of Music under the direction of Steve Zegree, Ly Wilder, and Duane Davis.
Born and raised in Taiwan, Monica Meng-Chieh Lu (呂孟潔) is a New York-based musician. She is the recipient of the “Oversea Study/Research Grant” of the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, in which she specializes in contemporary music and the development of Taiwanese contemporary music. She has recently returned from a tour with Magic City Opera Productions on Azamara Quest as the pianist. Lu was the pianist and vocalist at the music residency at The Algonquin.
As an active soloist and performing artist, she recently performed with Martha Graham Dance Company in New York City Center and has appeared at MoMA with Bang On A Can and Ensemble 4’33’’.
In addition to her practice in performing art, Lu was commissioned to compose original music for exhibition, “Ugly Heroines” (2019, ChinatownSoup Gallery), the Lucille Ball documentary, “We Love Lucy” (2018, Judith Edlund), “Frühlings Erwachen/Spring’s Awakening” (2017, Nicky Maggio), and “Music and Life” (2017, Magdiela Rivas). An advocate and enthusiast of New Music, Lu has debuted young composers’ new works and collaborated with artists across a broad range of disciplines. She recently debuted Will Rowe’s “Kumbhaka”Rafa & Monica