Providing pleasure for music lovers

Drawing from Jamaican, Mexican, his native Brazilian and other sources, guitar virtuoso Carlos Barbosa-Lima held a Randolph County Community Arts Center audience spellbound last Saturday as he transported them into the infectious swing and sublime melody of the Latin American musical world.

Highlights of the evening were his definitive renditions of two bossa nova classics, Ant≥nio Carlos Jobim’s “One Note Samba,” which virtually introduced the genre to the U.S. in the 1950s, and Luis Bonf”s “Manh” de Carnaval,” instantly recognizable as from the soundtrack of the 1959 film “Black Orpheus.”

Guitarist Larry del Casale, who regularly performs with Barbosa-Lima throughout the U.S. and abroad, joined him in duo in both sets for several numbers, including a lively take on Zequinha de Abreu’s “Tico Tico.”

Thanks to Arts Center Executive Director Kurt Barkley, his staff, and numerous volunteers, Elkins-area music lovers enjoy frequent cabaret-style outings featuring jazz, blues, and popular music.

Upcoming at the Arts Center is Vintage Theatre Company’s Rustic Mechanicals’ presentation of William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar” on Saturday, Oct. 19, at 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:45).

W. Royal Stokes



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