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Fado Concert Raises Funds for Portuguese Studies

“Sounds of Portugal” Supports Saab Center

Fado concert attendants
Saab Center Director Prof. Frank Sousa, Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, musicians Joana Amendoeira and Duarte, sponsor Elisia Saab and Consul General José Rui Velez Caroço at the “Sounds of Portugal” concert.


Music lovers and the Merrimack Valley’s extended Portuguese-American community turned out in force to hear two leading Portuguese singers, Joana Amendoeira and Duarte, perform an evening of fado music at Durgin Hall.

More than 300 guests attended the Nov. 3 “Sounds of Portugal” concert, raising more than $40,000 to benefit UMass Lowell’s Saab Center for Portuguese Studies—a new record for the annual event. The funds will help support study abroad programs, visiting professors and more cultural and community events, says the center’s director, Prof. Frank Sousa.

Founded in 2013 with generous support from the Saab Family Foundation, the Saab Center celebrates the region’s rich Portuguese heritage and promotes the multidisciplinary study of Portuguese language, literature and culture.

In early December, the Saab Center hosted a public lecture by Joao Vale de Almeida, the European Union ambassador to the United Nations, and co-sponsored a panel discussion on “The Portuguese Immigrant Experience in Lowell Since the 1960s” at Lowell National Historical Park.