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Sounds Of Portugal: A Night of Fado With Mariza

Sounds of Portugal: An Evening of Fado with Mariza

In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a well hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the World Music circuit. Photo by Carlos Ramos

7:30 p.m. on April 20, 2019

The Saab Center for Portuguese Studies at UMass Lowell and the Lowell Memorial Auditorium are proud to present international music star Mariza on Saturday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m at the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

This event is part of a yearlong celebration of the Saab Center’s fifth anniversary and will mark the first time partnering with the Lowell Memorial Auditorium.

Proceeds from Sounds of Portugal: An Evening of Fado with Mariza will support activities like our student study abroad programs and campus and community cultural events.

About Mariza

In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a well hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the World Music circuit. Photo by Carlos Ramos

Read her full biography on Mariza's website

In less than twelve years, Mariza has risen from a well hidden local phenomenon, known only to a small circle of admirers in Lisbon, to one of the most widely acclaimed stars of the World Music circuit.

Fado em mim Album

It all started with her first CD, Fado em Mim, published in 2001, which quickly led to a number of highly successful international presentations - the Québec Summer Festival, in which she received the event’s First Award (Most Outstanding Performance), New York’s Central Park, the Hollywood Bowl, the Royal Festival Hall, the Womad Festival - and ultimately earned her BBC Radio 3’s award for Best European Artist in the area of World Music. Fado em Mim was an exciting first album, showing a young singer with a rich, vibrant voice and a strong artistic personality. She still sang several hits of Amália’s repertory but her approach to the heritage of the great Fado diva was already so personal that she could easily cast away any suggestion of mere imitation. And within her original material Ó Gente da minha Terra, by the young composer Tiago Machado, soon became a major hit in its own right....


No Portuguese artist since Amália Rodrigues has experienced such a triumphant international career, accumulating success after success on the most prestigious world stages, raving reviews from the most demanding music critics worldwide and countless international awards and distinctions. As usual, her musical partners are simply only the best: Jacques Morelenbaum and John Mauceri, José Merced and Miguel Poveda, Gilberto Gil and Ivan Lins, Lenny Kravitz and Sting, Cesária Évora and Tito Paris, Carlos do Carmo and Rui Veloso. An her repertoire, while firmly rooted in classical and contemporary Fado, has grown to include occasional Cape Verdean mornas, Rhythm and Blues classics or any other themes she holds dear to her heart.

In the past twelve years, Mariza has long passed the stage of a mere exotic episode in the World Music scene, ready to be replaced by whatever new colourful phenomenon appears in another geographic corner of the recording industry’s market. She proved to be a major international artist, strongly original and immensely gifted, from whom much is yet to be expected in the future. The young girl from Mozambique, raised in the popular Lisbon neighbourhood of Mouraria, has mastered the roots of her musical culture and developed into an universal artist who is able to open herself to the world without ever losing her heartfelt sense of Portuguese identity. And Portuguese audiences are the first to acknowledge this triumph and pay her back with unlimited love and gratitude.

Instituto de Etnomusicologia – Centro de Estudos de Música e Dança


A very special thank you to all of our sponsors. Proceeds from Sounds of Portugal: An evening of Fado with Mariza will support efforts like study abroad opportunities for students and cultural programming for the campus and community.

Sponsors listed are as of March 31, 2019.

This event proudly sponsored by:

  • Bettencourt Dd Corporation, which also operates under the name Dunkin' Donuts, is located in Dracut, Massachusetts. This organization primarily operates in the Doughnuts business / industry within the Food Stores sector. This organization has been operating for approximately 25 years.

    Gilda and Fatima Bettencourt

  • BMP: The Law Office of Brad M Pacheco, LLC. BMP's motto is "Excellent service in the areas of personal injury law, real estate law and criminal law."

    BMP: The Law Office of Brad M Pacheco, LLC

  • drm solutions logo. DRM Construction Solutions, LLC offers home improvements, specializing in kitchen and bathroom remodels.

    DRM Solutions

  • Enterprise Bank, a full-service commercial bank and personal bank, is locally owned and managed, serving the needs of individuals, non-profits and nd individuals that we welcome, not just as our customers, but as our neighbors.

    Enterprise Bank

  • Feel Portugal in the USA e-magazine - We are a digital community magazine dedicated to all Portuguese generations who reside in the USA. Our primary goal is to connect with all the Portuguese communities which are spread throughout the United States and showcase to the general public the Portuguese culture, traditions, and lifestyle.

    Feel Portugal in the USA e-magazine

  • Grande Festa do Concelho da Praia da Vitoria 2019 logo celebrating 20th anniversary. A celebration of all things Praia da Vitória, an annual reunion and promotional event.

    Grande Festa do Concelho da Praia da Vitoria

  • Lowell Memorial Auditorium logo. The Lowell Memorial Auditorium is an indoor facility located in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. It is dedicated to local veterans of war. The 2,800 seat venue was constructed in 1922 by the architectural firm of Blackall, Clapp & Whittemore.

    Lowell Memorial Auditorium

  • Lowell Tooth Docs. Lowell, MA Cosmetic & Family Dentistry.

    Lowell Tooth Docs

  • Luso-American Financial: a fraternal provider of affordable and competitive financial protection and retirement options.

    Luso-American Financial

  • Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers logo

    Massachusetts Alliance of Portuguese Speakers

  • Meehan Educational Foundation for educational excellence

    Marty Meehan Educational Foundation

  • Funeral home located on Highland Street in Lowell, Massachusetts.

    McDonough Funeral Home

  • Mello Law Offices, Attorneys and Counselors at Law, Falamos Português

    Mello Law Offices

  • MFS Investment Mangement. MFS Investment Mangement's motto is: "Our client-aligned active management is focused on advisors' needs".

    MFS Investment Management

  • Middlesex Community College logo. Middlesex Community College is a public community college with two campuses in Massachusetts, one in Lowell and the other in Bedford, Massachusetts.

    Middlesex Community College

  • Naveo Credit Union logo. Naveo is a local not-for-profit community financial institution focused on serving its members/owners. Our mission is to assist our members with their financial needs by providing them with products and services they need in a friendly, inviting environment. As stated in our motto of “Saving Together to Lend to Each Other,” we take member deposits and in-turn, lend to those who need to borrow.

    Naveo Credit Union

  • New England Home Performance Kings logo. New England Gutter Kings, Inc. cleans, repairs and installs seamless gutters for residential and commercial customers.

    New England Home Performance Kings

  • Oakdale Liquors logo. Oakdale Liquors has a wide selection of wines, microbrews, and top shelf liquors at reasonable prices.

    Oakdale Liquors

  • the Portuguese Jornal (Journal) logo. A part of GateHouse Media since 2007, the O Jornal remains a vibrant piece of the Portuguese-speaking communities in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. the Portuguese Jornal

  • Portuguese Times logo. The Portuguese Times, Inc. publishes the Portuguese community newspaper of that name. The business was established and incorporated in Massachusetts in 1971.

    The Portuguese Times

  • Saab Family Foundation Logo. The Saab Family Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in 2010, serving Rockingham County (NH), Hillsborough County (NH), Essex County (MA), and Middlesex County (MA).  The Foundation's goal is to provide grants to public charities to carry out charitable purposes; and scholarships to individuals to encourage further academic achievement.

    The Saab Family Foundation

  • S and F Concrete Pouring Integrity. With Pride.

    S and F Concrete

  • Silva Brothers Construction. Custom Builders.

    Silva Brothers Construction

  • Trinity EMS, an experienced 911 service provider

    Trinity EMS

  • The UMass Foundation maintains its original mission to "foster and promote the growth, progress, and general welfare of the University of Massachusetts," serving all five campuses.

    The UMass Foundation

  • Washington Savings Bank. We give you more

    Washington Savings Bank

  •  WJFD logo. WJFD 97.3 is the only 50,000-watts FM radio station in New England broadcasting in the Portuguese language 24/7/365.

    WJFD 97.3 FM

Fado Questions?

For questions please call the Saab Center at 978-934-5199.