19th Century Brazilian Salon Music by Black Composers

Pianist Alessandra Odazaki Rodriguez

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In Person: Fine Arts Building, Chicago, IL. $20.00 per person.

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In honor of Black History Month, our inaugural Sublime Scores Musical Series presents “Brazilian Salon Music by Black Composers from the 19th Century. In this recital-lecture, Alessandra Odazaki Rodriguez presents two Brazilian composers, Henrique Alves de Mesquita and Chiquinha Gonzaga, emphasizing how they influenced the 19th-century Brazilian music scene. Each piece of music will be preceded by a description and historical context of both the compositions and the composers.


Henrique Alves de Mesquita (1830-1906)

Ali Babá (1872)

Souvenir du Tejo (1865)

Batuque (1894)

A Faísca (1887)

Quebra-Quebra Minha Gente (1889-1895?)

Chiquinha Gonzaga (1847-1935)

Atraente (1877)

Carijó (unknown year)

Gaúcho, o Corta-Jaca (1895)

Só no Choro (1889)

Registration Information

Sublime Scores: Presentation & Performance by Alessandra Odazaki Rodriguez, pianist, professor of music.

Date: Thursday, February 29, 2024

Time: 6:30PM-8:00PM Central

In Person Location: This is a live event held in Salon Des Artistes. Studio 535. Fine Arts Building, 410 S. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, IL 60605.

Cost: $20.00 includes performance & lecture.

Bio of Alessandra Odazaki Rodriguez

Alessandra Odazaki Rodriguez is a pianist and a piano teacher from Brazil. She holds a BA in Piano Performance from São Paulo State University where she studied with Dr. Claudio Richerm e, a pupil of Guiomar Novaves. She also received a certificate degree from São Paulo Municipal Conservatory - a free conservatory program offered by the city - where she studied for 11 years with Dr. Scheilla Glaser. During her undergrad, Alessandra received a scholarship from the Ministry of Education called PET (Programa de Ensino Tutorial) to participate in the research on composition for piano and flute of the Brazilian composer Edmundo Villani-Côrtes.

She moved to the United States to pursue a Masters degree with a full scholarship at Southern Illinois University. There, she was a winner of concerto competition and performed Piano Concerto N. 20, K. 466 by Mozart with Southern Illinois Symphony Orchestra. Currently, Alessandra lives in Chicago where she received a Performance Certificate degree in Piano Performance at DePaul University. At this same university, she had the opportunity to be coached by Professor Jason Moy on harpsichord, performing a Concerto for Two Harpsichords in C Major, BWV 1061 by J. S. Bach with him and DePaul Baroque Ensemble.

Ms. Odazaki Rodriguez is an active member of the Music National Teacher Association and of the Chicago Area Music Teacher Association. In this same organization, she is the co-chair of AIM (Achievement in Music) Theory Exam and serves as a board member. She was recently named 2023 CAMTA member of the year.

A passionate teacher, Alessandra has been teaching piano for more than 10 years. She serves as a piano faculty member at Merit School of Music, DePaul Community Division and has a private studio at the Fine Arts Building. Her students have won prizes at local competitions and were admitted into music programs in Brazil and United States.

Besides her musical activities, Alessandra is also a volunteer advocate at the Young Center. This is an institution that advocates for unaccompanied immigrant children.

February 29, 2024 at 6:30pm - 8:30pm

Salon Des Artistes

Fine Arts Building
410 S. Michigan Avenue, Studio 535
Chicago, IL 60605
United States

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