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ACTU to present Brazilian guitarist and singer

Arts for the Community at Thomas University (ACTU) will present University of Florida Associate Professor and guitarist and singer Welson Tremura as part of the Friday at Noon series on Friday, Nov. 18.

Dr. Tremura is a native of Brazil and earned a Ph.D. in musicology-ethnomusicology from Florida State University. His performance will include original compositions in the classical style as well as other Brazilian music and classic bossa-nova songs. The concert will take place in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church, 425 N. Broad St.

“I met Welson as a graduate student at FSU,” series coordinator Karl Barton stated. “His talent and stage presence are really remarkable. The glimpses of Brazilian culture viewed by so many at last summer's Olympics will come to life in the words and music he will perform.”

An acclaimed singer-guitarist, Tremura maintains an active performance schedule and has been involved in concerts and interdisciplinary projects in Brazil, China, Central America, United States, Europe and New Zealand. As an Associate Professor in the School of Music and the Center for Latin American Studies at the University of Florida, Dr. Tremura is an educator who is well-versed in Brazilian Jazz, classical, and vocal music as well as traditional European classical forms.

 “The songs that I sing represent the diversity of Brazilian music, a meeting of music and poetry brought together by the rich fusion of styles and rhythms of a country blessed with incredible regional and cultural diversity,” Dr. Tremura said.

He has also released two album recordings and participated in several recordings with renowned musical artists in Brazil as well as in the United States, including a Nashville Opry Theatre Christmas Concert with Barbara Mandrel and a benefit Concert with Bernadette Peters.

“I might feel the warmth of something, formed of melody and heart, flesh and percussion, and that something, may we sing to life,” Dr. Tremura said of his performances. “After all this is the Brazilian way!”

The concert is free and open to the public. A complimentary luncheon provided by the church will follow the performance. For additional information call 229-227-6964 or email

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