In the Loop
Press Release : Apr 22, 2015

UF and Broward College Partner to Present the 15th Annual Brazilian Music Institute May 11-15 in Davie, Florida

The University of Florida School of Music in collaboration with Broward College will present the 2015 Brazilian Music Institute (BMI) from Monday, May 11 through Friday, May 15. BMI brings together outstanding artists for a weeklong event designed to extend the experience and expand the possibilities of learning and performing Brazilian music. The institute will present two Ritmo & Romance closing concerts on Friday, May 15 at 8 p.m. at Broward College’s Bailey Hall, 3501 S.W. Davie Road, Davie, and on Sunday, May 17, 2015 at 4 p.m. in the Santa Fe College Fine Arts Hall in Gainesville, Florida.

Founded and organized by Welson Tremura in 2001, BMI is a training ground for Brazilian music. Previously held in Gainesville, Florida, this year’s event will be the first one to take place at Broward College as a result of a three-year award from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to bring BMI to Broward County.

Students from the University of Florida, Broward College and others enrolled in this year’s event will work with special artist Antonio Adolfo (piano), Hermógenes Araújo (percussion), Alexander Crook (drum set/percussion), Larry Crook (percussion), Beatriz Malnic (voice), Ulisses Rocha (guitar), James Sain (electric bass) and Welson Tremura (voice/guitar).

The Ritmo & Romance closing concerts will celebrate the diversity of Brazilian culture with sensual rhythms and romantic lyrics and will feature all of this year’s guest artists plus selected BMI participants. Tickets to the May 15 concert in Davie range from $5-$25 and are available by calling the Bailey Hall Box Office at 954-201-6884 or visiting The $25 ticket level includes access to a post-concert reception and toast with the artists. Tickets to the May 17 concert in Gainesville range from $9-$15 and are available through the Santa Fe Fine Arts Hall Box Office at 352-395-4181 or

Those interested in participating in this year’s institute can learn more and register at Join the conversation online by using #BMI2015.

The 2015 Brazilian Music Institute is supported in part by ArtServe, Broward College, Consulate General of Brazil in Miami, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dr. Madelyn Lockhart, Santa Fe College, UF Center for Latin American Studies, UF Center for World Arts, U.S. Department of Education Title VI Program and Visit Gainesville.

About the College of the Arts
The College of the Arts, previously known as the College of Fine Arts, is one of the 16 colleges and more than 150 research centers and institutes at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. The College of the Arts offers baccalaureate, master’s and Ph.D. degree programs in its three institutionally-accredited schools — the School of Art + Art History, School of Music and School of Theatre + Dance. The college is home to the Center for Arts in Medicine, Center for Arts and Public Policy, Center for World Arts, Digital Worlds Institute, University Galleries and the New World School of the Arts in Miami. More than 100 faculty members and approximately than 1,200 students work together daily to engage, inspire and create. The college hosts more than 300 performances, exhibitions and events each year. Faculty and students also exhibit and perform at other local, national and international venues. To learn more, visit

About Broward College
Serving more than 68,000 students annually, Broward College provides residents with certificate programs, two-year university-transfer degrees, two-year career degrees and baccalaureate degrees in selected programs. The mission of the college is to provide high-quality educational programs and services that are affordable and accessible to a diverse community of learners. For more information, visit

# # #

Media Contacts
Leah Craig, University of Florida College of the Arts
Office: 352.273.1489 | Cell: 904.419.3346

Angela Nicoletti, Broward College
Office: 954-201-7939