Martin County Library System Press Releases

May 1, 2013

Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series continues with Beatriz Malnic Trio

Celebrating the Harvest of the Mind, Body and Spirit

DATE: MAY 1, 2013       
CONTACT:  PUBLIC RELATIONS (772) 221-1403      

The Beatriz Malnic Trio will present a one-hour concert Saturday, May 18 at 2:00 p.m. in the Donahue Room of the Peter & Julie Cummings Library, 2551 S.W. Matheson Avenue, Palm City. Brazilian singer Beatriz Malnic is accompanied by Mike Orta on piano and Don Wilner on upright bass for an afternoon of smooth, sensual bossa nova tunes. The trio will take the audience on a journey through Brazilian jazz in the United States, sambas and American numbers. Underwritten by Elisabeth Lahti, the program is the fifth music event in the six-part Elisabeth Lahti Concert Series. Free tickets are required and available for pickup only at the Cummings Library beginning May 14.  Reservations cannot be accepted by telephone.

Born in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Beatriz Malnic is a vocalist, arranger and the director of Brazilian Voices, a women’s vocal ensemble. She has performed and recorded with musical luminaries such as Al Di Meola, Nestor Torres, Toquinho and many others. In 2009, Malnic won an award for best Brazilian singer living in the United States and, in 2012, her latest album Chico Buarque by Beatriz Malnic won for best Brazilian CD released in the United States, both from the Brazilian International Press Awards.

Pianist Mike Orta was chosen as one of five finalists in the prestigious Great American Jazz Piano Competition. He has performed and/or recorded with some of the major names in jazz such as Randy Brecker, Michael Brecker and Conrad Herwig, to name a few. Orta is Associate Professor and Director of Jazz Performance at Florida International University teaching jazz piano and jazz improvisation. He also directs both jazz and Latin jazz ensembles.

Bassist Don Wilner performs in both the classical and jazz genres. He earned a doctorate in music, was principal bassist and a featured soloist with the Palm Beach Pops, and assistant principal bassist with the Miami City Ballet for many years. Named best jazz musician in 2000 in Miami New Times’ “Best of Miami” issue, Dr. Wilner originated, promoted and sustained the jazz music program at the Van Dyke Cafe for 13 years, which Miami New Times labeled as Miami’s best jazz club on numerous occasions. 

For more information on this or other Chautauqua South events, call 772-221-1403, pick up a Library Connection at any Martin County library or visit the website at




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