Fado, meaning “destiny” or “fate,”  is a form of music characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or life of the poor and conveys a sentiment of resignation, fatefulness and melancholia.  As a musical genre, it can be traced back to the 1820s in Portugal.  Unfortunately for American fans of the centuries-old music style, opportunities to hear Fado performed live onstage are few and far between.

Join us on Saturday, May 18th, 2013, for a rare opportunity to hear traditional Portuguese Fado music performed by one of the country’s premier ensembles.  Ramana Vieira has been described as “The New Voice of Portuguese World Music.”  Born in San Leandro to Portuguese immigrant parents, she has achieved international acclaim.  Her music has been featured in Olympics opening ceremonies and she has performed at the Grammy Awards Ceremony honoring Aretha Franklin.

The Ensemble Fado typically includes guitar, percussion and a cello and combines haunting traditional ballads and those with a modern spin.

This performance will be held in the Dublin Library Community Room, beginning at 2:00 PM.

Contact Dublin Library at 925-828-1315 for more details.