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Enjoy a “Night in Brazil” February 13

By Clarke News  |  January 26, 2024
Night in Brazil Performer, Forro fo Sho

As part of their popular Arts at Clarke series, Clarke University invites the community to spend a Night in Brazil! This celebration of Brazilian cuisine and music begins at 6:30 p.m. in the Wahlert Atrium on Tuesday, February 13. 

Attendees will begin the evening by sampling iconic dishes from Brazil curated by Clarke University Dining Services. Just some of the options include potato croquettes with pulled chicken, black-eyed pea fritters with chimichuri, and three delicious desserts.  

Following desserts and appetizers, guests will move into Jansen Music Hall for performances from Clarke Ensembles and Forró Fo Sho. Located in Madison, Wisconsin, Forro fo Sho has been introducing the exciting dance rhythms of Northeastern Brazil to Midwestern American audiences since 2015. Accordionist and vocalist Brendan Loula started the band while studying ethnomusicology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. They’ve earned a reputation for heating up dance floors with a mix of exciting folk sounds and more cosmopolitan grooves. 

I’m thrilled about this event! As a Brazilian living in the United States and an active member of both the Clarke and Dubuque communities, it’s refreshing to see Clarke’s interest in my culture. These concerts offer a fantastic opportunity for people to experience, even if just for one night, a glimpse of what feels like ‘home’ to me. And, by sharing the vibrant aspects of the Brazilian culture, be it through music, dance, or food, Clarke cultivates a strong sense of connection and understanding of the diversity within our community, acting as a bridge between cultures.

Keisy Peyerl Xavier, Assistant Professor of Music

Tickets are $15 and the program is free for Clarke students and employees. Tickets can be reserved by phone at (563) 588-6550 or purchased at   

The Arts at Clarke Series hosts musical programs, theater productions, gallery shows, and more throughout the year at Clarke University. The series is graciously endowed by Edward J. & Cathy Gallagher. See a full list of Arts at Clarke events at