+ THANK YOU: We thank you for your patience in the last month. We have had a couple of recent setbacks with one member having a death in the family and another having an appendectomy!


Photo – DeNitto©2017

Dr. John Francis DeNitto ~ 11/30/1933 – 5/18/2018

+++++  It is with heavy, heavy heart that we must bear the sad news of Dr. John Francis DeNitto, passing away on Friday, May 18, 2018 in Rhinebeck, NY. It is important to point out that my father was the last remaining member of the original Brasiles family, for which The Brasiles Ensemble gets its name. As he was adamant about not wanting a funeral or religious service, The Brasiles Ensemble compromised by having a mini-concert in a church, which was held on Saturday, May 26, 2018. Though a professor by career, he was first a highly accomplished musician and music led his life all the way through to his very last days. We felt that he would certainly not object to a lovely concert featuring the St. Philip’s Choir, The Brasiles Ensemble, The Mary Powell as well as his grandson, Speare Hodges at the piano. +++++


     Now, as we are on the mend, we have some exciting announcements to share!


+ HELLO DOLLY 50th ANNIVERSARY FESTIVAL: The Brasiles Ensemble will be part of the core group of singers performing for the festival parade set for Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 4:00pm at The Garrison Landing, which is the exact spot of the filming for the movie! We will be joined by a fun cast of professionals! The cast is as follow and is listed in order of appearance.

Cornelius – Justin Wingenroth

Barnaby – Will Speziale

Dolly – Joni Michelle Lanza

Ermengarde – Madeleine DeNitto

Ambrose – Tommy Tune!!!

Friends of Dolly – Laura Danilov & Kimberly Hiss

Friends of Dolly – Paul Phillips & Ed Robinson

That’s right! You read that correctly! Tommy Tune will be joining this special part of the festival– singing, dancing and acting with us!! We are thrilled to have this experience with him!

For more information on how you can view, please visit this link and scroll down to number eight for details! FESTIVAL EVENTS  



+ THE MARY POWELLKim and Madeleine have a couple of summer dates where you can catch them singing folk and Americana tunes! See most immediate dates below.

COLD SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET : Saturday, July 7, 2018 – 10:00am – 11:00am  The market is located outdoors at Boscobel in Garrison, NY — COLD SPRING FARMERS’ MARKET

HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS’ CENTER: Friday, July 20, 2018 – 7:00pm – we will be their “featured artist” at their Open Mic Night. The center is located in Sleepy Hollow, NY.  HUDSON VALLEY WRITERS’ CENTER


Photo – DeNitto©2018


+ CD RECORDING: The Brasiles Ensemble has been having several business meetings to discuss opportunities to record a CD later this year.  Though there will be some fundraising for such a project, we are working on how to make this happen! Stay tuned for more details to follow in the summer months.


Photo – DeNitto©2017