Fri, Apr 7, 2023 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The Canopy Sessions: Samba Novistas

Start your weekend with a live concert performed in one of Madison’s most unique venues: the Bolz Conservatory! Explore the tropics, enjoy the warmth, and be entertained by some of the area's most talented musicians.

Everyone/All Ages
At Olbrich

$8 - General Admission | $5 - Child (Ages 6-12) | FREE - Ages 5 & under

Purchase tickets in advance online or at the door

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Event Guidelines

  • Bar service available in the Conservatory
  • Lobby doors open at 5:30 p.m. Conservatory doors open at 6 p.m.
  • This is a strolling concert, so no seating is provided, through there are a few benches in the Conservatory.
  • The Canopy Sessions are amplified performances, not acoustic.
  • You may purchase tickets in advance online or at the door
    • For ticket assistance, call Mike Gibson, Program Specialist, at 608-243-0156
    • A limited number of reduced fee tickets are available. To request a fee waiver, please contact Mike Gibson, Program Specialist, at

Samba Novistas

Samba Novistas are a five-piece band that plays a wide variety of Brazilian and Brazilian-influenced music including samba, pagode, bossa nova, samba-reggae, lambada, sertanejo, coco and forro, as well as originals and our own interpretation of Anglo tunes. This is music that is emotional, sensual, irrepressibly danceable and reaches beyond language.

Samba Novistas is led and inspired by singer Ana Paula Johnson. Ana Paula is a Carioca - a native of Rio de Janiero. Her musical soul combines her grandmother’s macumba and the samba schools of Rio with her love of American blues and funk. She is also the singer for the Handphibians, - a Madison based Bateria (Brazilian percussion orchestra) that plays Samba, Samba-Reggae and Maracatu styles of Brazilian street festival music.

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