Portuguese Ambassador's Residence Gala Concert and Dinner Reception by the Ambassador's Chef
Join us on your own or with friends for the rare delight of an evening at the Portuguese Ambassador's residence featuring a concert by one of Portugal's finest jazz ensembles. After the concert enjoy a buffet dinner feast of Portuguese delicacies prepared especially for us by the Ambassador's chef.
To be placed on the wait list for additional tickets please email: [email protected]

Event Date

Friday, June 3, 2016 at 6:30 PM

Event Address

Portuguese Ambassador’s residence
2125 Kalorama Rd NW
Washington DC 20008

Requested Attire

Black Tie requested. Business or cocktail attire optional.

Event Description

The International Club of DC with the cooperation of the Embassy of Portugal and His Excellency Ambassador Domingos Fezas Vital, the Portuguese Ambassador to the United States, cordially request the pleasure of your company for a delightful concert followed by a reception with a dinner buffet feast of traditional Portuguese delicacies prepared especially for you by the Ambassador’s chef!

The evening begins with a delightful concert by Mário Laginha one of Portugal’s finest jazz ensembles represented by exceptionally talented musicians from Portugal. The beautiful setting of the Portuguese Ambassador’s residence provides the perfect setting for you to discover Portugal through all your senses while meeting the Ambassador, distinguished diplomats and staff at the embassy along with ICDC members in attendance.

The dinner buffet of Portuguese delicacies prepared by the Ambassadors’ chef will be presented with limited seating. The dinner reception also includes wine and drinks served at the bar.

Please reserve your tickets soon, as space is very limited and the event is expected to sell out in advance. Discounted tickets available for a limited time. As we reach capacity, the ticket price is subject to increase at any time without notice.

To be placed on the wait list for additional tickets please email: [email protected]


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Please note that online ticket sales are non-refundable. The current ticket prices are listed above. Please note that ticket prices are subject to increase as we approach the commencement of the event and we encourage you to reserve your tickets early, as space is limited.

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Event Agenda (May change)

6:30 PM Admission commences.

The wine bar and the dinner buffet reception will be presented after the concert.

9:30 PM Event Concludes

Due to security and space considerations, you must reserve a ticket in advance to attend. Please arrive with photo ID that matches the name on your reservation and the credit card used to make the reservation. Due to strict security considerations all guest must have a reservation and photo ID to attend.


Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the Ambassador's residence. Uber or other transportation service is highly recommended.

Please note that the map is enclosed below as a courtesy to you and for your convenience but we do not guarantee the accuracy of the map or the directions provided by Google. It is your responsibly to arrive safely and on time at the address of the event disclosed above.

Parking is limited to street parking in the vicinity of the venue. Kindly note that, as is the case in most major cities, the availability of street parking in Washington DC is limited and beyond our control. Due to the limited availability of parking, we highly recommend a cab, Uber/Lyft or other transportation option. The event start at the designated time so please allow sufficient time for traffic/travel/transportation and parking as these factors are beyond our control.

Event Notes

About the Mário Laginha Ensemble

Mário Laginha is an exceptionally talented pianist who likes to explore the far riches of the musical universe. Just take a peek through his albums so far – from the ones released with singer Maria João, notably more jazzy, but where we can also find the influence of Portuguese, African and Brazilian music, of British and American pop, to his solo album “Canções e Fugas”, of a more classical character -, and you will find that you cannot pigeonhole Mário Laginha’s music.

In the two albums he has so far recorded with his trio with Bernardo Moreira (doublebass) and Alexandre Frazão (drums), Mário Laginha’s taste for fusion, diversity and risk taking is ever present. In “Espaço” (2007), the starting point were the abstract concepts associated with architecture which the pianist used to create a set of themes that resulted in an album which was considered by the critic as the best jazz album ever recorded in Portugal.
On their second record, “Mongrel” (2010), Mário Laginha took the challenge and the risk even further. The corner stones for this record (commissioned by São Luiz Teatro Municipal and Orquestra Metropolitana de Lisboa) were pieces by Fréderic Chopin. A risky task that Laginha embraced with a mix of respect for the great Polish composer and the freedom to infringe bars, tempos and melodies, transforming the original pieces and creating new ones that have a place of their own in Laginha’s creative universe.

Mário Laginha – Piano
Bernardo Moreira – Doublebass
Alexandre Frazão – Drums