Fado music is the heart of the Portuguese soul. It's one of the oldest urban folk music genres in the world. What the blues is to the Mississippi Delta, Fado is to an emotional, indefinable yearning for love and for times past.

In New England, Ana Vinagre is without question one of the most respected fadistas. From national music festivals to private events, Ana Vinagre has commanded a loyal audience since she started singing in public in 1978.

Since then, Ana has recorded best selling albums and CDs and was awarded a MCC Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant to work with renowned Fado artist, Catarina Avelar.

Promoting the Portuguese culture and music, Ana Vinagre, accompanied by Jose Silva on a twelve string guitar, will appear in an intimate Stage Door Live setting, on stage at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center on Thursday, March 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Joining Ana will be noted Portuguese musicians Viriato Ferreira on the viola de fado and Peter Pimental on the upper base. Tickets are $20 and available on line at www.zeiterion.org or by calling the box office at 508-994-2900.