Choro Lectures Series 2021

Choro ensemble Ceylon Mitchell and friends - KisabowCreations Photography

EducArte kicks off the Maryland Choro Lecture Series, celebrating the history of choro, Brazil’s first native music. Choro is the foundation of globally popular Brazilian music genres like bossa nova, samba, Brazilian jazz, and more.

The series consists of four lectures:

Choro Lecture Series: African and European Connections in Brazilian Choro, presented by Tom Rohde

Choro Lecture Series: African and European Connections in Brazilian Choro, presented by Tom Rohde

Old Parish House of College Park, 4711 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740 United States
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In this lecture, Tom Rohde demonstrates how African dances, such as lundu, were combined with the European polca and schottische to create choro, a uniquely Brazilian rhythm. This mixing was …

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08 October 2021
Choro Lecture Series: Choro as an Element of Brazilian National Identity, by Bryan McCann, PhD

Choro Lecture Series: Choro as an Element of Brazilian National Identity, by Bryan McCann, PhD

Old Parish House of College Park, 4711 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740 United States
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In this lecture, Bryan McCann, PhD, talks about choro’s influence in Brazilian music and society. Choro musicians, who were virtuosic by necessity, became the go-to studio musicians in the early …

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22 October 2021
Choro Lecture Series: Connections between Brazilian Choro and American Jazz, by Andy Connell (virtual)

Choro Lecture Series: Connections between Brazilian Choro and American Jazz, by Andy Connell (virtual)

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In this lecture, Andy Connell, PhD, discusses the similarities between American jazz and Brazilian choro. He also presents the work of Hermeto Pascoal, one of Brazil's most eccentric, prolific, and …

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19 November 2021
Choro Lecture Series: Pixinguinha and Black Contributions to Choro Music, by Ceylon Mitchell

Choro Lecture Series: Pixinguinha and Black Contributions to Choro Music, by Ceylon Mitchell

Old Parish House of College Park, 4711 Knox Rd
College Park, MD 20740 United States
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Many of the early great composers and performers of the choro genre were Afro-Brazilians, like Patapio Silva and Pixinguinha. In this lecture, Ceylon Mitchell talks about Pixinguinha, the father of …

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03 December 2021
LAMC: A Contemporary Brazilian Choro Lecture-Recital

LAMC: A Contemporary Brazilian Choro Lecture-Recital

CUA Rome School of Music, Drama, and Art, 348 University Dr NE
Washington, DC 20064 United States
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This event will be a lecture/recital on contemporary Brazilian choro presented in Ward Recital Hall by Ph.D. candidate Tom Rohde who will be discussing and performing selections of Contemporary Brazilian choro from the 1950s to the present with a group of talented Brazilian music specialists.

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15 April 2023

Each lecture will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. We will set up a table to display the instruments typical of these forms, along with musical scores.

This project is made possible by a grant from Maryland Humanities, with funding received from the Maryland Historical Trust in the Maryland Department of Planning. Maryland Humanities’ Grants Program is also supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and private funders. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this lecture series do not necessarily represent those of Maryland Humanities, Maryland Historical Trust, Maryland Department of Planning, or National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Photo: Ceylon Mitchell and Friends choro ensemble. Photo credit: KisabowCreations Photography.

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