Posted by: Abby Rhodes | March 14, 2010

First Brazil performance

As I type this, I hear a cacophony of scales, bits of the Brazilian anthem, and prepatory buzzing.  The band is setting up for a performance in the Dannemann Cultural Center in Sao Felix, Bahia, Brazil.

WIU Wind Ensemble prepares for first Brazilian performance

The band will share a performance tonight with Filharmonica Lyra Ceciliana, a group of  local musicians ranging in age from 12 to 45.  The Cachoiera-based orchestra was founded in 1876 as part of the movement to abolish slavery.

Dannemann Cultural Center

Chris Haas, Kyle Traeger, Jessica Todd, and Brian Newell outside Dannemann Cultural Center

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Responses

  1. Wow. Everything from the performance scenery to the slavery-abolishing orchestra makes me want to live down there!

  2. i wonder if the band actually made a difference in slavery, and now do they play for something else?

  3. I would have never thought starting an orchestra would be used to abolish slavery

  4. I think it’s cool that the band started to fight slavery.

  5. These pictures are really neat!! It would be fun to play with all of the plants around you. I would feel like I was in a jungle haha. Filharmonica Lyra Ceciliana sounds like our Maple City Band, except some of the people in that are wayyyy older than 45. I love playing in groups where there is such an age difference between the players.

  6. This place looks really pretty, and I was surprised that they let 12 year olds in the band.

  7. So glad you have the blog, I love seeing what the group is up to! Looks like you are all having an amazing time. Thanks for the group shot! I agree, keep the pictures coming!

  8. I really liked the picture of outside the Cultural Center. The background looks really pretty.

  9. This is a great blog! It is so nice to see the sites and the performance venues where you are.
    Keep it coming.


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