Monday, May 28, 2012

Morgan State University Choir: Days 5, 6 & 7 in Brazil

Eric Conway, D.M.A., Director of the Morgan State University Choir, www.msuchoir.orgwrites:

Hello again from Brazil, 

On Friday we endured an eight-hour ride from Santos to Rio de Janiero.  I have always found that one of the unique ways to experience a foreign country is via a long-road trip.  We saw much of the Brazilian countryside. We arrived in Rio at 6pm on Friday evening to enjoy another Brazilian buffet of various exotic meats.  We are staying at a New York-style Hotel only one block from the Rio shore.  

On Saturday, President Wilson, and Chairman of the Board of Regent, Dallas Evans joined us in our Brazilian adventure.  In the morning we visited one of the best Samba schools in Rio and had another very special exchange with the students of that school.  After the Samba school visit, we visited the famous Sugar Loaf mountain at sunset and witnessed a truly breathtaking view from one of the highest points in all of Rio.  

This evening, we sang a concert at the largest cathedral in all of Rio.  By the end of the concert, it was literally standing room only.  Once again, the quality of our concerts had gotten around Brazil as many in attendance hade heard us in an earlier city and drove great distances with guests to hear us again.  The acoustics of the cathedral were very special.  Please see some pics from these days.  

If this email is not as lucid as previous emails, please forgive as I am sending my very 1st email from an iPad.  My computer was fried via voltage in the Rio hotel.  More to come. . . 

BTW, Happy Memorial Day!

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Yes, Brazilians go crazy for choral diversity. Whether Sao Paulo, Rio or Juiz de Fora - they want it all! Enjoy with your singers, Eric. You're doing marvelous work... 
Fredo  Fredomusic, Inc.

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