Brazil 2016 Tour

From May 25 to June 14, 2016 Jazz Orchestra traveled to Brazil for a three-week, for-credit immersion in the musical cultures of Rio de Janeiro and the northeastern states of Paraíba, Pernambuco, and Rio Grande do Norte.

The tour featured thirteen performances, workshops in Brazilian percussion, dance, choral singing, and frevo, live performances on Brazilian public radio and television, exchanges with amateur and professional ensembles, and (of course) several trips to the beach.

The Brazil tour is also a Summer Session I course: MUS 139, Music Culture of Brazil. It is a 4 credit course and satisfies the human expression, intercultural, and January-2 requirements.

Jazz Orchestra celebrated its return to the United States with a Tour Homecoming Concert at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis.

Tour Itinerary 

May 24

  • Depart from Chicago for Rio de Janerio

May 25

  • arrive in Rio de Janeiro
  • visit Sugar Loaf Mountain

May 26

  • Visit Corcovado Mountain
  • Performance at the Barra World Mall in Rio de Janerio

May 27

  • Brazilian ballroom dance worshop
  • Performance at Paróquia Martin Luther

May 28

  • Brazilian percussion workshop 
  • Performance on Brazilian Public Radio (Radio MEC)

May 29

  • Visit Museu do Amanhã 

May 30

  • Performance exchange with FAETEC Marechal Hermes High School
  • Fly to Natal

May 31

  • Performance at Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN)

June 1

  • Rehearsal with UFRN big band
  • Beach day!

June 2

  • Free day of beach and outdoor activities

June 3

  • Rehearsal and Performance with community band in Cruzeta

June 4

  • Leave for João Pessoa
  • City tour and sunset at Jacaré Beach

June 5

  • Choral workshop with UFPB Community Choir
  • Free afternoon

June 6

  • free day on the island of Areia Vermelha

June 7

  • Lead jazz workshop for university music students
  • Performance at Praca do Povo

June 8

  • Joint rehearsal with Rubacão Big Band
  • Performance at Pio X high school

June 9

  • Performance in João Pessoa

June 10

  • Arrive in Recife
  • Masterclass and Performance at Centro de Educacão Musical de Olinda

June 11

  • Recife city tour
  • Exchange program at Paco do Frevo

June 12

  • Visit Brennand Museum
  • Joint performance with Paco do Frevo's local band

June 13

  • Visit Centro Musical Henrique Dias
  • Visit Hospital Beneficência Portuguesa to learn about music therapy

June 14

  • Free last day in Brazil
  • Fly to São Paulo and then Miami 

June 15

  • Arrive in Chicago
  • Drive to Minneapolis 

June 16

  • 7:30 pm: Tour Homecoming Performance at the Lake Harriet Bandshell in Minneapolis
2016 Brazil Tour Map