MSSU Brazil Semester

Brazil Concerts and Theatrical Events

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Southern Theatre presents: The Rogues' Trial*

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7:30 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday, Sept. 14-18, 2010
Bud Walton Theatre
Admission: free to students, faculty, staff; $3 for adults; $1 for senior citizens and high school students

By Ariano Suassuna
Directed by Dr. James Lile

The Rogues’ Trial is a wonderfully light-hearted exploration of the nature of justice and the importance of mercy. John Cricket, a sly and conniving fellow, lies and tricks his way into such a knotty mess that he must plead for himself and his neighbors before the throne of Heaven itself.

In the words of the play’s translator, Dillwyn F. Ratcliff, “The Rogues’ Trial combines the techniques of the puppet show, the miracle play, and the commedia dell’arte with those of the circus and of theater-in-the-round. Seasoned with more than a dash of social satire, the play presents types characteristic of rural Brazil against a background of folklore.”

The Rogues’ Trial was staged in January 1957, at the First Festival of National Amateurs in Rio de Janeiro. Ariano Suassuna was instantly hailed as one of Brazil’s greatest playwrights.; his writing is deeply rooted in the culture of northeast Brazil. He won the Gold Medal of the Brazilian Association of Theater Critics, and, also in 1957, The Rogues’ Trial was published in book form. Staged in several countries, The Rogues’ Trial has been translated into several languages, including German, French, English, Spanish and Italian, and has been adapted to the screen three times.

*Permission to produce this play is pending.

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Grupo Axé Capoeira

 Grupo Axé Capoeira

8:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
(capoeira instructional class to follow performance)
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Capoeira is a uniquely Brazilian art form that combines martial arts, dance, acrobatics, and music. It has exploded out of Brazil in recent years and there are now capoeira schools on every continent except Antarctica. The philosophy of Grupo Axé Capoeira is to preserve the roots and traditions of capoeira, and train capoeira in all its aspects: as a fight, art, and culture. The Kansas City branch of Grupo Axé Capoeira began in 1998, with the first classes being taught at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. Today, the group remains very active with many shows across Kansas and Missouri — notably cultural events, ethnic festivals, First Fridays, and an occasional appearance on the Country Club Plaza. Also, many students have (and continue) to travel worldwide for workshops and events to places such as Brazil, Canada, Mexico, and Europe.

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Concerts:

Bossa Nova Jazz Collective

Viva a bossa nova

7:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2010
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

The Bossa Nova Jazz Collective is a jazz sextet consisting of professional musicians from the Joplin/Branson area. The ensemble will perform selections composed by Antonio Carlos Jobim, Vinicius de Moraes, and João Gilberto. The band consists of Phil Wise, trombone; Wes Smith, saxophone; Billy Hunt, trumpet/flugelhorn; Robert Ensor, piano; Robert Terry, bass; and Ryan Hurn, drums. Although the bossa nova movement lasted only six years (1958-1963), it contributed a number of songs to the standard jazz repertoire and its Brazilian rhythmic style continues to influence contemporary musical idioms.

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African Rhythms in Brazilian Popular Music

11:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

If you listen closely, you can hear an entire samba percussion section in the quiet chords of the Brazilian guitar. There is an intoxicating cadence in which the rhythmic subtleties stir the listener to exuberance and which inevitably leads to dancing. A blend of African and European cultures and rhythms lies behind this cadence. This presentation will explore the blend of rhythms through the guitar accompaniment patterns of choro, which include various dances including the lundu, tango brasileiro, maxixe, baião, samba, and partido alto. These accompaniment patterns of the guitar (and of percussion, bass and cavaquinho, i.e., the rhythm section) define the differences between these dances.

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Performance of Brazilian Choro, Samba, and Baião

11:00 a.m., Monday, Oct. 4, 2010
Corley Auditorium in Webster Hall
Admission: free

Richard Miller (guitar) and Bryan McCann (harmonica, percussion) will perform several styles of popular Brazilian music, demonstrating the rhythmic sensibility and structure that underlie all Brazilian music. Miller and McCann will explain how to identify the rhythms of choro, samba and baião, and will perform notable examples of each style.

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Brasil Brazil

Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos

7:00 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2010
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Featuring internationally-acclaimed singers Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos, Brasil Brazil delivers the fervor, enthusiasm, and excitement of popular Brazilian music with a variety of styles, rhythms, and faces of this colorful and tropical culture. The music is tinged with jazz and spiced with Latin and African drumming; the production has the joyful feel of Carnaval.

Ana Gazzola and Sonia Santos are backed up by a solid band of young, talented musicians: Pablo Medina on keyboards, Paulo Gustavo on bass, Sandro Feliciano on drums, and Will Philips on percussion.

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A Night in the Tropics

7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 28, 2010
Taylor Performing Arts Center
$10 General Admission, $5 Students and Sr. Citizens

MSSU's Music Department will feature the Southern Jazz Orchestra and Southern Exposure Show Choir with guest vocalist Dr. Bruce W. Speck, MSSU President, to present an upbeat dish of tropical music flavors from Brazil and Brazilian composers. The concert will feature the complex and alluring sounds of bosa nova and samba that emerged from the beaches of Rio de Janeiro. Featured in the program will be the worldwide bosa nova hit from the '60s - The Girl from Ipanema ("Garota de Ipanema"). Learn more.

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Rio Carnaval! A Concert of Brazilian Music by Southern Symphony Orchestra

7:30 p.m., Friday, Nov. 5, 2010
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

Immerse yourselves in the festive spirit of Brazilian music. Southern Symphony Orchestra, under direction of Dr. Kexi Liu, will perform a concerto by well-known Brazilian composer Carmago Guarnieri with pianist Max Barros, as well as other orchestral works by Brazilian composers.

The MSSU Percussion Ensemble will open the concert with a traditional fanfare or “Fanfarra,” a welcome piece performed in Carnaval parades in Rio de Janeiro. The energetic samba rhythms of Brazil are at the forefront of this ensemble. With the gathering of authentic drums, the sounds and sights of this great “call and response” provide the feeling of being right at home in Brazil.

Max Barros, a Gershunoff artist, grew up in Brazil where his frequent solo recitals and guest appearances with leading orchestras often have been presented on radio and television. His most recent performances of note include a South American tour with I Virtuosi di Prague appearing in Ecuador, Argentina and Brazil; as soloist with the Saint Luke’s Orchestra and with the American String Quartet at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. In 1985, Brazil’s Sao Paulo Art Critics Association selected Max Barros as Soloist of the Year for his performance of Brahms’ Piano Concerto in D Minor. He has since been featured at many of Brazil’s major music festivals. Known as a champion of Brazilian music, he has premiered numerous works by the nation’s most important composers. Among his recordings are all six piano concertos by Guarnieri with Warsaw PhilharmonicOrchestra of Poland.

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Two For Brazil

 Two For Brazil

7:30 p.m., Monday, Dec. 6, 2010
Taylor Performing Arts Center
Admission: free

The name Two for Brazil has a double meaning: It signifies the group's two members — Paulinho Garcia on vocals and guitar and Greg Fishman on saxophone and flute — as well as their shared fondness for the music of Brazil. It’s also a reference to the fact that most Brazilian songs are written in 2/4. Two for Brazil is an acoustic duo whose warm, intimate, direct approach recalls the legendary pairing of João Gilberto and Stan Getz, but they cover a wider range of material — not just the familiar hits by Jobim, but Brazilian songs from the 1920s up to the compositions of the current pantheon: Djavan, Ivan Lins, Edú Lobo, Gilberto Gil, Luiz Bonfá, Toninho Horta, Chico Buarque, and Milton Nascimento. They explore the many styles of samba, as well as the baiao, bossa, and Brazilian waltz. Two for Brazil also embraces the classic jazz repertoire, including Gillespie, Coltrane, Parker, and Monk, an innovative blend that has brought them increasing visibility and acclaim.

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