Concert day in Juiz de Fora
Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
9Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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Our concert at the grand Teatro Cine in Juiz De Fora on Tuesday night was our largest audience to date, in a spectacular old hall. We again were joined by a host choir, this time the choir of the university in Juiz de Fora, directed by Andre Pires, who is well known and beloved for his distinctive conducting and arranging for over 30 years. We were fortunate to also sing ``Balaio` the spiritual ^Roll Jordan Roll^ with his choir. For their own set, they came out in black shirts and slacks with various green and yellow scarves and accessories (the national colors). They sang Maestro Pires arrangements with an unusual intensity, all, including the conductor, wearing black make-up on their lips - he explained that this was part of a mask, as the words and music had mostly to do with poverty and social justice issues, as well as romantic love
There were about 40 children at the concert from the SOS homes we had visited the day before, and it was a wonderful reunion to see them again and sing this concert as a benefit for their program.
For lunch and dinner in Juiz de Fora, we ate at a variety of ^chop^ houses with various savory meats brought sizzling to the table with generous amounts of wine. Juiz is a non-tourist city, so it was fun seeing a slice of real small-city life in Brazil - we have been very warmly treated all around.