Concert day in Ouro Preto
Trip Start Jul 01, 2009
9Trip End Jul 12, 2009
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Like the two stages before this one, the "rake" of the stage (tilting downward from the back) was considerable, and took some adjustment (especially after the wife of one of the conductors voiced some concern that her spouse might be lost to the orchestra pit if he didn't stay put!)
The sound of the choir was warm and wonderful in the hall, and the audience was even more so
The concert ended again with "Hallelujah, Salvation, and Glory," with this audience even more ready to "rock and roll" than the previous ones.
The concert began with a brief performance by the local university choir. They performed admirably for having been going for only one year, but one of the biggest surprises for me on this trip was how weak the tradition of choral singing is in Brazil, on the college, school, community, and professional levels, compared to other Latin American countries, like Venezuela and Cuba, where it it is much more established. This makes it all the more remarkable that our touring company, ACFEA, was able to turn out such large and enthusiastic audiences for our concerts. - TL