Enjoy an Evening of Choro Mastery April 16, 2011


Centrum invites you to a special evening of Brazilian Choro music on April 16, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Wheeler Theater at Fort Worden State Park. Brazilian natives Dudu Maia, mandolin; Douglas Lora, 7-string guitar; and Jovino Santos Neto, accordion, piano and flute are joined by Andy Connell, clarinet; and Brian Rice, pandeiro & percussion in this concert, presented as part of Centrum’s workshop Choro: The Music of Brazil Before Bossa Nova.

General Admission – $25; 18 & Under – Free.
Purchase tickets online, or call 1-800-746-1982.

The Brazilian musical style of Choro represents the coming together of European melodic and harmonic traditions with African rhythms and sensibilities. Emerging in Brazil in the middle of the nineteenth century, Choro is a cousin of jazz, with a sense of yearning that is often described as a “sweet lament.”

Many ethnomusicologists believe that the name Choro comes from the Portuguese verb chorar—that is, to weep or to cry. It often seems bright and happy on the surface, but if you dig, deeper you find a kind of sadness, a longing that the Brazilians call saudade. Something about the combination of Portuguese and Italian Dudu-Maia influences resulted in melodies with a strong romantic feeling. When joined with its African influences, Choro has an irresistible groove and rhythmic momentum that is uniquely Brazilian.

This concert will be Dudu Maia and Douglas Lora’s first visit to the area; Centrum audiences are familiar with Jovino Santos Neto, Brian Rice, and Andy Connell from their previous sold-out performances.

Concert tickets are available online, or by calling 1-800-746-1982.