The Triangle Brazil Choral Exchange (TBCX) traveled to Rio de Janeiro and Salvador, Brazil from July 24-August 3, 2007. Forty-six singers and non-singers participated in a very significant project, visiting Salvador, Rio, Cidade de Deus (City of God), and Petropolis.
The choral rehearsed and sang 4 formal concerts and 2 informally with Brazilian singers and drumming bands and in the economically and socially challenged community, Cidade de Deus, outside Rio. As part of our commitment to including native music for our repertoire now and during a possible exchange visit, Dr. Rodney Wynkoop spent significant time preparing songs he had received during a summer conducting a professional chorus in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. One of the 5 songs was known by every Brazilian, young and old, and enthusiastically received by the local community audiences who were invited to sing along with us. Other specific engaging experiences included the Casa de Santa Ana Project in Cidade de Deus where we combined sharing a lunch meal and then an afternoon of singing and dancing in a local Catholic parish; and shared singing and drumming in Salvador at the Olodum Project's internationally renowned music and leadership school which serves to prevent children of all ages through young adult from living on the streets. These opportunities made clear the universality, vision and power of music. All donations from our post-tour concert on August 8, 2007 in Chapel Hill, NC went to the Casa de Santa Ana Project.