Vol. 3 Issue No. 1
September, 2016
Lifelong Listeners Newsletter
In honor of this year's summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro, this month's newsletter is all about the music of Brazil! Brazil actually has a rich musical history in all sorts of genres. In this issue, we will explore a few of those genres and discover some amazing composers, artists, and instruments along the way.  Welcome back and Happy Listening!

Music 101
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September 2016-Announcing Group Classes! This year, Music 101 is proud to offer several group classes: Small Ensemble, Rock Band, Young Singers, Music Explorers, and Adult Group Guitar. We will also be offering several enrichment classes including Scales N' Skills, Spotlight Listening, and our ever-popular weekend performance class. Be on the lookout for more information about these exciting group opportunities coming soon!
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*This symbol indicates that Music 101 faculty will perform in this concert!
9/10 (Sat.), 8 P.M. - Lexington Symphony (Lexington) This unique concert will combine classical works by Ravel and Schubert with a symphony piece by Paul McCartney! This concert will also feature a 12-year-old piano soloist playing the Ravel.  Don't miss it!

9/18.  (Sun.), 3 P.M. - Waltham Symphony Chamber Players (Waltham) Small groups of musicians from the Waltham symphony join together to perform an afternoon of chamber music.  Groups will perform a Schubert piano trio (piano, violin, cello), a Rossini duet for cello and bass, and Giordani trio for flute, viola, and cello. A unique opportunity to see musicians up close!

*10/1 (Sat.), 7:30pm (Lexington) or 10/2 (Sun.), 3pm (Nashua, NH) - Lexington Symphony and Symphony New Hampshire play Wagner (again)! See Music 101 faculty member Jenny Herzig perform with the orchestra!  In part II of this huge production, the combined forces of two symphony orchestras and a number of vocal soloists work together to perform parts of Wagner's opera cycle
The Ring. A rare opportunity to see this many musicians working together and to hear Wagner's music!
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Brazilian Classical Music
Francisco Manuel da Silva "Brazilian National Anthem" (Paulinho da Viola, voice/guitar) Here is an example of Brazil's musical heritage from the Olympic games themselves! In this video you can hear Brazil's national anthem, which was written by classical composer Fransico Manuel da Silva. Da Silva is one of Brazil's most famous composers, not ony for writing this anthem but also because he helped found Brazil's National Music Institute. The singer in the video is Paulinho da Viola, who is a famous Brazilian folk singer.  We will talk more about him later in this section.
Brazilian Classical Music
Heitor Villa-Lobos "Nesta Rua Tem um Bosque" (Marcelo Chiarella, piano) Heitor Villa-Lobos is Brazil's most famous classical composer. This piece is based on folk melodies. Children perform these melodies while doing a dance called "cirandinha". Listen for the mood change in the middle of the piece. Can you picture children dancing?
Brazilian Folk Music: Samba
Paulinho da Viola "Eu Canto Samba" Brazil is also famous for its folk music. Samba is dance music that originated in Rio de Janeiro. Here, we see Paulinho da Viola (who we also saw in the first video) performing some samba music. The guitar-like instrument he plays is called a cavaquinho.

Brazilian Folk/Jazz Music: Bossa Nova
Marcos Valle "Samba de Verao" Bossa Nova is a mixture of samba and jazz music. In this video you will notice that the musicians take turns playing solos much like an American jazz band, but the music definitely has a unique Brazilian flavor. 
In This Issue
Composers & Artists
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Other Links
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How to Earn Listener Points!
You can earn Listener Points by exploring this newsletter! Here is how:


1) Download Listener Worksheets from our website or pick up copies at the studio. 


2) Go to a concert!  See our "Live Concerts" section for ideas. Turn in your program for 10 points.  Turn in
Listener Workshe et #1
 or Listener Worksheet #2
about something you heard for 10 additional points. 


3) Listen online!  Listen to one of the videos in the "Listen Online" section and turn in Listener Worksheet #1 or Listener Worksheet #2 for 10 points.

4) Click on a link in the "Composers & Artists" section. Turn in Listener Worksheet #3   for 10 points.
5) Click on a link in the "Other Links" section.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #4 for 10 points.
6) Look up any music topic that interests you.  Turn in Listener Worksheet #5 for 10 points.