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A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music

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Just in time for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio comes A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music (pronounced SHOH-roh) a four-part, one-hour series about a unique, exciting and virtuosic musical style – all the way from Brazil. The word choro comes from the word “cry,” yet, it's some of the happiest and most energetic music one could ever hear.

This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast between July 5, 2016 and July 4, 2017.*If you have any questions or require more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112, David Sims at dsims@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2027, or Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a four-part, one-hour series about a unique, exciting and virtuosic musical style – all the way from Brazil. The word choro comes from the word “cry,” yet, it's some of the happiest and most energetic music one could ever hear. From its beginnings in the late 1860s, choro truly showcases the incredible artistry of the musicians who play it. Its distinctive rhythm and catchy melodies could only come from Brazil. While it’s a genre with its own vitality and character, choro does also have rich connections to classical and jazz, which we explore throughout the series. As many set their sights on the country and its 2016 Summer Olympic celebrations, A Joyful Cry reminds us that an airplane ticket isn't necessary to feel and hear the vibe of a Rio night!

In Program 1, host Julie Koidin and co-host Geraldo de Oliveira introduce you to choro's origins in the late 19th century and its development to the present day, through tasteful use of historic recordings and some of the stories associated with the music itself. In Program 2, you'll learn how classical musicians like Heitor Villa Lobos got their start playing choro – sneaking out of the house late at night to perform! Names like Pixinguinha and Jaco will become familiar as we highlight their music and the performers playing it– Joel, Ze da Velha, Camerata Carioca and more. Program 3 highlights choro’s finest brass and woodwind musicians and Program 4 introduces the great string players - with a big focus on the mandolin, guitar (both 6 and 7 string) and the cavaquinho (a Brazilian ukulele).

We'll also hear from the musicians themselves, drawn from the interviews Julie Koidin has done over the last two decade during her travels around Brazil and which have been featured in her book, Choro Conversations: Pursuing Life, Love and Brazil’s Musical Identity (2013) . They talk about the art of choro and how for them, it is the most Brazilian of all music.

The series is produced by Silvester Vicic, and hosted by Julie Koidin (KOY-dinn) with co-host Geraldo de Oliveira (zheh-RAHL-doh jee OH-lee-vair-ah).

Episode information, featuring musical highlights:

PROGRAM #: CHR 16-01

RELEASE: July 5, 2016

A History of Choro to the Present Day

Music highlights: Music by Ernesto Nazareth (Escovado), Anacleto de Medeiros (Iara), Chiquinha Gonzaga (Atraente), Carmen Miranda performing Tico-tico non fuba, and Disseram que eu voltei Americanizada, Noites cariocas (Rio Nights) by Jacob do Bandolim (Jaco), among others. Some of these are historic recordings, including performances by Pixinguinha himself from the middle of the 20th century.

PROGRAM #: CHR 16-02

RELEASE: July 5, 2016

Choro meets Classical

Music highlights: Included are Choro No. 2 by HeitorVilla-Lobos, Le Boeuf sur le Toit by Darius Milhaud, the Choro for Flute and Strings by Edino Krieger, Odeon by Ernesto Nazareth, Mozart Camargo Guarnieri's Choro No. 3 and portions of the Suite Retratos by Radames Gnàttali, among others.

PROGRAM #: CHR 16-03

RELEASE: July 5, 2016

The Brass and Woodwind Virtuosos of Choro

Music highlights: Flor Amorosa by Joaquin Callado, Carinhoso and Segura Ele by Pixinguinha, Chorinho pra Ele by Hermeto Pascoal, among others.

PROGRAM #: CHR 16-04

RELEASE: July 5, 2016

The String Players of Choro

Music highlights: Brasileirinho by Waldir Azevedo, Apanhei-te Cavaquinho by Ernesto Nazareth, Uma Rosa par Pixinguinha with the Camerata Carioca, Tico-tico non fubá with mandolinist Hamiton de Hollanda, and Bahia vs. Gremio with mandolinist Armandinho and guitarist Yamandu Costa, among others.

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This series is available free of charge to all affiliate stations for one broadcast between July 5, 2016 and July 4, 2017.*If you have any questions or require more information, please contact: Estlin Usher at eusher@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2112, David Sims at dsims@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2027, or Tony Macaluso at tmacaluso@wfmt.com (p) 773-279-2114

A Joyful Cry: Brazil's Choro Music (pronounced SHOH-roh) is a four-part, one-hour series about a unique, exciting and virtuosic musical style – all the way from Brazil. The word choro comes from the word “cry,” yet, it's some of the happiest and most energetic music one could ever hear. From its beginnings in the late 1860s, choro truly showcases the incredible artistry of the musicians who play it. Its distinctive rhythm and catchy melodies...

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