|Pacific BoyChoir Triumphant Brazil Tour|
Four Classical Movements Tours in Fourteen Months
The largest Pacific BoyChoir tour choir ever returned from a 17-day, 12-concert tour of Brazil. The tour choir visited Ouro Preto, Mariana, São Paulo, Cabo Frio, Rio de Janeiro, Jundiaí, and Miami.
The performing itinerary included an appearance at the Campos do Jordão Winter Music Festival, the Teatro Polyteama in Jundiaí, the São Bento Monastery in São Paulo, and Rio's Candelaria Cathedral. Twice in Rio the PBA performed Mozart's Coronation Mass with the National Symphony Orchestra.
The tour concert program included pieces by Mendelsohn, Mozart, Brahms, Britten, Gershwin, and of course American spirituals with Jonathon Hampton. Members of the PBA camp staff augmented Continuum, singing tenor and bass.
Packed houses and people sitting in the aisles greeted the choir at every stop. The boys bought their share of Brazilian jerseys and saw the sights, including Corcovado, Sugarloaf Mountain, the São Paulo football club stadium, and of course
A three-day layover in Miami allowed the tour choir to unwind, debrief, visit the Everglades, and elect new choir offi cers for the 2006-2007 season.
A PBA ensemble returned to Brazil to join the Youth Orchestra of the Americas and the UC Berkeley Chamber Chorus for performances of Bach's St. Matthew Passion under the direction of maestros Kent Nagano and David Robert Coleman. [See The Little Chorus that Could]