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Neolithic Reverence

Brazilian music is often associated with samba, which is normally lively and energetic, with vibrant rhythms. But the music of Brazil has another side: it also cries! This class will mainly focus on piano works written by composers who were influenced by the choro – a Portuguese word that means “cry”. Choro is an instrumental genre that originated in 19th century Rio de Janeiro. It is characterized by virtuosity, improvisation, and subtle modulations, and is full of syncopation and counterpoint. Choro is considered the first characteristically Brazilian genre of urban popular music.

Dr. Paulo Steinberg has performed as a soloist and as a collaborative pianist across the U.S., Canada, South America, and Europe. In the spring of 2017, he undertook a European recital tour stretching from the U.K. to Latvia including Ireland, Scotland, Luxembourg, Austria, Germany, and Sweden.? He holds Piano Performance degrees from Conservatório “Carlos Gomes” and Universidade de Sao Paulo in Brazil, Arizona State University (M.M), and Indiana University (D.M.). Steinberg often serves as an adjudicator in competitions and offers master classes, lectures, workshops, and performances in the U.S. and abroad. For more information, go to? or follow him on Instagram @paulosteinberg.

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