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September 13, 2015 marked the inauguration of the Chicago Choro Club [“CCC”]at the Musical Offering, Evanston’s Community Music School. This project launched in partnership with “Choro Conversations” – the nationally/internationally syndicated choro radio documentary, which Julie Koidin is producing in cooperation with the WFMT Radio Network. (WFMT and its national/international affiliates are scheduled to broadcast the show in July 2016, shortly before the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.
The Chicago Choro Club is a “grass root” effort – a “school within a schooL” of the Musical Offering, and is autonomous, with the exception of the enrollment procedure. Classes are held every Sunday morning from 10:30 -11:30 am, following the model of choro education implemented by various choro schools throughout Brazil. Julie’s main inspiration, however, is the informal and community atmosphere of the Escola Portátil in Rio de Janeiro, founded by Mauricio Carrilho and colleagues.
Classes are divided by instruments of the typical “regional” choro group – woodwinds/other solo instruments (taught by Julie); mandolin (with Don Stiernberg); pandeiro (with Heitor Garcia and Geraldo de Oliveira), and guitar/cavaquinho (taught by John Beard).
Once monthly, the CCC opens its doors to the community to participate in the traditional “roda de choro” or “choro jam session.” This is a social and musical event. It’s free to its participants and is on Sundays from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm.
The CCC is in its infancy and is needing funding for:
1) Community Outreach (spreading the word – in the form of public and school presentations and advertising in community and local journals);
2) As part of community outreach/spreading the word – we would like to invest in a logo and t-shirt design to give our students and to use for fundraising
3) Scholarships for low income students. (The Musical Offering is located in S.E. Evanston, and serves several Title 1 Schools: Chute Middle School, Dawes Elementary, Oakton Elementary, and Washington Elementary).
We have recently (May 2016) invested in $200 of percussion instruments and had $160 in printing expenses for flyers. We have depleted our nest egg…. and really need your help!!!
Below are the various funding levels and their benefits, all named after prominent choro composers and musicians:
The “Pixinguinha Level”: For gifts between $1,000 and above, you will receive 2 complimentary tickets to 5 presentations of your choice of the Musical Offering’s “Music on Madison” concert series.
The “Chiquinha Gonzaga Level”: For gifts between $500 and $999, you will receive 2 complimentary tickets to 4 presentations of your choice of the Musical Offering’s “Music on Madison” concert series.
The “Zequinha de Abreu Level”: For gifts between $150 and $499, you will receive 2 complimentary tickets to 3 presentations of your choice of the Musical Offering’s “Music on Madison” concert series.
The “Ernesto Nazareth Level”: For gifts between $25 and $149, you will receive 2 complimentary tickets to 1 presentation of your choice of the Musical Offering’s “Music on Madison” concert series.
We greatly appreciate your help in furthering this very worthy cultural project!!! Please visit www.chicagochoroclub.com for more information.
ALL DONATIONS ARE TAX DEDUCTIBLE
All checks can be made payable to the Musical Offering, a registered 501(3)(C) corporation.
Donation by check is the preferred payment method. We also have an online option.
For check donations, please make your check payable to:
“The Musical Offering” and write in the memo: “Choro” then forward to:
The Musical Offering
743 Custer Ave.
Evanston, IL 60202-2267
For online donations, please
click the Donate button & write “choro” in the notes:
RAISED TO DATE: $50.00 as of June 1, 2016.