Music makes community

IMG_0649After our celebrity whirlwind yesterday we settled into a schedule of rehearsals and activities. Dr. Moorman-Stahlman is performing with several orchestras while she is here in Brazil. The Primeira Igreja Batista De Rondônia (PIBRO) is the rehearsal home and workshop venue while we are in Porto Velho. Each day Dr. Moorman-Stahlman rehearses with the Villa Lobos Orchestra. She will be performing the Beethoven Concerto #3 and the Rachmaninoff Concerto #2 and also Rachel is sitting in and playing violin with orchestra. It has been thrilling to watch and listen to these fine musicians rehearse each day.

Tonight we attended a bilingual church service at the PIBRO where our students performed with the handbells. At the greeting time in the service, I think every person came up to us and shook our hand and gave us a hug. The Brazilian people are so giving, kind and warm. This was a touching service as we sang both in Portuguese and English. There seemed to be no communication barriers in this church service and you could feel the love all around. There was so much music and people drew closer with each tune, perhaps this is what we need more of in our world.

Here is a little video of the handbell performance.


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