The Escola de Música da Rocinha celebrates 20 years!

To celebrate 20 years of the Escola de Música da Rocinha, we had an exciting week of 20 performances, lectures and other events!

Here are some highlights featuring the string students at the EMR:

The string section from the EMR Chamber Orchestra performing Samba da Bênção (Vinicius de Moraes & Baden Powell)


Our string quartet performing an adaptation of Autumn from Antonio Vivaldi’s 4 seasons:


… and a pop arrangement by Stefano Cabrera (String Quartet Pop Arrangements) of Miley Cyrus’ “Wrecking Ball”:

Brazil Strings aims to assist string players who wish to volunteer teaching string instruments to disadvantaged young people in Brazil, integrating into and helping to build and maintain existing programs.

This organization is in its initial phase, so the focus of the project is currently to build the string program at one already-established music school in Rio de Janeiro; the Escola de Musica da Rocinha, founded by German music educator Hans Ulrich Koch, has been serving the youth of the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro for 18 years.

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