I gave a recital last night at the Federal University in Natal with Durval Cesetti and Felipe Avellar de Aquino. It went very well and it was great fun seeing all the student cellists again afterwards. I will miss that class of Fabio’s. I have a photo of all of us on the stage after the concert, but am having technical difficulties and so will post this one instead, of the teachers, taken during a morning walk. I think it was taken around 9am.
Yesterday morning, the Aquinos brought me to Joao Pessoa, or as Sandra put it, on toward Step Two of my Brazil travels. (I suppose that there are at least 5 Steps!) She also explained how to create the nasal sound found in so many Portuguese words, including her city. There is supposed to be a tilde (~) over the a in Joao… My recital here will be on Thursday and here is the lovely poster:
Yesterday, Felipe gave me a tour of his city. Such amazing sights! A peninsula that sticks out into the ocean and is the first piece of land in the Americas to greet the waves from Africa, then atop that hill, a modern structure built by the architect of Brasilia, whose name is Niemeyer I think, and lastly, this 16th century church, the Convent of Saint Anthony. I got very excited because I had never before heard of the style known as “Tropical Baroque”
Because the convent was built over a 200-year period, there are many different styles. Here you can see the beautiful blue Portuguese tile and the detail of the artist in rendering the face of Jesus:
It was the ceiling that took my breath away. So detailed, brilliantly colored, and in the trompe d’oeuil manner, it was hard to believe that the surface was flat.
Legend has it that a an underground tunnel runs from the convent to the river, several blocks away. Felipe said it was used to escape from Dutch invaders!
If I can make this little tiny computer do my bidding, I’ll post again before heading south to Rio on Friday.