ACU Wind Ensemble brings talents in music and service to Brazil

Posted February 04, 2010

While many students head home or to the beach for Spring Break, members of the Abilene Christian University Wind Ensemble will be touring Brazil for a week of music and service.

The ensemble will play concerts at four locations, including the Candelaria Church in Rio de Janeiro, the University of Bahia in Salvador, Petropolis and Ouro Preto. Their stop in Ouro Preto comes at the request of the mayor of the city.

"He heard that we were coming and made sure to communicate with our organizer how much he wanted us to perform there, and he will be attending the concert," says Steven Ward, director of Bands and Orchestra at ACU.

In addition to playing concerts all over the country, the students will spend a day volunteering at the Igreja de Cristo mission church in Salvador, started by missionaries Randy and Jennifer Porter, both ACU alumni. Students will also attend performances of Brazilian music.

"This is not just a concert tour," says Ward. "This is a chance for cultural and spiritual experiences that support ACU's mission to educate students for Christian service and leadership in a very real and visible way."

Before the group leaves for Brazil, the Wind Ensemble will have a concert at home on Tuesday, March 9, at 8 p.m. in Cullen Auditorium. The concert will feature the music of Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, Scott Joplin, and more. Admission is free.

To learn more about the Wind Ensemble's trip to Brazil, visit the tour Web site.