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Choro Ensemble to present evening of Brazilian jazz

Friday, Oct. 10, 2008, 8 p.m. Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall

The Choro Ensemble, a New York-based group that has won critical acclaim in its native Brazil, will perform "An Evening of Choro-Jazz From Brazil" at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, in Richardson Auditorium, Alexander Hall.

Choro music originated in 19th-century Rio de Janeiro, blending European mazurkas, polkas and waltzes with the emergent samba. Choro's lively, sophisticated, polyrhythmic, popular chamber sound -- combining guitar, seven-string guitar, bandolim, woodwinds, and hand percussion -- has influenced such notable Brazilian composers as Pixinguinha, Baden Powell, Heitor Villa-Lobos, Tom Jobim and Hermeto Pascoal.

The Choro Ensemble appears regularly at the Zinc Bar, and has performed at Carnegie Hall, the Jazz Standard, Joe's Pub and the New Jersey Performing Arts Center.

The concert is sponsored by the Program in Latin American Studies and Princeton University Concerts.

Tickets are $16 and are available at the Frist Campus Center ticket office. Tickets also are available online through University Ticketing or by calling (609) 258-5000.

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