Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda to Perform at Tulane

April 7th, 2010 - April 8th, 2010
7:30 PM

Tulane University

This Wednesday and Thursday Latin Grammy nominated Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda, a funky brass band from Pernambuco, Brazil, will perform and participate in a workshop at Tulane University.

The New York Times recently reviewed their first gig last Thursday, check it out here.

Check out their music.


Orquestra Contemporânea de Olinda is a 10-piece brass band that plays the high energy rhythms of their Brazilian state of Pernambuco mixed with Afro-Beat and Latin grooves. Their performance and workshops will mark the close of the year-long centennial celebration of Newcomb Department of Music, and highlight the study of Latin American music and culture at Tulane University.

All events are free and open to the public.

On Wednesday, April 7 from 7:30-9:00 pm, the band will perform at Dixon Recital Hall in Dixon Annex 152 at Tulane University. A reception will follow the show.

On Wednesday, April 7 from 3:00-4:00 pm in Room 201 of the Lavin-Bernick Center at Tulane University, there will be a career retrospective of the two lead singers of the group, Maciel Salú and Tiné. The two performers will speak about their various musical projects in the context of their roles as both guardians and innovators of musical tradition in their home state of Pernambuco.

On Thursday, April 8 from 11:00 am-12:15 pm in Dixon Recital Hall, the band will conduct a brass and percussion workshop, demonstrating several of the Brazilian styles that they exuberantly recombine in their music.

The performance and workshops are presented by Tulane University‘€™s Newcomb Department of Music, Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Deep South Regional Humanities Center, and the music department‘€™s Maynard Klein award. For more information on the events, please contact Daniel Sharp at Newcomb Department of Music at 504-865-5273 or Denise Woltering at the Stone Center for Latin American Studies at 504-862-3143.






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Pre-Columbian Civilizations
K-16 Educator Workshop Series
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For educators of grade levels: 6-8, 9-12

Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Stone Center for Latin American Studies (SCLAS), S.S. NOLA, and AfterCLASS will host a professional development workshop series open to all K-16 school professionals. These workshops will challenge educators to learn about the unexpected impact and connections of Pre-Columbian civilizations from Central America to the Gulf South. In particular, the workshops will foster a deeper comprehension of how to incorporate art, language and food across the disciplines. Participants will learn unique ways to incorporate the Tunica, Maya and Aztec cultures into the classroom in a variety of subjects. Registration for each workshop is $5 and includes light snacks, teaching resources, and a certificate of completion.

The workshop series will prepare teachers:

  • To utilize digital humanities resources in the classroom;
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Saturday, January 25, 2020
9:00 am – 12:00 pm
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This workshop will introduce participants with little or no prior knowledge to ancient Tunica history, art, and language, with special focus on the role of food and native foods of this region. Participants will explore the physical, cultural and linguistic characteristics of the region. Representatives of the Tunica community will introduce their language and culture and the work they do to preserve their language.

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4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
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Now, in its fifth year, the Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Cuban and Caribbean Studies Institute at Tulane University are proud to announce the return of our annual two-week summer educator institute exploring the geography, culture and history of Cuba. For an educator, Cuba is rich with lessons to bring into the classroom. This program highlights the important historical and cultural connections between the United States and Cuba. Participants will explore key sites and meet local experts and artists who will provide unique insight for educators who teach such subjects as U.S./Latin American Relations, World Geography, World History, and Spanish among others. Come and visit the site of the historic Bay of Pigs, explore Milton Hershey’s sugar plantation and the Cuban national literacy campaign.

Fill out the online APPLICATION here, due March 15, 2020.

Additional materials needed:
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  • Lodging at Casa Vera (double occupancy)
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  • Airfare to/from the U.S.: approx. $300-$600
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