In October, musicians Allison Lima and Jennifer Licko sat down to discuss music and the American culture on the the EAC campinas. Allison Lima, son of Chitãozinho, just released his brand new EP under Universal music and was very kind to spend an afternoon at his former school for this interview.
The Campinas Chapter of Amsoc is pleased to announce that our local charity - Grupo Primavera has invited all Amsoc members from Campinas as well as from São Paulo to the play / Musical that they are putting on at the Campinas Municipal Theater Castro Mendes on the 28th of September.
It is free of charge and this invitation is designed as a thank you to the various groups and companies who have helped fund the charity throughout the year. This year in August Amsoc was proud to present a check for over BRL $15000,00 and therefore all AmSoc members can attend this event with pride.
This event is the climax of work done with the kids throughout 2017, it has been professionally prepared and painstakingly rehearsed and will be held in a very fine venue. Many of the children who have been cared for on the Grupo Primavera premises will of course be performing.
Bridging Campinas and São Paulo, the Campinas Chapter of AmSoc offers members a wide array of specialized events, targeted programs, and valuable resources.
Our first year was a busy one! Starting the year with a bang the Campinas chapter Amsoc or CAmSoc as we have come to be known organized what we expect to become an annual signature event, A St Patrick’s Day evening. We also organized a very successful Let’s Connect event with the Brazilian Minister of Planning who flew down to Campinas to meet our charity and talk to over 150 regional top executives and entrepreneurs about his vision for Brazil.
Partnering with Escola Americana de Campinas (EAC) our chapter’s founder was instrumental in setting up the first “Jogando Juntos” Sports camp which was run by IB students for underprivileged kids from Grupo Primavera who are supported in part as AmSoc’s chosen charity for Campinas.
The second semester kicked off with a wonderful Feijoada on a working historical Farm where and continued with special events through to the end of the year
For, 2018, in addition annualizing our most successful events CAmSoc is partnering with EAC to aid in targeted community outreach programs.
CAmSoc is everything you love about AmSoc and more. New faces, new events, new programs, and new purpose! Campinas is a pleasant one hour drive from São Paulo and remember that All AmSoc members have access to all events including Campinas events.
Our partnership with EAC helps facilitate an instant support network for all newly arrived EAC families by providing a calendar of social events, new initiatives for families to participate in safe and rewarding Community Outreach programs with the objective of growing the whole AmSoc family.
CAmSoc is special in that our expat community is quite small and therefore members come from a wide variety of backgrounds and nationalities. This creates a wonderful melting pot of goodwill which is committed to building bridges within the community and offering ever better programs and events for our members.
Chapter Leader - Malcolm Macdonald / firstname.lastname@example.org
Marketing & Communications - Jennifer Licko Carrere/ email@example.com
Community Action - Ariene Fonseca / firstname.lastname@example.org
Events - Manuela Moreno / email@example.com
Escola Americana de Campinas proudly hosted the first Jogando Junto Sports Camp on Sunday, 21 May. Nearly 80 students from Grupo Primavera attended the day-long camp that had kids (9-15 years old) rotating through 3 different clinics: basketball, volleyball, and soccer/team building. Each clinic began with basic instruction and fundamentals, then segued into drills and scrimmages. The chest-pounding head-bobbing Ponte Preta Macaco was also swinging around campus keeping the kids hyped up and moving (thank you, George and Gabriela Lanza!).
Unique to this program, the entire Camp was lead and managed by a select team of 11th grade International Baccalaureate (IB) students. Students were responsible for coordinating busing, food, merchandise, branding, promotion, donations, budget, and athletic clinics. Each clinic was designed, staffed and coached by EAC Upper School students.
The concept of the Camp was born from Nick Leeson, EAC Athletic Director, who continually challenges all EAC student-athletes to lead and work as a team on and off the court.
Jogando Junto is a partnership program between EAC and
AmSoc-Campinas that empowers EAC students to develop and implement large scale community outreach initiatives. Each participating IB student receives service credit for successful management of the Camp.
A GIANT Thank You for this year’s generous donors:
- 3M Institute - Lunch and Beverages
- The Lanza Family - Merchandise & Ponte Preta Mascot
- The Peeples Family - Merchandise & Snacks
- EAC Student Council - Logistics
- EAC Senior Class - Logistics
- EAC Athletic Department - Lunch and Beverages
- Special thanks to the exemplary EAC IB Team, EAC Student Volunteers, EAC Head of School Tom Pado, EAC CAS Coordinator Paul Strootman, EAC Athletic Director Nick Leeson, and Guest Speakers: Rodrigo Miranda & Arthur Braga
To view the photos from this event please follow this link using the password: juntoEAC
Welcome home, AmSoc! The 2-month launch of the Campinas Chapter has officially concluded and we are home. It was a wild ride of Irish jigs, paint rollers, diplomats, chocolate eggs, new members, and “Let’s do this!” volunteers.
Each new member, launch event, and Reals raised is a resounding testament to the power of community and the power of Campinas. We are #campinas2gether.
The Campinas Chapter
As a chapter, AmSoc-Campinas now stands 45 members strong, with 38 Family and 7 Individual memberships. An incredible base to build a lasting foundation including members from all over the world (Brazilian, American, German, Norwegian, Belgian, Mexican, Korean, Irish, Italian, Japanese, Argentine, Uruguayan, Turkish, Chilean, Paraguayan, Dutch, and Canadian). The launch also facilitated new community outreach programs and partnerships. We are thrilled to collaborate with Escola Americana de Campinas, Hotel Vitoria, PPG, Renner Paint, and 3M to develop sustainable community outreach programs, projects, and events.
Raising Funds and Awareness
The proceeds from this year’s launch events will help us fund a critical electrical repair project for Grupo Primavera. The facility was struck by lightning several months ago damaging circuit breaker boxes and wiring throughout the facility. These funds will facilitate the much needed repairs and installation of lightning rods.
More than 50 volunteers rolled up their sleeves for the first Paint It FORWARD event at Grupo Primavera. Volunteers spent the day prepping, taping, and painting Grupo’s foyer, common areas, and cantina. It was an overwhelming success thanks to all of the incredible volunteers. We are excitedly working with PPG to plan the next colorful event...stay tuned. A warm Obrigada to all of the volunteers and our generous donors: PPG, Renner Paint, 3M, and The Ballew Family.
What’s a few broken eggs? After the untimely cancellation of the Easter EGGstravaganza due to Yellow Fever Health Advisories, the Campinas Chapter filled our baskets and headed to Grupo Primavera for a surprise Easter Party. Nearly a dozen volunteers quickly pulled together to coordinate an unforgettable party for 80 kinder-aged children. The day was bustling and hopping with face painting, games, crafts, story time, sweet treats, photos, and the best Easter Bunny this side of the equator! Many many heartfelt thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible...You Are The Difference. What better way to turn life’s lemons into something EGGceptionally sweet.
Industry leaders, business executives, and government officials proudly welcomed His Excellency Brazilian Minister Dyogo Henrique Oliveira to Campinas at the premiere Let’s Connect Campinas. Hosted at the beautiful Hotel Vitória, the Minister of Planning, Development, and Management presented a detailed and confident forecast of Brazil’s dynamic economy. Minister Oliveira also participated in a stimulating 1-hour Q & A segment that was expertly moderated by Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief of Reuters News. The evening seamlessly connected policy drivers, financiers, technologists, agribusiness, petroleum, and medicine.
Prior to Let’s Connect Campinas, Minister Oliveira visited Grupo Primavera where he spoke with Grupo’s PACTO* students. He offered a personal account of his own academic and professional pursuits, lending inspirational and visionary words to the students. Minister Oliveira answered all of the students’ questions, by personally relating to the challenges and struggles of the young audience.
*PACTO is college preparatory program for 13-16 year olds.
Special mention of our distinguished guests:
- Cleiton Aráujo, Chief of Staff, Brazilian Ministry of Planning, Development, and Management
- Grant Earnest, Vice Consul of Economic Affairs, U.S. Consulate
- André Von Zuben, Secretary of Economic and Social Development and Tourism, Campinas City Government
- Sofia Bolsonaro, Board Member, Grupo Primavera
- Daniel Flynn, Brazil Bureau Chief, Reuters News
Who’s Your Paddy, Campinas?!
Irish eyes were a smilin’…and singin’ and dancin’ at the 1st Annual AmSoc-Campinas St. Patrick’s Day Party. Hosted at the swanky Iff Lounge, Jennifer Licko, Ceol, and Charlotte Station brought the house down with ground shaking traditional Irish music and rock ‘n’ roll. The fiddle playing, bodhran [bow-rawn] beating, whistle jigging, and heart-pounding vocals had party goers stomping and clapping well into closing hours. The Cia Celta Brasil Dance Troupe wowed the crowd with their phenomenal Irish footwork and incredible toe tapping choreography...not to mention a raucous dance lesson or two.
The green icing on the cake was the mouthwatering Irish meal followed by a slap yo’ paddy Guinness chocolate cake expertly crafted by the Head Chef of Bellini Restaurant. Outstanding!
A special thanks to the Iff Lounge, Bellini Restaurante, Celso de Menezes Photography, AND our Shamrockin’ Volunteers - Malcolm Macdonald, Maria Delman, The Page Family, Claudia Monaci, Lisa Sone, and Hannah Angermeier.
Edino Krieger Quartet with guest pianist, Maurícy Martin (Quarteto Edino Krieger)
Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81
Date: Sunday, April 2, 2016 at 6:00 pm
Location: Escola de Artes Pró-Musica Av. Palmital, 41 Jardim Flamboyant Campinas, SP Telephone: (19) 3295-7873
Cost: Free of charge. Gratuity accepted.
The hall is small, I would suggest arriving a little early to guarantee a seat on the main floor; there is a balcony with additional seating.
Parking: on the street
Escola de Art Pró-Musica: A little history
One of the original founders of the Escola de Artes Pro-Musica was Kay F. Brown (an American choir conductor and flutist originally from Wisconsin). Kay was also the music director at the Presbyterian Church of Guanabara. Her husband, Keith Spalding Brown (Unicamp), is one of the foremost researchers on mapping and conserving butterfly biodiversity in the Brazilian Amazon.
In 2017, Pró-Musica is celebrating its 40th anniversary with the inauguration of its new concert hall dedicated to Kay Brown's memory. It has also programmed some excellent weekly concerts throughout the year.
The school is currently owned by Marli Rossin, B.S. in Art Education and Carlos Wiik. a pianist with a Master’s in piano performance and Ph.D. in Music Education from the University of Florida.
The Edino Krieger Quartet, Bio
Learn more on their facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/quartetoedinokrieger/
Mauricy Martin, Bio
Maurícy Martin has presented recitals and chamber appearances throughout Brazil, the U.S. Argentina, Italy and Serbia. As an orchestral soloist, he has worked under some of Brazil’s most important conductors. His playing has been praised for its ”clear, clean, beautiful sound“ while a performance of Alberto Ginastera’s Sonata no. I was noted as “showing profound musicality and understanding of the inner soul of the music, as well as technical facility at the highest level”.
A devoted educator, Maurícy Martin enjoys a national reputation as a teacher and adjudicator, appearing as a visiting artist/clinician at numerous colleges, conservatories and music festivals throughout Brazil and the U.S. He is the artistic director and founder of the Bačka
Palanka International Piano Festival (Serbia) currently in its third edition. His summer program “Paraty Pianist Encounter” was warmly acclaimed: “as an encounter that will attract the most gifted young pianists from across the world…and contributes to the development of a new generation of pianists” (Kenneth David Jackson, Yale University).
Maurícy Martin holds degrees from Boston University, Indiana University and Indiana State University. A professor of piano at the University of Campinas, Maurícy lives in Campinas with his wife Kathleen Martin.
The Edino Krieger Quartet, Bio
The Edino Krieger Quartet is string ensemble established in the Campinas region. The artists Igor Nogueira, first violin, Yuri Yatsuda Miranda, second violin, Valdeci Merquiori, viola, and Geneses da Silva Oliveira, cello perform and teach at major regional orchestras and conservatories in Campinas, Piracicaba and Tatuí. The quartet has been mentored for the past three years by the hailed Arianna String Quartet (St. Louis) and has been invited to perform in the its Chamber Music Festival this year.
The quartet took its name from one of Brazil’s key figures in Brazilian music. Edino Krieger, born in 1928 in Santa Catarina, is a composer, music critic and cultural producer. His work, polymorphic and diverse in style, includes music for symphony and chamber orchestra, oratory, chamber music, works for choir and voice, instrumental solo, as well as music for theater and cinema.
Highlights for the 2017 season include performances of Beethoven’s Quartet Opus 18, no. 3 and Antonin Dvorak’s Quartet Opus 96, no. 12. In April, with guest pianist Maurícy Martin, they will perform Dvorak’s Piano Quintet Op. 81 acknowledged as one of the masterpieces in the genre with performances at the Escola de Artes Pró-Musica (4/2), the University of Campinas (UNICAMP) (4/19), and in São João de Boa Vista (4/23).
An Article written by Dr. Jim Taylor - Adjunct faculty, University of San Francisco reminds us how important sports are for our children. Here are the main points from his article.
The ability to commit to something is fundamental to success in every aspect of life, whether sports, school, career, or relationships.
Yet, resilience, that is, the ability to overcome challenges, adapt to changing situations, and bounce back from setbacks, is another essential contributor to success.
Off the Streets (and iPhones)
The way I see it, anything that keeps kids off the streets, however mean or benign they may be, is a big win for them and their parents. When I talk about the streets, I mean anything where bored children hang out because, in my view, wherever boredom goes, trouble follows. If kids are playing sports, not only are they gaining wonderful physical, psychological, and social benefits, they are also not exposing themselves to peers or situations that are unhealthy.
If you are like our family, much of your time at home is not usually time spent together. Though weekends should be devoted to that thing called family time, it rarely seems to actually happen.