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Musical Ancestries™: Brazil Released November 12 on Classic 107.3 FM

Classic 107.3’s Musical Ancestries™: Brazil, a new episode of a program designed to explore children’s musical and cultural heritage, was released on November 12.

Now, more than ever, it is important for children to experience diversity that will lead to the acceptance of cultures that might be different from their own. In this episode, listeners will travel with Amanda and her Aunt Laura to Brazil to experience the music and culture with her cousin João. Together they teach Amanda to samba, share traditional foods, tour the historic areas, and experience wonderful music, unique instruments, and lively dance.

“Musical Ancestries is a vital educational program that actively engages children, parents, and teachers,” says Julie Schuster, Classic 107.3 CEO and General Manager.  “Listeners and viewers will experience the vibrant music and many colors of Brazilian life at its fullest with this fantastic new episode.”

Free, online teacher-created learning resources, with National Standards included, supplement the radio broadcast of the Musical Ancestries children’s story with audio and video music samples, instruments, history, dance, geography, demos, how-tos, hands-on activities, and more. The Musical Ancestries program works well both in-person and virtually, as well as for independent student learning. To access the audio recording and script, Prezi of educational resources, community resources and lesson prompts, click this link:

The radio broadcast includes local voices in addition to the narrator, Classic 107.3’s Kathy Lawton Brown. In the role of the Amanda is Olivia Carr, a 6th grader from Ladue Middle School. Members of St. Louis’ Brazilian community, Kalyne Carr and Vinny Marcial, play the roles of Aunt Laura and João.

“Musical Ancestries is important because it expands student minds. They are thinking critically, making connections, and opening their hearts and minds to other cultures.” (Elementary Music Teacher)

Musical Ancestries: Brazil joins episodes about West Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, India, Jewish Music and Culture, Native America, Thailand, Bosnia, Scotland, and Algeria, all of which can be found online at

A parent and board member of Viva Brasil! says, “This is absolutely beautiful! Congratulations! I can’t wait to let all the Brazilians in St. Louis know about this [program.]”

For more information, contact Carol Commerford at


About Classic 107.3

Classic 107.3, “The Voice for the Arts in St. Louis,” broadcasts at 107.3 FM and on WFUN 96.3 HD2 with a mission to support the cultural landscape in the St. Louis region through programming and outreach efforts. Classic 107.3 plays a variety of music from classical to jazz, opera to blues, Broadway and more, and features local programming including the “Slatkin Shuffle,” hosted by conductor Leonard Slatkin, and Musical Ancestries™, designed to educate school-aged children about world music. In addition, the station airs interviews with artists, musicians, creators, and performers, bringing their stories and events to the attention of the St. Louis community. Classic 107.3 is a non-profit station, receiving support from listeners as well as organizations like PNC, the Centene Charitable Foundation, Worldwide Technology Foundation, and others. More information, as well as live streaming, archived interviews, and podcasts, can be found at: