In May 2019, once again, Rio was the harps capital of the world.
An audience of more than 20,000 people attended the XIV RioHarpFestival.
Thirty-five musicians from 22 countries, including leading names and Brazilian social project orchestras, performed between the end of April and May 2019 at about 100 free concerts in cultural venues and sights in Rio de Janeiro (XIV RioHarpFestival) and in São Paulo (IV SPHarpFestival). The initiative was Music at the Museum, a classical music project with 21 years of uninterrupted activities from January to December in Brazil, from north to south, with an international version, and that for 14 years dedicates the month of May to the harp. The inauguration in Rio, on May 1, brought a novelty, the integration between the harp and the belly gage with the presentation of a community orchestra, social inclusion project in São Gonçalo and the Brazilian harpist Vanja Ferreira.
Closing, on May 31, at the CCBB with Julia Wacker, harper of Switzerland playing international classics. All the concerts were crowded.
In the fourth version - IV SPHarpFestival - in São Paulo, another important Brazilian city, also entered the circuit, expanding with each edition, confirming the power of communication of one of the most delicate musical instruments. Maybe it's a matter of time so that, like the series Music in the Museum, it can reach all of Brazil.
Meanwhile, in addition to Brazil, already in June, it expands to Europe with concerts in Lisbon (Portugal)
(Carolina Patricio) and Coimbra (Beatriz Cortesão and Joana Ribeiro), Madrid (Spain) - The Celtic Orchestra, Fabius Constable), Brugges (Belgium) with Luc Vanlère, Grasse (France), Quinteto Essencias Musicais, Alessandra Magrini, (Italy) The Celtic Orchestra, Fabius Constable, Harp, Les Alizes in the Caribbean and Guyana and Echoes of Latinos in New Orleans, all local harpists, and thus broadening their already wide international repercussions.
RioHarpFestival is part of Music in the Museum. In its 21 years of activity, RioHarpFestival has an audience of more than 1 million spectators in Brazil from north to south, but also has expanded to cities in countries of all continents, bringing music and the Brazilian musicians abroad. Music at the Museum is the holder of 30 national and international awards, and has been a master's thesis at the University of Berlin and is considered the largest classical music series in Brazil. In its annual program, divided into concerts related to the seasons (summer, fall, winter, spring and Christmas concerts), each month highlights a theme or a suit and May is the month of the harps.
Belgian Jacques Vandelvede played on his double harp, another novelty of the festival. The New Orleans Echoes performed with the Violoes do Forte Orchestra, a project developed in the Pavão-Pavaosinho Community and in the same vein, the Camerata do Uerê, of the Maré Community, also with the harpist Jacques Vandevelde, from Belgium. On the other hand, the Japanese drums made a special presentation with harper Yns Coronado of Peru; Les Alizés of France, Trio Enrico Euron of Italy, Elizabeth Remy Johnson of the United States, Edith Gasteiger of Austria, Athy of Argentina, Friederike Müller of Germany, Kobie du Plessis of South Africa, Ensemble of Zagreb Harp Festival of Croatia, Koto Seiha Group of Japan, Baltazar Juarez of Mexico, Julia Wacker of Switzerland were some prominent names alongside Brazilians Burning Symphony, Duo Florata among many others.