Slide Show: Samba Fest, a Vibrant Celebration of Brazilian Music and Culture

Trinity Welcomes Community to Campus for 11th Annual Festival

​Graduating seniors Nicole Katav '17 and Eli Valenzuela '17 - both New York Posse Scholars - were Samba Fest 2017 interns,  helping coordinate many of the event details.
Hartford, Connecticut, May 12, 2017 – Trinity College’s 11th Annual Samba Fest took place on Saturday, May 6, returning to the Trinity campus after having been located for several years at the Mortenson Riverfront Plaza downtown. For scores of Trinity student musicians and volunteers, and the faculty, staff, and WRTC volunteers who help make the festival happen, having the event take place on Trinity’s Life Sciences Quad was especially rewarding. The extra-green expanse of lawn had been well-watered due to a driving rain the day before, and when the sun came out for Samba Fest on Saturday, it seemed perfectly timed to coincide with a group of more than 100 musicians, dancers, and audience members parading around the quad.

Trinity President Joanne Berger-Sweeney welcomed the crowd, along with Fernando de Mello Barreto, consul general from the Consulate General of Brazil in Hartford, and Eric Galm, associate professor of music and ethnomusicology and chair of the Music Department, who conceived and produces Samba Fest. 

More than 1,000 area residents, including many families and children, attended Samba Fest 2017. Featured performers included vocalist Karli Ortega from Honduras; Gideon Ampeire with music from Uganda; Conjunto Antillano featuring trumpeter and bandleader Ray González; Ginga Brasileira, directed by Efraim Silva; The Bossa Nova Project; The Hartford Hot Several; West Hartford's Hall High School choirs, directed by Lorri Cetto; the Trinity Samba Ensemble with special guest José Paulo, directed by Eric Galm; and Trinity Steel, directed by Curtis Greenidge.

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Photos by John Marinelli.
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