Hartford, Conn. – An estimated 2,500 people came out for the sixth annual Trinity Samba Fest, held at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza in downtown Hartford on Saturday.
The event, free and open to the public, was highlighted by performances by Brazil’s Berimbrown with special guest Dinho Nascimento, the Trinity Samba Ensemble, and other music and dance performances.
Mayor Pedro Segarra made an appearance, dancing with The Artists Collective African Connection Drumming and Dance Ensemble and joining Eric Galm, Associate Professor of Music at Trinity and creator and director of Samba Fest, on stage.
“This year's Samba Fest demonstrated that Hartford is an ideal location to host a mainstage world music event,” Galm said. “Since the city has such a rich musical legacy of jazz and other musical offerings, audiences are comprised of deep listeners, who are searching for great music, and are appreciative when they hear it live. These music fans are akin to knowledgeable city-based sports fans who visit Fenway Park in Boston and Yankee Stadium in New York. It is truly a pleasure to host this event in the heart of downtown Hartford.”
In 2007, Galm introduced the Samba Fest at Trinity College, which has grown in scope every year since. The Trinity samba ensemble, also directed by Galm, has performed at the event each year, and Summit Steel, a new student steel drum group, made their debut at the Festival this year. The crowd represented a cross section of metro Hartford’s urban, suburban, and collegiate communities.
"Samba Fest is a successful initiative that promotes international and local music in a beautiful manifestation of good energy, integrating people from different countries and generations by the inspiring scenery of the Riverfront in Hartford,” Sonia Reis da Costa, Vice Consul of the Consulate General of Brazil in Hartford, said.
The Trinity Samba Fest at the Mortensen Riverfront Plaza was supported by the City of Hartford Arts & Heritage Jobs Grant Program, Pedro E. Segarra, Mayor; Trinity College; and Greater Hartford Arts Council; among others.