promenade à l'automne

Beautiful Music for Cello and Harp Spanning Four Centuries

Rita Costanzi, harp

Carlene Stober, cello

Friday September 7th at 7:30pm

Church of the Transfiguration (Little Church Around the Corner)

One E. 29th St., New York, NY 10016


Sunday September 16th at 2pm

Lenox Hill Neighborhood House

331 East 70th St., New York, NY 10021


Classmates at the Eastman School of Music years ago, reunited in a special program of evocative music for the unusual duo of cello and harp.

Marcel Tournier: Promenade à l’automne

Antonio Vivaldi: Sonata No. 6 in B-flat major

Camille Saint-Saëns: The Swan

Heitor Villa-Lobos: Song of the Black Swan

Michael Kurek: Serenade

Maurice Ravel: Pavane

Pyotr Tchaikovsky: Valse sentimentale

Marcel Tournier: Au matin

Marlos Nobre: Poema II

Rita Costanzi has been internationally acclaimed for the warmth, conviction and exquisite virtuosity of her playing, captivating audiences as harpist and actor. Formerly Principal Harp of the Vancouver Symphony and CBC Radio Orchestra, she now devotes her life to solo and chamber music performances and teaching. As a concerto soloist with orchestras across Canada, as well as invitations from many international festivals in North America, Germany, England, Brazil, Argentina, and Venezuela, she is recognized as an artist of rare depth and expression, and has been featured on television and radio programs in Canada, the United States, Argentina, and Brazil.

In 2008, her choral work “Beneath Her Heart” received its world premiere in Vancouver, and in 2009, she collaborated with Oregon Ballet in a new work based on solo harp, Dances, written especially for her. Costanzi’s distinguished teaching career includes master classes at major conservatories in conjunction with her solo appearances in North and South America as well as at New York University, where she subsequently taught for three years.

Since relocating to New York City in 2007, she has collaborated with director Arthur Masella on an award winning one-woman show which was featured at The United Solo Theater Festival in New York City, The Ottawa International Festival, and at The World Harp Congress in Sydney. She is currently creating a new theater piece with writer/producer Hershey Felder, “Woman on a Ledge,” based on a nearly completed book of vignettes about her life entitled “Heartstrings.”

Recently, she recorded Michael Kurek’s Serenade for Cello and Harp on Parma Records and was a featured performer and teacher at The Fifth International Harp Academy (ISHA) in Bulgaria in July. Upcoming events include teaching and performing in Argentina in October, returning to the FEMUSC Festival in Brazil in January 2019, and a chamber music performance with dance at Merkin Hall in March 2019.

Costanzi’s training began at an early age under the guidance of her father, the noted violist Francis Tursi, and harpist Eileen Malone. After graduating from the Eastman School of Music with Highest Distinction and the Performer’s Certificate, she furthered her studies with Bernard Zighera, Marcel Grandjany, and in France on an ITT International Fellowship with Jacqueline Borot. She was twice winner of the American Harp Society's National Competition and recipient of the Lily Laskine Award for the most outstanding solo harp recital.

Carlene Stober served as principal cellist of the Tucson Symphony Orchestra and performed throughout the U.S. as a member of the Delphi String Quartet. She is a member of the Saratoga Opera Festival Orchestra and has performed at the Manitou Chamber Music Festival in Colorado. Ms. Stober also performs on the viola da gamba in various ensembles and is a founding member of Empire Viols and Abendmusik. She performed as continuo cellist for Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity for many years. She has appeared on Prairie Home Companion and was featured musician in Theatre for a New Audience’s production of “Pericles” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and has performed with the Utah Shakespeare Festival.

Stober hold degrees from the Eastman School of Music and can be heard on the Deux Elles, MSR, Ravello, Albany and Quill Classics labels. She is also a music librarian, with adjunct positions at New York University and the Morgan Library, and designs sound for theatrical productions.