Project Rio is an initiative to bring notice to our Winnipeg music community through our proposal to fund a performance exchange with Brazilian conservatories.
All the contacts with Brazil universities have been made through David Chew, Director and Founder of Rio International Cello Encounter (RICE). Eventually Project Rio hopes to garner Canadian government and university support to maintain an annual program to bring our talent to Brazil and hold clinics in our areas of expertise.
Watch a video from RICE 2013
Our March 30, 2012 PROJECT RIO cello studio fundraising concert: Students Raising Money for Students, was a great success!
This fundraiser was held to establish a scholarship fund for the RICE festival to aid in travel expenses to assist students in need in attending the festival. It takes 2 days for some students to travel from the Amazon to attend the festival - there are dozens of students who do just this to be part of the great music culture!
We are in phase one of the project and are striving to support the life of the RICE mission and as a university sponsor commit to bringing musical exposure to the local communities we reach through the Encounter. Ultimately our goal is to position ourselves for government and local grants to support this international platform for Canadians! The Encounter happens August 9 - 19, 2012.
Video highlights of the concert coming soon!
Rio International Cello Encounter was a wonderful experience. I have made some incredible music with world class musicians; we have moved people to tears. My colleagues have made this such a wonderful experience.The music making was unbelievable. I had a great masterclass, and was asked to sing the Bachianas so many times it was a thrill.
- Monica Huisman
Monica Huisman, Allen Harrington, Judy Kehler Siebert, Minna Rose Chung and Laura Loewen, representing our faculty in Rio 2013
RICE festival founder David Chew (middle) with professors Judy Kehler Siebert and Minna Rose Chung
At Dutch ambassor’s home in Brazil 2012
(L-R) Dutch cellist Wijnand Hulst, Laura Loewen, Allen Harrington, Judy Kehler Siebert, Minna Rose Chung
A stunning view from the Corcavado mountain looking towards Sugar Loaf Mountain
Donations to Project Rio can be made at any time:
University of Manitoba 'Project Rio'
Desautels Faculty of Music
65 Dafoe Road
Winnipeg MB R3T 2N2 Canada
Tax receipts are available
Dr. Judy Kehler Siebert enjoys the Brazilian sunshine
Dr. Minna Rose Chung and student at RICE
Allen Harrington and Laura Loewen perform in the beautiful Igreja da Candelaria Cathedral
A poster from the premiere Project Rio concert, 2010