Harmonious Strings of São Paulo
The Crowne Centre grew silent as the Harmonious Strings of São Paulo entered the stage, the group’s coordinating blue ties and evening gowns shimmering in the stage light. Behind them stood a stage replica of a São Paulo landmark—the Octavio Frias de Oliveira Bridge. As the conductor raised his baton, the first Fine Arts Series of the semester began.
The Harmonious Strings of São Paulo, composed of 32 string musicians ages 11 through 23, astounded PCC students, faculty, staff, and guests with pieces such as Vivaldi’s Four Violin Concerto, Paganini’s Capriccio IX, and Copland’s popular Rodeo. When awarded with a standing ovation after the final song, the orchestra granted the audience five encores!
Led by the acclaimed Brazilian conductor Daniel Misiuk Barbosa with his wife Renata Jaffé Barbosa (daughter of PCC Artists-in-Residence Alberto and Daisy Jaffé), each musician has been taught using the Jaffé method and is passionate about learning and playing music.
Arriving a few days before the performance, the group received a warm welcome to campus from the PCC student body. Students showed the musicians around campus, shared meals at the Four Winds, and visited the Sports Center for rock climbing and indoor surfing.