Through her depth of expression as an internationally recognized harp soloist, actor, writer and teacher, Rita Costanzi, in the words of Celtic Author, Treasa O’Driscoll, “bears the mark of the true artist whose task it is to rise above the tumult of the times. A force of truth and love in herself and a musician of exceptional accomplishment, her playing never fails to touch the souls of listeners in deep and unexpected ways.”
Winner of The 2020 Hershey Felder Presents Arts Prize Competition, Costanzi’s short documentary film “Moonlight in the Bronx”, captivated viewers around the world with its moving, powerful and timely memorial to Ludwig van Beethoven and the victims of the Corona Virus. Heralded as “A Hymn to New York” – it conveys, with profundity and grace, a vital message for our times in its portrayal of Beethoven’s isolation through deafness, the world’s through Covid-19 and her own, through divorce. Costanzi wrote, directed and performed her original script, reflecting yet again her “warmth, conviction and exquisite virtuosity.”
The 2021 Sunflower Festival in Topeka, Kansas, hosted the stunning World Premiere of Costanzi’s Theater Piece – Woman On A Ledge – by Hershey Felder, with the support of a grant from The National Endowment for the Arts. Bringing her life story to the stage in this groundbreaking, powerful hybrid of solo harp music and theatrical performance, Woman On A Ledge expresses the female musician’s fraught and complex life experience with its conflicts, devotion, love and loss. It will be mounted Off-Off Broadway November 7 to 24, 2024 in a new, reimagined staging by Director, Lissa Moira.