本次首屆音樂節力求捕捉西班牙豎琴家Nicanor Zabaleta（西班牙聖塞瓦斯蒂安，1907 – 波多黎各聖胡安市区，1993），並繼續致力於創造獨有的拉丁美洲豎琴流派，其間融合了四百多年來流傳民間無譜教授豎琴的傳奇，以及歐洲學院豎琴派的教授方式。
Maurice Ravel 論Nicanor Zabaleta
Ángel Padilla Crespo, whose presence was scheduled at this opening concert, died on July 20 in Mexico. The harpists Baltazar Juárez and Isabelle Perrin, also participating in this concert, will pay a tribute to him during their respective perfomances. The Artistic Committee of the Festival of Arpa Tierra 47, of which he was a member and founder, expresses his most sincere condolences to the entire harp community and to the family and friends of the Mexican harpist.