Sonidos de las Américas
- Jacqueline Avila
A Latin American music festival presented in New York City by the American Composers Orchestra (ACO) in cooperation with Carnegie Hall. Developed by composer-conductor and ACO music director Dennis Russell Davies and composer Tania León in 1994, the festival featured a weeklong series of events dedicated to the performance and discussion of Latin American music. Intended to respond to the increased presence of Latin American culture and musical production in the United States, the festival was also conceived as a call to broaden and diversify the repertoire of U.S. orchestras and chamber groups. Latin American composers and performers were invited to participate in master classes at several colleges, guest lectures, meetings with professional music organizations, symposia, chamber music performances, an orchestral concert in Carnegie Hall, and composer-to-composer forums. Performances were broadcast on National Public Radio, reaching cities in Latin America and the United States. The festival received positive reviews from critics, politicians, composers, and performers as a sign of good relations between the United States and Latin America but ended after Davies retired from the ACO in ...