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Mexico at 200
Sunday, 5-6 pm

Mexico 200 SpecialMexico at 200 is hosted by maestra de la Parra and is an in-depth look at Mexican orchestral music from the 18th century to the present with episodes devoted to The Birth of Nationalism, Modernism and the Avant-Garde, Living Legends, and The Young Generation. Ms. de la Parra’s commentary is insightful and concise, and there’s lots of really appealing and interesting music from composers ranging from pioneers such as Ricardo Castro and Silvestre Revueltas to emerging artists.
Program Schedule
October 10, 2010
The Young Generation

In the final installment of Mexico at 200, host Alondra de la Parra examines the fast-paced and animated 21st century music of young Mexican composers.

The Young Generation explores the most recent school of living composers, with musicians such as the jazz-inclined Eugenio Toussaint; neo-nationalist Enrico Chapela and his soccer-inspired Ínguesu; Gabriela Ortiz, part of the emergent school of young female composers; and Martín Capella, winner of the first edition of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas' Young Composers Competition.

October 3, 2010
Living Legends
Host Alondra de la Parra examines the birth of contemporary Mexican music by presenting those living composers who have already sewn their distinctive styles into the fabric of Mexican culture.

Living Legends is the third show of Mexico at 200 and shares music by the older generation of living composers, teachers, and musical luminaries: Blas Galindo, Mario Lavista, and Federico Ibarra.
September 26, 2010
Modernism and the Avant-Garde
In this second installment, host Alondra de la Parra presents the iconic composers active in the early 20th century who are now regarded as responsible for the emergence of Mexican modernism.

Hear Mexican musical equivalents of such breakthrough pieces as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, by Silvestre Revueltas, Carlos Chávez, José Pablo Moncayo, and others in Alondra's rich, personal narration and get a sense of how a commitment to a Mexican musical identity informed today's generations of active composers.

September 19, 2010
The Birth of Nationalism

For the first installment of Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor and New York native, Alondra de la Parra examines Mexican music from the late 1700s through early 1900s, and traces how Euro-centric Mexican composers began to exoticize their sound through local new-world character.

The Birth of Nationalism sets the stage for the birth of avant-garde Mexican modernism and the transformation of an imported European sound into something uniquely Mexican, with music by Juventino Rosas, Ricardo Castro and Gustavo Campa, among others.


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