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The Orchestra of the Americas (Edinburgh International Festival 2018)

We are very proud to be asked to provide the percussion instruments for this Grammy Award winning orchestra in their programme for the Edinburgh International Festival.

Amongst other accolades, the Orchestra was awarded with Latin Grammy (“Best Classical Album”) for their “Ex-Patria” in 2015, and a few years earlier they received the Golden Baton award in the League of American Symphony Orchestras.

The ensemble boasts Plácido Domingo as their Artistic Advisor and a star-studded list of guest artists from the world of classical music including the likes of Philip Glass, Sarah Change, Joshua Bell, Valery Gergiev, and Gabriela Montero - who is joining for the concert in Edinburgh.

On 7 August in Usher Hall, The Orchestra of the Americas, conducted by their Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto, performs a vibrant repertoire of Chávez, Tchaikovsky, and Copland.

Carlos Miguel Prieto Conductor

Gabriela Montero Piano

Chávez Symphony No 2 ‘Sinfonia india’ Tchaikovsky Piano Concerto No 1 Copland Symphony No 3

Passionate, flamboyant, brilliantly incisive: The Orchestra of the Americas is one of the world’s most remarkable youth ensembles. Bringing together the most accomplished young musicians aged 18 to 30 from throughout North and South America in a single, powerful orchestra, it has toured the world to enormous acclaim.

Exuberant Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero is rightly one of today’s most admired musicians: she joins the Orchestra for the surging passions and unforgettable melodies of Tchaikovsky’s beloved First Piano Concerto.

Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto completes the programme with the hope, heroism and joyful optimism of Copland’s euphoric Third Symphony – complete with his Fanfare for the Common Man incorporated into its finale. He opens with the scintillating native rhythms of Mexican composer Carlos Chavez’s rousing Sinfonía india.

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