Mexico at 200 with Alondra de la Parra

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This Wednesday, Q2 Music begins its Winter Pledge Drive. In anticipation, we're revisiting two of our favorite guest-hosted shows on Monday and Tuesday. On Monday: Obsessive Choral, a survey of English choral music with composer Nico Muhly; Tuesday: Mexico at 200, Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas conductor Alondra de la Parra's look at the birth and progression of Mexican orchestral music.

Hour 1 @ 12 pm: The Birth of Nationalism

For the first show 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.

Mexico at 200: The Birth of Nationalism is the first show of Mexico at 200 and 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.

Hour 2 @ 1 pm: Modernism and the Avant-Garde

Hear Mexican musical equivalents of such breakthrough pieces as Stravinsky's The 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. 

In Mexico at 200: Modernism and the Avant-Garde, Alondra presents the iconic composers active in the early 20th century who are now regarded as responsible for the emergence of Mexican modernism.

Hour 3 @ 2 pm: Living Legends

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.

Hour 4 @ 3 pm: The Younger Generation

In the final installment of Mexico at 200, 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.