A MESSAGE TO ALL THOSE FRIENDS OF MINE WHO RESPECT MY CULTURAL AND ETHNIC ROOTS. I INVITE YOUR COMMENTS.
A WEEK AGO… among the usual junk mail, I spotted a mailer announcing the Multicultural Awareness Council (MAC) concert series of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra that purports to “Celebrate the rich African-American and Latine (sic) culture, history and heritage of outstanding artists and composers with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and Cincinnati Pops.”Among the nine concerts listed – both CSO and Cincinnati Pops – there is one featuring the Disney cartoon COCO, apparently a token homage to Hispanic musical art and artists.
The remaining eight concerts all feature a long overdue lineup of pop and classical African-American musical artists in performances of a few American composers of color mixed in with the works of Caucasian musical artists.
Some of this is happening as the September 15-October 15 National Hispanic Heritage Month comes and goes, and among the nine announced concerts only one – a Disney cartoon musical – honoring our Hispanic Heritage?
A couple of days after receiving the announcement from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra I reached out to Julia Kirchhausen, Interim VP of Communications for the orchestra. Approximately a week has gone by and, to date, no response.
You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish.
Here’s a short list of Hispanic artists – some established, some up and coming – that could be featured in pops or classical concerts as part of Hispanic Heritage Month and beyond:
HISPANIC/LATINO BROADWAY AND POP TALENT: Javier Muñoz; Josh Segarra; Robin De Jesús; Krysta Rodriguez; Ricky Martin; Julieta Venegas; Juanes; Willie Colón; Jenny Rivera; Carlos Santana; Ana Villafañe; Giselle Alvarez
HISPANIC/LATINO CLASSICAL TALENT: Sonia Marie De León de Vega, conductor; Alondra de la Parra, conductor; Ileana Pérez Velázquez, composer; Yalil Guerra, composer; Elizabeth Caballero, soprano; Odaline de la Martinez, conductor; Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor; Gustavo Dudamel, conductor; Sandra Lopez de Haro, soprano
Rafael de Acha ALL ABOUT THE ARTS