Sunday, February 4, 2007

Indy Latinos to Contribute to New Symphonic Work

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has commissioned a new orchestral work by Peruvian/Jewish/Chinese composer Gabriela Lena Frank that will draw inspiration from immigrant Latino people in the central Indiana region, acording to an ISO press release.

The Joyce Foundation in Chicago has announced that the ISO will receive a $50,000 grant to support the commission, which will be premiered during the Orchestra’s 2008-2009 season and will be performed as part of the ISO’s Hispanic Festival that season.

According to the ISO, composer and pianist Gabriela Lena Frank is recognized as a prominent and accomplished classical artist who is known for her ability to fuse Latin American mythology, archeology, art, poetry and folk music into western classical forms. She has earned awards and honors from ASCAP, the National Endowment for the Arts, the American Composers Forum, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters, among others, and her cello quartet titled Los Sombras de los Apus was recently selected by Chamber Music America as one of its “Top One Hundred and One Great American Ensemble Works.”

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