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String orchestra aims to give audiences ‘a different experience’

A performance by the recently formed Soloists of America Orchestra takes place at the Conjunto de las Artes Escenicas Saturday, February 18, 7:30 p.m.

pg6 copyFounded in 2020, this string orchestra’s webpage says the project arose from “the musical, educational and social concerns of a group of musicians of various nationalities, interested in contributing a new vision to the musical work of Mexico and the world.”

Speaking to local media before a concert at the Conjunto in November last year, concertmaster Maxwell Pardo called the OSA, “not just any orchestra,” rather “a group of like-minded people who want to work together … with a more unified idea in making high-level music, bringing a different experience to the public, with new ideas and a perhaps fresher or more innovative concept, giving the concerts a pedagogical sense with an interesting repertoire, that is not subject to influences of any kind.”

Pardo said the ideas of all members of the orchestra are taken into consideration during brainstorming sessions. “It is always a challenge, but from a creative point of view we always have absolute freedom and a brutal commitment,” he said.

Another goal of the OSA is to “explore the educational and social possibilities that chamber music can offer through concerts, classes, conferences and talks,” the website explains. The Saturday, February 18 concert will repeat last November’s successful program, consisting of Tchaikovsky’s Serenade for Strings in C Major, Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Elgar’s Serenade for String Orchestra, Op.20.

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