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12 December 2016

Alondra de la Parra and the RSB at the Konzerthaus

  Setting a Fast Pace The Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester performed de Falla, Ravel and Stravinsky under the baton of the Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra at the Konzerthaus. By BENEDIKT VON BERNSTORFF   Adorno once wrote nastily of the “refractoriness” of orchestra musicians and the “delight they take in sabotage”. Both these may have contributed to the fact that female conductors have had such a hard time in the classical music world for so long: at any time, the orchestra collective can use its very own means to prove that things just don’t work out when certain people take to the podium. Fortunately, these times are now obviously past. At the...
29 October 2015

Alondra de la Parra: the New Music Director of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra

The Queensland Symphony Orchestra today announced the appointment of acclaimed director Alondra de la Parra as its Music Director after a two year global search. This is the first appointment of a Music Director by any Australian orchestra. “The appointment of Alondra de la Parra is a turning point for the Queensland Symphony. We have aligned ourselves with the great orchestras of the world, and with the appointment of our first Music Director we have secured a musical leader who could choose to work with any orchestra around the world,” commented Sophie Galaise, CEO of QSO. Just announced – QSO’s & Australia’s first Music Director, the acclaimed Conductor @alondradlp! Details...
13 February 2015

2nd edition of the Orchestral Conducting Course

2nd edition of the Orchestral Conducting Course taught by the teacher Kenneth Kiesler assisted by the teacher Alondra de la Parra at the National Conservatory of Music with the participation of the School Orchestra Carlos Chavez.
27 January 2015

Warp

Success has never been a factor in my vision, on the contrary, I’m always thinking continue to grow, be best yesterday, advancing this. I want to fight my own weaknesses and demons, face them. Read Article
28 August 2014

Vívelo Hoy

I’m very excited to return to Roosevelt University in Chicago to work with the school and students in this ambitious project. It is a monumental work in which each of its movements tells a mythological story. Read Article
01 September 2013

Spanish Vogue

When it comes to a symphonic musician is not exactly measure success… Read Article
12 July 2013

Diapason

Interprétation irrésistibles.. Amazone Mexicaine. Alondra de la Parra et l’Orchestre du Capitole de Toulouse. Halle aux grains, le 7 mai. Il faut rendre à César… C’est à l’Orchetre de paris qu’on doit les débuts français très remarqués, les 17 et 18 avril derniers, de la jeune chef mexicaine Alondra de la Parra, trente-deux ans, qui ont mis en émoi la presse de son pays… Read Review (French) Read Review
08 May 2013

La Dépêche

May 8th, 2013. Un Boléro Irresistible. Toulouse, France. by Anne – Marie Chouchan. À la tête de l’Orchestre du Capitole, la jeune chef d’orchestre Alondra de la Parra a enflammé hier soir le public de la Halle aux Grains. Le public de la Halle aux Grains se souviendra longtemps de ce «Boléro» de Ravel, porté par l’énergie d’une jeune femme à la fine silhouette élégante et au tempérament de feu. Read Review Read Review (French)
01 May 2013

Le Monde

Abril 21, 2013. Marie-Aude Roux. Une écuyère mexicaine met le feu à l’Orchestre de Paris Nul doute qu’avec Alondra de la Parra la musique classique est passée au XXI siècle Read Review (French)
29 January 2013

The Süddeutsche Zeitung

Weil Mozart mehr auf Effekt als auf Satzarbeit setzt, was sich etwa an den schlichten Durchführungen zeigt, meißelte die Dirigentin mit Feuer Klangskulpturen durch viel gestische Energie Read Review
06 November 2012

Straight.com Vancouver

Conductor Alondra de la Parra makes a strong local debut with Vancouver Symphony Orchestra By Alexander Varty Straight.com. November 5, 2012, Vancouver. A young conductor who can animate Mozart’s corpse, find fresh beauty in a late-Romantic classic, and navigate the complexities of postmodern composition? De la Parra won a roomful of fans with her Vancouver debut, and we’re all now anticipating her return. Read Review
11 September 2012

Music Review: Stowe Festival opens with exciting classics

By Jim Lowe Rutland Herald. Stowe, Vermont. August 25th, 2012 Thursday’s opening concert of the Music Festival of the Americas at Stowe featured a bravura performance of the Grieg Piano Concerto, but it was in Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony that Music Director Alondra de la Parra and the orchestra proved their mettle Read Review
18 February 2012

Quad City Times, February 2012

QCSO guest conductor called a ‘rockstar’ of the classical world De la Parra, who will be a guest conductor next weekend with the Quad-City Symphony Orchestra in its Valentine’s weekend concerts, was chosen one of “40 Under Forty – New York’s Rising Stars” by Crain’s New York Business; one of six Young Artists on the Rise by Symphony magazine and was called one of the Young Rockstars of the Conducting World by The Daily Beast website Read Review
18 February 2012

San Francisco Classical Voice

Music Review: Alondra de la Parra: A Swan for a Song By Steve Osborn, November 2011 Here de la Parra showed off her elegant, swanlike arm motions, and the orchestra responded in kind.. Read Review
18 February 2012

San Antonio News Express

Her electric, precise and energetic fluidity generated arches of breathtaking, glowing expression. The driving Beethoven rhythms pulled the audience to its feet at the end. If people still wore hats, they would have been tossed toward the theater’s night-sky ceiling.
05 July 2011

Glass ceiling not a barrier to rising young conductor Alondra de la Parra

With so many gifted women conductors of almost every nationality shattering the glass ceiling in recent decades, it’s no longer a novelty for female musicians to hold major leadership positions with symphony orchestras, opera companies and schools of music, here and around the world. Why, then, has it taken so long for Alondra de la Parra, an exceptionally talented female conductor who was raised in Mexico, to rise to international prominence? “It’s very difficult to study music, especially conducting, in Mexico,” said de la Parra, 30, who will make her Grant Park Music Festival debut this weekend, leading the Grant Park Orchestra at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. “Unfortunately the music...
23 November 2010

Front Row – A Daily Review of the Dallas Arts

How An Evening of Latin Music Revealed Two Cultures Uncomfortable Intertwined By Wayne Lee Gay, November 2010 In this beautifully commanding performance by Parra and the orchestra, this became music that belongs to and reaches all of us. Read Review
23 November 2010

The North American

The Mexican-born New York maestrea Alondra de la Parra shares her big ideas. Now twenty-nine years of age, New York City-based Mexican maestro Alondra de la Parra founded the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas in 2004 while a student at the Manhattan School of Music. Three years later, the orchestra inaugurated Ninõs, its New york City public-school arts-in-education pilot program that teaches eight- and nine-year-olds the basics of music composition. In September the orchestra’s Mexican tour culminated in a bicentennial celebration in Mexico City, where the musicians performed popular works as well as selections from its double CD, Mi Alma Mexicana (Sony), a collection of orchestral works by Mexican composers...
05 November 2010

Dallas Morning News

Classical music review: Dallas Symphony Orchestra’s Mostly Mexican program thrives on rhythm, complexity By Scott Cantrell, November 2010 The guest conductor is the 30-year-old Mexican Alondra de la Parra, one of the brightest young conducting talents to show up in recent years. Read Review
28 July 2010

Alma Matters

by Mia Clarke, May 2010 She did a stunning job. From upbeat works such as Carlos Chavez´s El Tropico to more introspective works by Ricardo Castro and the flat-out drama of Federico Ibarra´s Sinfonia No. 2, no two pieces are alike. While the range of works is extraordinarily diverse, de la Parra´s strong, passionate direction imbues each with characteristic soulfulness. She coaxes bright, nuanced tones out of her orchestra with compelling expressiveness. Read Review
23 July 2010

SF Weekly

San Francisco Symphony Celebrates Mexico’s Bicentennial What to Want to Be When You Grow Up by Emily Hilligoss, July 2010 On the list of occupations to which little girls aspire, it´s safe to guess that “orchestra conductor” doesn´t rate nearly as highly as “fairy princess” . . . but nonconformity never inhibited the career of Alondra de la Parra. This 29-year-old dynamo already holds the distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City, which must have been very exciting for Gothamites. . . . Take note, fairy princesses in training: When de la Parra waves her wand, real magic happens. Read Review
23 July 2010

San Francisco Classical Voice

Mexico´s Sizzling, Sensual Soul by Jason Victor Serinus, July 2010 Mi Alma Mexicana abounds in revelations. That its all-Mexican classic repertoire, which ranges from sedate, 120-year-old, European-influenced salon music to uncommonly savage modern fare, arrives with such wide-eyed freshness and power owes as much to the abundant gifts of 29-year-old conductor Alondra de la Parra Read Review
25 May 2010

Mexico at 200: The Birth of Nationalism

WQXR Mexico at 200: The Birth of Nationalism May 2010 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. Hear Mexico at...
23 May 2010

WNYC Soundcheck

New York Public Radio May 2010 Raised in Mexico City, Alondra de la Parra came to New York in her early 20s to study piano at the Manhattan School of Music, but she caught the conducting bug. Today, she runs her own orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, and leads a busy guest conducting career. The 29-year-old maestra joins us to discuss her latest project involving neglected Mexican composers from the past 200 years – and about making her way in a famously male-dominated profession. Read Article
23 May 2010

Time Out NY

Q&A with Alondra de la Parra: Do drink the water The Volume by Olivia Giovetti, May 2010 …the fire in her eyes flows through her hands and into the music.
12 May 2010

New York Times

Celebrating Mexico with works of its own by Vivien Schweitzer, May 2010 Gustavo Campa´s Melodia, which Ms. de la Parra conducted in what she said was the first performance outside Mexico, sounded Schubertian. A lyrical dialogue unfolded between orchestra and solo violin, whose melodic lines were expressively performed here by Daniel Andai. Read Review
31 March 2010

Chicago Classical Review

Young Mexican conductor makes terrific Chicago debut with Sinfonietta by Lawrence A. Johnson, March 2010 The 29-year-old Mexican conductor has had ample—at times, over the top—advance publicity wherever she has appeared, but, as she showed Monday night at Symphony Center, de la Parra is the real thing. Read Review
31 March 2010

Chicago Sun Times

De la Parra ignites fervor Young conductor leads Chicago Sinfonietta on wild ride by Briant Manning, March 2010 On Monday night at Orchestra Hall, she made an impressive area debut with the Chicago Sinfonietta, an organization that appreciates social action behind the music. Read Review
01 December 2009

Musical Multitasker

When Mexican conductor Alondra de la Parra needed an orchestra, she founded one – and did the administrative and artistic legwork. She was 23. Six years later, she has lifted her baton for more than 20 world premieres and has become an industry darling with her skills and sky’s-the-limit attitude. Alondra de la Parra, founder and conductor of the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, just turned 29, and she has been one of the hottest conductors on the classical music circuit for a couple of years. When the Mexican government asked her to put on a concert several years ago, de la Parra not only put on a concert, she...
15 September 2009

Young Rockstars of the Conducting World

One of the only young females to make waves in the conducting world, de la Parra – born in Mexico (and now the Cultural Ambassador for Mexican Tourism) – is only 28 and already a major name. She is the artistic director of the New York Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (which she helped found), and has conducted the New World Symphony, Houston, and San Antonio Orchestras, and has worked with Geoffrey Rush, Joshua Bell, and the same Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela that bred Dudamel’s talent. De la Parra also has the awesome distinction of being the first Mexican woman to conduct a concert in New York City....
23 July 2009

San Francisco Classical Voice

Sunstruck at Festival del Sole by Georgia Rowe, July 2009 …Sunday in Yountville, de la Parra bowed with traditional festival fare and made a strong first impression. Petite and graceful, the conductor is an energetic podium presence, and she elicited performances of assurance from her young musicians. Read Review
06 July 2009

The Remarkable Accomplishments of Alondra de la Parra

Not yet 29, conductor Alondra de la Parra made history as the first woman from Mexico to conduct in New York City. In her short career, she has presented more than 20 world premieres by such composers as Clarice Assad, Enrico Chapela, Paul Brantley, Paul Desenne, and Eugenio Toussaint. In 2000, de la Parra moved to New York City where she received her B.A. in piano performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and her master’s in conducting. She has since made the city her home, where she resides with her husband. De la Parra founded the New York-based Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA), composed of young professional musicians....
20 January 2009

El Nuevo Herald

Alondra de la Parra, A star of the podium by Daniel Fernandez, January 2009 De la Parra gave a smooth, effective and impeccable performance. Read Review
25 October 2008

Incident Light

San Antonio Symphony with de la Parra, Gorra: A conductor of rare insight, musicality by Mike Greenberg, Oct 25 2008 Her blood and bone and breath are music. She is all music, from top to bottom and from inside out.
23 September 2008

Arts Journal, On the Record

Joyful Community Engagement at the Houston Symphony by Henry Fogel, Sep 2008 It’s hard to describe in words the electricity, the energy, that was in the hall throughout this concert.
23 July 2008

The Journal News

Philharmonic guided by new Latina talent By Tim McNulty, Jul 2008 Tonight in Valhalla, the Westchester Philharmonic celebrates the nation’s heritage, while making a little history of its own. Guest conductor Alondra de la Parra will be the first Latina to lead the orchestra.
01 June 2008

A Baton for the Youth of the Americas

As a child in Mexico City, Alondra de la Parra felt mixed emotions when she attended symphonic concerts with her parents, both ardent music lovers. “It was frustrating to be sitting in the audience,” she said recently in New York, where she lives now. “I wanted to be onstage, with the sound.” One day her father, Manelick de la Parra, a writer and editor, asked whether she knew what the conductor did. “My answer was ‘Basically nothing,’ ” Ms. de la Parra said. “ ‘No,’ my father explained, ‘the conductor is the one who has to know everything about the score, who brings everyone together and guides them through the...
23 April 2008

The New York Times

Latin American Pomp and Syncopation by Vivien Schweitzer, Apr 2008 With incisive gestures, Ms. de la Parra elicited a vibrantly nuanced performance whose bristling conclusion had the audience, which included many Spanish speakers and children, on their feet. Read Review
23 March 2008

Boca Raton News

Acclaimed Conductors Replace Ailing Teodor Currentzis March 2008 At only 27 years of age, de la Parra is considered one of today’s most exciting conducting talents and one of a handful of women appearing in front of the world’s major orchestras.
01 February 2008

On the Rise – Six Young Artists to Watch

Symphony Magazine by Jayson Greene, Jan-Feb 2008 Conductor Alondra del la Parra doesn’t appear to put much stock in the concept of the “glass ceiling.” She steadfastly refutes the suggestion that she faced unfair odds in the classical music world as a Mexican woman, and indeed, de la Parra is hardly struggling. Her three-year-old orchestra, the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas, embarks on an international tour this year that will take it to, among other places, the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., and to Mexico, where it will play for President Felipe Calderón. Based in New York City, the group has rapidly generated a lot of buzz with its roster...
23 November 2007

Dallas Morning News

Youthful Philharmonic Orchestra easily impresses by Scott Cantrell, Nov 2007 Ms. de la Parra is something else again, a truly musical musician.
23 November 2007

Men’s Vogue

Sonic Youth – Alondra de la Parra, a 27-year old Latina maestra, gives classical music a new groove by Damian Fowler, Nov 2007 Watching Alondra de la Parra’s face when she’s conducting is to see music transfigured into a myriad of expressions.
23 September 2007

Arts Journal, On the Record

Connecting to the Community: Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas by Henry Fogel, Sep 2007 For me, all I can say is that it was positively thrilling to sit in that audience, see the connection that existed between stage and audience, and once again have my belief that the symphonic music we love has a much broader appeal than some of the American press might have us believe.
Moncayo: Huapango // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
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  1. Moncayo: Huapango // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  2. Campa: Melodía For Violin And Orchestra, Op. 1 // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  3. Castro: Intermezzo De Atzimba // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  4. Huizar: Imágenes // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  5. Ponce: Concierto Del Sur For Guitar And Orchestra – I. Allegretto // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  6. Ponce: Concierto Del Sur For Guitar And Orchestra – II. Andante // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  7. Ponce: Concierto Del Sur For Guitar And Orchestra – III. Allegro Moderato E Festivo // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  8. Rosas: Sobre Las Olas // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  9. Márquez: Danzón No. 2 // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana
  10. Revueltas: Sensemayá // Alondra de la Parra - Mi alma Mexicana