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 of mainly Latin-American musicians; young, up-and-coming soloists; and a wide range of repertoire. Not bad for a student group formed by a sophomore at the Manhattan School of Music for a one-off concert.