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I could not be any more excited to announce this project: The Symphony Orchestra of the Americas, an ensemble that promotes and celebrates music from the Americas, along with standard classical repertoire. 


Starting SO Americas! has long been a dream of mine, and I am thrilled to bring it to life thanks to the support of extraordinary musicians, artists, and cultural institutions.


For years, as a performing artist and audience member, I have been surprised by the shortage of concert programming of American and Latin American composers’ repertoire, within major orchestras, and medium - and smaller companies.


Now is the time to do it. Now is the time to change this and make music from the Americas as exciting and appreciated as Beethoven’s 5th, Brahms 1st, or Mozart's 41st. We need an orchestra like this; we need many orchestras like this, with the mission to promote and celebrate music because of its artistic value, regardless of its origin. Orchestras that eagerly look beyond the norm, experiment with cross-cultural collaborations and multimedia performances, that aim to keep the art form alive by adapting to our modern times while also honoring and celebrating the greatest works from the past. 


The times we live in should not be remembered by the current tensions around the globe, but by how we overcome them. It brings to mind a famous quote by the great Leonard Bernstein: "This will be our reply to violence: to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly than ever before."


New York City, irrefutable arts capital of the world, is the perfect multi-cultural scenario for this to happen; the ideal place to host the Symphony Orchestra of the Americas.

Join us - SO Americas!

Felipe Tristan, Music Director

Music Director
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