Atlanta Symphony Orchestra To Perform 2 Week Run of ¡Música Ardiente? Festival

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra will embark on a two-week journey of South American music with conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya and the ¡Música Ardiente? Festival, May 27-June 6.The festival, presented by CNN en Español, will feature three programs. The first program, May 28 and 30, 2009, entitled Caminos del Inka, will share the rich musical traditions of the Inca Trail. The second program will feature a special presentation on May 29, 2009 of Osvaldo Golijov's cello concerto, Azul, performed by Yo-Yo Ma. The third program, June 4-6, 2009, will celebrate the modern evolution of Latin-American song and dance in a program entitled Tangos, Fados, and Dance, featuring vocalist Luciana Souza and the Rosa Collantes Dancers.

The ¡Música Ardiente? Festival was inspired by the concept and programs of conductor and curator Miguel-Harth- Bedoya's Caminos del Inka Project. The project was created to rediscover, preserve, and disseminate the musical legacy of South America. It is an effort to unearth the forgotten musical gems of the most advanced and complex native civilization in South America, the Inca Empire, and commission new music from these countries by bringing new repertoire and sounds to the concert hall.

The ¡Música Ardiente? Festival was inspired by the concept and programs of conductor and curator Miguel-Harth- Bedoya's Caminos del Inka Project. The project was created to rediscover, preserve, and disseminate the musical legacy of South America. It is an effort to unearth the forgotten musical gems of the most advanced and complex native civilization in South America, the Inca Empire, and commission new music from these countries by bringing new repertoire and sounds to the concert hall.

The creation of ¡Música Ardiente? comes with thanks to valuable partnerships with musicians, composers, organizations, and cultural institutions that the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has worked closely with to add shape, community relevance, and artistic excellence to the ¡Música Ardiente! Festival.

Currently in his eighth season as Music Director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, Miguel Harth-Bedoya is one of this country's most exciting and sought-after conductors. Recently released recordings of the Fort Worth Symphony include an all-Tchaikovsky CD and the first-ever bilingual recording of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf featuring narrations in Spanish and English with Michael York. Sentimiento Latin, with Peruvian tenor Juan Diego Flores (Decca) and Alma dell Perú, a recording of Peruvian traditional music with the Orquesta Filarmonica de Lima (Filarmonika) are also available.

An active guest conductor, Mr. Harth-Bedoya has appeared with the Atlanta Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Boston Symphony, Dallas Symphony, Detroit Symphony, Milwaukee Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, Montreal Symphony, New York Philharmonic, Philadelphia Orchestra, Saint Louis Symphony, Seattle Symphony, Toronto Symphony, Utah Symphony, and the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra. In Europe, hehas conducted the London BBC Symphony, Berlin Symphony, Birmingham Symphony, Helsinki Philharmonic, London Philharmonic, Madrid National Orchestra, Munich Philharmonic, NDR Orchestra/Hamburg, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, Orchestre de Paris, Royal Stockholm Philharmonic, WDR Orchestra/Cologne, and the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, among others. Festival appearances include Adelaide, Aspen, Avanti (Helsinki), BBC Proms, Blossom, Hollywood Bowl (for which he received an Emmy), Interlochen, Oregon Bach, Ravinia and Tanglewood.

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