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Experiential Orchestra: Three Centuries of Latin American Music

Americas Society

April 7, 2017
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Experiential Orchestra (Image: Allison Stock).

Admission: FREE for AS and YPA members, and Hunter College students; $20 for non-members. (No additional fees will be charged when purchasing online.) $10 tickets will be available for purchase at the door for students and seniors with ID.

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In its Americas Society debut, Experiential Orchestra—led by James Blachly—presents a Latin American program from the last three centuries, including works by Chevalier St. Georges, Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Alberto Ginastera, among others.

Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Bachianas Brasileiras no. 9.

About the artists

The Experiential Orchestra (EXO) was founded by conductor James Blachly as a way to invite audiences to delve into the sound and experience of the symphony orchestra. Already gathering a national and international reputation for innovative programming with the Rite of Spring Dance Party, which invites the audience to dance to Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, the New York-based ensemble is in residence at the Muse Circus in Bushwick, Brooklyn, this season, where it will present the complete Firebird in Spring 2017 to complete the cycle of early Stravinsky ballets. Patrick Castillo and the brothers Doug and Brad Balliett serve as co-artistic advisors. The New York Times praised James Blachly, the orchestra's music director, for the “subtle elasticity” and “thoughtful conception” of his interpretation of Mahler’s 4th Symphony. 

James Blachly is a conductor rapidly gaining a reputation for insightful and interactive programming. Last season saw his debut performances with the Spokane Symphony Orchestra, Boston Philharmonic New Directions, the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra, Odyssey Opera, and concerts with El Sistema in Venezuela, where he was invited as the only American on the 1st Annual International Young Conductors Festival. Last summer he made his debut with Geneva Light Opera, music directing Cosí fan tutte at the Smith Opera House; this season he has been reengaged to conduct Die Fledermaus. Mr. Blachly is a passionate advocate for music education and youth orchestras. He is the co-founder of Make Music NOLA, an El Sistema-inspired program in New Orleans, and has dedicated a portion of his endeavors to lecturing at corporations, institutes, and schools, helping to further his dedication to “help people listen.”