In Thursday’s (1/13) Philadelphia Inquirer, David Patrick Stearns writes, “Part travelogue, part contemporary music concert, the Philadelphia Orchestra’s latest program in its Sound Waves series goes to places more heard about than heard in classical music circles—Latin American territories once dominated by the Incas. Titled ‘The Inca Trail,’ the concert at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kimmel Center explores old and new music from Latin America, though for all the video components promised by the program, guest conductor Miguel Harth-Bedoya, a native of Peru and a graduate of the Curtis Institute of Music, isn’t out to create musical time-travel to the Andes Mountains before the Spanish conquerors arrived. The conductor calls the concert ‘a modern-day laboratory where forgotten artistic treasures are unearthed and new music from the region is commissioned. Our ambition is that, as a result of this work, musicians and audiences throughout the world will be able to access the depth of this legacy.’ ” Harth-Bedoya is also music director of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra.
Posted January 14, 2011