New Boston ensemble, championing Latin American composers

Posted on: May 29, 2018

“Conductor Lina Gonzalez-Granados, who grew up in Colombia, was drawn to the United States for its cultural diversity,” writes Zoë Madonna in Saturday’s (5/26) Boston Globe. “But while studying at New England Conservatory, the conductor noticed that Boston, which has a swiftly growing Latino population, did not have an ensemble dedicated to music of Latin American composers. She founded Unitas Ensemble in 2014 with the goal of bringing that music to a wider audience. This Saturday, a quartet of Unitas string players will present a free concert at the Egleston Square branch of the Boston Public Library … as part of the Boston Philharmonic’s MOSAIC outreach initiative, which began hosting concerts in BPL branches last fall.… This Saturday will mark Unitas’s seventh MOSAIC appearance. The ensemble’s mission fit well with that of MOSAIC … ‘to play music that was tailored and fit to the needs of the community,’ said Derek Beckvold, the Boston Philharmonic’s education and community engagement manager…. On Saturday, the quartet will perform music by Colombian composer Paola Marquez … Gabriela Lena Frank, an American of Chinese and Peruvian descent … and Teresa Carreño, a 19th-century Venezuelan virtuoso pianist and composer who performed for Abraham Lincoln at the White House.”

Posted May 29, 2018