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FIU Music Festival: FIU Symphony Orchestra Celebrates Hispanic Heritage

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The FIU Symphony Orchestra will jump start the 2017-18 Season with a salute to all those of Hispanic Heritage! Celebrate the richness and varied rhythms and melodies of Latin American music, conducted by FIU’s newly appointed Orchestral Director, Javier Jose Mendoza!  Afterwards, join us for some light refreshments and an opportunity to Meet Our Maestro in a social setting!




Huapango by Jose Palo Moncayo

Canyengue by Elbio Barilari

Andalucia Suite by Ernesto Lecuona, arr. by G. Jenkins

Carlota by Arturo Rodriguez

El Gustito by Jonathan Metzinger

Luna de Xelaju by Jonathan Metzinger

Alma Llanera by Jonathan Metzinger




Mendoza is also Artistic Director of the Chicago Arts Orchestra (CAO) and is active in a movement to unearth and re-debut forgotten works from viceregal Latin America. Mendoza is energetically re-premiering pieces from archives in Mexico, Guatemala, and Spain in an effort to bring this wonderful music back into public awareness. Mendoza has given modern day re-premieres in the United States of works by composers Ignacio Jerusalem and Santiago Billoni, both of whom worked in present day Mexico in the 18th century. He has presented papers/lectures on this subject at Loyola University-Chicago, the National Autonomous University of Mexico (Chicago Campus), Virginia Tech, Instituto Cervantes, and the International University of Andalucía. Mendoza’s work with the CAO can be heard on the album, Al combate, an imprint of Navona Records, and is available internationally through NAXOS. Mendoza has appeared as a conductor with the Chicago Latino Music Festival, the largest festival of its kind in the USA, over the last two seasons. Highlights for the 2017-18 season include, a return appearance on the Chicago Latino Music Festival, Guest Conductor in Guatemala City with the Montessori Canta Festival, and leading the CAO on tour of Mexico City with performances at the Catedral Metropolitana, Anfiteatro Simón Bolivar, and Sala Nezahualcóyotl at the invitation of the Universidad National Autónima de México.

Mendoza is one of a few American conductors actively working with an El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra program in Latin America. As guest conductor of El Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala and the Escuela Municipal de Musica he has led concerts at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), Sexta Avenida, and Casa Santa Domingo.



$15 General Admission;$10 FIU Faculty, Staff, Alumni & Seniors; $5 Students- BUY NOW!


**Please note: This concert was originally scheduled for October 6, but was moved due to Hurricane Irma.