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The Herbert and Nicole Wertheim School of Music & Performing Arts closes its festival with a salute to 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!

We welcome composers Elibio Barilari & Orlando Jacinto Garcia for a pre-concert talk in the Wertheim Recital Hall (WPAC 150) at 7:00pm. Wine & cheese reception to follow the performance!

A portion of the proceeds to benefit earthquake relief in Mexico. Donations will be taken at the door. Bring your friends and loved ones for this great cause! Patrons can also give a donation online while making a ticket purchase. 



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



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

Ascending into the Eternal Light by Orlando Jacinto Garcia

Canyengue by Elbio Barilari

España cañí by Pascual Marquina

Carlota by Arturo Rodriguez

Luna de Xelaju by Jonathan Metzinger

El Gustito by Jonathan Metzinger

Huapango by Jose Palo Moncayo



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.

Mendoza has been a conductor with Opera Maya in Quintana Roo, Mexico and presented the first orchestral concert performed at Tulum, one of the last cities built and inhabited by the Maya. Mendoza has performed with the CAO and Opera Maya across Mexico including performances in San Miguel de Allende, Campeche, Cancun, Playa del Carmen, and Chetumal. Other international performances have been with the State Philharmonic of Sibiu, Romania and the Camerata Antonio Soler in El Escorial, Spain.






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