Juan Pablo Contreras is a composer who unapologetically celebrates the sounds of Mexico in his music, and with the help of New Music USA, he'll be doing even more of it, with a commission from the Las Vegas Philharmonic. He talks with Garrett about writing with a Mexican sound, and how orchestras can do more to engage America's Spanish-speaking communities. Scott unpacks some of his latest feelings about growing older, and Garrett draws on a quote by Nicki Minaj to remind people to respect the work (and time) of Black creators.
It It - "Jath"
John Williams - The Imperial March
DaBaby - "Rock Star" (arr. Ezinma)
Valerie Coleman - 7 O'clock Shout
Florence Price - Child Asleep, Down a Southern Lane
Kyle Gann - Going to Bed (Homage to Philip Glass)
William Grant Still - Summerland
Jose Pablo Moncayo - Huapango
Arturo Marquez - Danzon No. 2
Juan Pablo Contreras - Mariachitlan, Silencio en Juarez
Jeri Lynn Johnson/Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra
Youth Orchestra Los Angeles
New Music USA
Juan Pablo Contreras
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