Alondra de la Parra is the next conductor + music director of Australia’s Queensland Symphony Orchestra. This isn’t just a routine hire, although in the classical world any leadership change is noteworthy. Ms. de la Parra is one of only a dozen or so (!!) leaders of major orchestras (however you define them) who happens to be female. Since orchestral leadership tends to be a club of good ole boys it’s our duty to highlight success to the contrary.
Ms. de la Parra picked Mahler’s 2nd Symphony, Resurrection, for her debut with the QSO. I couldn’t find video of her conducting Mahler, but I think you’ll like this just as well. It’s a performance of “Leyenda de Miliano” by Arturo Márquez, with Alondra de la Parra conducting the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas. 10/10 dopeness.
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