World Renowned Mexican Conductor Pays Homage to Mexican Composers
This past weekend world-renowned conductor, Enrique Barrios visited Chicago. Mr. Barrios lead the Grant Park Orchestra in the special presentation of classical music in honor of Mexican composers. The event commemorates Mexico’s upcoming bicentennial of its Independence and the centennial of its Revolution.
Enrique Barrios has conducted major orchestras in Europe, the United States, South America, and of course Mexico. He has held prestigious posts within the Mexican World of Music. He was the Music Director of the Bellas Artes Opera in Mexico. Most recently, in July of 2009, the Mexican government appointed Mr. Barrios to the position of General Director of the Mexican National System of Music, the highest responsibility in Mexican music.
During the two-hour concert titled “From Huapango to Dánzon” Mr. Barrios paid homage to some of Mexico’s most notable composers. Some of the highlights included Sones De Mariachi by Blas Galindo, one of Mexico’s leading musicians during the mid 20th century. The line-up included pieces from José Pablo Moncayo, Carlos Chávez, Humberto Hernández-Medrano, Silvestre Revueltas, and more contemporary composers Samuel Zyman, and Arturo Márquez.
This concert will be yet another added to the vast repertoire of Mexican conductor Enrique Barrios. Some of the pieces played debuted in the U.S. for the first time, making this concert a special occasion for the Mexican community.