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Alondra de la Parra

Conductor Alondra de la Parra Photo: Felix Broede

January 06, 2022

When Alondra de la Parra was growing up in Mexico, she played piano, but she had terrible stage fright. As a conductor, she draws on the seemingly simple advice of a respected mentor: “Be strong.” On today's show, Alondra de la Parra leads the WDR Radio Orchestra in a live concert performance of "Variaciones concertantes" by Alberto Ginastera.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Astor Piazzolla: Fuga e Misterio
Imani Winds
Album: Imani Winds
eOne Music International Classics

Marc-Andre Hamelin: Toccata on "L'homme arme"
Yekwon Sunwoo, piano
Van Cliburn International Piano Competition, Bass Hall, Fort Worth, TX

Valerie Coleman: A Right to Be
Julietta Curenton, flute | Mark Dover, clarinet | Monica Ellis, bassoon | J.P. Redmond, piano
Chamber Music Northwest, Lincoln Recital Hall, Portland, OR

Igor Stravinsky: Orpheus, ballet music
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra | Vladimir Jurowski, conductor
RBB Broadcasting House, Berlin, Germany

Hour 2

Juventino Rosas: Sobre las Olas (1884)
Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas | Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Album: Mi Alma Mexicana (My Mexican Soul)
Sony Music Entertainment

Alberto Ginastera: Variaciones concertantes, Op. 23
WDR Radio Orchestra | Alondra de la Parra, conductor
Klaus von Bismarck Hall, WDR Recording Hause, Cologne, Germany

Ahmed Alabaca: Ascension
Karel Dohnal, clarinet | Janáček Philharmonic Orchestra
Album: Prisma, Vol. 3
Navona Records NV6271

Chris Brubeck: The Time Out Suite
Stockton Symphony | Peter Jaffe, conductor
Stockton Symphony Association, Atherton Auditorium, San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton, CA