The DC Youth Orchestra Plays Argentinian Tango PiecesJune 23rd, 2017
Last Wednesday, June 14th, the Argentinian Embassy in the United States organized an event featuring the acclaimed DC Youth Orchestra (DCYO).
As stated by Mayor Walter E. Washington: “The District of Columbia Youth Orchestra personifies what this country is all about: it aspires to perfection, knows no race, and creates beauty for an audience of families”.
The event, which was held at the Argentinian Embassy in DC, presented the DC Youth Orchestra, which is part of the DC Public School’s program, and which has become widely known around the globe for the high caliber of young musicians that comprise it.
On top of being the first ever orchestra to be honored to play at the Kennedy Center, the DC Youth Orchestra has had the opportunity to travel to and perform in over 20 countries. Moreover, it has also played for multiple US Presidents, a feat that many musicians aspire to but not many accomplish. The orchestra has also collaborated with many world-renowned musicians such as Aaron Coplan, Lorin Maazel, Mstislav Rostropovich and Gustavo Dudamel.
The DCOY played a wide assortment of various traditional tango pieces by Argentinian musician and composer Astor Piazolla, together with a number of chamber music pieces by Grazyna Bacewicz and Alexandre Borodin.
The concert, which aimed at strengthening attendees’ knowledge of traditional Argentinian music, embodied the DCYO program’s motto: “Music for young people; achievement for life”. Through the performance of tango music by these young musicians, the orchestra has accomplished the feat of bringing two cultures closer together, an achievement that will hopefully prevail through generations.