Music from the Americas will be featured in a series of free concerts across the Dallas-Fort Worth area during the 2013 Pan American Music Festival, Sept. 16-19. Eduardo Rojas, virtuoso pianist from Colombia and artistic director of the festival, will lead a line-up of soloists and ensembles, including Evolution Tango star dancers George and Jairelbhi Furlong, award winning violin protégée Eleanor Dunbar, soprano Sarah Davis, the PanAmerican Ensemble with faculty members of the B Sharp Youth Music Program, and three musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Special guests at each concert are Helena Barreto Reyes, executive director of Filarmónica Joven de Colombia, and Juan Antonio Cuéllar Saenz, executive chairman of the Colombian National Foundation for Youth and Children Symphony Orchestras-Batuta.
The concerts will be Sept. 16 at 3 p.m. at Texas Wesleyan University in Fort Worth; Sept. 17 at 8 p.m. in the Caruth Auditorium, Owen Arts Center, on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas; and Sept. 19 at 6:30 p.m. at Arlington Heights High School in Fort Worth. Educational outreach programs will be Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at McClung Middle School and Sept. 18 at 4 p.m. at Como Elementary School, both in Fort Worth.
For information about the Pan American Music Festival 2013, visit www.panamericanmusicfest.com
– Betty Dillard