Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall. Photo courtesy of Carnegie Hall.

In Wednesday’s (2/7) New York Times, an unsigned article states, “The Latino experience will be a focus of Carnegie Hall’s coming season, the presenter’s leadership announced on Wednesday, with a festival inside and beyond the hall’s walls called ‘Nuestros Sonidos’ (‘Our Sounds’) and a slate of concerts featuring artists with ties to Latin America. Clive Gillinson, Carnegie’s executive and artistic director, said in an interview that the festival was meant to respond to the underrepresentation of Latino people and Hispanic culture in American classical music…. Gustavo Dudamel, the superstar conductor who was born in Venezuela, will open both the 2024-25 season and the festival in October, by leading his Los Angeles Philharmonic in three concerts…. The Mexican-born composer Gabriela Ortiz will be in residence at Carnegie all season. Five of her works, including a concerto she wrote for the cellist Alisa Weilerstein, will have their New York premieres. Carnegie’s season lineup—about 170 performances—will also feature the pianists Lang Lang and Mitsuko Uchida, the violinist Maxim Vengerov, and the vocalist Cécile McLorin Salvant, who will each organize a series of Perspectives concerts.” In the article, Times classical music writers list their own highlights of Carnegie Hall’s coming season.