Felipe Tristán will lead the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas’ June 30 concert featuring works by Latinx composers.

In Sunday’s (6/25) Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Becca Martin-Brown writes, “In a performance June 30 designed to sonically bring the artwork [at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art] to life, the Symphony of Northwest Arkansas will present the creations of six Latinx composers, Javier Álvarez, Alejandro Basulto, José Pablo Moncayo, Gabriela Ortiz, Silvestre Revueltas, and Carlos Chávez, … ‘using the arts to highlight the profound beauty of the working class and everyday life, especially as it relates to Mexico’s mestizo and Indigenous roots.’ Conducting the ‘SoNA Beyond’ concert will be Felipe Tristán, who conducts the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra, Teatro Grattacielo, and serves as a creative partnerships manager with the … Afro Latin Jazz Alliance. Tristán: Working in other genres outside of the classical music ‘bubble’ … has allowed me to enrich my perspective and, most importantly, to become a better artist. I believe the musicians of this century should blur music genres and be comfortable moving between various genres…. This project is a testament that SoNA and its leadership team are doing things right. Organizations across various industries are saying a lot about promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, but concrete actions like building this partnership, to introduce music from underrepresented composers to new audiences, are exemplary.”