The Youth Orchestra of the Americas has announced the addition of a third “Musical Fiesta” concert at Boston’s Jordan Hall in July, while it is in residence at New England Conservatory from July 13 to 30. The July 27 free family concert will feature music from the home countries of YOA’s musicians, including Venezuela, Colombia, Ecuador, and Argentina. The orchestra also will offer free concerts on July 22 at Jordan Hall and July 29 at the Hatch Shell on the Charles River Esplanade, as well as in numerous community-engagement projects, all previously announced. The YOA embarks on a U.S. and Canadian tour following its Boston stay, including stops in Charlevoix, Knowlton, and Quebec City, all in Quebec; THEArc in Washington, D.C.; the Music Center at Strathmore in Bethesda, Maryland; and the Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival in Easton, Maryland. The Youth Orchestra of the Americas, comprising musicians aged 18 to 28 from North and South America, was founded in 2002 by New England Conservatory, the nonprofit institution Vision, Inc., and Venezuela’s El Sistema music education program.

Posted July 2, 2009