Our second annual PanAmerican Music Festival — September 16-19, 2013 — will delight audiences in Fort Worth and Dallas with music and dance performances of South and North American composers. Virtuoso pianist Eduardo Rojas will lead an exciting line-up of soloists and ensembles on a musical round-trip through the Americas.

Free Concerts - Open to Public

Educational Outreach Programs

Concert Performers

Artistic Director and internationally acclaimed piano virtuoso Eduardo Rojas has created an exciting orchestra program with outstanding young musicians and Tango dancers. Our featured guests include Evolution Tango star dancers George and Jairelbhi Furlong, award winning violin protégée Eleanor Dunbar, the magical lyrical soprano Sarah Davis, the PanAmerican Ensemble lead by Maestro Esteban Rojas with faculty members of the B Sharp Youth Music Program and three of the finest musicians of the Colombian Youth Philharmonic Orchestra – the highlight of the Festival.

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Concert Program

  • Art Song, "Cancion de cuna Vallecaucana" - Antonio Maria Valencia (Colombia) Composer and pianist, one of his country’s most important classical musicians in the first half of the twentieth century
  • "Summertime" - George Gershwin
  • "Emociones Caucanas" (Trio) Antonio Maria Valencia (Colombia)
  • "Hoe Down" - Aaron Copland (USA) - American legendary composer
  • "Oblivion" - Astor Piazzolla (Argentina) Tango composer and bandoneón player. His oeuvre revolutionized the traditional tango into a new style termed nuevo tango, incorporating elements from jazz and classical music
  • "Appalachian Spring" - Aaron Copland (USA), was awarded the 1945 Pulitzer Prize for Music for this composition
  • "Joropo" - arrangement by Juan Ospina

Institutional Support

We are honored and proud to report, that this year's PanAmerican Music Festival enjoys the generous support of three prestigious organizations which consider themselves part of the global "El Sistema" movement.

Filarmónica Joven de Colombia

Colombia Youth Philharmonic logoThe Fundación Bolívar Davivienda, in its interest to promote culture and support the construction of artistic life projects and the social fabric of the country, created the Filarmónica Joven de Colombia (Colombia Youth Philharmonic) in 2010.

This project involves also the Fundación Nacional Batuta and the Youth Orchestra of the Americas (YOA). This alliance, promoted by the Fundación Bolívar Davivienda, is an innovative partnership that brings together business support, knowledge and international image, aimed towards the common goal of building a better country.

The Filarmónica Joven de Colombia presents a unique social initiative in the country and strives to be a prominent symbol of national musical culture abroad. This project represents an opportunity for young people who wish to create a life plan originating in symphonic music, becoming a partner of the youth, working hand in hand to achieve international projection.

B Sharp logoB Sharp Youth Music Program of Fort Worth

The B Sharp Youth Music Program is an El Sistema based, non-traditional music education program developing young musicians who appreciate their own worth, are accountable for themselves and act responsibly toward others. The initiative is made possible by the generosity of The Goff Family Foundation and is lead by director/conductor Esteban Rojas and artistic director Eduardo Rojas.

Batuta National Foundation of Colombia

Batuta National Foundation logoThe Batuta National Foundation for Youth and Children Symphonic Orchestras, created in 1991, is a public/private foundation, maintains its own assets, and has complete autonomy in its administrative and organizational activities, as established by the provisions stipulated by Clause 6 of Extraordinary Decree 130 of 1976, directed to achieve goals and respond to needs having Public or social Interest. The Foundation is a nonprofit organization, governed by the norms stated in the Civil Code and article 96 of Law 489 of 1998, and all other norms pertaining to such entities as stated in the Colombian legislative system. Today 44.000 children around the country live the transforming power of music. Batuta gives a service for kids around the country, with about 284 orchestral centers in 106 cities and capital cities.

Additional Sponsors

Fort Worth Independent School District The Ashton HotelEl8ed Artists