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PASO announces the 1st Composition Competition for Chamber Orchestra for Salvadoran citizens and foreign legal residents in the country of El Salvador as well as those of Salvadoran descent living anywhere in the world.

PASO announces the 1st Composition Competition for Chamber Orchestra for Salvadoran citizens and foreign legal residents in the country of El Salvador as well as those of Salvadoran descent living anywhere in the world.

$1000 prize to the winner!
PASO will premier the winning score in 2021. Deadline to submit a work is December 15, 2020. For more info, email concursodecompositores@gmail.com

$1000 prize to the winner!
PASO will premier the winning score in 2021.
Deadline to submit a work is December 15, 2020

Salvadoran Composers Competition

SALVADORAN COMPOSERS COMPETITION

PASO announces the 1st Composition Competition for Chamber Orchestra for Salvadoran citizens and foreign legal residents in the country of El Salvador as well as those of Salvadoran descent living anywhere in the world.
Winner receives a monetary prize of $1,000. The winning score will be premiered by PASO in 2021. Submission deadline- December 15, 2020 For more information, email concursodecompositores@gmail.com

This recording brings you the best of new tango talent from Colombia, Argentina, and the United States!

Available now!

Only $15, includes shipping and handling.

Only $15, includes shipping and handling.

Jazzy, complex, melodic, nostalgic, modern, and unmistakably tango!

Jazzy, complex, melodic, nostalgic, modern, and unmistakably tango!









Tango of the Americas
May 21 & May 22, 2021

PASO's signature tango show returns to the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for two shows!

New tango compositions from Argentina, Colombia, and the United States. With Rodolfo Zanetti on bandoneon, Pablo Estigarribia on piano, and international tango dancers.

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Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

I have experienced PASO both from the stage and from the audience and have never been disappointed; in fact I have on every occasion been both impressed and inspired.

Scott Tucker
Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

[PASO] is truly a gem and I commend you for your commitment and dedication to the art form.

Robert Pullen
Director of Special Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Rita Moreno

The Orchestra accompanied Chita Rivera and me at the Latino Inaugural Celebration on January 20, 2013. In spite of such short notice, the Orchestra and its leadership rose to the occasion and because of its level of professionalism and musicality, the performance was quite a success.

Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

PASO has demonstrated quality musicianship and brings a fresh appreciation and awareness to Latin American and Spanish contributions to the classical repertoire. PASO is an important cultural institution, successfully creating a public interest in the wealth of Latin American talent.

Rosanna Ruscetti
General Manager, The Lincoln Theater

Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Patricia A. McGuire
President, Trinity Washington University.

PASO is truly one of the great bright lights in our city. I can think of few other organizations that operate so consistently on the strength of volunteerism, a passion for beauty and culture, and a high degree of commitment to the idea that cultivation of the aesthetic senses can contribute to marked improvement in the community.

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Scott Tucker
Artistic Director,
The Choral Arts Society of Washington

I have experienced PASO both from the stage and from the audience and have never been disappointed; in fact I have on every occasion been both impressed and inspired.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Arthur Espinoza, Jr.
Former Executive Director
of the DC Commission on the
Arts and Humanities

Thank you for an incredible performance at our Labor Day Weekend Music Festival at the Historic Lincoln Theater on September 2, 2016. PASO's artistry and professionalism showed in the quality of the performance and it enriched the evening's experience for our guests.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Placido Domingo
Spanish opera singer, conductor
and arts administrator

. . . Sergio Buslje, with whom I sang at a benefit concert at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Given the daunting task of preparing a highly gifted but nevertheless youth orchestra with minimal rehearsals, Mr. Buslje gave a dynamic reading of zarzuelas and popular Spanish music. It was a pleasure working with him.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Robert Pullen
Director of Special Programming,
The John F. Kennedy Center for
the Performing Arts.

[PASO] is truly a gem and I commend you for your commitment and dedication to the art form.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Rita Moreno
actress, dancer and singer

The Orchestra accompanied Chita Rivera and me at the Latino Inaugural Celebration on January 20, 2013. In spite of such short notice, the Orchestra and its leadership rose to the occasion and because of its level of professionalism and musicality, the performance was quite a success.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Rosanna Ruscetti
General Manager, The Lincoln Theater

PASO has demonstrated quality musicianship and brings a fresh appreciation and awareness to Latin American and Spanish contributions to the classical repertoire. PASO is an important cultural institution, successfully creating a public interest in the wealth of Latin American talent.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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Patricia A. McGuire
President, Trinity Washington University.

PASO is truly one of the great bright lights in our city. I can think of few other organizations that operate so consistently on the strength of volunteerism, a passion for beauty and culture, and a high degree of commitment to the idea that cultivation of the aesthetic senses can contribute to marked improvement in the community.

“I get to work with an extremely accomplished designers all with a unique mix of talent and we get to tackle some fantastic projects together.”

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History

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

(PASO) was founded over 25 years ago by dynamic Argentine conductor and musician, Sergio Alessandro Bušlje, with the objective of bringing Latin American symphonic music to Washington, DC concert halls. Maestro Bušlje had studied and performed standard classical repertoire for many years but noticed a gap in the area’s cultural offerings—Latin American music was not fully represented in area performances, even though our Latin American neighbors possess a treasure trove of symphonic works that beg to be played.

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Over the years

Over the years

Paso has featured

rarely performed works by composers from Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. PASO has performed zarzuelas (Spanish opera) from Spain and Cuba and Spanish operas, such as La Vida Breve and Goyescas. The orchestra has dedicated a concert series to Latin American women composers and was the first orchestra in the Washington, DC area to perform the unusual, but beautifully melodic, tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla.

rarely performed works by composers from Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. PASO has performed zarzuelas (Spanish opera) from Spain and Cuba and Spanish operas, such as La Vida Breve and Goyescas. The orchestra has dedicated a concert series to Latin American women composers and was the first orchestra in the Washington, DC area to perform the unusual, but beautifully melodic, tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla.

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More Than Two Decades Later

More Than Two Decades Later

PASO continues to thrill

PASO continues to thrill

audiences with high quality shows of music originating from Latin America. With an on-going concert series that showcases gifted Latin American musicians and soloists, critical acclaim from the media, and a loyal following from the public, PASO remains on the cutting edge of symphonic performances with newly commissioned works, such as Danzon no. 7, by eminent contemporary Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez, who dedicated this beautiful piece to Maestro Bušlje.

audiences with high quality shows of music originating from Latin America. With an on-going concert series that showcases gifted Latin American musicians and soloists, critical acclaim from the media, and a loyal following from the public, PASO remains on the cutting edge of symphonic performances with newly commissioned works, such as Danzon no. 7, by eminent contemporary Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez, who dedicated this beautiful piece to Maestro Bušlje.

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Pan American Symphony Orchestra

(PASO) was founded over 25 years ago by dynamic Argentine conductor and musician, Sergio Alessandro Bušlje, with the objective of bringing Latin American symphonic music to Washington, DC concert halls. Maestro Bušlje had studied and performed standard classical repertoire for many years but noticed a gap in the area’s cultural offerings—Latin American music was not fully represented in area performances, even though our Latin American neighbors possess a treasure trove of symphonic works that beg to be played.

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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Paso has featured

rarely performed works by composers from Argentina, Mexico, Ecuador, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Uruguay, Venezuela, Cuba, and Brazil. PASO has performed zarzuelas (Spanish opera) from Spain and Cuba and Spanish operas, such as La Vida Breve and Goyescas. The orchestra has dedicated a concert series to Latin American women composers and was the first orchestra in the Washington, DC area to perform the unusual, but beautifully melodic, tango-opera Maria de Buenos Aires, by Astor Piazzolla.

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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

PASO continues to thrill

audiences with high quality shows of music originating from Latin America. With an on-going concert series that showcases gifted Latin American musicians and soloists, critical acclaim from the media, and a loyal following from the public, PASO remains on the cutting edge of symphonic performances with newly commissioned works, such as Danzon no. 7, by eminent contemporary Mexican composer, Arturo Marquez, who dedicated this beautiful piece to Maestro Bušlje.

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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Master Classes for Youth Orchestras in El Salvador

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PASO has been selected to participate in the Washington, D.C. Sister City initiative with San Salvador. Starting in October 2020 through December 2020, PASO musicians will be providing master classes in violin, cello, and double bass for advanced students from El Salvador's various youth orchestras. Maestro Buslje and pianist Ariel Pirotti will also be giving master classes to Salvadoran orchestra conductors on composing and orchestral direction. This project is made possible in part by funding from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.






Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

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PASO LIVE!
Latin American Impressions!
Friday, August 28 at 8 PM

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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

Youth Orchestra of El Salvador - July 2020

PASO has been selected to participate in Washington's Sister City initiative with San Salvador. We are raising funds now to take 21 musicians to El Salvador to work with the Salvadoran Youth Orchestra and perform an exciting concert of American and Latin American music for the Salvadoran people. Will you help?






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Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

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FY2021 Season
TANGO OF THE AMERICAS
SATURDAY, MAY 1ST
SUNDAY, MAY 2ND
TERRACE THEATER
THE KENNEDY CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS

Tango of the Americas is an exciting show of original tango music from Colombia, Argentina, and the United States that marks the release of PASO’s new recording.
Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center. Admission: $75 - $55, reserved seating. Tickets can be purchased at the Kennedy Center box office or online, or call (202) 467-4600.

FY2021 Season
Live-streaming and recording concerts
for your entertainment
August 28 at 8 PM
Latin American Impressions

JEROMITA LINARES for orchestra and guitar and CANTILENA No. 10

Carlos Guastavino (1912-2000) -Argentine composer who wrote mainly for piano and song. His works are lush, melodic and romantic and celebrate the beauty of his home country. Tonight's guitar solo is by Uruguayan Magdalena Duhagon.

Alborada de la Esperanza for cello and strings

Jose Elizondo (b. 1972) is a native of Mexico and a graduate of MIT who specializes in state-of- the-art multilingual speech recognition technology. His symphonic, choral and chamber music has been performed around the world by more than 150 symphonies. His music shows melodic inventiveness and rhythmic vitality. Dorotea Racz plays the cello solo in tonight's performance.

Graciela Y Buenos Aires

Jose Bragato (1915-2017) who emigrated from Italy to Argentina when young was a cellist and composer. This piece is a tango for cello and orchestra and was written as a birthday gift for a friend's young daughter. Tonight's cello solo is by Dorotea Racz.

FY2021 Season
Live-streaming and recording concerts
for your entertainment
August 28 at 8 PM
MORE ABOUT Latin American Impressions

ESCUALO
Astor Piazzolla (1921-1992) is the Argentine bandoneon player and composer who revolutionized tango by infusing it with elements of classical music and jazz. Escualo recalls Piazzolla's fishing holidays in Punta del Este, Uruguay, and his excitement when catching an escualo, a species of shark. It is a very demanding piece for the violinist with a fast candombe rhythm and performed tonight by Diana LeGrand.

LOVE THEME FROM CINEMA PARADISO

Ennio Morricone (1928-2020). Maestro Buslje's tribute to the Italian composer who died last month. He wrote more than 100 classical works and 400 scores for cinema and television, many of them spaghetti westerns..

TANGO APIAZZOLLADO - Live-Streamed
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8 PM

TANGO APIAZZOLLADO - Live-Streamed
Friday, August 7, 2020 at 8 PM

A live streamed concert of music by Astor Piazzolla featuring Latin Grammy award winning bandoneon player, Rodolfo Zanetti. Piazzolla was responsible for the renaissance of the tango after World War II. Resolved to update the tango, he succeeded in shocking tango traditionalists by infusing his tangos with the harmonic language he had learned in Paris, -- Bartok, Schoenberg, and Messiaen-- and with rhythms influenced by Stravinsky and jazz, adding his own melodic innovations that many saw as severing tango from its roots. His works became widely popular and have been played by countless orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world.

A live streamed concert of music by Astor Piazzolla featuring Latin Grammy award winning bandoneon player, Rodolfo Zanetti. Piazzolla was responsible for the renaissance of the tango after World War II. Resolved to update the tango, he succeeded in shocking tango traditionalists by infusing his tangos with the harmonic language he had learned in Paris, -- Bartok, Schoenberg, and Messiaen-- and with rhythms influenced by Stravinsky and jazz, adding his own melodic innovations that many saw as severing tango from its roots. His works became widely popular and have been played by countless orchestras in the most prestigious concert halls throughout the world.

Upcoming Concerts

UPCOMING CONCERTS

From Danzon to Tango
Friday, July 3, 2020
Live-streamed at 8 PM

Kicking off PASO's new season during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maestro Buslje brings his chamber orchestra to the comfort of your home with a concert of music from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, featuring saxophone solos by the talented New York based musician, Chris Hemingway.

Kicking off PASO's new season during the COVID-19 pandemic, Maestro Buslje brings his chamber orchestra to the comfort of your home with a concert of music from Mexico, Brazil and Argentina, featuring saxophone solos by the talented New York based musician, Chris Hemingway.

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PASO Musicians
Octavio Brunetti
(1975-2014)
Pianist

Octavio Brunetti was PASO's tango pianist from 2006 until his untimely death. His addition brought a new level of musicianship to the orchestra. Perhaps the best tango pianist in the United States, Brunetti studied classical piano at the National School of Music in his home town of Rosario, Argentina. After being in the U.S. a short time, he won New York’s International Tango Competition twice: for Best Solo Pianist and Best Duo. Brunetti was composing his own tangos for a recording with PASO when he passed away in August 2014 from a sudden illness. He will always be admired and loved by PASO's conductor, musicians, and fans.

Brunetti performed on a recording with world famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma in 2007 (Soledad by Astor Piazzolla) after which Yo-Yo Ma was quoted as saying that “within minutes [of playing with Brunetti] it felt as if we’d been playing together for years”.
Diana LeGrand
VIOLIN

Diana LeGrand, from Assisi, Italy, started her music studies at age two and a half, learning from her mother, a violin and piano teacher. At age 15, she studied under the late Elaine Richey, formery the first violinist f the Razamousky Quartet at the North Carolina School of the Arts, where she eventually earned her bachelor and masters degrees in violin performance. She also studied at the Conservatory of Modena, Italy. Over the years she has studied with Vadim Brodsky, Paola Besutti from Florence, Italy and the late Emmanuel Hurwitz, first violinist of the Aeolian String Quartet.

LeGrand performs throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area as a soloist, chamber musician, and orchestra player. She is currently the concertmaster of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra.
Dorotea Racz
Cello

Croatian cellist, Dorotea Racz, was awarded a merit scholarship at the age of 16 to study with Amit Peled at the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University, where she completed her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in music. She recently earned her doctorate in cello performance from the Catholic University of America. She has performed extensively throughout Europe, Asia, as well as North and South America, in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and Mozarteum in Salzburg. An ardent chamber musician, Racz is a founding member of Racz-Samogray Duo and Ensemble Accendo.

Festival appearances include Washington's European Month of Culture, International Festival Umbria Classica, Rovinj Festival, and PagArt Festival. Her solo and chamber music performances have been broadcast on Croatia's HRT Radio and Television.
Rodolfo Zanetti
Bandoneon

From Mendoza, Argentina, Zanetti has achieved international acclaim for his virtuosity on the bandoneon, the quintessential instrument in tango ensembles. He is bandoneon player in Pedro Giraudo's Quartet, which won a 2018 Latin Grammy award for best tango recording. Zanetti has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, New York City Opera, and with PASO in Washington, DC at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, historic Lincoln Theater, the Organization of American States, and in Medellin, Colombia at the International Festival of Tango.

Pablo Estigarribia
Piano

Pianist, arranger and composer from Argentina, Estigarribia has performed across Europe and the United States with various tango orchestras and as soloist. His 2015 recording, Tangos para Piano, won him the prestigious Gardel Prize for best tango recording by a new artist.

He won the Medal of Honor from the Argentine Tango Society in both 2014 and 2015 and has appeared on NBC, Univision, and Telemundo. Estigarribia has been playing with PASO for two years.
Javier Sanchez
Bandoneon
Valerie Heller
VIOLIN
Stephanie Flack
VIOLIN
Alyssa Centanni
VIOLIN
Mary Thulson
VIOLIN
Madison Lee
VIOLIN

Madison Madison has been playing violin since the age of four. Throughout her life, she has enjoyed playing in various ensembles, including: solo performances, chamber music ensembles, orchestras, musical theater pit orchestras, and opera orchestras.

I come from a strictly classical background so performing Argentine tangos and other Latin American music with PASO has opened up for me an entirely new style of playing.
Alexandra Morrison
VIOLIN

Alexandra Morrison is a violinist and educator in the greater Washington DC area. She currently serves as the Director of Orchestras at the Suitland Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Prince George's County, Maryland. She brings fifteen years of teaching and twenty years of performing experience to PASO. Alex studied violin with Edwin Johonnott and conducting with Anthony Maiello at the School for Performing Arts at George Mason University. She lives in Washington D.C. with her husband, son, and two dogs.

I love making music, but I love making music with great people even more! PASO brings to the arts a fiery musical style and a family-like atmosphere. I leave every performance with a full heart and soul. I feel fortunate to be welcomed as a part of the PASO family.

Susan McIntosh-Worrel
VIOLIN
Carrie Carlson
VIOLIN

Carrie Esko Carlson began studying the violin at the age of 5 in New York City. She attended the Manhattan School of Music Preparatory Division as well as festivals including Interlochen and Tanglewood. She received her undergraduate degree in economics from Columbia University and a graduate degree in international affairs from the George Washington University. She currently works at the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

I love playing in PASO because it offers me a unique opportunity to delve into Latin American music among great friends and accomplished musicians.

Rachel McAleer
VIOLIN