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End of Season 2022

TANGO OF THE AMERICAS
May 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center

TANGO OF THE AMERICAS
May 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center

It was a pleasure to share our 2022 season with you. Thank you!

TANGO OF THE AMERICAS
May 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center

TANGO OF THE AMERICAS
May 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Terrace Theater, Kennedy Center

Check back soon for the 2023 season of the Pan American Symphony Orchestra

Antologia

Join us on a musical journey to Spain with a spectacular array of the big moments from the best of popular Spanish lyric opera—the Zarzuela! Beautiful songs of love, ideals, mischief, celebration and even political satire by four talented opera singers from the Spanish lyric scene.

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PASO means “step” in Spanish and we invite you to take the next step. If you love PASO’s concerts and its mission, and you enjoy connecting people, then become a PASO brand ambassador. Advocate for PASO within your own circle of friends and influence. Enlist others to follow PASO. Become a future PASO leader. Join our family and help PASO grow!

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It was our pleasure to share music with you in 2022. Check back soon to see our exciting 2023 concert season.

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2022-2023 Season

September 22, 2022

Celebrating 100 years of Piazzolla's music! Performed in May 2021 at Catholic University in Washington, DC, this concert is now available for your viewing pleasure on PASO's You Tube channel or Facebook page. With guest singer Mariana Quinteros, pianist Anibal Berraute, and Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneon, this concert is free of charge. Feel free to make a donation. We appreciate your support!

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater

Antologia de la Zarzuela
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Celebrating 100 years of Piazzolla's music! Performed in May 2021 at Catholic University in Washington, DC, this concert is now available for your viewing pleasure on PASO's You Tube channel or Facebook page. With guest singer Mariana Quinteros, pianist Anibal Berraute, and Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneon, this concert is free of charge. Feel free to make a donation. We appreciate your support!

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Come on a musical journey to Spain with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the best-known melodies of the popular Spanish lyric opera—the Zarzuela! Beautiful songs of love, ideals, mischief, celebration and even political satire by four talented opera singers from the Spanish lyric scene. Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.

Come on a musical journey to Spain with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the best-known melodies of the popular Spanish lyric opera—the Zarzuela! Beautiful songs of love, ideals, mischief, celebration and even political satire by four talented opera singers from the Spanish lyric scene. Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.

The most emblematic and best-known songs of the popular Spanish zarzuela! With their heyday in Spain at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Zarzuelas depict everyday people with stories rooted in the politics of their times. These beautiful songs speak of love, ideals, humor, mischief, and celebration! Depicting Spain's city and country life through the centuries, from its folklore, from its gypsies, and from its national dances, the zarzuela offers romantic tributes and comic satire in catchy lyrical melodies that transport you to a century-old Spain. Selections from El Niño Judio, a 1918 hit about a girl from Madrid who is in love with a Jewish bookseller, El Barberillo de Lavapie, about political intrigue in the time of Goya, La Gran Via, where a servant girl sings about the dances of her social class, and many more nostalgic melodies immerse you in the best of Spanish culture. Four talented opera singers from the current Spanish lyric scene accompany the orchestra: Elisa Cordoba, soprano; Israel Lozano, tenor; Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano; Gustavo Ahualli, baritone.

September 22, 2022

Celebrating 100 years of Piazzolla's music! Performed in May 2021 at Catholic University in Washington, DC, this concert is now available for your viewing pleasure on PASO's You Tube channel or Facebook page. With guest singer Mariana Quinteros, pianist Anibal Berraute, and Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneon, this concert is free of charge. Feel free to make a donation. We appreciate your support!

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Terrace Theater

Antologia de la Zarzuela
Thursday, September 22, 2022 at 7:30 PM

Celebrating 100 years of Piazzolla's music! Performed in May 2021 at Catholic University in Washington, DC, this concert is now available for your viewing pleasure on PASO's You Tube channel or Facebook page. With guest singer Mariana Quinteros, pianist Anibal Berraute, and Rodolfo Zanetti, bandoneon, this concert is free of charge. Feel free to make a donation. We appreciate your support!

The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Come on a musical journey to Spain with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the best-known melodies of the popular Spanish lyric opera—the Zarzuela! Beautiful songs of love, ideals, mischief, celebration and even political satire by four talented opera singers from the Spanish lyric scene. Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.

Come on a musical journey to Spain with the Pan American Symphony Orchestra in a concert of the best-known melodies of the popular Spanish lyric opera—the Zarzuela! Beautiful songs of love, ideals, mischief, celebration and even political satire by four talented opera singers from the Spanish lyric scene. Tickets go on sale August 1, 2022.

The most emblematic and best-known songs of the popular Spanish zarzuela! With their heyday in Spain at the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th centuries, Zarzuelas depict everyday people with stories rooted in the politics of their times. These beautiful songs speak of love, ideals, humor, mischief, and celebration! Depicting Spain's city and country life through the centuries, from its folklore, from its gypsies, and from its national dances, the zarzuela offers romantic tributes and comic satire in catchy lyrical melodies that transport you to a century-old Spain. Selections from El Niño Judio, a 1918 hit about a girl from Madrid who is in love with a Jewish bookseller, El Barberillo de Lavapie, about political intrigue in the time of Goya, La Gran Via, where a servant girl sings about the dances of her social class, and many more nostalgic melodies immerse you in the best of Spanish culture. Four talented opera singers from the current Spanish lyric scene accompany the orchestra: Elisa Cordoba, soprano; Israel Lozano, tenor; Anna Tonna, mezzo-soprano; Gustavo Ahualli, baritone.

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Arthur Espinoza, Jr.
Placido Domingo
Robert Pullen
Rita Moreno
Rosanna Ruscetti
Patricia A. McGuire
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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.

Scott Tucker
Artistic Director, The Choral Arts Society of Washington

Robert Pullen
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.

Rita Moreno
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.

Rosanna Ruscetti
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

Patricia A. McGuire
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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History

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

(PASO) was founded 30 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.

(PASO) was founded 30 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.

(PASO) was founded 30 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.

Over the years
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Over the years

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.

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.

Three decades later
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Three decades later

Three Decades Later

Three 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 Latino 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 Latino 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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History of PASO

Pan American Symphony Orchestra

(PASO) was founded 30 years ago by dynamic Argentine conductor and musician, Sergio Alessandro Bušlje, to bring Latin American symphonic music to Washington, DC concert halls. Maestro Bušlje had 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

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 (light 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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Three decades later

PASO continues to thrill

audiences with high quality shows of music originating from Latin America. With an on-going concert series that showcases gifted Latino musicians and soloists, critical acclaim from the press, 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

Scott Tucker
01 / 05
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.
01 / 05
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
01 / 05
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
01 / 05
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
01 / 05
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
01 / 05
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
01 / 05
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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Scott Tucker
Arthur Espinoza, Jr.
Placido Domingo
Robert Pullen
Rita Moreno
Rosanna Ruscetti
Patricia A. McGuire
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