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Latin Fire

Friday, October 27—Sunday, October 29, 2023

Friday, October 27—Sunday, October 29, 2023
Orchestra Hall
2 hours
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Latin Fire is a passion-filled celebration of Latin-American orchestral hits, matched with the firework virtuosity of acclaimed Costa Rican trumpeter José Sibaja and Mexican vocalist Mónica Ábrego. Enjoy a sizzling-hot program, featuring "Tico-Tico no Fuba," "Bésame Mucho," "Granada," "Carmen Suite," and "Brasil."


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Enrico Lopez-Yañez


Enrico Lopez-Yañez is the newly appointed Principal Conductor of Dallas Symphony Presents and Principal Pops Conductor of the Pacific Symphony. In addition, Lopez-Yañez serves as the Principal Pops Conductor of the Nashville Symphony. Lopez-Yañez is quickly establishing himself as one of the nation’s leading conductors of popular music and is becoming known for his unique style of audience engagement. An active composer/arranger, Lopez-Yañez has been commissioned to write pieces for the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, Houston Symphony, San Diego Symphony, and Omaha Symphony, and has had his works performed by orchestras including the Baltimore Symphony, Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, Ft. Worth Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, National Symphony, Phoenix Symphony, Seattle Symphony, and Utah Symphony, among others.

Lopez-Yañez has conducted concerts with a broad spectrum of artists including Nas, Gladys Knight, Ledisi, Itzhak Perlman, Stewart Copeland, Kenny Loggins, Toby Keith, Mickey Guyton, Kelsea Ballerini, Leslie Odom Jr., Renee Elise Goldsberry, Hanson, The Beach Boys, Kenny G, and more. Lopez-Yañez also conducts the annual Let Freedom Sing! Music City July 4 fireworks show which was first televised on CMT in 2019 reaching millions of viewers across the nation.

This season, Lopez-Yañez will collaborate with artists including Ben Rector, Cody Fry, Patti LaBelle, Trisha Yearwood, Tituss Burgess, Vanesa Williams, Lyle Lovett, Jefferson Starship, Portugal. The Man, Guster, Ben Folds, Aida Cuevas, Lila Downs, and Arturo Sandoval. Lopez-Yañez will appear with the Colorado Symphony, Houston Symphony, Minnesota Orchestra, and Milwaukee Symphony, as well as make return appearances with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, National Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, San Diego Symphony, San Francisco Symphony, and more. Previously, Lopez-Yañez has appeared with orchestras throughout North America including the Baltimore Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Seattle Symphony, among others.

As Artistic Director and Co-Founder of Symphonica Productions, LLC, Lopez-Yañez curates and leads programs designed to cultivate new audiences. Symphonica manages a wide breadth of pops and family/education productions that “breathe new, exuberant life into classical programming for kids and families” (Nashville Parent Magazine). Symphonica’s productions have been described as “incredibly special – and something that needs to become the new norm” (Lima Symphony). Symphonica Productions is also a sheet music publishing house representing a diverse offering of genres and composers. Their roster of composers includes Grammy nominated composer Clarice Assad, Sverre Indris Joner, Andres Soto, Charles Cozens, Vinicio Meza, and more.

As a producer, composer, and arranger, Lopez-Yañez’s work can be heard on numerous albums including the UNESCO benefit album Action Moves People United and children’s music albums including The Spaceship that Fell in My Backyard, winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Hollywood Music and Media Awards, Family Choice Awards and Kokowanda Bay, winner of a Global Media Award as well as a Parents’ Choice Award where Lopez-Yañez was lauded for his “catchy arrangements” (Parents’ Choice Foundation).

José Sibaja


José Sibaja is one of the most highly acclaimed Costa Rican trumpet players of his generation with worldwide audiences and broadcast media in the classical, Latin, jazz and pop music genres. His career ranges from international appearances as an orchestral soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra, Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela, and Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, to worldwide tours with Ricky Martin for Martin's Vuelve and Livin' la Vida Loca tours.

Sibaja plays Lead Trumpet with the world-renowned Boston Brass. He received his musical training at the New World School of the Arts and the University of Miami and has held positions as Principal Trumpet with the Miami Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonietta de Caracas, and Orquesta Sinfónica Venezuela. He has appeared on the American Music Awards, MTV Video Music Awards, Grammy Awards, and Latin Grammy Awards as well as on Conan, Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show with Jay LenoThe Today Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and numerous other television appearances in more than 40 countries.

Sibaja has recorded with artists Ricky Martin, Alejandro Sanz, Luis Enrique, Rey Ruiz, Marc Anthony, Celia Cruz, and Gloria Estefan, among others. Sibaja can be heard with the Boston Brass on the group's Latin Nights, Reminiscing, Rewired, and Simple Gifts CDs, as well as on his solo records Inner Voice and Spanish Air. Sibaja is a Yamaha Performing Artist, giving master classes as a clinician worldwide. He is Associate Professor of Trumpet at the Blair School of Music at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN.

Mónica Ábrego


Mónica Ábrego is one of Mexico’s most outstanding sopranos. She has performed on stages around the world with a diverse repertoire which includes opera, lied, oratorio, folk, and popular music. Ábrego has performed with many orchestras such as the San Diego, Colorado, Iowa, Key West, Delaware, La Jolla, Aguascalientes, and Bulgaria symphony orchestras, as well as the Chihuahua Philharmonic Orchestra with whom she toured Mexico and the US. She has performed the roles of Serpina (La serva padrona), Norina (Don Pasquale), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Gilda (Rigoletto), Magda (La rondine), Violetta (La traviata), Manon (Manon), Musetta (La bohème), Olympia (The Tales of Hoffmann), Nanetta (Falstaff), Susanna (The Marriage of Figaro), Gretel (Hansel and Gretel), María (Tango OperitaMaría de Buenos Aires) and recently as Micaela (Carmen).

Ábrego made her debut at Carnegie Hall in 2003 in New York City as a soloist for the Pacific Opera Encore company; she also has sung in Lincoln Center’s Merkin Hall and has continued performing in these venues on numerous occasions. Her passion for music has given her the opportunity to proudly perform traditional Mexican music alongside Champaña Nevin Mariachi, both in México and the US, and several concerts at the Jacobs Music Center. In 2012 her first album Alma Mía was released by Vientos del Sur Productions. Her debut recording includes Bossa nova, Méxican music, musical theater, and tango.

Ábrego has a Bachelor of Music degree from the Manhattan School of Music. She has received awards from the USA National Association of Teachers of Singing (1998), La Jolla Symphony & Chorus in California (1997-1998), RYLA Rotary International Club (1998), Mexico’s National Fund for Culture and Arts (1999-2002) and the Musical Merit Foundation of San Diego (1998-2002). She currently lives in New York City where she continues to develop professionally.

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