Dallas Symphony Orchestra presents Yanga
Yanga is inspired by the story of Gaspar Yanga, an African prince who was shipped to Mexico as a slave in 1570, but managed to escape. He subsequently led a band of escaped slaves to raid the authorities’ caravans and eventually helped found the first free town from slavery in North America. He thus qualifies as a historic freedom fighter, which dovetails right into the all-embracing message to mankind in Beethoven’s choral finale.
Maurice Cohn will conduct the Dallas Symphony Orchestra in collaboration with Jorge Baldor from the Latin Arts Project and the African American Museum on their "Yanga" exhibition. The exhibition tells the story of Gaspar Yanga, who established one of the first free Black settlements in the Americas. This program will feature Gabriela Ortiz’s "Yanga," and premiered by the LA Philharmonic, the LA Master Chorale and Tambuco Percussion in October 2019, Ortiz’s Yanga is written for orchestra and choir, with the choral parts sung in Spanish. Tambuco Percussion will join the DSO, and Dallas Chamber Choir will provide the voices.