The Concert programs in the collection (286 of which are attached to the scrapbooks) provide interesting information about Espinosa’s career. The programs suggest Espinosa’s early interest in Latin American composers and performers, evident in programs from 1929 to 1932. Some of these programs include concerts that served as the precursors of the Inter-American Music Festivals: the “Gran Festival de Musica Ibero-americana” of Caracas and the “Gran Festival Hispanoamericano De Musica” of Bogota. These items also show the extended career of Guillermo Espinosa with the National Symphony Orchestra of Colombia. This period of Espinosa’s career in Colombia includes programs of children’s concerts, people’s concerts, opera, as well as normal season concerts that included local and international performers. Some of the composers mentioned in the concert programs are Carlos Chávez , Aaron Copland, Alberto Ginastera, Juan Orrego-Salas, Virgil Thomson, and Heitor Villa-Lobos. Important soloists and ensembles are represented in these programs include names such as Jaime Laredo, Andrés Segovia, Henrik Szeryng, Nicanor Zabaleta, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the National Orchestra of Spain, the National Symphony Orchestra of Bogota, and the National Symphony Orchestra of Washington D.C., among others.
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