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The LAMC mourns the loss of Argentine pianist and philanthropist Olimpia Farina Barbera, who passed away the morning of December 5 in Florida. She was one hundred years old. 

Olimpia was a passionate advocate of Latin American music and a close friend the Latin American Music Center and the Jacobs School of Music.  We will not forget all of the kind and selfless support that both Olimpia and her husband Anthony gave to the center for many years. Her memory will remain alive in many ways, large and small.  In the years to come we will be particularly comforted by the sound of her beautiful Steinway, which now resides in the center’s offices and that is constantly used by students and staff to perform the very music that she loved

Please read the following tribute written by Melissa Dickson.


It is with great sadness that the Latin American Music Center announces the passing of its founder, the noted Chilean composer and scholar Juan Orrego-Salas. His passion, dedication and kindness will continue to serve as a source of inspiration for those of us who have the privilege to continue his work. Maestro Orrego-Salas’ legacy will not be forgotten.

Please click here or on the banner above to read the obituary notice written by Venezuelan composer Ricardo Lorenz, a former student Maestro Orrego-Salas and a close friend of the Orrego family.

As we remember the Orrego-Salas, we encourage you to visit our online exhibit, created in celebration of the maestro's 100th birthday: Juan Orrego-Salas "My Life in Music: A Century of Relationships through Musical Notes"

Also of interest is the 2014 article "Juan Orrego-Salas: I've Written All I Have to Write" and accompanying video (below) by Frank Oteri.

We invite you to learn more about the life and works of Juan Orrego-Salas with our online research guide to his materials, available here


(Video from 2011 in celebration of the LAMC's 50th Anniversary)