Photo shoot outside historic Bellas Artes
Sala Nezahualcoyotl. Impressive acoustics!
POA debuted in Mexico City's two most important concert halls back to back. The performances were vibrant and in both venues, audiences gave standing ovations, asking for more. Pianist Ana Karina Alamo graced the stage and filled the halls with her moving rendition of MacDowell's 2nd Piano Concerto, brilliantly executed. She was greeted with multiple curtain calls, wrapping up the concert's first half with two encores, a Venezuelan joropo and a famous piece by Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona.
Concluding the evening, the Bellas Artes public asked and received 3 encores! By the time POA played the third encore piece, Eduardo Gamboa's Mercado Garmendia, the audiences got off their seats and began dancing in the aisles, clapping, whistling and cheering! What a sight to behold!
Trumpet player Marc Osterer and trombonist Alex Regazzi delivered awesome improvised solos, wowing the rest of the public to its feet. The Bellas Artes' performance was, by many accounts, POA's most shining evening, while Sala Neza's performance was the best from acoustics and recording standpoint.