Allegro Vivace: Advancing Leaders of Color in Classical Music

Tuesday, December 18, 2018 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm | Lyric Stage Company of Boston | 140 Claredon Street | RSVP HERE

As the definition of culture continues to evolve, classical music maintains an important place in the arts world. All cultures have classical music traditions, but in Boston, as in most of the country, those that come from Europe often take center stage. In our “majority minority” city, why do we focus white art and artists when we seek out classical music?

Join the Network for Arts Administrators of Color to meet some of the leaders of color in Boston’s classical music scene, and hear about the on-going challenges artists and arts administrators of color face in this dynamic and popular genre.

Who should attend:

  • Staff of arts organizations

  • Allies interested in advancing racial equity

  • Musicians, composers, conductors, & music instructors


Lina Gonzalez-Granados, Founder & Artistic Director
Unitas Ensemble

Lina is the founder and Artistic Director of Unitas Ensemble. She is a staunch advocate for promoting the music of her native Colombia, as well as the works of composers and artists from throughout Latin America. Her work with Unitas earned her recognition as one of El Mundo Boston’s “Latino 30 under 30” in 2016. In September 2017, Lina was appointed the 2017-19 Taki Concordia Conducting Fellow, a position created by Maestra Marin Alsop to foster the entrepreneurship and talent of female conductors. Recently, she has worked with Orquesta Sinfonica Nacional de Colombia, Orquesta Filarmonica de Medellin, Nashville Symphony, Dallas Opera, Ravinia Festival, Odyssey Opera, and the National Youth Orchestra of the U.S. She was also one of eight candidates selected to work with Maestro Bernard Haitink at the 2018 Lucerne Festival Masterclass.

Ashleigh Gordon, Executive & Artistic Director
Castle of our Skins

Described as a “charismatic and captivating performer,” Ashleigh Gordon has recorded with Switzerland’s Ensemble Proton and Germany’s Ensemble Modern; performed with Grammy-nominated A Far Cry string ensemble; and appeared at the prestigious BBC Proms Festival with the Chineke! Orchestra. Comfortable on an international stage, Ashleigh has performed in the Royal Albert and Royal Festival Halls (London), Konzerthaus Berlin and Oper Frankfurt  (Germany), Gare du Nord and Dampfzentrale Bern (Switzerland), Centre Pompidou (Paris), the Lee Hysan Concert Hall (Hong Kong), and throughout Sofia, Bulgaria as part of the multi-disciplinary 180 Degrees Festival. Ashleigh is co-founder, Artistic Director and violist of Castle of our Skins, a Boston-based concert and educational series devoted to celebrating Black Artistry through music. In recognition for her work, she has been featured in the June 2015 International Musician Magazine and the Boston Globe, and awarded the Charles Walton Diversity Advocate award from the American Federation of Musicians.

Laury Gutiérrez, Executive & Artistic Director
La Donna Musicale/RUMBARROCO

Praised as “a first-rate instrumentalist” (Boston Globe), Venezuelan viola da gambist and music scholar Laury Gutiérrez specializes in music by women composers and early music from Ibero-America. She holds degrees in Historical Performance from Indiana University, Longy School of Music, and the College of Saint Scholastica, and has received fellowships and scholarships from these institutions as well as Boston University. She is the founding director of La Donna Musicale, a non-profit organization that promotes, performs, and preserves music by women composers. La Donna Musicale’s four groundbreaking CDs, Antonia Bembo’s The Seven Psalms of David, Vols. I and II, The Pleasures of Love and Libation: Airs by Julie Pinel and other Parisian Women, and Anna Bon, La virtuosa di Venezia, have received critical acclaim at home and abroad, as well as awards. She is also is the founding director of RUMBARROCO, whose two CDs, Latin-Baroque Fusion, I’ve Found a New Baby: Baroque Meets Afro-Latin Jazz, and Latinas inFusion have been resounding successes with critics and audiences alike.

Miguel Rodriguez, Founder & President
Athlone Artists

Miguel joined Boston Baroque in 2012 as Executive Director. After seven years as Boston Baroque’s Executive Director, Miguel A. Rodriguez stepped down earlier this month to launch Athlone Artists, a boutique artists representation agency for classical singers, conductors and stage directors worldwide. He has spent over 15 years working to advance several cultural institutions in Massachusetts. His prior experience includes Chief Development Officer for Fuller Craft Museum, Director of Development for Opera Boston, and General Manager for Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, and Scullers Jazz Club. He is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) with more than 12 years of experience as a fundraising professional and a long record of building donor relationships for a number of organizations in New England. Last year, he served as the Finance Director for Mainers United for Marriage, the campaign to win same-sex marriage in Maine, raising over $6 million dollars during the 9 months campaign. In 2011, Miguel was one of 19 selected to join the 21st Century Fellows Program, managed by The Pipeline Project. In 2007 he was one of a small number of leaders selected by the Massachusetts Cultural Council to participate in the first Executive Leadership Program for Non-Profit Cultural Organizations at the Harvard University, JFK School of Government. Trained as an opera singer, Mr. Rodriguez studied voice performance at the University of Michigan and graduate studies under renowned soprano Phyllis Curtin at Boston University.

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About the Leaders of Color in the Arts Conversation Series

Allegro Vivace: Advancing Leaders of Color in Classical Music is the first conversation in a continuation of last year’s conversation series, that shines a spotlight on people of color in leadership positions in the Boston arts sectors. Building on Paving the WayAmplifying Voices, and The Path Forward, Leaders of Color in the Arts gets to the heart of cross-sector learnings that can be adopted to create more equitable leadership opportunities for people of color in arts administration. Allegro Vivace will be followed by two more genre-specific conversations this 2018-19 artistic season.

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