Jorge Federico Osorio Plays Chávez Piano Concerto, Carlos Miguel Prieto Conducting

"The Frankfurt public welcomed this colorfully rich work [Copland El Salón México] with the utmost appreciation. With Shostakovich Symphony No. 6, the second part of the concert illustrated Prieto's mastery... even in the greatest climaxes of sound, he draws clear lines, extracts structures and controls dynamics brilliantly."
Rhein-Main-Zeitung (Frankfurt Radio Symphony)
Mexican conductor Carlos Miguel Prieto...offered the cellist [Yo-Yo Ma] strong and flexible support. ...The Lalo [Cello Concerto in d] was the middle course of Prieto's promising debut. ...After intermission came Rachmaninoff's Symphonic Dances.... ...Prieto guided the orchestra with a steady sense of its winding architecture, and brought it to an exciting close."
The Boston Globe (Boston Symphony Orchestra)
"Prieto took over the podium with confidence, shaping rhythmically pointed and gorgeously colored interpretation of two ballet classics: the second suite from Manuel de Falla's The Three-Cornered Hat, from 1919, and Igor Stravinsky's 1947 revision of his 1911 work, Petrouchka..."
Toronto Star (Toronto Symphony Orchestra)

Hearing a 90-member orchestra of that quality in Jamaica was probably a once-in-a-lifetime experience for most present.

The YOA Orchestra of the Americas has officially ruptured the fissure that existed for classical music in the Jamaican landscape, thanks to an overwhelmingly magnificent performance, enhanced by several reggae classics, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last Saturday night.

PATRONS attending Thursday evening's Orchestra of the Americas concert at the Church on the Rock in St Andrew, were in for a special music treat.Under the music director Carlos Miguel Prieto, the group, along with members of the National Youth Orchestra of Jamaica, gave an impressive performance.