It tells you something about the low international profile of Spanish music that the pieces we most associate with the country... Bizet’s Carmen and Ravel’s Bolero... were composed by Frenchmen. Grover Wilkins and his Dallas-based Orchestra of New Spain are working to change that situation. - Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

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DID YOU KNOW...
The orchestra gets its name from the present area of Texas and Mexico which was originally called New Spain by the Spanish explorers. We seek to present music from 'Old' Spain in the land of New Spain.


Pegasus Musical Society, a 501(c)3 corporation
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10260 N. Central Expy., Ste. 276
Dallas, TX 75231-3440
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TOURING

The Orchestra of New Spain has appeared in concert from coast to coast in the US, throughout Texas, in New Orleans, Albuquerque and Santa Fe. It’s repertory runs from Renaissance vocal works to the full orchestra and chorus presenting the Masterworks which are at the heart of its history.

Cervantes & Shakespeare: 400 years
 

A splendid year for arts and humanities to collide, the Orchestra of New Spain and Shakespeare Dallas join in celebration to commemorate 400 years since the death of these two legendary writers. Cervantes & Shakespeare— with readings enacted by Shakespeare Dallas, and music of the time performed by members of the Orchestra of New Spain.

The Renaissance was a moment in time when what we might term ‘folk’ songs of the middle ages, the music of the troubadours, was synthesized into more elaborate ‘composed’ music intended for a thriving market of ‘house music’ to be sung be the educated who sight read with alacrity as singers or players of multiple instruments.

Contact our office to bring Cervantes & Shakespeare to your location.

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International Initiatives

Interest in the Venezuelan teaching method ‘El sistema’ led Maestro Wilkins to initiate contact with South American music educators in 2010. The result is the establishment of an annual teaching and conducting mission to Bolivia’s eastern region, Chiquitania, with selected musicians from ONS who pay their own airfare to serve the young people of this remote area. The entire ONS was invited to perform in the 2012 Festival of Renaissance and Baroque Music of Chiquitania, the largest on the continent. This touring has been fruitful for the orchestra in adding repertoire of 18th C Jesuit and indigenous composers who had settled in the missions of southern Bolivia.

The Orchestra’s experience with touring and it’s special repertoire of Bolivian and Mexican baroque works led to the invitation to perform in the prestigious Cervantino Festival in Mexico 2012 (Guanajuato, San Miguel de Allende and Querétero)