It was just announced that the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas (POA) will be suspending operations due to finances. This is sad news, but (unfortunately) not surprising due to the continued financial difficulties facing all arts organizations.
Why I am particularly saddened by the difficulties of this organization is due to the work and achievements of its founder and conductor Alondra de la Parra. Though young, she has already made headlines numerous times for her innovative programming, creativity, and having been the first Mexican woman to conduct in New York City. Below is a video describing not only de la Parra’s achievements, but the truly inspired educational programming that she and the POA provide to school children:
You can click here to support the organization and help ensure further inspired and diverse programming.