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The Mexican Alondra de la Parra in Provence

After passing through Madrid, the Mexican director, Alondra de la Parra, 38, has directed the Camerata Salzburg for the Easter Festival of Aix-en-Provence, with passion and elegance and eloquence by nuance, according to Thierry Hillériteau for Le Figaro.

The Mexican, born in New York, who lives in Berlin, is one of the most demanded orchestra directors in the world. She’s regular guest in the Orchester de Paris, in the Accademia di Santa Cecilia of Rome, in the London Philharmonic, in the orchestras of the radio of Berlin or of Sweden and musical director in the Symphony Orchestra of Queensland.

The special envoy from Le Figaro to the Festival affirms it was an afternoon of pleasure and smile, Mozart’s smile, of course, but also a smile from Alondra de la Parra, because the Mexican director has a firm smile which she never loses and that, she remembers, experienced by first time at 19 years old.

Love for the music

“If the piano and violoncello constitute, from the age of 7 years, their gateway to the great repertoire, it is their adolescent love for” the music of the first half of the 20th century, with its harmonic revolutions, its rhythmic flashes and its loans of the folklore”, from where it will be born in her vocation of conductor of orchestra”, says the envoy from Le Figaro.

Alondra de la Parra has set herself the goal of bringing classical music closer to young people, and although her career today is essentially developed between Australia and Europe, she remains extremely attached to the Mexican people.

For Alondra de la Parra, music is a companion which she can always be counted on. (April 26, 2019, EFE/Practica Español)

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Alondra de la Parra es una artista... (Alondra de la Parra is a __________ artist)
A
Australiana
B
Alemana
C
Mexicana
Question 2
¿Cuándo entró la música en la vida de Alondra de la Parra? (When did music burst in Alondra de la Parra's life?)
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Cuando tenía diecinueve años
B
Cuando tenía siete años
C
Cuando tenía quince años
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¿Qué instrumentos sabe tocar Alondra de la Parra? (Which instruments can Alondra de la Parra play?)
A
El violín y el saxofón
B
El piano y el violonchelo
C
El piano y la tuba
Question 4
¿Cómo considera la música Alondra de la Parra? (How does Alondra de la Parra consider the music?)
A
Como una compañera con la que siempre se puede contar
B
Como una compañera en la que no puedes confiar
C
Como una compañera de trabajo
Question 5
En el vídeo se dice que Alondra de la Parra... (It's said in the video that Alondra de la Parra...)  
A
trata de contagiar la pasión por la música a los jóvenes.
B
no volvió a Nueva York para seguir aprendiendo.
C
no ha creado ninguna orquesta filarmónica.
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Artista es un sustantivo invariable en cuanto al género, ¿cómo indicamos el masculino? (Artist is an invariable noun in Spanish, how can you tell the masculine?)
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Lo artista
B
El artista
C
Una artista
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Saxofón, flauta, arpa, violín, piano, guitarra, tambor, platillos, bombo son nombres que pertenecen al campo semántico de... (Saxophone, flute, harp, violin, piano, guitar, drum, cymbals, hype are nouns that belong to the semantic field of ...)
A
Los instrumentos de medición
B
Las herramientas de un artista
C
Los instrumentos musicales
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Folclore es un sinónimo de... (Folklore is a synonym of ...)
A
Música
B
País
C
Tradición
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