YOA Orchestra of the Americas returns to South America in July and August 2017, in celebration of the Southern Cone nations of Chile, Argentina, and Brazil as leaders in the movement of orchestras for social transformation. This historic tour begins with a two-week Residence at Chile’s iconic Teatro del Lago in the town of Frutillar on Lake Llanquihue. In the inspiring natural setting of the Los Lagos Region, and with access to one of Latin America’s top acoustic theaters, 80 top musicians from across the Americas train with YOA Music Director Carlos Miguel Prieto of Mexico, supported by a Faculty of 18 of the world’s top coaches representing the Berlin Philharmonic, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, and Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, among many other respected global institutions. In addition to artistic mentorship, YOA musicians receive leadership, civic, and social entrepreneurship training on site through community engagement activities and workshops that benefit the local community. The Residence culminates with two concerts featuring acclaimed Venezuelan pianist Gabriela Montero, renowned French cellist Gautier Capuçon, and rising Chilean mezzo-soprano Evelyn Ramírez. The Orchestra also leads the world premiere at Teatro del Lago of Guerero Andino by Peruvian Composer-in-Residence Juan Chuquisengo. The Residence also includes a two-day commercial recording project with Montero, whose 2015 release with YOA won a Latin Grammy Award. Following Chile, the orchestra travels on tour through Argentina and Brazil. Argentina highlights include performances in Rosario with Canadian guest soloist Blake Pouliot, as well as at Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires with Chilean mezzo-soprano María Luisa Merino. In Brazil, the orchestra gives three concerts in Sao Paulo. Two concerts feature Brazil’s eminent guitar duo, The Assad Brothers, at the iconic Sala Sao Paulo, as well as Brazilian mezzo-soprano Nathalia Rozende Carvalho, while the third performance is an outdoor show at Auditório Ibirapuera. The Sao Paulo performances include a world premiere by Chilean Composer-in-Residence Javier Farías. The orchestra next travels to Rio de Janeiro to perform at Theatro Municpal with American violinist Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg. The Southern Cone Reunion Tour concludes with a finale performance in Ilhabela’s Theatro Vermelhos featuring celebrated Brazilian pianist Ricardo Castro.