Orchestra of New Spain

A nonprofit organization

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$8,000 Goal

Christmas and Epiphany concerts are a particular draw for the Latino community, and as always with any singing parts, Spanish/ English translations are offered to the audience.

The Orchestra of New Spain (ONS) is a period-instrument baroque orchestra and chorus specializing in the music of Spain and its sphere of New World influence. Fully professional, it is based in Dallas where it was created in 1989 to celebrate the place of the Catedral Santuario de Guadalupe in the aborning Arts District. The Orchestra's repertory comes from the rediscoveries of its founder and Artistic Director of the virtually unknown manuscripts in the court and cathedrals of 18th-century Spain. 

ONS was founded on the premise that the large Hispanic population of the city of Dallas needed a more equitable cultural presence and that by producing concerts representative of historic Hispanic culture, that premise could be realized. The Orchestra also caters to an early music audience offering a unique repertoire and rich program notes about the origins of the music.

The Orchestra's most recent performances include a tango production at the Moody Performance Hall featuring local tango dancers along with artists from Denver and Austin, as well as salon concerts exploring the Indian roots of flamenco, music for winds/strings from the British Isles, and art songs from the Bolivian missions. Annual Christmas and Epiphany concerts are a particular draw for the Latino community, and as always with any singing parts, Spanish/English translations are offered to the audience.

ONS has been awarded TACA Pop-Up grants for excellence in the arts following its 2022 "Celebrating Juneteenth" concert performing the music of Black composers as well as its 2024 "Angels and Devils" Tango dance production. 

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Our goals over the last 15 years have incorporated educational activities with students in Dallas ISD. This partnership provides young people a free or low-cost way to engage with the arts, and it is important to maintain this mission in Dallas, particularly as the Hispanic student population in the DISD school district is 70%. Given that the current focus in the classical music world centers on non-Hispanic composers yet a majority of the young musicians in our city are Spanish-speaking, it remains an important responsibility for ONS to introduce Hispanic music into their cultural diet. 

The free In-School Lesson Program, low-cost Summer Strings Camp, and a free annual field trip to an ONS production use the arts to serve Dallas ISD students. This first exposure to theater for many students provokes wide-eyed and spell-bound reactions where a stage production featuring their language is being spoken and sung by young people who look like them. We aim to provide high-quality experiences to Dallas ISD students and by doing so, to attract like-minded individuals to our board, promoting the music of Hispanic culture in DFW.


Our Needs

We ask our donors to consider a contribution that will lead us to the amount of $8,000 to fund our upcoming Nativity performance of La Pastorela as well as our ongoing educational programs with Dallas ISD. 

The Orchestra has been invited to return to Guadalupe Cathedral on December 14, 2024 to perform La Pastorela, a production honoring the Mexican tradition of a Nativity play. Donations will help support the cost of our talented singers and trained musicians on period instruments. 

Our upcoming educational programs include In-School individual and small group string lessons, Summer Strings Camp 2025, and student attendance at our annual staged production at the Moody Performance Hall. $50 will provide one hour of private or small group tutoring for DISD students. 

Giving Activity

Mission

The mission of the Orchestra of New Spain is to introduce in concert the lost repertory of the Spanish and New World Hispanic 17th and 18th centuries, and to explore the Hispanic heritage of which it is a part, educating the public on the importance of the repertory and its broader cultural implications.

• Performance of other renaissance, baroque, classical and romantic repertories on period instruments.

• Performance of alternative repertory, from other periods and other provenance.

Needs

ONS seeks to increase the community's interaction with and understanding of Hispanic and LatinX culture, primarily through music, dance, and theater.

We appreciate your support with funding for La Pastorela and our educational programs in the 24-25 season.

We welcome your interest in joining our board of directors and are always looking for fresh ideas and ways to connect with our community.

Equity Statement

All activities of the Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain provide diverse, inclusive and equitable experiences, whether in the workplace or at its activities. All employees, volunteers and patrons are made to feel valued and respected, whatever gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, age, sexual orientation or identity, education or disability they represent. We strive to reflect our community and our musical culture and to respect and inspire all people equally.

Equity

Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain strives for an equitable culture throughout its staff and board and across all its programs. We provide working environments without prejudice, discrimination or misogyny. We respect and try to inspire all people equally. Our goal is to provide fairness for all, regardless of race, ethnicity, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, religion, age or disability. The director and the board hold themselves accountable to continually strive for these goals.

Diversity

We believe that diverse perspectives, cultural histories, life experiences and personal stories enrich the production of our repertoire and stimulate innovation at our organizational level. Diversity provides a richness and affirms varied contributions to our art form and to the community.

Inclusion

Pegasus Musical Society/Orchestra of New Spain works to establish new connections and relationships within our local community and internationally, broadening access to the arts among lesser-served groups and adding a richness to our contributions in our art form. We vary our performance subjects and sites in order to extend new opportunities and to appeal to new and varied audiences.

Action Items

* Our job descriptions are consistently inclusive, offer flexibility of work times and educational background, and on-the-job training. We welcome women and people from traditionally underrepresented groups.

* Our board is committed to including diverse representation.

* Our educational program (i.e. musical lessons provided to underserved students in the Dallas Independent School District) is based on the belief that everyone deserves equal access to a full, vibrant creative life, a cornerstone of a healthy and democratic society.

* Our performance venues are varied and located throughout the community, including the lower socio-economic areas. We work with local leaders to communicate and invite people to attend who would normally not be aware of our performances. We work to make all attendees feel welcome and appreciated by greeting each attendee personally.

Organization Data

Summary

Organization name

Orchestra of New Spain

other names

Pegasus Musical Society

Tax id (EIN)

75-2312993

Guidestar

Causes

Arts, Culture & Humanities

Operating Budget

$250,000 - $499,999

Counties Served

Dallas

BIPOC Serving

Black or African American, Hispanic or Latinx

Equity Statement

Equity Statement

Address

11615 Forest Central Dr Ste 206
Dallas, TX 75243

Phone

214-750-1492

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