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La Plaza
Symphonic Journey
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Premiered January 10, 1979- Officially La Plaza as a separate series title ended after season 28 (2006). It was replaced by the interview series: Maria Hinojosa: One-on-One which premiered in 2007.

Producer Raquel Ortiz anticipates that the bilingual series will serve as a plaza for the entire local Latino community. Ortiz also served as the host during the first season along with guest hosts. The program format varied from week to week, between musical specials, documentaries, in-studio debates, both locally produced and acquired. Spanish language programs were subtitled in English and English language programs were captioned in Spanish.

See January 1979 Prime Time Program Guide for cover story. Series release date: 1/10/1979

Program Description

The producer of WGBH's La Plaza series, Natatcha Estebanez, traveled with 90 young musicians from the New England Conservatory Youth Philharmonic Orchestra to film this special about the YPO's teaming up with their teenage Chilean musical counterparts for a nine-concert, seven-city sellout tour in Chile.

In the summer of 1993, ninety young musicians from the New England Conservatory traveled to Chile to perform nine concerts throughout the country. They played in the capital for the Chilean President and in small agricultural cities where live symphonies had never been performed. But best of all they met their Chilean counterparts, conquered language barriers, and shared moments which will last a lifetime.



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Ortiz, Raquel (Series Producer)
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