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The Pan American Symphony Orchestra (PASO) was founded 25 years ago by dynamic Argentine conductor and musician, Sergio Alessandro Bušlje, with the objective of bringing Latin American symphonic music to Washington, DC concert halls.

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PASO turns 25 in 2016 and to celebrate, PASO brings you a milonga-a-month.  Join PASO's tango ensemble at the elegant Embassy of Argentina for the next lively milonga tango dance party on Friday, December 4 at 8:00 PM.  

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PASO brings the popular Spanish musical theatre genre, known as zarzuelas, to the George Washington University Lisner Auditorium on Sunday, March 20, 2016.  Zarzuelas are light operas featuring trios, duets, and lyrical solos called romanzas. Joining PASO is the talented Choral Arts Society's Chamber Chorus, a tenor, a mezzo-soprano, a baritone, and a flamenco dancer. Works by Manuel de Falla and Isaac Albeniz complete an evening of musical treasures from Spain!


. . . Sergio Buslje, with whom I sang at a benefit concert at the Organization of American States in Washington, DC. Given the daunting task of preparing a highly gifted but nevertheless youth orchestra with minimal rehearsals, Mr. Buslje gave a dynamic reading of zarzuelas and popular Spanish music. It was a pleasure working with him.

-Placido Domingo

The Orchestra accompanied Chita Rivera and me at the Latino Inaugural Celebration on January 20, 2013. In spite of such short notice, the Orchestra and its leadership rose to the occasion and because of its level of professionalism and musicality, the performance was quite a success.

- Rita Moreno

[PASO] is truly a gem and I commend you for your commitment and dedication to the art form.

– Robert Pullen, Director of Special Programming, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.


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Please remember PASO for your charitable donations. PASO is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, so your donations are tax deductible. You may donate to PASO through PayPal



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textPASO, 2437 15th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

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