PARMA Recordings Announces Signing of Chicago Arts Orchestra!

PARMA Recordings is pleased to announce the signing of the critically-acclaimed Chicago Arts Orchestra to an exclusive representation and recording agreement.

Under the baton of conductor and Artistic Director Javier Jose Mendoza, the Chicago Arts Orchestra (CAO) has earned an international reputation for bringing new attention to under-appreciated musical works. The CAO’s 2013 Navona Records release AL COMBATE: REDISCOVERED GALANT MUSIC FROM EIGHTEENTH CENTURY MEXICO was heralded for its “lively musical invention… performed with style” by the Chicago Tribune, which has regularly featured the ensemble as a “Critic’s Pick.”

“We are committed to shining a new light on music both old and new,” says Mendoza. “The opportunity to work with living composers to help bring fresh works to fruition is a tremendous one, and we’re looking forward to contributing to the creation of premieres both in the studio and on the stage.”

In addition to his work with the CAO, Mendoza is the director of the orchestra at the University of Illinois at Chicago and is one of the few American conductors actively working with an El Sistema-inspired youth orchestra program in Latin America. As guest conductor of El Sistema de Orquestas de Guatemala and the Escuela Municipal de Musica, he has led concerts at the Teatro Nacional (National Theatre), Sexta Avenida, and Casa Santa Domingo among others.

“PARMA’s mission since our inception has been to capture, preserve, and present high-quality music and to bring it to new listeners and audiences everywhere,” says PARMA CEO Bob Lord. “Our relationship with Javier and the CAO will enhance the effectiveness of both organizations in this

PARMA and the CAO are now accepting submissions for recording and performance projects. A specific call for scores will be issued in the coming weeks on the company’s website at

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Stay tuned for more news on the Chicago Arts Orchestra’s upcoming projects, and in the meantime check out AL COMBATE on Navona Records:

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