Chavez, Carlos

Portrait
Born: Jun 13, 1899 AD
Died: 1978 AD, at 79 years of age.

Nationality: Mexican
Categories: Composers, Conductors, Journalist, Teacher


1899 – He was born on the 13th day of June of this year.

 

1916 – He and his friends started a cultural journal, Gladios, and this led to Chávez joining the staff of Mexico City's newspaper El Universal in 1924.

 

1922 – He married Otilia Ortiz and they went on honeymoon to Europe, where he met Paul Dukas. After Europe, the couple vacationed in America, to which Chávez returned in 1926 and stayed in New York until 1928.

 

1928 - Chávez was appointed director of the Conservatorio Nacional de Música - a position he held for six years. In that capacity, Chávez spearheaded projects to collect aboriginal folk music.

 

1938 - For part of the time that Arturo Toscanini was not conducting the NBC Symphony Orchestra in this year, Chávez conducted a series of concerts with that orchestra.

 

1940 - He produced concerts at New York's Museum of Modern Art.

 

1947 – From this year until 1952, Chávez was director general of the Instituto Nacional de Bellas Artes. In the same year, he formed the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional, which supplanted the older OSM as Mexico's premier orchestra and led to the disbanding of the older ensemble.

 

1978 – He passed away on the 2nd day of August this year.

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