On May 2, 2022, radio show host Felix Barz Neves of Victoria 840 (Humacao, Puerto Rico) moderated a one-hour discussion and paid tribute to the renowned Puerto Rican pianist, composer, musical director and educator Ana “Anita” Otero (1861-1905).
In addition to Barz and myself, the distinguished guests included Ana’s grandnephew and custodian of her memorabilia, Robur Otero, and musician and producer Mariano Rodriguez.
Ana was the first woman to conduct an orchestra in Puerto Rico, the first Puerto Rican woman to graduate from the prestigious Paris Conservatory of Music, founder of The Otero Music Academy for Girls and a dedicated educator, activist, and a cultural ambassador.
The lively and informative discussion touched on some of the highlights of Ana’s short and illustrious career. Also, Robur Otero provided listeners with intimate details about Ana’s life and career that, to date, have never been shared with the public.
On a personal note, the discussion marked my debut on Spanish radio and inspired me to improve my Spanish speaking, reading and writing skills.
Gracias! Radio show host Felix Barz Neves, and for allowing me to participate in this critical discussion among such distinguished company.
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