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Radio Show Host, Felix Barz Neves and Invited Guests Pay Homage to Ana “Anita” Otero (1861-1905)

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On May 2, 2022, radio show host Felix Barz Nevesof Victoria 840 (Humacao, Puerto Rico) moderated a one-hour discussion about the life and career of the internationally renowned Puerto Rican pianist, composer, arranger, composer, and musical director, Ana “Anita” Otero(1861-1905).

In addition to Barz and myself, the participants included Ana’s grandnephew and custodian of her memorabilia, Robur Otero, and musician and producer Mariano Rodriguez.

Ana Otero 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, and the founder of The Otero Music Academy for Girls in San Juan. She was also a dedicated educator, an activist, and a distinguished cultural ambassador.

The lively, informative discussion highlighted Ana’s life and career. Also, Robur Otero provided listeners with details about Ana that, to my knowledge, have never been discussed on the air before.

On a personal note, the discussion marked my debut on Spanish radio. Also, it inspired me to improve my Spanish and hopefully return to the air more fluently.

Thank you, radio show host Felix Barz Neves, for the invitation. It was an honor and pleasure to be part of this critical discussion and to be in such a distinguished company. 

CLICK HERE for MORE ON ANA “ANITA” OTERO’S LIFE AND ACHIEVEMENTS.

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