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"To make music we need to become better listeners. By listening better we become better musicians but also better colleagues to those around us." 
Past Performances

October 09, 2020

Sendessaal, Bremen

October 10, 2020

Iberoamerikanische Musik im Wandel der Zeit


Spanish and Latinamerican program with Lux Nova Duo and Jorge Herrera, guitar. It will include the world premiere by Leo Brower dedicated to Lux Nova.

March 10, 2019

Made in America

La Porte County Symphony Orchestra

The LCSO welcomes Music Director Candidate, Mercedes Diaz, to the podium on Sunday, March, 10, 2019, at the Holdcraft Performing Arts Center in Michigan City.

Ms. Diaz will be leading the Orchestra is a program entitled "MADE IN AMERICA!"

Concert includes:

Bernstein Overture to Candide
Gershwin Lullaby
Ellington It Don't Mean A Thing If If Ain't Got That Swing
Dvorak Symphony # 9 "New World".

October 18, 2018

New Music Ensemble performs works by Aaron Jay Kernis

The New Music Ensemble conducted by Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia will perform On Distant Shores by American composer Aaron Jay Kernis. Soloist Otavio Kavakama.


August 10, 2018

Music in the Alps Festival Orchestra

An evening of music in the Austrian Alps

MMDG will conduct Schubert  symphony number 9 "The Great" in the same place where Schubert composed it, Bad Gastein, Austria.

June 17, 2018

Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity

Artist in Residence/Conductor

Ensemble Evolution prepares the 21st century musician by promoting artistic excellence, fostering social consciousness, and exploring community-building through music. Participants will present various public and in-house performances. The residency will produce nearly a concert per day for three weeks—from publicized, ticketed events to participant-driven “throw downs” to simultaneous open studio performances.

June 02, 2018

New Music Concert Series: Imaginary Landscapes

Join us for the final concert of VIVE! tour in Dallas, TX

Free Admission

May 31, 2018

VIVE! in Nashville

Second concert of the Summer MidAmerican Tour

Free Admission

May 30, 2018

Cincinnati Diaspora II: VIVE! Ensemble

VIVE! Ensemble will perform at the Urban Artifact, Cincinnati

VIVE! will perform world premieres by Rachel Walker, Julia Seeholzer, Paul Poston, Michael Lanci and  Hong-Da Chin.


April 05, 2018

EMILIE opera

Kaija Saariaho, composer

VIVE! Ensemble will perform the Midwest American premiere of the opera Emilie by Finnish composer Kaija Saariaho. 

Hillary LaBonte, soprano

Free Admission

February 25, 2018

Concerto Concert

With winners of the annual concerto competition

Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia will conduct a selection of arias. Soprano Caroline Kouma will sing a selection of arias by Mozart, Debussy and Lehar with BG Philharmonia

Free Admission

January 30, 2018

PRAECEPTA presents their annual micro-operas performances

Two young composers will present their new works in Bryan Hall, Bowling Green, Ohio

Free Admission

October 21, 2017

New Music Festival at Bowling Green State University

Steven Mackey and Sarah Kirkland Snider

BG Philharmonia will start the last performance of the New Music Festival with "Turn the Key" an orchestra piece by Steven Mackey composed in 2006. 

Free Admission

October 08, 2017

Great Performances in the Great Gallery: VIVE! Ensemble

Rite of Spring and Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun

Conducted by Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, this program features chamber music versions of Debussy’s Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun (Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, 1894) and Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring (Le Sacre du printemps, 1913). Formed in 2016 VIVE! Ensemble has presented new and creative versions of revived classics, and has premiered new works by composers across the spectrum of the contemporary scene. Its members are a collective of performers connected to BGSU, including faculty, doctoral candidates, alumni and guest artists connected to its internationally acclaimed program in contemporary music

Free Admission

May 12, 2017

New Music Gathering 2017

Vive! Ensemble

Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, Conductor.

5:00 - 6:00 pm.

May 11, 2017

New Music Gathering 2017

Occasional Symphony

Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, Guest Conductor.

5:00 - 6:30 pm.

April 19, 2017

Das Lied von der Erde by Gustav Mahler

Chamber version by Schoenberg/Riehn

Maria Mercedes Diaz Garcia, Conductor

Soloists: Laura Reaper, Mezzo and Moises Salazar, Tenor.

Flute/Piccolo/Chinese Flute: Hong-Da Chin
Oboe/ English Horn: Jana Žílová
Clarinet/ Bass clarinet: Derek Emch
Bassoon: Alex Meaux
Horn: Garrett Krohn
Violins: Teresa Bellamy and Brandi Main 
Viola: Kathryn Kibbe
Cello: Jonathan Moody
Bass: Jenica Georgeson
Piano: Kevin Bylsma
Harmonium: Robert Ragoonanan
Percussion: Scott Charvet and R. J. Seibert

8:00 - 10:00 pm.

Free Admission

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Professional Development

August 01, 2018

Music in the Alps Festival

Conducting Intensive with Kenneth Kiesler/ Assistan Conductor

November 13, 2017

Conductors Guild: Conductor Training Workshop

Windsor Symphony Orchestra

This is a focused conductor workshop on creating, preparing, and presenting education concerts.  Directed by Maestro Robert Franz, Music Director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Houston Symphony, and Music Director of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Orchestra. 

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