American composer Gabriela Lena Frank's music is influenced by her Peruvian heritage, and often includes Latin American instruments such as pan flute and charango guitar. She was the subject of the PBS documentary Peregrinos, about her symphony that was inspired by the stories of undocumented Latino immigrants. In 2013, Frank received the Medal of Excellence from the Sphinx Organization, which recognizes extraordinary classical musicians of color. Listen to her piece, "Leyendas: An Andean Walkabout performed by Boston's "A Far Cry!"
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