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Music of the Americas 2014 New York Summer Concerts

Fabio Zanon

Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon. Image courtesy of Diane Saldick.  

May 21, 2014

The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas Concert Series closes its 2013-2014 season with a set of concerts that draws on our expertise and connections in Latin America and Canada. These shows will cap off a successful season: in December, Americas Society was awarded the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, which is granted annually to ensembles and presenters nationwide who demonstrate commitment to contemporary chamber music through adventorous, distinctive programming.

  • In collaboration with Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colon, Music of the Americas presents the US premiere of Argentine composer Pablo Ortiz's chamber opera Gallos y Huesos (Roosters and Bones) at HERE, located at 145 Sixth Avenue in SoHo. Sebastián Zubieta conducts the critically acclaimed vocal group Ensemble Meridionalis and Argentine harpist Lucrecia Jancsa. NYU Spanish professor Sergio Chejfec's hypnotically repetitive libretto and Argentine artist Eduardo Stupía's mesmerizing video art set off Ortiz's luminescent tonalities. This production is a part of SubletSeries@HERE, HERE's curated rental program, which provides artists with subsidized space and equipment, as well as technical support. Learn more about this concert and buy tickets.

Excerpts from Gallos y Huesos

  • Montréal-based quintet Ensemble Paramirabo presents a Canadian program at the Americas Society as part of the 2014 mise-en festival, which celebrates young composers and performers from across the globe. Noted for their "total fearlessness," the ensemble advocates for emerging composers, devoting the lion's share of their programming to new works. The members have been performing together since 2008, when they met at the Conservatoire de Musique de Montréal. Most recently, they presented "The Crazies" at the Cabaret le Lion d'Or with soprano Sarah Albu and baritone Vincent Ranallo, featuring a staging of Peter Maxwell-Davies' comic opera Miss Donnithorne's Maggot. Their program at the Americas Society will feature works by Maxime McKinley, Patrick Giguere, Michel Gonneville, and Philippe Leroux, as well as an arrangement of a Frank Zappa work by Symon Henry. Learn more about the concert and buy tickets.

ECM+ présente Ensemble Paramirabo: Attaque à cinq! (excerpts)

  • We continue our adventures with Make Music New York for this year's Mass Flute Appeal, which will bring together many flutists for two complete performances of Canadian composer Henry Brant's Mass in Gregorian Chant for Multiple Flutes ("Mass for June 16") in Central Park to surround the resonant Dalehead Arch, located near 64th Street and West Drive. Brant was a leading composer of music using spatially distributed musicians, and he was especially interested in the antiphonal nature of the performance of Gregorian chant in the acoustically resonant cathedrals in Europe. This event is free and open to the public! Learn more about the performance and how to get involved.

George Steel conducts in Central Park for Make Music New York 2013. Image: Roey Yohai

  • Our final event of the season will feature renowned Brazilian guitarist Fabio Zanon in the opening faculty concert of the New York Guitar Seminar. Zanon has performed more than 40 different works for guitar and orchestra, and his chamber music repertoire and frequent collaborators range from the traditional to the adventurous. In 2009, he released "Yanomami," a recording for choir and guitar with Coro Cervantes, and also published his first book, Villa Lobos, upon the fiftieth anniversary of the death of the great Brazilian composer. Just one year later, he released a recording of Francis Hime's cross-over Guitar Concerto with the São Paulo Symphony Orchestra. Learn more about the concert and buy tickets.

Fabio Zanon plays Bate-Coxa