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The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas Concert Series, recipient of the 2014 CMA/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming, fulfills an essential part of the cultural mission of Americas Society, annually showcasing dozens of talented artists hailing from across the hemisphere. Presented year-round, the concerts include a wealth of diverse music and performers, ranging from contemporary classical to folk-roots to reggae and jazz. The primary venue for the series is Americas Society’s own Salon Simón Bolivar, an expansive room in the organization’s neo-federal-style headquarters. Music of the Americas has collaborated with other presenters, including Lincoln Center Out of Doors and the National Museum of the American Indian, and has also presented artists at such prestigious venues as Carnegie Hall’s Weill Hall and Symphony Space.

Music of the Americas seeks to further Americas Society’s mission by engaging artists and concertgoers alike in meaningful dialogue through a shared love of excellent music. The series aims to present artists that are both superb musicians in their own right and cultural ambassadors of myriad social and musical traditions, creating a vibrant space and a unique opportunity to hear distinctive and significant music.

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Since 1965, the Music of the Americas Concert Series has presented musical luminaries such as Plácido Domingo, Antonio Meneses, Mercedes Sosa, Hermeto Pascoal, Continuum Ensemble, Larry Harlow, Inti-Illimani, Cuarteto Latinoamericano, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, and many others.

All MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concerts take place at Americas Society’s headquarters and partnering organizations across New York City. By presenting diverse artists in an intimate and acoustically superb venue, the concert series brings together an ever-expanding urban audience with consistently high-caliber musicians from across the hemisphere, showcasing oft-underrepresented music and rendering it immediate and accessible. The events are open to the public and Americas Society members enjoy FREE admission. Click here to become a member today!


Felipe Lara: Meditations, Translations, and Calligraphy

Saturday, May 7, 2016 - 7:00pm | New York

Brazilian composer Felipe Lara, currently in residence at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, presents a program of electroacoustic compositions from the last decade. ... Read More

Concert: New York New Music Ensemble

Monday, May 9, 2016 - 7:00pm | New York

New York New Music Ensemble returns to Americas Society with a program of contemporary music from the hemisphere. ... Read More

Colloquium Launch: Puerto Rican Soundscapes

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas hosts a panel discussion and reception with the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College. ... Read More

Opera: Inteligencia Artificial

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - 7:00pm | New York

In collaboration with the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón, Music of the Americas presents the U.S. premiere of Miguel Galperin's Inteligencia Artificial. ... Read More

Make Music New York: Alberto Ginastera

Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 5:00pm | New York

Members of the International Contemporary Ensemble will perform Argentine luminary Alberto Ginastera's rarely heard Serenata and a reprise of Mario Davidovsky's Divertimento a 8 'Ambiguous Symmetries,' commissioned by Americas Society. ... Read More

New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 2016: Alberto Ginastera

Wednesday, July 6, 2016 - 7:00pm | New York

In collaboration with the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Music of the Americas presents a program of guitar music by Argentine luminary Alberto Ginastera. ... Read More

Music Department articles offering insight into the performances showcased by the Americas Society. Learn more about music from South and Central America, the Caribbean, Mexico, and Canada.


Visit the Music of the Americas store to view and purchase releases from artists who have performed as part of the Music of the Americas concert series.

Music of the Americas has released its first ever CD available under the Live at Music of the Americas label! Recorded live at Americas Society in 2009 and produced by Americas Society's own Sebastián Zubieta, the CD features Eddy Marcano Cuarteto Acústico and is available for download on iTunes, Amazon, and other stores. Listen to excerpts, read the liner notes, and see photos from the 2009 concert at Americas Society below.  

Eddy Marcano Cuarteto Acústico Live At Music of the Americas - Eddy Marcano, Gustavo Carucí, Héctor Molina, Layo Puentes


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