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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!


Film screening: Redes

Thursday, May 4, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

A singular coming together of talents, Redes, commissioned by a progressive Mexican government, was cowritten and shot by photographer Paul Strand, with a recently recorded score by Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas. ... Read More

Film screening: André Midani – Do vinil ao download

Thursday, May 11, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Based on the autobiography of noted music executive André Midani, Do vinil ao download (From Vinyl to Download) explores Brazilian music throughout his five-decade career through informal gatherings and jam sessions at his home, featuring Caetano Veloso, Jorge Ben Jor, Gilberto Gil, and Marisa Monte, among other luminaries of the industry. ... Read More

Maithuna: Portrait of Mario Lavista

Monday, May 22, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

In collaboration with the Centro de Experimentación del Teatro Colón, Music of the Americas presents the U.S. premiere of Mexican composer Mario Lavista’s Maithuna, after the eponymous poem of Octavio Paz, as well as his Salmo for soprano and double bass, and other works. ... Read More

Yarn/Wire: New Music from Colombia

Friday, May 26, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Two-piano, two-percussion quartet Yarn/Wire has their Americas Society debut in a program focusing on living composers from Colombia, including Ricardo Gallo, Carolina Noguera, and Damián Ponce de León. ... Read More

Pablo Ortiz: Vocal Portrait

Thursday, June 1, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Argentine composer Pablo Ortiz last collaborated with Music of the Americas on the U.S. premiere of his chamber opera Gallos y huesos in 2014. Sebastián Zubieta leads ensemble Meridionalis in a performance of several of Ortiz’s recent choral works, including Maizal del Gregoriano, set to text of Arnaldo Calveyra, and Leaving Limerick, on text by Richard Blanco. ... Read More

Clélia Iruzun: Piano recital

Wednesday, June 7, 2017 - 7:00pm | New York

Brazilian concert pianist Clélia Iruzun has her Americas Society debut with music from the Americas and Europe, including solo works by Villa-Lobos, Lecuona, Chopin, Mignon, and Gottschalk.  ... 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.

Jumpstart the New Year with Music of the Americas

Thursday, December 1, 2016  |  Martha Cargo

Music of the Americas opens 2017 with folkloric music from Argentina fused with música popular brasileira, violin music from the Americas, Haitian virtuoso vocals, Cuban colonial music, a tribute to an Argentine songwriting legend, and a Cordóba-based festival bringing classical music to the local community. ... Read More