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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 with wide windows, a 15-foot ceiling, and silk fabric walls. 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 the Leonard Nimoy Thalia at 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.

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!

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The Bishop's Band: Codex

Monday, December 29, 2014 - 6:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents an encore performance of The Bishop's Band's program dedicated to late eighteenth-century music from the Codex Trujillo del Perú at Trinity Church for this year's Twelfth Night Festival. ... Read More

Concert: Exponential Ensemble with Adaskin String Trio

Monday, January 26, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents the Exponential Ensemble in collaboration with the Adaskin String Trio at Americas Society. ... Read More

Lucía Pulido: Canciones de Despecho

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents Colombian vocalist Lucía Pulido in a program of popular Latin American love songs. ... Read More

Concert: Cuban Pianist Willanny Darias

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents young Cuban pianist Willanny Darias in recital at Americas Society. ... Read More

Arakaendar: Bolivian Music from the Jesuit Missions

Thursday, March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents the Arakaendar Choir playing Bolivian baroque at The Hispanic Society of America. ... Read More

Concert: Luna Monti and Juan Quintero

Friday, March 6, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents Argentinean duo Luna Monti and Juan Quintero in concert. ... Read More

International Contemporary Ensemble: Mario Davidovsky

Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

The International Contemporary Ensemble will celebrate the music of Argentine composer Mario Davidovsky. ... Read More

Face the Music: New Music from Puerto Rico

Friday, April 24, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents the New York City-based teen ensemble Face the Music in a program of contemporary Puerto Rican music. ... Read More

The Bishop's Band: Music of Gaspar Fernandes

Monday, April 27, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents The Bishop's Band in a program featuring early seventeenth-century Portuguese-Mexican composer Gaspar Fernandes. ... Read More

Wendy Mehne and Pablo Cohen: New Music for Flute and Guitar

Monday, May 11, 2015 - 7:00pm | New York

Music of the Americas presents Ithaca College professors Wendy Mehne and Pablo Cohen in a new music program for flute and guitar. ... Read More

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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.

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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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