Toomai Quintet

Toomai Quintet. (Image: Jacob Coronado)

Music of the Americas: Online and Strings Live in New York

We feature videos by artists from Brazil and Costa Rica and the Toomai Quintet live in New York.

En Casa continues with new videos by Nicolás Alvarado from Costa Rica and John Mueller with Fabi Félix from Brazil. We also present the Music of the Americas debut of the Toomai Quintet in a program of Cuban music, including three world premieres. 

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En Casa: John Mueller & Fabi Félix

Wednesday, April 17, 10 am

John Mueller is back with a new video, this time joined by singer Fabi Félix, in a new version of his song "Cambalhotas," written in collaboration with Gregory Haertel. The song speaks of the need to step out of our routine, give up on perfection, and enjoy life.

Music of the Americas: Toomai String Quintet

Thursday, April 18, 7 pm

The string quintet, with guests María Brea and Adonis González Matos, premieres music by three of today's most outstanding Cuban composers: Yosvany Terry, Keyla Orozco, and González Matos, alongside music by Ernesto Lecuona and Cachao López. 

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En Casa: Nicolás Alvarado

Friday, April 19, 10 am

Nicolás Alvarado graduated from the Universidad de Costa Rica with a degree in music with an emphasis on classical guitar, where he studied with Randall Dormond. Alvarado has been invited to participate in recitals and festivals including: Pa'lo Escrito Guitar Composers Festival of the UNAM in Mexico City, Ferstival de Guitarra de San José, and the Festival de Guitarra de Guanacaste, among others. He has been a member of the Cuarteto de Guitarras de Costa Rica since 2012. With this group, he has performed in Panama, Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, England, Spain, the United States, and elsewhere. As a solo guitarist, he recorded “EL Principito, una aventura en seis cuerdas," winner of the ACAM award for the best work of incidental music. He currently teaches at the Escuela de Artes Musicales at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

From the Costa Rican capital, he sent us this version of his piece 2021 piece "Lluvia y asfalto," which combines elements of jazz with sounds typical of the classical guitar technique.


The MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series is made possible by the generous support of Presenting Sponsor MetLife Foundation.

The Spring 2024 Music program is also supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature, by the Howard Gilman Foundation, by the Arthur F. and Alice E. Adams Charitable Foundation, by the Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation, by the Alice M. Ditson Fund of Columbia University, by The Amphion Foundation, by the Augustine Foundation, and by the Mex-Am Cultural Foundation.

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