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Music of the Americas

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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!


Eybler Quartet: Time Uncharted

Thursday, December 12, 2019 - 7:00pm | New York

In their New York debut, Eybler Quartet gives the U.S. premieres of Peruvian string quartet music written in the 1820s. ... Read More

Ars Longa: From Cuba and the New World

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 7:30pm

Join Music of the Americas for a specialty of the Bourbon dynasty, emphasizing the Cuban chapel master of the 18th century, Esteban Salas y Castro. ... Read More

Yamandu Costa: In Concert

Friday, April 24, 2020 - 7:00pm | New York

Admission: Ticketing information for this event will be updated and available shortly. 
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Sunday, June 21, 2020 - 8:30pm

Americas Society presents k’uKu, a site-specific composition we commissioned from Peruvian artist Pauchi Sasaki. ... Read More

New York Guitar Seminar Concert

Tuesday, June 30, 2020 - 7:00pm | New York

Americas Society and the New York Guitar Seminar will feature performances by many prominent guitarists.  ... 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.