Music of the Americas (concert series)

The Music of the Americas concert series has been presented by Americas Society since 1965 and seeks to showcase a wide range of artists and music from across the western hemisphere.[1] In 2009, the series was renamed the MetLife Foundation Music of the Americas concert series. The music ranges from classical and folk to popular and contemporary in an effort to highlight the diversity of musical activity in the Americas. Since its inception in 1965, the Music of the Americas concert series has presented a wide range of internationally renowned artists, including Plácido Domingo, the Spanish Harlem Orchestra, Nelson Freire, Inti-Illimani, and Chango Spasiuk,[2] as well as music not often presented elsewhere in the area.[3] The Music of the Americas program has been under the direction of Sebastián Zubieta since 2005.

Music of the Americas
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Meridionalis at Americas Society
Formation1965
Headquarters680 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10065
Websitemusicoftheamericas.org

The concert series is free and takes place at Americas Society’s headquarters on the upper east side of New York City at 680 Park Avenue. The building, which has served as Americas Society’s headquarters since David Rockefeller created the organization,[4] is a New York City landmark and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, and was previously the home of Percy Rivington Pyne II before serving as the Soviet Mission to the United Nations until its current usage. Along with the neighboring buildings of the Queen Sofía Spanish Institute and the Italian Consulate General, the house constitutes one of the few remaining unified architectural ensembles on Park Avenue.[5]

The primary venue in the building for the concert series is the Salon Simón Bolivar, an expansive room in the building’s Neo-Federal style with wide windows, a 15-foot ceiling, and wood-paneled and silk fabric walls.

Music NotesEdit

Music Notes is a series of online articles from the music department of Americas Society about the Music of the Americas concert series. The articles offer media from recent concerts and discuss issues and ideas brought up by the artists and music.

Music of the Americas CDEdit

The Americas Society music program produces a compilation CD that showcases artists from the past season. Artists on the 2010 CD include Larry Harlow, Inti-Illimani, and Eddy Marcano.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "About the concert series". Americas Society. Archived from the original on 2011-07-09. Retrieved 2010-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "The Americas Society". New York Magazine. Retrieved 2010-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "La Fontegara at Americas Society, April 16, 2010". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2010-04-25. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ "About Americas Society". Americas Society. Archived from the original on 2008-04-15. Retrieved 2010-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Americas Society". nyc-architecture.com. Retrieved 2010-06-09. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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