Americas Society - 680 Park Avenue @ 68th Street, New York - www.as-coa.org/music
Americas Society is the premier organization dedicated to education, debate and dialogue in the Americas. Established by David Rockefeller in 1965, our mission is to foster an understanding of the contemporary, political, social and economic issues confronting Latin America, the Caribbean, and Canada, and to increase public awareness and appreciation of the diverse cultural heritage of the Americas and the importance of the inter-American relationship.
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.