• Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012

    Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela Close Voices from Latin America festival with Six-Day Residency, December 7-12

    Musicians from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra To Perform Numerous Concerts at Carnegie Hall and in New York City’s Five Boroughs as part of the Neighborhood Concert Series 
    Final Week of Citywide Festival Features Events at The Paley Center for Media, 92YTribeca, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Flushing Town Hall, Pregones Theater, Brooklyn Public Library, Snug Harbor Cultural Center, and The DiMenna Center for Classical Music 
    Image of Gustavo Dudamel by Luis Cobelo.
    The Simón Bolivar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV) and Music Director Gustavo Dudamel hit New York this December to close Carnegie Hall’s month-long, citywide Voices from Latin America festival with a six-day residency. From December 7 to 12, musicians from the SBSOV will appear in five concerts at Carnegie Hall—including two conducted by Maestro Dudamel—and five free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts, with one in each of the city’s five boroughs.

    The series kicks off on Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage when the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble led by conductor Thomas Clamor plays a high-energy program of exuberant works from Latin American and beyond. Also that evening, musicians from the SBSOV appear in their first two free Neighborhood Concerts, with performances at Flushing Town Hall in Queens and the Pregones Theater in the Bronx.

    On Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m. in Zankel Hall, Gustavo Dudamel and Dr. José Antonio Abreu, founder of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, participate in a Carnegie Hall Discovery Day focused on El Sistema, Venezuela’s national system of youth orchestras and music education in which musicians of SBSOV and Maestro Dudamel were trained. The Discovery Day offers a panel discussion, a keynote speech by Dr. Leon Botstein, and a screening of the 2011 documentary Dudamel: Let the Children Play. That evening, on Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Zankel Hall, musicians of the SBSOV perform a program entitled Musica nueva, with pianists Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba featured as soloists in the US premieres of their new works, as well as premieres from composers Enrico Chapela and Esteban Benzecry.

    On Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela appears in a Carnegie Hall Family Concert (conductor to be announced) with pre-concert activities scheduled to begin at 1:00 p.m. Also on Sunday, musicians from SBSOV perform free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts at Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library, and at Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden in Staten Island.

    Gustavo Dudamel then conducts the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela in two concerts in Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. The first, on Monday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m. features a trio of 20th-century Latin American works, including Silvestre Revueltas’s wild La noche de los Mayas, Carlos Chávez’s Sinfonía india, and Julián Orbón’s Tres versiones sinfónicas. On Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m., Maestro Dudamel conducts the SBSOV in performances of “Chaac (Maya Water God)” from Esteban Benzecry’s 2008 work Rituales Amerindios, Heitor Villa-Lobos’s Chôros No. 10, a monumental piece of Brazilian musical nationalism, and Antonio Estévez’s Cantata criolla, a portrait of the Venezuelan spirit. For this program, SBSOV are joined by tenor Aquiles Machado, baritone Gaspar Colón, and the Westminster Symphonic Choir under the direction of Joe Miller.

    The December 10 concert will be aired on WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and stations nationwide as part of the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast and digital series, produced by WQXR and Carnegie Hall in collaboration with American Public Media and hosted by WQXR’s Jeff Spurgeon and American Public Media’s Fred Child. Concerts in the series are available for live streaming on wqxr.org and carnegiehall.org/wqxr. During every live broadcast, WQXR, Carnegie Hall, and digital partner NPR Music will host live web chats, including Twitter commentary by the broadcast team, from backstage and in the control room, connecting national and international fans to the music and to each other.

    The residency by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela concludes on Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m. with a free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert held at The DiMenna Center for Classical Music in Manhattan. This concert will be preceded by a New York Seminario, a daylong musical retreat of music-making and learning with more than 100 students and teachers from local El Sistema programs or “nucleos” who will rehearse and perform select repertoire, led by members of the orchestra. The day is presented in partnership with the Orchestra of St. Luke's and designed collaboratively with local program directors including Harmony Program, Corona Youth Music Program, WHIN Program, UpBeat NYC, and Union City Music Project of New Jersey.

    Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America is a citywide festival from November 8 to December 11, 2012, inviting audiences to explore the incredibly diverse cultures of Latin America. Developed under the guidance of four internationally-acclaimed musicians serving as artistic advisors—singer/songwriter and guitarist Gilberto Gil, jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, and composer Osvaldo Golijov—the Voices from Latin America festival encompasses music, dance, film, and visual arts of many regions with more than 70 performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner cultural institutions, including particular focuses on music of Cuba, Brazil, Venezuela, and Mexico.

    For a full listing of festival events, interviews with artists, and other content providing insight into the Voices from Latin America festival offerings, please visit carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica.

    For a complete press kit, please click here.


    Artist Information
    Concurrently serving as Music Director of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conductor Gustavo Dudamel invigorates audiences of all ages throughout the world. Having triumphed in performances at the 2012 Olympics in London, Mr. Dudamel continues to lead the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra in his native Venezuela as well as on tour, in his 14th season as music director. In addition to Voices from Latin America festival appearances at Carnegie Hall, late fall 2012 touring with the Bolívars includes performances at Berkeley’s CalPresents, Chicago’s Symphony Hall, Washington’s Kennedy Center, and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. In April 2013, Mr. Dudamel and the Bolívars are joined by Lang Lang for the world premiere of Esteban Benzecry’s Piano Concerto, and their season concludes with a production of Tannhäuser at the Bogotá Opera in June 2013, followed by a 2013 summer residency at the Salzburg Festival.

    Mr. Dudamel is in his fourth season as Music Director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where his contract has already been extended until 2018-2019, the orchestra’s 100th season. Under his leadership the Los Angeles Philharmonic has extended its reach to an unprecedented extent via LA Phil LIVE, theater-casts of Los Angeles Philharmonic concerts which have reached audiences throughout North America, Europe, and South America, and through Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA), influenced by Venezuela’s widely successful El Sistema. With YOLA, Gustavo brings music to children in the underserved communities of Los Angeles, and also serves as an inspiration for similar efforts throughout the United States, as well as for programs in Sweden and Scotland. An exclusive Deutsche Grammophon artist since 2005, Mr. Dudamel’s most recent recordings include the CD, DVD, and PBS telecast of the live Vienna Philharmonic Schönbrunn concert, The Summer Night Concert (CD and DVD: August 2012); Gustavo Dudamel: Discoveries, a compilation of recording activities with the Vienna and Berlin Philharmonics, the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, and Gothenburg Symphony (CD, DVD, and digital: September 2012); and Dudamel: Mahler 8—Symphony of a Thousand Live from Caracas (CD, DVD, and Blu-Ray: October 2012), featuring the combined forces of the LA Phil and the Bolívars. Also anticipated for release during the 2012–2013 season are the Mahler Symphonies No. 7 (CD / Bolívars) and No. 9 (CD / LA Phil).

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela (SBSOV, formerly Simón Bolívar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela) comprises over 200 musicians and is the flagship of Venezuela’s National System of Youth and Children’s Orchestras (El Sistema, founded in 1975 by maestro José Antonio Abreu), which involves some 400,000 musicians from across the country in a system of pre-school orchestras (4 to 6 years), over 90 children’s orchestras (7 to 16), over 130 youth orchestras (16 to 20), and over 30 professional adult symphony orchestras. The orchestral program allows the musicians of the SBSOV to explore a demanding repertory through master classes and concerts, involving soloists from leading orchestras and arts institutions, such as the members of the Berliner Philharmoniker, the Sibelius Academy of Finland, Stuttgart Bachakademie, and the New England Conservatory in Boston, to name a few. Their work and exchange with international conductors includes Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, in addition to working for months of the year with Gustavo Dudamel, their Music Director and also a product of El Sistema. The SBSOV has toured throughout the world, appearing in such prestigious locations as the Berlin Philharmonie, Teatro alla Scala in Milan, Vienna’s Konzerthaus, the BBC Proms, the Schleswig-Holstein Festival, the Edinburgh Festival, the Salzburg Festival, and the Lucerne Easter Festival. In fall 2007, the orchestra undertook a major North American tour with sold-out concerts in Mexico, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Boston, and at Carnegie Hall in New York, where the orchestra was conducted by Gustavo Dudamel and Sir Simon Rattle as part of the Berlin in Lights festival.

    VOICES FROM LATIN AMERICA WEEK FOUR
    For a complete schedule, visit carnegiehall.org/latinamerica

    Screenings from The Paley Center Collection
    Saturday, December 1 at 3:00 p.m.
    Sunday, December 2 at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
    The Paley Center for Media

    The Paley Center for Media screens a number of films exploring Latin American themes, including, on December 1—Visiones: Latino Art and Culture (2003) and La Plaza Special: Tania Maria (1985). Screenings continue on December 2 with Flight to Rhythm (1949), Eyewitness: The New Beat (1962), and Camera Three: Gilberto Gil (1971). Additional screenings for families held on December 2 include a selection of musical children’s programs that are from or are inspired by Central and South America, including the shorts Open a Door, The Backyardigans, and Go Diego Go! Presented by The Paley Center for Media.
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    Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, and Chucho Valdés
    Tuesday, December 4 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    Four jazz-piano legends join forces for the first time in this celebration of Afro-Cuban jazz. Included in this piano extravaganza are solos, duos, and a conclusion with all four together on stage
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    Arnaldo Antunes and Orquestra Imperial
    Wednesday, December 5 at 8:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    A double-bill of contrasts from Brazil: Orquestra Imperial, a retro-chic homage to big bands from the 1950s, plays sambas and other dance classics, while poet and singer-songwriter Arnaldo Antunes’s hypnotically quirky vision is on display in an acoustic set with guitar accompaniment.
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    Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series
    Thursday, December 6 and 13 at 7:00 p.m. (also November 15 and 29)
    92YTribeca

    Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series celebrates Voices from Latin America with screenings of representative documentaries that honor the best of Latin American music and its rich diversity and legacy. Question-and-answer sessions with special guests follow each screening, along with live performances at Cafe 92YTribeca. Presented by Cinema Tropical and 92YTribeca.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    Flushing Town Hall (Queens)
    FREE

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Friday, December 7 at 7:00 p.m.
    Pregones Theater (Bronx)
    FREE

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.
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    Venezuelan Brass Ensemble
    Friday, December 7 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, opens the Venezuelan celebration at Carnegie Hall with conductor Thomas Clamor in an evening of exuberant music making that features works from Latin America and beyond.
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    Discovery Day: El Sistema
    Saturday, December 8 at 1:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    This day of talks and panel discussions explores Venezuela’s spectacularly successful El Sistema social-action movement and its influence on educational thinking in the United States with keynote speaker Dr. Leon Botstein; panelists Dr. José Antonio Abreu, and Gustavo Dudamel; and moderator Jeremy Geffen. The afternoon features a keynote lecture, a panel discussion, and a screening of the documentary Dudamel: Let the Children Play.
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    Música nueva
    Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall

    Pianists Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba present the US premieres of their own new works with members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela on a program that also includes new music from Enrico Chapela and Esteban Benzecry.

    The Fast Forward series of concerts is sponsored by Ernst & Young LLP

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall commissions is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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    Os Mutantes
    Saturday, December 8 at 7:30 p.m.
    Sunday, December 9 at 8:30 p.m.
    (Le) Poisson Rouge

    A central part of the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s, Os Mutantes has influenced today’s biggest artists, including The Flaming Lips and Beck. The legendary Brazilian psychedelic rock band performs two special concerts. Presented by (Le) Poisson Rouge.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Sunday, December 9 at 1:30 p.m.
    Brooklyn Public Library, Central Library
    Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture
    FREE

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.
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    Carnegie Hall Family Concert with Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela perform a program as part of Carnegie Hall’s Family Concert series. The conductor for this performance will be announced at a later date.

    Lead support for Carnegie Hall Family Concerts is provided by The Irene Diamond Fund.

    Carnegie Hall Family Concerts are also made possible, in part, by endowment gifts from The Irene Diamond Fund, Mr. and Mrs. Lester S. Morse Jr., and the Henry and Lucy Moses Fund.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m.

    Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
    Veterans Memorial Hall (Staten Island)
    FREE

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.
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    Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel
    Monday, December 10 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela performs works by Chavez, Orbón and Revueltas under the direction of Gustavo Dudamel.

    Sponsored, in part, by Mercantil Servicios Financieros

    Funding for the Carnegie Hall Live broadcast series is provided by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
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    Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela with Gustavo Dudamel
    Tuesday, December 11 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall

    Gustavo Dudamel leads the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and the Westminster Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Joe Miller, as they perform works by Benzecry, Villa-Lobos and Estevez. Featured soloists include: tenor, Aquiles Machado, and baritone, Gaspar Colón.

    This concert and the Choral Classics series are made possible, in part, by an endowment fund for choral music established by S. Donald Sussman in memory of Judith Arron and Robert Shaw.
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    Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert: Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela
    Wednesday, December 12 at 6:30 p.m.
    The DiMenna Center for Classical Music (Manhattan)
    FREE

    The Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concert Series is sponsored by Target®.



    ONGOING EXHIBITIONS

    Caribbean: Crossroads of the World
    Tuesday, June 12, 2012–Sunday, January 6, 2013

    El Museo del Barrio (1230 Fifth Avenue; elmuseo.org, 212-831-7272)
    Suggested donation for admission $9; $5 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 12

    The Studio Museum in Harlem (144 West 125th Street; studiomuseum.org, 212-864-4500)
    Suggested donation for admission $7; $3 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 12

    Queens Museum of Art (New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park; queensmuseum.org, 718-592-9700)
    Suggested donation for admission $5; $2.50 for seniors/students; free for museum members and children under 5

    This multi-themed exhibition features over 550 works by 379 artists. Presenting work at the three museums and accompanied by an ambitious range of programs and events, Caribbean: Crossroads offers an unprecedented opportunity to explore the diverse and impactful cultural history of the Caribbean basin and its diaspora.
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    Urban Archives: Rituals of Chaos
    Thursday, July 19, 2012–Sunday, January 6, 2013
    The Bronx Museum of the Arts (1040 Grand Concourse; bronxmuseum.org, 718-681-6000)
    FREE

    Monica Espinel, Guest Curator. This exhibition pairs the work of Mexico’s Enrique Metinides with that of contemporary artists to provide a glimpse into the emotions and events that run rampant in cities where massive concentrations of people congregate. Presented by The Bronx Museum of the Arts.
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    Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space
    Saturday, September 29–Saturday, December 8
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)
    FREE

    Co-organized with Sala Mendoza and Fundación Gego. Curated by Josefina Manrique and Gabriela Rangel. Widely known as “Gego,” German-born Venezuelan Gertrud Goldschmidt is one of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th century. In celebration of Gego’s 100th anniversary, the exhibition features a significant group of early and unknown works that examine Gego’s artistic research. Presented by Americas Society.
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    Lidya Buzio: Painter and Sculptor of Clay
    Fall 2012
    Cecilia de Torres Gallery (134-140 Greene Street; ceciliadetorres.com, 212-431-5869)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Lidya Buzio has worked in clay in New York since 1972. Her Italian heritage, Uruguayan upbringing, and her New York life have produced works that are unique for the medium—a never before seen fusion of painting and sculpture made of red clay. The exhibition features New York cityscapes, with their evocative rooflines, architectural details, and water towers; and a new series of abstract geometric sculptures with glowing, burnished surfaces in bright primary colors. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.
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    Voodoo Alters Zombies and Oil Cans
    Thursday, October 4–Thursday, December 6
    Gallery 151 (132 West 18th Street; juliekeyesart.com, 631-725-8610)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1 at 6:00 p.m.

    Scholar and art historian Mary Jo McConnell has selected representative pieces of narrative art from her extensive collection of Haitian works to exhibit at Keyes Art Projects. The vibrant paintings will be juxtaposed with photography by Jill Peters that illuminates the life of Haitian refugees in Florida. Curated by Mary Jo McConnell. Presented by Keyes Art Projects.
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    Tres perspectivas: Contemporary Art from Latin America
    Wednesday, October 17—Monday, December 31
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall (881 Seventh Avenue)
    FREE to Zankel Hall ticket holders

    In the lobby spaces of Zankel Hall, the work of three visual artists—Argentina’s Leandro Katz and Marta Minujín, and Venezuela’s Luis Molina-Pantin—offers differing perspectives on Latin American themes. Presented by Carnegie Hall in cooperation with the Americas Society and Henrique Faria Fine Art.
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    Luis Jimenez
    Thursday, November 1–Wednesday, November 28
    ACA Galleries (529 West 20th Street, Fifth Floor; acagalleries.com, 212-206-8080)
    FREE

    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    ACA Art Galleries will present a mini-retrospective of fiberglass sculptures and works on paper by Luis Jimenez. Luis Jimenez (1940-2006) was born in El Paso, Texas, the son of Mexican immigrants. His artwork celebrates working-class culture and history, especially that of Mexican Americans. He died, tragically, in 2006 when one of his own sculptures fell on him. Presented by ACA Galleries. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.
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    Material Breach
    Wednesday, November 14–Saturday, December 15
    (Art) Amalgamated (317 Tenth Avenue, Ground Floor; artamalgamated.com, 212-334-0403)
    FREE

    Artist Discussion: Wednesday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m.
    Opening Reception: Thursday, November 15 at 6:00 p.m.

    (Art) Amalgamated brings together a group of Latin American artists whose works transform the utility of commonplace domestic or creative materials, divesting them of their prescribed functionality in ways that generate new meaning and new sets of cultural and visual associations. The works incorporate images that have a historic connection to the tropics and colonial past, infusing them with the individual artist's own interpretations of that history. Artists include Héctor Madera Gonzales, José Lerma, and Héctor Acre-Espasas. Presented by (Art) Amalgamated. Coordinated by the Keyes Art Projects.

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    Lead funding for Voices from Latin America is provided by grants from the Ford Foundation and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

    Sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ and Mercantil Servicios Financieros.

    Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Consulate General of Brazil in New York.


    Osvaldo Golijov is the holder of the 2012–2013 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair at Carnegie Hall.


    Bank of America is the Proud Season Sponsor of Carnegie Hall.

    Breguet is the Exclusive Timepiece of Carnegie Hall.

    United is the Official Airline of Carnegie Hall.

    For additional high resolution images of featured artists during the Voices from Latin America festival, please contact the Carnegie Hall Public Relations Office at 212-903-9750 or publicrelations@carnegiehall.org.

    Tickets for events taking place at Carnegie Hall are available at the Carnegie Hall Box Office, 154 West 57th Street, or can be charged to major credit cards by calling CarnegieCharge at 212-247-7800 or by visiting the Carnegie Hall website, carnegiehall.org.

    For tickets to Voices from Latin America partner events, please contact the specific venue.

    For Carnegie Hall Corporation presentations taking place in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage, a limited number of seats, priced at $10, will be available day-of-concert beginning at 11:00 a.m. Monday through Saturday and 12:00 noon on Sunday until one hour before the performance or until supply lasts. The exceptions are Carnegie Hall Family Concerts and gala events. These $10 tickets are available to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis at the Carnegie Hall Box Office only. There is a two-ticket limit per customer.

    In addition, for all Carnegie Hall presentations in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage a limited number of partial view (seats with obstructed or limited sight lines or restricted leg room) will be sold for 50% of the full price. For more information on this and other discount ticket programs, including those for students, Notables members, and Bank of America customers, visit carnegiehall.org/discounts
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