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Voices from Latin America

November 8–December 11, 2012

The citywide Voices from Latin America festival was an unprecedented celebration of one of the world’s richest cultures and its influence on the world. Curated by four iconic musicians—composer Osvaldo Golijov (holder of the 2012–2013 Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair), singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil, jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel—the festival presented more than 70 events that encompassed music, dance, film, photography, and visual arts at Carnegie Hall and a dozen partner institutions.

The musical melting pot that is Brazil was explored with Gilberto Gil. Chucho Valdés’s Cuban series presented groundbreaking young artists, time-honored veterans, and the spellbinding ritual traditions of incendiary Afro-Cuban music. Gustavo Dudamel and the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela were featured in a residency that offered symphonic and chamber music, and in a special Discovery Day, Dudamel shared insights into the renowned El Sistema music education program in his homeland.

Carnegie Hall also worked with Celebrate México Now, a festival of contemporary Mexican art and culture, to present an evening of traditional and contemporary Mexican song to honor the late legendary singer Chavela Vargas.

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Festival Partners

Abrons Arts Center at Henry Street Settlement
ACA Galleries, Americas Society
(Art) Amalgamated
Ballet Hispanico
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Brooklyn Public Library, Cecilia de Torres Gallery
Celebrate México Now
Center for Architecture, Cinema Tropical / 92YTribeca
The DiMenna Center for Classical Music
Fingered Media, Flushing Town Hall
Henrique Faria Fine Art
Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture
The Juilliard School, Keyes Art Projects

The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University
El Museo del Barrio
National Museum of the American Indian
The New York Public Library
Music at Our Saviour’s Atonement
The Paley Center for Media
(Le) Poisson Rouge
Port Richmond Library
Pregones Theater
Queens Museum of Art
School of Visual Arts
Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Garden
Tilles Center for the Performing Arts

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.

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