• Thursday, Jan 26, 2012

    Carnegie Hall Presents Voices from Latin America

    November 8 to December 11, 2012
    Carnegie Hall with Four Acclaimed Musicians as Artistic Advisors—Gustavo Dudamel, Gilberto Gil, Osvaldo Golijov, and Chucho Valdés—Presents Month-Long Citywide Festival Celebrating Arts & Culture of Latin America and Its Influence Around the Globe
    Performers Include Gilberto Gil; Paulinho da Viola; Gustavo Dudamel with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela; Chucho Valdés with Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, & Gonzalo Rubalcaba;Yoruba Andabo; Tania Libertad; Eugenia León; Arnaldo Antunes; and Many Others
    ((For Immediate Release: January 26, 2012, NEW YORK)—Carnegie Hall today announced Voices from Latin America, a citywide festival from November 8 to December 11, 2012 inviting audiences to explore the incredibly diverse culture of Latin America. Developed under the guidance of four internationally-acclaimed musicians serving as artistic advisors—composer Osvaldo Golijov, conductor Gustavo Dudamel, jazz pianist and composer Chucho Valdés, and singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gilberto Gil—the Voices from Latin America festival encompasses music, dance, film, photography, and visual arts of many regions with performances and events at Carnegie Hall and partner cultural institutions, including particular focuses on music of Brazil, Cuba, Venezuela, and Mexico.

    “We’ve long aspired to create an exploration of the rich culture of Latin America, fascinating in its own right, but particularly interesting when you consider the extraordinary influence it has had on culture around the world,” said Clive Gillinson, Executive and Artistic Director of Carnegie Hall. “We couldn’t have wished for four better musical ambassadors to help us create this festival than Gustavo, Gilberto, Osvaldo, and Chucho, all of whom have been remarkably generous in giving of their time, insights, and talents. With the participation of leading cultural institutions across the city, we look forward to an expansive and intriguing celebration.”

    Voices from Latin America features performances by artists representing a variety of different musical traditions. Three of the festival’s artistic advisors have curated series of concerts that spotlight their own musical cultures and their influence around the world: Gilberto Gil, looking at Brazilian popular music; Chucho Valdés, exploring the development of Afro-Cuban jazz; and Gustavo Dudamel, focusing on the influential El Sistema movement in Venezuela, including an extended New York residency by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. Carnegie Hall also partners with Celebrate México Now—the annual festival of Mexican art and culture in New York City—to present festival programs across the five boroughs of New York City, focusing on the music and culture of Mexico, culminating with a tribute to legendary singer Chavela Vargas at Carnegie Hall. Overall, Voices from Latin America offers a wide range of music including popular Brazilian styles such as samba, forró, MPB (música popular brasileira), and other traditional music from Northeastern Brazil; Cuban rumba; Afro-Cuban jazz; and diverse genres of Mexican song, plus music from a variety of Latin American classical and jazz composers.

    Through collaborations with other prestigious cultural institutions and a series of free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts in community venues, the reach of the festival extends throughout New York City, spanning different art forms, including music, dance, film, panel discussions, photography, and art exhibitions, providing insight into diverse Latin American cultures that continue to fuel the world’s imagination. Voices from Latin America partners include: The Americas Society, Ballet Hispanico, Celebrate México Now, Cinema Tropical in partnership with 92YTribeca, The Juilliard School, Keyes Art Projects, The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University, El Museo del Barrio, The New York Public Library, The Paley Center for Media, (Le) Poisson Rouge, Pregones Theater, Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church, and Snug Harbor Cultural Center & Botanical Gardens, among others.

    A complete schedule for Voices from Latin America will be announced in summer 2012. Tied to Voices from Latin America, Carnegie Hall has launched a special web site: carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica. This online companion site will feature up-to-date information on festival events, interviews with artists, slideshows, and other content providing insight into Voices from Latin America festival offerings.

    For a video overview of the festival featuring interviews with Osvaldo Golijov, Chucho Valdés, Gilberto Gil, and Gustavo Dudamel, please click here.

    Voices from Latin America Programming at Carnegie Hall
    Please Note: SA/PS=Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage; ZH=Zankel Hall

    Voices from Brazil: The Voices from Latin America festival launches at Carnegie Hall with a performance in Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage by Gilberto Gil—one of Brazil’s most revered and popular musicians (November 8, SA/PS). For this performance, the singer, songwriter, guitarist, and former Brazilian minister of culture returns to his musical roots with an evening of forró, the infectious dance music from Northeastern Brazil. Over the following three weeks, Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Brazil musical offerings include programs created in collaboration with Gil, looking at the diversity and vitality of Brazilian popular music and its influence on global popular culture. These performances include: a concert of sambas and choros by Paulinho da Viola—Brazil’s greatest living sambista—making his Carnegie Hall debut (November 28, SA/PS); Music From Northeastern Brazil—a double-bill program in which virtuoso flutist and improviser Carlos Malta plays with Pife Muderno, a performer of traditional flute and drum music—followed by the band Os Cordestinos in a set of folk and contemporary music (November 29, ZH); another double-bill concert—this one of contrasting Brazilian music styles—featuring Orquestra Imperial, a retro-chic homage to big bands from the 1950s playing a set of sambas and dance classics, after which poet and singer-songwriter Arnaldo Antunes performs an acoustic set with guitar accompaniment (December 5, ZH); and MPB: The New Generation, a concert featuring some of today’s best performers of MPB (música popular brasileira), a blend of bossa nova, samba, regional folk music, and rock ‘n’ roll (December 3, ZH).

    Voices from Cuba: Internationally-acclaimed pianist, composer, bandleader, and educator Chucho Valdés—the leading figure in contemporary Afro-Cuban jazz—pays homage to the genre and its worldwide influence by curating a series of Cuban-focused performances. Performances include: an all-star, four-piano concert featuring Valdés with Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, and Gonzalo Rubalcaba in a jazz program of solos, duos, and quartets (December 4, SA/PS); Afro-Cuban Jazz: The Younger Generation, featuring rising star ensembles Dayramir and Habana enTRANCE in a double bill performance with the Aldo López-Gavilán Quartet (November 16, ZH); legendary folkloric group Yoruba Andabo (“friends of Yoruba culture”) performing an evening of Cuban rumba with singers, percussionists, and dancers (November 30, ZH); and a performance by the Chucho Valdés Quartet (December 1, ZH).

    Voices from Venezuela: Venezuela’s Gustavo Dudamel has quickly emerged on the world stage as one of today’s most exciting figures in classical music. For the festival’s Venezuela series, Dudamel brings the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela to Carnegie Hall for a residency that includes symphonic and chamber music concerts as well as a focus on his native country’s influential El Sistema social-action education program. Performances include: the Venezuelan Brass Ensemble—drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra—performing an exuberant program under conductor Thomas Clamor featuring works from Latin America and beyond (December 7, SA/PS) and a chamber music program entitled Música nueva with Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela and solo pianists Danilo Pérez and Gonzalo Rubalcaba performing the US premieres of four newly commissioned works for Carnegie Hall by Pérez, Rubalcaba, Enrico Chapela, and Esteban Benzecry (December 8, ZH). This performance is preceded by an afternoon event in Zankel Hall, Discovery Day: El Sistema, in which a number of speakers discuss Venezuela’s successful El Sistema program and its influence on educational thinking in the United States (December 8, ZH).

    The Voices from Latin America festival closes with two performances on consecutive evenings at Carnegie Hall by the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, conducted by Music Director Gustavo Dudamel (December 10 and December 11, SA/PS). The orchestra’s first program features Carlos Chávez’s Sinfonía india, Julián Orbón’s Tres versiones sinfónicas and Silvestre Revueltas’ La noche de los Mayas. The second concert performed with the Westminster Symphonic Choir features Esteban Benzecry’s Chaac (Maya Water God) from Rituales Amerindios, Chôros No.10 by Heitor Villa-Lobos, and Antonio Estévez’s Cantata criolla.

    Voices from Mexico: Carnegie Hall honors the song traditions of Mexico with A Tribute to Chavela Vargas in which three celebrated Mexican singers—Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad—join forces for the first time to pay tribute to the legendary singer in an evening of traditional and contemporary Mexican song (November 27, SA/PS). This program marks the cornerstone of the 2012 Celebrate México Now festival—an annual celebration of contemporary Mexican art and culture that joins with Carnegie Hall’s Voices from Latin America festival this year to further extend the citywide focus on Latin American culture.

    Voices from Latin America Programming Throughout New York City
    A complete festival calendar will be announced in summer 2012.

    A series of free Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts—presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute in community venues throughout New York City—invites audiences to experience a diverse range of music from Latin America in the city’s five boroughs. This free concert series includes five performances by chamber groups drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela. In addition, the series will present four concerts featuring Mexican artists and music including Mexican jarocho virtuoso Celso Duarte and jazz singer Magos Herrera.

    Programming highlights at partner venues across New York City include a multifaceted series of Latin American music, literature, and visual arts events at the Americas Society. These include five concerts featuring jazz, classical, and contemporary music and musicians from Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico; an interdisciplinary literary series featuring poets, writers, and environmentalists examining aesthetic, social, and political issues in eco-literature across Latin America; and a visual arts exhibition, Xul Solar and Jorge Luis Borges, with accompanying public programs, which explores the public and private aspects of the long intellectual friendship and vigorous exchange of ideas between these two prolific and iconic Argentine figures.

    The New York Public Library hosts a series of dance, percussion, and poetry events at branches throughout the city in November, including classes that demonstrate and teach the characteristics of traditional Mexican dance; World Beat and Percussion sessions in which percussion instruments from across the globe mix with spontaneous spoken-word performances; and Urban Word, bilingual poetry slams that feature student works and those of noted Latin American poets. The King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University presents a series of cultural programs that include poetry and fiction readings, exhibits, and lectures in both English and Spanish from a number of Latin American countries.

    Other fascinating partner events include: two free performances that explore the influence of Latin American music at The Juilliard School, including a concert of Brazilian popular music by Juilliard Jazz, with special guests from São Paulo, and a performance by the New Juilliard Ensemble led by Musical Director Joel Sachs. Also, New York City’s celebrated experimental music venue (Le) Poisson Rouge presents a program that features some of the more eclectic and innovative Latin America performers. In the realm of visual art, Contemporary Art in Latin America—a citywide series of public programs, exhibitions, receptions, lectures, artist conversations, and performances will be coordinated by Keyes Art Projects. Participating galleries and museums include: Keyes Art Projects, The Drawing Center, K Project, Cecilia de Torres Gallery, and The Bronx Museum. As part of this series, El Museo del Barrio presents Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, a first-of-its kind exhibition focused on historic and contemporary art reflecting on the Caribbean, and showcasing works that span over 200 years. Additional festival activities at El Museo del Barrio will be announced at a later date. Dance offerings include Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s preeminent Latino dance company, presenting an in-studio performance of an emerging Latino choreographer’s work, followed by a panel discussion with dance artists and educators.

    Cinema Tropical, in partnership with 92YTribeca, presents a special edition of its acclaimed Music+Film series, featuring documentaries reflective of Latin American music, and its diverse legacy, including the Argentinean tango, Mexican rancheras, and Brazilian bossa nova. Each screening includes live musical performance followed by a question and answer session with the filmmakers and other special guests. In addition, The Paley Center for Media presents two days of film screenings from its collection dating back to the 1940s. Selections include Visiones: Latino Art and Culture (2003), La Plaza Special: Tania Maria (1985), Flight to Rhythm (1949), Eyewitness: The New Beat (1962), and Camera Three: Gilberto Gil (1971). A special family-themed screening includes selected shorts of musical children’s programs from or inspired by Central and South America, including Open a Door, The Backyardigans, and Go Diego Go!

    Beyond the Voices from Latin America Festival

    March 2013: Osvaldo Golijov’s La Pasión según San Marcos: A Creative Learning Project—Argentinean-American composer Osvaldo Golijov, holder of Carnegie Hall’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair throughout the 2012-2013 season, has provided invaluable counsel in shaping the direction and programming for the Voices from Latin America festival. At the heart of his season-long residency at Carnegie Hall is a March 2013 performance of his acclaimed La Pasión según San Marcos, a contemporary setting of the Passion story told from a Latin American perspective. The work will be performed by approximately 125 New York City high school singers joined by conductor Robert Spano, vocalists Jessica Rivera and Luciana Souza, members of Schola Cantorum de Venezuela and its director Maria Guinand, and the Orquesta la Pasión in this culmination of a season-long educational creative learning project for high school students, presented by Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute.

    Visit carnegiehall.org/creativelearningprojects for more information.


    Funding for Voices from Latin America is provided, in part, by a lead grant from the Ford Foundation.

    Voices from Latin America is sponsored, in part, by Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ.

    Voices from Latin America is supported, in part, by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

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

    For a complete Carnegie Hall 2012-2013 season press kit, please visit carnegiehall.org/press.

    For high resolution images of featured artists, please contact the Carnegie Hall Public Relations Office at 212-903-9750 or publicrelations@carnegiehall.org.

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