• Thursday, Oct 11, 2012

    A Tribute to Chavela Vargas at Carnegie Hall on Tuesday, November 27 at 8:00 p.m.

    Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad Join Forces for the First Time to Honor the Late, Legendary Singer of Mexican Song 
    Other Festival Voices from Mexico Include Performances by Magos Herrera, Celso Duarte, Limón Dance Company, Banda de los Muertos, and Alejandro Escuer
    Week Three of Four-Week Citywide Festival Begins on November 25 and Features Events at Americas Society, Queens Museum of Art, The Paley Center for Media, Apollo Theater, 92YTribeca, and The New York Public Library
    In a major highlight of Carnegie Hall's citywide Voices from Latin America festival, Carnegie Hall in partnership with Celebrate México Now presents A Tribute to Chavela Vargas on Tuesday, November 27 at 8:00 p.m. in Stern Auditorium / Perelman Stage. Three renowned singers—Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad, all making their Carnegie Hall debuts—join forces for the first time ever to honor Chavela Vargas, the late, revered singer of Mexican song who passed away earlier this year at the age of 93.

    Isabel Vargas Lizano (April 17, 1919—August 5, 2012), better known as Chavela Vargas, was a Costa Rican-born Mexican singer. She was especially known for her rendition of Mexican rancheras but was also recognized for her contribution to other genres of popular Latin American music. She was a muse to such film figures as Pedro Almodóvar and Alejandro González Iñárritu, in whose film Babel she appeared and sang "Tú me acostumbraste." Hailed for her haunting performances, she was called "la voz áspera de la ternura," the rough voice of tenderness. The Latin Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences presented Chavela Vargas with a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2007. She made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2003 at the age of 83, and a live recording of the concert, Chavela at Carnegie Hall, was released in 2006.

    The Voices from Latin America website, carnegiehall.org/LatinAmerica, features interviews and reflections on Chavela Vargas by Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad.

    A Tribute to Chavela Vargas is also the cornerstone event in the 9th annual Celebrate México Now festival—the first, and only annual celebration of contemporary Mexican art and culture, providing a glimpse of the most intriguing artists and ideas pouring out of Mexico today. This year, Celebrate México Now is a festival partner as part of Carnegie Hall's Voices from Latin America, further extending the citywide festival. Additional Voices from Latin America and Celebrate México Now events featuring Mexican artists and music include the Limón Dance Company in its 65th anniversary celebration (November 16 at Tilles Center for the Performing Arts); three Carnegie Hall Neighborhood Concerts by Banda de los Muertos (November 17 at Port Richmond Library); jazz singer Magos Herrera (November 18 at Abrons Arts Center); and harpist Celso Duarte (November 19 at Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture); alternative music group Selma Oxor in its US debut (November 17 at Secret Project Robot); and a multi-disciplinary concert entitled Flying by flutist/composer Alejandro Escuer (November 20 at Americas Society); plus events featuring a wide variety of visual artists, writers, and films at festival partner venues King Juan Carlos I of Spain Center at New York University, National Museum of the American Indian, School of Visual Arts, Center for Architecture, and the Queens Museum of Art.

    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

    Ely Guerra is one of the key artists in contemporary Mexican music, releasing six recordings in 19 years, and touring throughout Mexico, Latin America, and around the world, including the US, Germany, France, Italy, England, and Spain. In 2010, she received the Latin Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album for Hombre Invisible, in which she collaborated with such acclaimed artists as Juanes, Alvaro Henríquez of Los Tres, Emmanuel "Meme" del Real of Café Tacuba, Gustavo Santaolalla, Enrique Bunbury, and Gilberto Cerezo of Kinky. Guerra has also appeared on the soundtracks for the films Amores Perros, De la Calle, El viaje de Teo, and Sangre de Familia, among others. Among many career highlights, Ms. Guerra has appeared with Sting in Mexico City concerts supporting education projects, participated in the tribute to José Saramago at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, and sang at the Ángel de la Independencia monument with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the Americas and conductor Alondra de la Parra.

    Eugenia León got her start in the nueva cancíon ("new song") folk music movement, dedicated to social change, which played a role in the social upheavals in Portugal, Spain, and Latin America in the 1970s and 1980s. In 1985, just days after an earthquake devastated her hometown of Mexico City, Ms. León earned the top prize at the OTI International Song Festival in Spain. With a repertoire that ranges from contemporary composers to traditional Mexican and Latin American music and an interest in incorporating elements of theater, cabaret, and opera into her performances, Ms. León is not locked into any one genre. Her association with actors, poets, painters, and writers imparts a distinct and rich dimension to her music. Ms. León has appeared in prestigious events around the world such as the Pan Pacific Music Festival in Japan, the Kennedy Center's AmericArtes Festival in Washington, DC, Expo Seville in Spain, and the Americas Summit in Cartagena, Colombia. Earlier this year, Ms. León performed "La Llorona," a song made famous by Chavela Vargas in front of the great singer herself. Click here to see the video of this performance.

    Peruvian vocalist Tania Libertad is considered one of the greatest singers in Latin America today. She began singing romantic boleros at the age of five, building up a repertoire of more than 300 boleros by the time she was sixteen. At 21, she was invited to a political song festival in Cuba and began singing protest songs and sentimental ballads with musician-activists of the nueva trova movement until moving to Mexico. Over the course of her career, Ms. Libertad has made over 36 recordings that have sold more than two million copies combined. She has performed in concert throughout the US, Central America, and the Andean countries of Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Ecuador, and Colombia and has collaborated with such artists as Miguel Bosé, Ruben Blades, Cesária Évora, Mercedes Sosa, and Plácido Domingo. Ms. Libertad has been named an Ambassador for Peace by Unesco, Comendadora by the Peruvian government, and a member of the Order of Rio Branco by the Brazilian government. In early 2012, she began celebrating 50 years as a performer with two sold out performances at the Palacio de Bellas Artes, Mexico City’s most prestigious concert hall, and began an extensive tour throughout Latin America.

    For a complete schedule, visit carnegiehall.org/latinamerica

    Family Day: Juguetes (Toys) with the Cornisa 20 Theater Group

    Sunday, November 25 at 3:00 p.m.
    Queens Museum of Art—New York City Building

    Traditional Mexican toys come to life in this puppet show for families, followed by a hands-on workshop, where recycled materials are used to build toys for participants to take home. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    A Taste of Mexico Now: Contemporary Mexican Cuisine
    Tuesday, November 13—Tuesday, November 27
    Various Locations

    Think you know and love Mexican food? Sample true creativity in contemporary Mexican cooking. Celebrated chefs will be serving special dinner menus that will tempt, thrill, and seduce your palate. Participating restaurants include Cafe Frida, Casa Mezcal, Fonda, Hecho en Dumbo, La Palapa, Maya, Pampano, Papatzul, and Toloache. This event is part of Celebrate México Now.

    Edmar Castañeda
    Monday, November 26 at 7:00 p.m. (also November 13 and 19)
    Americas Society
    Tickets: $20 per event; $50 for all three concerts; free for Americas Society members

    Colombian harpist Edmar Castañeda performs a unique blend of jazz and Colombian folk music on the arpa llanera, the diatonic instrument traditional to the music from the Llanos region, shared by Colombia and Venezuela. Presented by Americas Society.

    Urban Word: Bilingual Poetry Slam

    Tuesday, November 27 at 4:00 p.m. (also November 6, 13, and 20)
    Hamilton Grange Library

    This bilingual poetry slam features performances of student works and those of noted Latin American poets. Presented by the New York Public Library.

    A Tribute to Chavela Vargas
    Tuesday, November 27 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    Tickets: $30–$75

    Three of today’s most exciting female singers—Ely Guerra, Eugenia León, and Tania Libertad—join forces for the first time to pay tribute to the late, legendary Chavela Vargas in an evening of traditional and contemporary Mexican song. Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Celebrate México Now.

    World Beat and Percussion
    Wednesday, November 28 at 4:00 p.m.
    Aguilar Library

    Percussion instruments from across the globe mix with spontaneous spoken-word performances. Presented by the New York Public Library.

    Paulinho da Viola
    Wednesday, November 28 at 8:00 p.m.
    Stern Auditorium/Perelman Stage at Carnegie Hall
    Tickets: $30–$75

    Brazil’s greatest living sambista—in his first appearance at Carnegie Hall—performs a program of sambas and choros.

    This performance is sponsored by Petrobras.

    Tribute to Novelist Carlos Fuentes
    Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.
    Americas Society
    Tickets: $10 per event; $15 for both events; free for Americas Society members

    Friends and colleagues of the late Mexican author Carlos Fuentes (1928-2012) honor the man and discuss his formidable contribution to world culture. Participants include writers, critics, and translators such as Carmen Boullosa, Diamela Eltit, Edith Grossman, Suzanne Jill Levine, Alfred MacAdam, Julio Ortega, Pedro Ángel Palou, and Michael Wood. Presented by Americas Society, the Transatlantic Project at Brown University, and the Mexican Cultural Institute of New York.

    Cinema Tropical’s Music + Film Series

    Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m. (also November 15 and December 6, 13)
    Tickets: $12 per screening

    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.

    Carlos Malta and Pife Muderno
    Nicolas Krassik and Cordestinos with Friends

    Thursday, November 29 at 8:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
    Tickets: $30–$40

    In this double-bill performance entitled Music from Northeastern Brazil, legendary flutist and improviser Carlos Malta brings Pife Muderno to play traditional flute and drum music, while Cordestinos—led by virtuoso violinist Nicolas Krassik—celebrates lively folk and contemporary musical trends with several surprise guests.

    Yoruba Andabo
    Friday, November 30 at 9:30 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
    Tickets: $34–$40

    The legendary folkloric group Yoruba Andabo (“friends of Yoruba culture”) presents an evening of Cuban rumba. With singers, percussionists, and dancers, Yoruba Andabo performs ecstatic percussion-driven dances that reveal the ongoing influence of African religion and traditions in contemporary Cuba. Presented by Carnegie Hall in partnership with World Music Institute.

    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
    Tickets: Free with Paley Center admission; suggested donation for admission $10; $8 for seniors/students; $5 for children under 14

    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.

    Ballet Hispanico
    Saturday, December 1 at 7:30 p.m.
    Apollo Theater
    Tickets start at $28

    Ballet Hispanico, the nation’s preeminent Latino dance company, presents the latest installment of its groundbreaking choreography institute, created for Latino artists to explore culturally specific work in a nurturing, learning laboratory. The in-studio showcase features the performance of an emerging choreographer’s work, followed by a panel discussion with illustrious dance artists and educators. Presented by Ballet Hispanico.

    Chucho Valdés Quintet
    Saturday, December 1 at 9:00 p.m.
    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall
    Tickets: $40–50

    Multi–Grammy Award winner Chucho Valdés is Cuba’s musical ambassador to the world. He brings his quintet to Zankel Hall for an evening of jazz.


    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.

    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)

    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.

    Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space
    Saturday, September 29–Saturday, December 8
    Americas Society (680 Park Avenue; as-coa.org, 212-249-8950)

    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.

    Lidya Buzio: Painter and Sculptor of Clay
    Fall 2012
    Cecilia de Torres Gallery (134-140 Greene Street; ceciliadetorres.com, 212-431-5869)

    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.

    Voodoo Alters Zombies and Oil Cans
    Thursday, October 4–Thursday, December 6
    Gallery 151 (132 West 18th Street; juliekeyesart.com, 631-725-8610)

    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.

    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.

    Luis Jimenez
    Thursday, November 1–Wednesday, November 28
    ACA Galleries (529 West 20th Street, Fifth Floor; acagalleries.com, 212-206-8080)

    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.

    Material Breach
    Wednesday, November 14–Saturday, December 15
    (Art) Amalgamated (317 Tenth Avenue, Ground Floor; artamalgamated.com, 212-334-0403)

    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.


    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.

    Ticket Information
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    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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