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From the irresistible rhythms of Afro-Cuban jazz to the sophistication of Brazilian samba, from the passionate intensity of Mexican rancheras to the infectious joy of Venezuela’s El Sistema social-action movement, Latin American culture has captured the world’s imagination. In Voices from Latin America—from November 8 through December 11, 2012—Carnegie Hall pays tribute to these cultures that have fueled the world’s imagination in a citywide festival.

Under the guidance of Osvaldo Golijov (holder of this season’s Richard and Barbara Debs Composer’s Chair), Carnegie Hall has invited three internationally acclaimed performers to curate series of concerts that spotlight their vibrant musical cultures—singer-songwriter Gilberto Gil and Brazilian popular music, pianist-composer Chucho Valdés and Afro-Cuban jazz, and conductor Gustavo Dudamel and El Sistema in Venezuela.

In addition, a citywide celebration of Mexican music and culture will be presented in partnership with Celebrate México Now, culminating in a tribute to legendary singer Chavela Vargas at Carnegie Hall.

With more than 60 events, the festival includes music, dance, film, art, photography, and more. Voices from Latin America includes four weeks of events and exhibitions at Carnegie Hall and partner organizations throughout the city.


URBAN ARCHIVES: The Rituals of Chaos

This group exhibition, named after Carlos Monsivais' book of the same title, takes the work of Mexico's renowned photojournalist, Enrique ...

Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space

Widely known as “Gego,” German-born Venezuelan Gertrud Goldschmidt is one of the most important Latin American artists of the 20th ...

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at Studio Museum in Harlem

This ambitious, three-site exhibition highlights over two-centuries of rarely seen Caribbean works from the Haitian Revolution in 1804 to the ...

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at Queens Museum

This ambitious, three-site exhibition highlights over two-centuries of rarely seen Caribbean works from the Haitian Revolution in 1804 to the ...

Caribbean: Crossroads of the World at El Museo

This ambitious, three-site exhibition highlights over two-centuries of rarely seen Caribbean works from the Haitian Revolution in 1804 to the ...

Gilberto Gil

International superstar Gilberto Gil returns to his musical roots with an evening of forró, the infectious dance music from Northeastern ...

LACW: Paul O’Dette: Baroque Music from Mexico and Brazil

In his Americas Society debut, Paul O'Dette will perform music by Santiago de Murcia, Manuel Alvarez, and other Afro-Brazilian composers.

New Juilliard Ensemble

A program of contemporary classical music from Latin America performed by the New Juilliard Ensemble, led by Music Director and ...

Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble ACJW

Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians on a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard ...

LACW: Book Presentation: The Dream of the Celt

This much anticipated event will bring together 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and renowned translator Edith Grossman in a ...

Persona Normal

Passionate, irreverent, obsessive Mexican writer Benito Taibo presents Persona Normal, a funny and quixotic mosaic of short stories and essays.

LACW: Edmar Castaneda with Jorge Glem

This event will feature the Edmar Castañeda Trio with special guest Jorge Glem on cuatro.

Ensemble ACJW

Featuring musicians of The Academy—a program of Carnegie Hall, The Juilliard School, and the Weill Music Institute in partnership with ...

LACW: Opening Night of the Eco-Literature in Latin America Symposium

This keynote lecture inaugurates the Americas Society’s Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium. The lecture will be delivered by Homero Aridjis, ...

LACW: Eco-Literature in Latin America Symposium, Day Two

The second evening of the Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium will open with two films, “Confluencias” by Mariana Matthews and ...

Cinema Tropical: Music + Film Series

The music and cultures of Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina will be represented through the work of iconic artists from ...

Morelia International Film Festival

Award-winning short films from last year’s Morelia International Film Festival are screened, followed by Q&A sessions with the directors. Ranging ...

Afro-Cuban Jazz: The Younger Generation

Two rising Cuban stars, Dayramir and Aldo López-Gavilán, bring their bands to Zankel Hall for an evening of music-making that ...

Neighborhood Concert: Banda de los Muertos

Banda de los Muertos fires up the crowd with its brassy, hot-blooded banda music from Sinaloa, Mexico.

Neighborhood Concert: Yosvany Terry Quintet

Cuban-born saxophonist Yosvany Terry takes listeners on a wild ride from the hard-driving New York avant-garde to the lyricism and ...

Neighborhood Concert: Magos Herrera

Singer-songwriter Magos Herrera is "without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico" (JazzTimes). This sensational diva captivates audiences ...

Mexican Architecture Now: A Dialogue with Mauricio Rocha-Iturbide

Leading Mexican architect Mauricio Rocha-Iturbide—a provocateur known for adapting design to distinct environments—discusses the relationship between design, building, and usage ...

Neighborhood Concert: Celso Duarte

You’ve probably heard nothing quite like Mexican-Paraguayan harp virtuoso Celso Duarte. He and his powerhouse ensemble weave together a gamut ...

LACW: Edmar Castaneda with Joe Locke

This event will feature the Edmar Castañeda Trio with special guest Joe Locke on vibes.

Alejandro Escuer: Flying

"Flying" is a multi-disciplinary concert experience where ancient and new music interact with art, photography, electronic music, classical music composition, ...

Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble

A program of Brazilian popular music featuring the Juilliard Jazz Artist Diploma Ensemble with guest artist Paulo Braga on piano.

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

Traditional Mexican toys come to life in this puppet show for families, followed by a hands-on workshop, where recycled materials ...

A Tribute to Chavela Vargas

Three of today’s most exciting female singers—Ely Guerra, Eugenia León and Tania Libertad—join forces for the first time to pay ...

Paulinho da Viola

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

Tribute to Novelist Carlos Fuentes (1928–2012)

Friends and colleagues of the late Mexican author honor the man and discuss his formidable contribution to world culture.

Music from Northeastern Brazil

In this double-bill, legendary flutist and improviser Carlos Malta brings Pife Muderno to play traditional flute and drum music, while ...

Yoruba Andabo: The Afro-Cuban Tradition

The legendary folkloric group Yoruba Andabo ("friends of Yoruba culture") presents an evening of Cuban rumba.

Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo Theater

Ballet Hispanico returns to the Apollo Theater to present the world premiere of "A vueltas con los ochenta" and the ...

Chucho Valdés Quintet

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

Egberto Gismonti, Danilo Pérez, Gonzalo Rubalcaba and Chucho Valdés

Four jazz-piano legends join forces for the first time in this celebration of Afro-Cuban jazz. Included in this piano extravaganza ...

Arnaldo Antunes and Orquestra Imperial

A double-bill of contrasts from Brazil: Orquestra Imperial, a retro-chic homage to big bands from the 1950s, and Arnaldo Antunes’s ...

Neighborhood Concert: Members Of The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela comprises 200 musicians, ages 16–30, who hail fom El Sistema, Venezuala’s hugely successful ...

Venezuelan Brass Ensemble

The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, opens the Venezuelan celebration at Carnegie Hall with an ...

Discovery Day: El Sistema

Explore Venezuela’s spectacularly successful El Sistema educational program and its influence on educational thinking in the United States.

Música nueva

Members of the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela introduce four new chamber works, all commissioned by Carnegie Hall, by ...

Os Mutantes

A central part of the Tropicália movement of the late 1960s, Os Mutantes has influenced today’s biggest artists, including The ...

Neighborhood Concert: Members Of The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela comprises 200 musicians, ages 16–30, who hail fom El Sistema, Venezuala’s hugely successful ...

Carnegie Hall Family Concert: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

Experience this electric verve as members of this amazing orchestra perform as part of the Voices from Latin America festival.

Neighborhood Concert: Members Of The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela

The Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela comprises 200 musicians, ages 16–30, who hail fom El Sistema, Venezuala’s hugely successful ...

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

On this program, they perform works by some of Latin America’s finest 20th-century composers, including a suite of lusty, wild ...

Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela

In this concert, they dive into the deep wells of Latin America’s classical music tradition with such works as Villa-Lobos’s ...