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.

    Private: URBAN ARCHIVES: The Rituals of Chaos

    Bronx Museum of the Arts


    Thu, Jul 19, 2012 - Sun, Jan 06, 2013

    This group exhibition, named after Carlos Monsivais' book of the same title, takes the work of Mexico's renowned photojournalist, Enrique Metinides, as a departure point and complements it with the work of contemporary artists who also capture the human experience in the metropolis.

    Private: Gego: Origin and Encounter Mastering the Space

    Americas Society


    Sat, Sep 29, 2012 - Sat, Dec 08, 2012

    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 the 100th anniversary of her birth, this exhibition features a significant group of early and unknown works that examine Gego’s artistic research.

    Gilberto Gil

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall


    Thu, Nov 08, 2012, 8:00 pm

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

    Neighborhood Concert: Ensemble ACJW

    Our Saviour’s Atonement Lutheran Church


    Sun, Nov 11, 2012, 5:00 pm

    Ensemble ACJW is an inspirational collective of young professional musicians on a two-year fellowship with Carnegie Hall and The Juilliard School. When these extraordinarily talented fellows aren’t teaching in New York City public schools, they’re presenting edgy, provocative concerts that are revolutionizing how musicians perform and engage with their audiences.

    LACW: Book Presentation: The Dream of the Celt

    Americas Society


    Mon, Nov 12, 2012, 7:00 pm

    This much anticipated event will bring together 2010 Nobel Laureate Mario Vargas Llosa and renowned translator Edith Grossman in a public conversation in celebration of the author's latest novel, translated by Grossman and published this year by Farrar, Straus and Giroux.—Latin American Cultural Week is an annual city-wide festival showcasing the richness and variety of the cultures of Latin America, including music, dance, theater, literatureand the visual arts. Polly Ferman founded the  New York-based organization 28 ...

    Ensemble ACJW

    Paul Hall


    Tue, Nov 13, 2012, 8:00 pm

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

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

    Americas Society


    Wed, Nov 14, 2012, 7:00 pm

    This keynote lecture inaugurates the Americas Society's Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium. The lecture will be delivered by Homero Aridjis, a distinguished Mexican poet, novelist, and essayist, as well as an environmental activist.—Latin American Cultural Week is an annual city-wide festival showcasing the richness and variety of the cultures of Latin America, including music, dance, theater, literatureand the visual arts. Polly Ferman founded the  New York-based organization 28 years ago for the purpose of showcasing the ...

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

    Americas Society


    Thu, Nov 15, 2012, 4:00 pm

    The second evening of the Eco-Literature in Latin America symposium will open with two films, "Confluencias" by Mariana Matthews and "The Trees Have a Mother" by Juan Carlos Galeano. It will continue with a panel on eco-literature featuring scholars Laura Barbas Rhoden, Sofia Kearns, Jeremy Larochelle and Christopher M. Travis.—Latin American Cultural Week is an annual city-wide festival showcasing the richness and variety of the cultures of Latin America, including music, dance, theater, literatureand the visual ...

    Cinema Tropical: Music + Film Series

    92Y Tribeca


    Thu, Nov 15, 2012, 7:00 pm

    The music and cultures of Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and Argentina will be represented through the work of iconic artists from each country. Q&A sessions with special guests follow each screening, along with live performances at Cafe 92YTribecca.

    Morelia International Film Festival

    School of Visual Arts


    Fri, Nov 16, 2012, 7:00 pm

    Award-winning short films from last year’s Morelia International Film Festival are screened, followed by Q&A sessions with the directors. Ranging from animation to documentary, all films are in Spanish with English subtitles.

    Neighborhood Concert: Magos Herrera

    Abrons Arts Center


    Sun, Nov 18, 2012, 3:00 pm

    Singer-songwriter Magos Herrera is "without a doubt the best jazz singer out of Mexico" (JazzTimes). This sensational diva captivates audiences with her sultry voice, beguiling rhythmic scatting, and soulful phrasing.

    Neighborhood Concert: Celso Duarte

    Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture


    Mon, Nov 19, 2012, 7:00 pm

    You’ve probably heard nothing quite like Mexican-Paraguayan harp virtuoso Celso Duarte. He and his powerhouse ensemble weave together a gamut of music styles—from traditional Latin folk and improvisational jazz to Spanish Baroque and African music—to create an inconceivably fresh new sound.

    Alejandro Escuer: Flying

    Americas Society


    Tue, Nov 20, 2012, 7:00 pm

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

    A Tribute to Chavela Vargas

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall


    Tue, Nov 27, 2012, 8:00 pm

    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.

    Music from Northeastern Brazil

    Zankel Hall at Carnegie Hall


    Thu, Nov 29, 2012, 8:30 pm

    In this double-bill, 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.

    Ballet Hispanico at the Apollo Theater

    Apollo Theater


    Sat, Dec 01, 2012, 7:30 pm

    Ballet Hispanico returns to the Apollo Theater to present the world premiere of "A vueltas con los ochenta" and the New York premiere of "Danzón" with live music by the Paquito D’Rivera Ensemble.

    Venezuelan Brass Ensemble

    Stern Auditorium at Carnegie Hall


    Fri, Dec 07, 2012, 8:00 pm

    The Venezuelan Brass Ensemble, drawn from the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra, opens the Venezuelan celebration at Carnegie Hall with an evening of exuberant music making that features works from Latin America and beyond.