Americas Society's Music of the Americas concert series will again participate this year in Make Music New York, a festival of more than 1,000 free concerts in public spaces across the five boroughs of New York City. On Thursday, June 21, Americas Society will present performances by two arts-education groups—the Mariachi Academy of New York and the Corona Youth Music Project—and the international tango ensemble Los Chantas. Performances begin at 5:30 p.m. and will take place on 69th Street between Park Avenue and Lexington Avenue.
The Mariachi Academy of New York is the first East Coast institution dedicated to educating young boys and girls in this traditional Mexican musical of Mexico. The Corona Youth Music Project in Queens, New York, offers tuition-free music programs for youth in Corona—Louis Armstrong’s neighborhood, today home to large Dominican, Ecuadorian and other Hispanic immigrant populations. Los Chantas are a multinational, New York-based group whose repertoire draws from the Argentine tango tradition of Carlos Gardel to the present.
Now in its sixth year, Make Music New York is part of an international event that takes place every year on June 21st, the first day of summer. The festival began with France’s Fete de la Musique, inaugurated in 1982, and is now celebrated by more than 460 cities in 110 countries. Music of the Americas is an ongoing concert series presented by Americas Society and made possible through support from MetLife Foundation.