The MMG’s Multicultural Music Encounters annual series (MME) is the professional component of the Multicultural Music Group. Since 1996 the MMG has produced an annual concert series in which composers from different cultures are commissioned to write a symphonic piece that presents a major historical event from a particular region of the world which had with minor media and/or curricular exposure. The Multicultural Music Encounters (MME) have been a success for the development of new symphonic repertoire with a multicultural focus and the support of cultural awareness in the NYC communities.

The MME has presented music symposiums focused on the musics from Indonesia; Cuba, the Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, China, the Middle East, the United States, and Africa. The symposiums presented workshops for music educators emphasizing on how to perform these musical styles in the conventional settings of public schools. In addition to the music symposiums, the MMG presented at the legendary Avery Fisher Hall a tribute to the music of Charlie Palmieri, one of the greatest pianists of Puerto Rican descent and also another tribute to the music of Latin American composers at a sold out concert at the Saint Peters Church. In recent years we had the privilege of working with great artists such as ten times Grammy Award Winner Mr. Eddie Palmieri, Blues and Jazz superstar Mr. Olu Dara, and Klezmer Ambassador Mr. Frank London.

We also have added social and musical themes to our concerts giving a local and global perspective to the presentations. Some of the themes were: the use of improvisation in different cultures, the combination of artists from different generations bringing audiences together into the same presentation, and the panel/concert/reflection perspective in which scholars discuss a historical event which will be presented later in a symphonic concert and consequently analyzed in an aesthetic reflection.

Multicultural Music Encounters – Season History

Date Work/ Composer Venue Capacity  Attendance
2002/03 Season I
June 2003 Middle Eastern Medley, Caribbean Suite, Yao Minority Dance, Ellington’s Medley/ Tannous, Santos, Guowei, Purse Miller Theater 650 600
2003/04 Season II
Feb. 2004 Eastern Parkway Bulgar/ Frank London  Milbank Mem. Chapel 400 360
March 2004 Afrikan American Suite/Bruce Purse Aaron Davis Ha II 800 300
April 2004 Tang Legacy /Wang Guowei Tribeca Perf. Arts Ctr 500 400
May 2004 Puerto Rican Suite /Ray Santos Lovinger Theater 500 475
2004/05 Season III
Nov. 2004 Tribute to Charlie Palmieri/Eddie Palmieri, Ray Richie Ray, Luis Marin, Ray Santos, Eddie Martinez, Cheo Feliciano Avery Fisher Hall 2,700 2,500
June 2005 Improvisation Across Cultures Queens Theater 470 300
Palmieri, Purse, London & Santos in the Park
2005/06 Season IV
July 2005 Afro-Caribbean Jazz

Juan Colon & Desmar Guevara

Riverside Park Theater 800 500
2006/07 Season V
Dec. 2006 Two Generations/Palmieri – Manuel Manhattan Center 2,500 2,200
May 2007 Two Generaions/Dara – Purse Aronow Theater 800 520
June 2007 Two Generations/Santos – Guevara Pregones Theater 120 Full Capacity
2007/08 Season VI
 March 2008 The Ponce Massacre/ Desmar Guevara Pregones Theater 120 Full Capacity
June 2008 Darfur Chronicles/ Benny Russell Pregones Theater 120 Full Capacity
2008/09 Season VII
October 2008   Origen del RecuerdoI Ricardo Pons Hostos Center for the Performing Arts 1,400 Full Capacity
June 2009 The Borinqueneers I Ray Santos Pregones Theater 120 seats Full Capacity
2009/10 Season VIII
May 2010 Notes of Hope /Marcus Schwartz & Bruce Purse Technology & Finance School Auditorium 400 seats Full Capacity
June 2010 The Bitter Taste of Parsley/ Juan Colon Pregones Theater 120 seats Full Capacity
2010/11 Season IX
May 2011 Latin American Music/ Ray Santos New York  Museum 400 seats Full Capacity
2011/12 Season X
June 7th,2012 Ponce Suite I Desmar Guevara Pregones Theater 120 seats 86
June 8th, 2012 The Parley Massacre / Juan Colon Pregones Theater 120 seats 72
June 9th, 2012 The Boriqueneers II I Ray Santos Pregones Theater 120 seats 118
2012/13 Season XI
June 13th, 2013 Ode to Dr. Watts/Bruce Purse Studio Theater 125 seats 75
June 14th, 2013 The Jayuya Uprising/Papo Vazquez Lovinger Theater 500 seats 137
 June 15th, 2013 Abstract/ Ray Santos Lovinger Theater 500 seats 355
2013/14 Season XII
June 12th, 2014 Raices y Evolucion /La Salle-Cepeda Lovinger Theater 500 seats 390
June 13th, 2014 El Bogotazo /Pablo Mayor Lovinger Theater 500 seats 495
June 14th, 2014 Retire 21I Roberto Navarro Lovinger Theater 500 seats 475
2014/15 Season XIII
June 11th, 2015 The Challenge: Tiananmen Square / Jason Kao Hwang Lovinger Theater 500 seats 33
June 12th, 2015 Decree 900: The United Fruit Company’s Nightmare/Sergio Reyes Lovinger Theater 500 seats 455
June 13th, 2015  Allende: In Peace We Trust/Alex & Fernando Garcia Lovinger Theater 500 seats 485
2015/16 Season XIV
June 16th, 2016 Chiapas: Passport Required / Arturo Marquez Lovinger Theater 500 seats 350
June 17th, 2016 Indigenous Blues: The Eroded Land of the Gulf/ Donald Harrison Lovinger Theater 500 seats 250
June 18th, 2016 The Last Taino Battle: The South Bronx by Desmar Guevara Lovinger Theater 500 seats 150
2016/17 Season XV
March 22nd, 2017 Voicing Quisqueya on the Hudson / Juan Colon Aaron Davis Theater 700 seats 500
April 28h, 2017 Notes of Hope: The Current Condition of PR / Ray Santos Recital Hall@ Lehman 150 seats 130
June 16th, 2017 The Longest Dynasty: Equatorial Guinea by The Forgotten People: The Sahrawis Studio Theater 150 seats 145
2017/18 Season XVI
March 23rd, 2018 Latin American Diaspora / Ray Santos Aaron Davis Hall 700 seats 450
May 25th, 2018 African American Diaspora / Bruce Purse Studio Theater 150 seats 150
June 15th, 2018 Jewish American Diaspora / Frank London Studio Theater 500 seats 100
2018/19 Season XVII
May 23rd, 2019 The Caste System in India / RC Rahman & Amit Trevedi Aaron Davis Theater B 265 seats 174
June 7th, 2019 Women in History / Yohanny Navarro & Ray Santos Lovinger Theater 500 seats 267
June 21st, 2019 The Affective Effect / Frederick Adler & Bruce Purse Studio Theater 150 seats 135


The selection of topics, composers and panelists is accomplished with the support of the MMG Board of Directors and an advisory board composed by scholars, composers, conductors, orchestra leaders and musicians.