About MME

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 NYC communities.

The MME has presented music symposiums focused on the music 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 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 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 time Grammy Award Winner Mr. Eddie Palmieri, Blues and Jazz superstar Mr. Olu Dara, and Klezmer Ambassador Mr. Frank London.

We have added social and musical themes to our concerts giving a local and global perspective to the presentations. Some our past themes include: the use of improvisation in different cultures, artists from different generations bringing audiences together into a unified 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.

Borders: United States

5/1/22

Jordyn Davis & Compose the Way

All female Jazz Quintet exploring the diverse expressions of jazz traditions within the US.

Borders: México – U.S.A.

5/5/22

Alec Castro Septet & Strings

A Latin Jazz version of Alec’s symphonic work honoring the life & culture of the people living at the border of Mexico & the United States.

Borders: Venezuela – Colombia

5/7/22

Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band

Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, A Latin Jazz version of Ali’s symphonic work honoring the life & culture of the people living at the border of Venezuela/Colombia.

Borders: Venezuela – Colombia

5/8/22

Ali Bello & The Sweet Wire Band

Alí Bello & The Sweet Wire Band, A Latin Jazz version of Ali’s symphonic work honoring the life & culture of the people living at the border of Venezuela/Colombia.

Our family was immensely fortunate to attend a few of the Cabrini concerts this summer.
The whole community truly looks forward to them. It is a moment to enjoy music outdoors, discover new work, and connect with neighbors.
We look forward to the next programming!

Sophie C.

Borders: Mexico

5/12/22

Symphonic Youth Program

The Symphonic Youth Program of the Multicultural Music Group offered a concert at Cabrini Shrine Lawn featuring music from different cultures. This selection is “La Bamba” honoring the culture of Mexico.

Borders: Cono Sur

5/15/22

Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet

Pedro Giraudo’s Tango Quartet, a preview of Pedro Giraudo’s commissioned symphonic work for 2023 -Tango Style focusing on South America’s Cono Sur.

Our family was immensely fortunate to attend a few of the Cabrini concerts this summer.
The whole community truly looks forward to them. It is a moment to enjoy music outdoors, discover new work, and connect with neighbors.
We look forward to the next programming!

Sophie C.

Borders: El Salvador, Guatemala & Honduras

5/22/22

Waldo Chavez & Company

Waldo Chavez & Company. A Latin Jazz version of Waldo’s symphonic work honoring the life & culture of the people living at the border of El Salvador, Guatemala, & Honduras.

Borders: Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

5/28/22

Felipe Fournier & SUPERMAMBO

Felipe Fournier & SUPERMAMBO, Feat. Jeremy Bosch – vocals. A Latin Jazz version of Felipe’s symphonic work honoring the life & culture of the borders of Panama/Costa Rica/Nicaragua.

Borders: Haiti – Dominican Republic: Latin Jazz Symphonic Works

6/2/22

Luis Columna’s Quartet

A Latin Jazz version of Luis Columna’s symphonic composition honoring the life & culture of the borders of Haiti/Dominican Republic.

Borders: Panama, Costa Rica & Nicaragua

6/9/22

Latin Jazz Trio 2Do Plus

Jim Ferraiuolo Latin Jazz Trio 2Do Plus, honoring the life & culture of the borders of Panama/Costa Rica/Nicaragua.

I just wanted to briefly share how much I enjoyed the jazz ensemble that Multicultural Music Group hosted at Tio Pepe just a couple of weeks ago. It was such a lively, yet relaxing environment and the musicianship was delightful! I’m a huge fan of jazz and regularly attend concerts around New York City, but this one was special. I hope to attend more events like these in the future!

-Shannon, a lover of Jazz

Shann Hitch

I recently enjoyed my first concert presented by the Multicultural Music Group. My friends and I were treated to some Latin Jazz outdoors on a beautiful night in the West Village. The music was world-class in quality and fit perfectly with the venue, Tio Pepe. I will definitely look out for their future events!

Luke Barker

Multicultural Music Encounters: Borders Series

6/17/22

MMG Orchestra

A Chamber Ensemble (35 piece orchestra) presentation honoring the life & culture of the people at the borders of El Salvador/Guatemala/Honduras and Mexico/United States. In addition, we will present a tribute to the victims of the Covid 19 worldwide.

Went to the orchestra at the Lehman Center, and I had a wonderful time. The selection was superb. I’ve seen my fair share of concerts in the city and this was one the best. Highly recommend, fun and free. We need more things like this in the city!

King Ski

The free concert at the Lehman Center was phenomenal. The orchestra was a truly immersive type of cultural experience. I came all the way from Brooklyn up to the Bronx for this concert and would recommend it to anyone I know.

Carter Johnston

Multicultural Music Encounters: Borders Series

6/30/22

MMG Orchestra

Chamber Ensemble (35 piece orchestra) presentation honoring the life & culture of the people at the borders of Panama/Costa Rica/Nicaragua, the Dominican Republic & Haiti, and Venezuela/Colombia.

I really liked it. I liked how you could tell the story through the music. I really liked the banjo. I was so captured by the music. 

Audience Member 1
I really enjoyed it, it’s really nice to just hear live music. It was fun.
Audience Member 2
Feeling the beat inside you, feeling the music and the rise and fall of the emotion in the strings and the horns, all of it, there’s something you only get here which is unique. You have to be in the space, you have to be here.

I think it’s great MMG does free concerts because it allows people to see the show, I was able to come up here from Harlem by train and a little bit of a walk and I’m in a new space feeling a new experience, it’s amazing.

DJ
It was great, it was really really good. You knew that it was a story, you just felt it. My mom is an immigrant from the Dominican Republic, so just the passion through the song…it was beautiful, they did an awesome job. When they said the story about the two cousins, then the music came and you felt that…I think that was the most powerful part.
Parent 1

It was amazing, the music was so inspiring, beautiful and I was so happy to be here. Watching the kids perform with the professional orchestra was amazing, and the selection of music, and the Latin rhythms and orchestral music was really amazing to hear. 

Parent 2
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MME – Documents

SEASON HISTORY
2019 REPORT