Music

Latin Jazz | Every April

The Museum celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month every April with concerts, workshops, films, discussions and more. PLHC, the Smithsonian Latino Center, and other groups work together to incorporate Latin Jazz artists into the celebration.

The Star Spangled Banner en Español | September 29, 2012

In 1945, Peruvian immigrant Clotilde Arias was commissioned by the State Department a singable translation of the Star Spangled Banner. Since there are no records that the National Anthem was ever sang in Spanish, the Museum commissioned local award winning chorus, Coral Cantigas, to studio record it for our exhibition. A public performance also took place in Flag Hall; it was attended by about 300 people.

American Music at American History | July 2005

The Program in Latino History and Culture produced a four-part performance series in July 2005 on Latin American and Caribbean musical traditions related to salsa in conjunction with the exhibition ¡Azúcar! The Life and Music of Celia Cruz and as part of NMAH’s “American Music at American History” series. Performers included Ashé Moyubba, Yaya Ensemble, Alma Moyo, Los del Barrio, Canelaz, Conjunto Folklorico Alianza Dominicana, and Bio Ritmo.