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The Center For Traditional Music And Dance Presents Gala
Published May 23, 2008

The Center for Traditional Music and Dance (CTMD) celebrates forty years of creative collaboration with New York’s immigrant communities by honoring long-time CTMD board members as well as with several live performances.

New York’s Center for Traditional Music and Dance is an organization committed to long-term creative collaboration with the city’s immigrant artists and activists. It is now celebrating its 40th year.


The Center for Traditional Music and Dance- 40th Anniversary Celebration takes place Thursday, June 5 at New York’s elegant Hiro Ballroom. The fundraiser will include an intimate performance by Irish superstars Cherish The Ladies and Suspenso del Norte, a Mexican norteña ensemble. A dance party will follow, featuring David Oquendo and Havana 3, DJ Rehka, and Merita Halili and the Raif Hyseni Orchestra.


The Center has helped put immigrant culture on the map, influencing both state and federal arts organizations and the New York concert scene. Early on, the Center’s programming and advocacy broke new ground nationally by presenting the expressive traditions of diverse cultural communities. Now, traditional music from around the world can be heard nearly nightly on New York’s most esteemed and popular stages, from Joe’s Pub to Lincoln Center, from Central Park SummerStage to Carnegie Hall. Gone are the years when the Center had to push for inclusion of immigrant music forms into folk festivals.


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