The Brook Center is a scholarly facility associated with the doctoral program in music at
The City University of New York Graduate Center.

Current Brook Center projects include:
Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments
Ensemble for the Romantic Century Seminars
Foundation for Iberian Music
Foundation for French and Francophone Musical Cultures
French Opera in the 17th and 18th Centuries
Music in 21st-Century Society
Music in Gotham: The New York Scene
Pergolesi Research Center
Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale (RILM)
Research Center for Music Iconography (RCMI)
Xenakis Project of the Americas

Reminder: “Passion and Playfulness,” upcoming lecture-recital with pianist Joseph Smith

MONDAY! October 27! 11 am! Join us at City College (Shephard Hall, Rm. 95) for an informative morning of wonderful Latin piano music. Pianist Joseph Smith will be doing a lecture-recital on the links between Western classical and vernacular Latin-American traditions, such as tango and milonga. For a preview, check out this excerpt from a [...]


Postmodernity’s Musical Pasts: Rediscoveries and Revivals after 1945 (abstracts)

The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation The City University of New York, The Graduate Center, 26–27 March 2015 Organized by Tina Frühauf Michael Arnold (University of Miami), The Restorative and Reflective Roots of Indie Neofado Nostalgia. Svetlana Boym considers restorative nostalgia via Eric Hobsbawn’s (1983) differentiation between the invariable nature of [...]


Upcoming NY Andalus Ensemble Concert

The NY Andalus Ensemble, one of the official ensembles sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music, will be performing at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Theater at the end of the month.


Program announced for upcoming talk with David Harrington

As you, faithful students, may know, the lectures/conversations in our Music in 21st Century Society series typically feature a musical performance. This year’s talk between David Harrington (of Kronos Quartet) and NPR’s Brooke Gladstone will feature a pair of performances by members of Face the Music. We are pleased to announce the final program. The [...]


Kronos with Laurie Anderson at BAM

The Kronos Quartet–whose founding member, David Harrington, will soon be appearing in our Music in 21st Century Society lecture series–recently concluded a week-long run at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, performing Landfall, a new work inspired by the devastation of Hurricane Sandy, with composer Laurie Anderson. The multi-media work is a 100 minute song cycle…


Welcome Carlos Arnasay to the Granados Centenary Committee

We’d like to welcome Carlos Arnasay as the newest committee member for the upcoming Granados Centenary! Carlos Arnasay (ARCM) studied singing at the Escuela Superior de Canto as well as piano and composition at the Real Conservatorio Superior, both in Madrid, and composition and conducting at the Royal College of Music in London. In Vienna [...]


Composer’s Commission concert next week, new publications

Our 2013 Composer’s Commission concert is rapidly approaching, and we have some good news!

Please join us next week, September 8th, for the premiere of Albert Guinovart’s exciting new piano work, Skyshadows. The concert will be held at the Instituto Cervantes at 7 pm. Tickets are $15 to the public ($10 ICNY members). They are available online, by phone (212-308-7720), or may be purchased in person at the institute until 6:30 pm the day of the concert.


Growing list of presenters for our Fandango conference

Week by week, the list of prospective presenters for our upcoming conference on the fandango grows. As we announced previously, Elisabeth LeGuin will be our keynote speaker, and we have several new confirmed speakers. Below is the full list of those invited to attend and the titles of their papers. Abstracts to follow. Our call for [...]