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
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

Voices of Ascension: Granados, De Falla, & Modernisme

The renowned Voices of Ascension, of the Church of the Ascension, will be performing a program of Catalan music on February 9th, 2017. They have selected works associated with the Modernisme movement in Barcelona, including Marian hymns by Pablo Casals, little known choral works by Enric Morera, Manuel Blancafort, and Manuel Oltra, and De Falla’s piano […]


Claire Chase Performing at The Kitchen December 1-2

In further Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture alumni news, Claire Chase, who moderated our Fall 2013 lecture with the one and only Phillip Glass, is returning to The Kitchen for two nights in December.  Chase is a MacArthur Fellow and an international force in modern flute music and performance. At her upcoming concert, she will […]


Paul Griffith Featured in Music & Literature

Music & Literature, a journal for modern arts, has dedicated a portion of its current issue (volume 7) to author, music critic, and librettist Paul Griffiths. Paul Griffiths was a speaker in 2013 at our annual Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture series, which features critics, scholars, and artists who are dedicated to modern music and to our engagement with it as a society.


The Many Dangers of Music: A Discussion with Richard Taruskin and Prof. Scott Burnham

Richard Taruskin, America’s public musicologist, applies his broad cultural analysis, wit, and humor to 21st-century classical music. As in his acclaimed book The Dangers of Music, he provokes debate, asking, what is the artist’s relationship, and obligation, to society? He is the author of the six-volume Oxford History of Western Music and a regular contributor to the New York Times. Taruskin’s talk will be followed by a discussion with GC professor Scott Burham, with a musical interlude.


Granados Celebration Date Changes, Cant de les estrelles Performances

We have a few date announcements and changes concerning our ongoing Granados Celebration. To start, we have a date for the closing celebration in NYC, a performance of Cant de les estrelles by Voices of Ascension. The concert will be February 9, 2017, at 8 pm, at the Church of the Ascension (5th Ave and 10th St). […]


2017: Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and Gypsies: Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song, and Dance

The Foundation for Iberian Music is delighted to announce a west coast sequel to last year’s fandango conference, “Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and Gypsies: Transatlantic Malagueñas and Zapateados in Music, Song, and Dance.”

This conference—which, as you can see, focuses on malagueñas and zapateados—will be held at University of California, Riverside, April 6 and 7, 2017. It is being co-sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music and UC’s own Center for Iberian and Latin American Music.


Announcing the 2016 Music in 21st Century Society Lecture

We are delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture is renowned musicologist Richard Taruskin, with a response from Scott Burnham. The lecture will also feature, as ever, a musical guest, performing works related to the lecture’s topic. Richard Taruskin is a prolific musicologist at UC Berkeley, specializing in […]


Spring Andalus Ensemble Concert, June 16!

The New York Andalus Ensemble, a resident artist at the Foundation for Iberian Music, is having their spring concert next Thursday, June 16! The concert is at 7:00 at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall. Tickets are $15.50 ($12 students/seniors). Reserve online or pay cash at the door.   NYAE’s wonderful performances of new and […]