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

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 [...]


Tania Leon’s “Homenatge” Now In Print

The 2011 Composer’s Commission, Homenatge, by distinguished professor, composer, and conductor Tania León is now available as sheet music!  The work is for piano solo. Her music is available from Peer Music, exclusively through Hal Leonard. The work was premiered in 2011 by Adam Kent, to whom the work is dedicated. It has since been performed [...]


Lecture-Recital with Pianist Joseph Smith

The Fall semester is nearly upon us! Coming up September 8th is the not-to-be-missed premiere of the Foundation’s 2013 Composer Commission with Albert Guinovart, but this is only the beginning of a year of great programming. Please join us on October 27th for a lecture-recital with pianist Joseph Smith. Mr. Smith is known for bringing [...]


Keynote Speaker for “The Global Reach of the Fandango” Announced

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Elisabeth Le Guin will be joining us as the keynote speaker for our upcoming Spring 2015 conference, Spaniards, Indians, Africans, and Gypsies: the Global Reach of the Fandango in Music, Song, and Dance. Dr. Le Guin is a Professor of Musicology at UCLA. She is most recently the [...]


NPR’s Brooke Gladstone to join David Harrington

Earlier, we announced that the 2014 entry in the Lloyd and Constance Old Lectures on 21st-Century Music will be a conversation with Kronos Quartet founder David Harrington. “Who will be conversing with Mr. Harringon?” you may have wondered. In answer to that question, we are pleased to announce that Brooke Gladstone, editor and host of [...]