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

Welcome Greil Marcus to the 2015 Lloyd Old lecture!

We are thrilled that the program for the upcoming annual Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture, for Music in 21st Century Society, is growing quickly. Please welcome Greil Marcus to the program as the official respondent. Marcus is a noted music critic and journalist whose work focuses on American popular music and its place in society. He is the author of Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the 20th Century and The Old, Weird America: The World of Bob Dylan’s Basement Tapes, and he has written for Rolling Stone, Creem, and The Village Voice. For the fall 2015 semester, he will be a visiting professor at the Graduate Center.


Date and Program of Music in 21st Century Society Lecture

As previously announced, the speaker at this fall’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old Lecture—an annual series in which we invite speakers to discuss the evolving place of music in contemporary society—is notable philosopher Roger Scruton. We now have a confirmed date and a tentative program for this lecture.


Roger Scruton will speak at the 2015 Music in 21st-Century Society Lecture

Music in 21st-Century Society, curated by Antoni Pizà of the Foundation for Iberian Music, is delighted to announce that the speaker for this year’s Lloyd Old and Constance Old lecture will be distinguished British philosopher, Roger Scruton.


Press Buzz for the 2014 Composer’s Commission

Our 2014 Composer’s Commission from Javier Arias had a great premiere last night, at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Segal Theater. The program, which featured all new works for the special Pronomos Flute by Spanish composers and live, interactive digital projections from artist Marta Verde, generated a lot of curiosity. Articles on the concert were run in several local and international Spanish cultural journals, including Nuvol, Forum Clásico, La Opinion, El Diario NY, and Doce Notas.


Surinach series on Catalunya Radio

Hi everyone! Don’t forget, Catalunya Radio’s program “Qui té por del segle XX?” is in the midst of a month-long series celebrating the centennial of Carlos Surinach. The Foundation for Iberian Music’s director, Antoni Pizà, is on board as the series’ expert consultant and as a participant in the broadcasts.


Tembembe with Viol Player Jordi Savall

Mexican early and folk music ensemble Tembembe Ensamble Continuo will be appearing in the upcoming New York Early Music Festival in October, with a performance workshop at the Graduate Center. We previously announced a workshop with Musica Temprana on October 16 and we are pleased to announce an additional workshop with Tembembe, sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music, on October 14 in room C197 at the Graduate Center (10 am – 1 pm).


Granados Centenary: New Board Member and Publication News

The Granados Centenary steering committee is delighted to welcome Luisa Morales to the conference advisory board. Luisa Morales is a Spanish keyboardist and scholar who is internationally recognised as one of the most outstanding performers on Spanish keyboard music.

Secondly, we are excited to announce that Editorial Boileau (Barcelona) has several forthcoming publications in conjunction with the centenary—including a piano score app for iPad!


More Benet Casablancas Premieres

Benet Casablancas is having a busy year, and the Foundation is happy to announce yet another upcoming premiere! This summer will be the North American premiere of his Festival Overture at the Colorado Music Festival, which will also include a performance of his symphonic arrangement of his 2012 commission, Song, Dance, and Celebration. This will be the first time the Overture has been heard outside of Spain! The new orchestration of Song, Dance, and Celebration premiered earlier this year in Toronto.