“Cant de les Estrelles” Concert Preview, Feb 2

As we’ve previously announced, our ongoing Granados Celebration will be capped with a performance of Grandos’s masterpiece, Cant de les Estrelles, by the Voices of Ascension, on February 9 at the Church of Ascension in NYC.

One week before this concert, 6:30–8:30 on February 2, the Voices of Ascension will hold a concert preview and lecture at the Graduate Center’s Elebash Recital Hall. This preview event is free and open to the public. It will be followed by a reception.

About the concert, Voices of Ascension writes,

This is a very special performance as it features Granados’ long-lost masterpiece Cant de les Estrelles for 4 choruses, piano and organ. Our 2007 New York premiere performance with pianist Douglas Riva was supported by funding from the Ramon Llull Foundation, recorded by Naxos records and received a Grammy nomination.

The concert includes masterworks of 20th Century Catalan choral music relatively unknown in New York, as well as Granados compositions for violin, piano and organ, Granados arias for soprano including the famous La maja y el ruisenor from Goyescas and also de Falla’s El Amor Brujo for piano.

Collaborating artists include pianist Douglas Riva whose discovery of the Granados manuscript prompted this entire project, soprano Vanessa Vasquez, a rising star in the world of opera, award-winning violinist Francesca dePasquale and Steinway Artist, pianist Vanessa Perez. Voices of Ascension under the direction of conductor Dennis Keene is a highly respected professional chorus and orchestra.

Collaborating institutions include the Foundation for Iberian Music, producer of the Granados Centenary Celebration concert series and The Hispanic Society of America who have graciously provided access to the manuscript of Granados’ Goyescas.

Tickets are available to the public at $85, $40, and $10. A reception will follow the concert.