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 [...]

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Composer’s Commission 2013

June 5, 2014: The Foundation is excited to announce that the 2013 composer’s commission has been awarded to Albert Guinovart. A Catalan pianist and composer, Guinovart studied music at the Municipal Conservatory of Barcelona. He is currently teaching composition at ESMUC (Escuela Superior de Música de Cataluña), a position he has held since 2002. Guinovart’s music has been performed around the world, and has also been featured in several films.

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Granados Centenary Performance

A major highlight of the Granados Centenary celebrations will be the performance in New York of the long-lost masterpiece Cant de les estrelles (Song of the Stars) by Voices of Ascension, directed by Dennis Keene, with pianist Douglas Riva.

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Upcoming Granados Events

The Centenary and Anniversary of Enrique Granados Commemoration is fast expanding. Many talented scholars and artists have agreed to participate, and several events have been schedule for the future, in both New York City and Washington D.C.

The Hispanic Society of America has announced a series of three concerts of music by Granados in honor of the Granados Centenary and in recognition of the important relationship between Granados and the Hispanic Society of America. In 2016, the chorus of the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. will perform Granados’ Cant de les estelles. An academic conference has also been schedule for that same year, in order to bring together scholars to explore Granados’ life and works.

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“Strings Attached”: A Conversation with Kronos Quartet’s David Harrington

October 22, 2014: Innovative violinist David Harrington, founder of the visionary ensemble the Kronos Quartet, will be the speaker of the 2014 Lloyd and Constance Old Lectures on 21st-Century Music. This series of talks and debates by major cultural figures addresses the changing consumption, creation, context, and valuations of today’s music. Harrington was inspired to form Kronos in 1973 after hearing a performance of Black Angels, an avante-garde piece by George Crumb. The new group quickly expanded into unconventional territory, performing renditions of songs by jazz artists, such as Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk, rock artists like Jimi Hendrix, as well as repertoire from past masters and contemporary composers.

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3rd International Course on Medieval Music Performance

July 5-13, 2014: The 3rd International Course on Medieval Music (12th-14th c.), supported by the Foundation, will begin once again this July. Hosted in Besalú, a picturesque and well-preserved medieval town in Catalonia, this nine-day immersion course is designed for vocalists and instrumentalists performing early music. The variety of programs include chant, ars nova, and vocal and instrumental music, and will bring together a world-class group of artists, scholars, and teachers.

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Enrique Granados Centenary and Anniversary

The coincidence of the Centenary of Granados’ death in 2016 and the 150th Anniversary of his birth in 2017 provides a unique opportunity to re-discover and re-evaluate the important contributions of Enrique Granados to the musical world and to highlight the ties between his native Catalunya and the city of New York. An international committee is now actively working to organize and coordinate events commemorating the Granados Centenary around the world, including Walter A. Clark, Miriam Perandones Lozando, John Watson Milton, Mary Ann Newman, Mònica Pagès, Antoni Piza, Douglas Riva, and Anna Tonna.

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The Global Reach of the Fandango

April 17, 2015: The Foundation is hosting an upcoming conference on the history and scope of the fandango. Emerging from the Atlantic slave trade with its cataclysmic remaking of the Western world, the fandango was born in the ports of Cádiz, Veracruz, Sao Paolo and Havana, and proliferated throughout Europe and the Americas. Widely dispersed in terms of geography, class, and cultural reference, the fandango’s many faces reflect a diversity of exchange across what was once the Spanish Empire.

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