Recordings from Benet Casablancas’s Birthday Concert

Our frequent collaborator, composer Benet Casablancas, recently celebrated his 60th birthday in his hometown of Sabadell, as we previously posted. Casablancas has composed and premiered several new works with the Foundation for Iberian Music and Perspectives Ensemble, and he received a monographic spotlight from the Columbia University’s Miller Theater in 2010.
Casablancas has shared with us two recordings from one of the anniversary concerts.

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“Los Elementos” Makes NYT Best-of List

The New York City Opera’s run of Los Elementos, a little-performed Spanish opera by Antonio Literes, was highlighted by the New York Times last week (following a mention in the New Yorker).

Stage rendering courtesy of the NYCO.

The production was reviewed in Friday’s paper, following its opening Thursday night. The review’s title, “Is ‘Los Elementos’ Opera? That’s Beside the Point,” draws on a question raised in Antoni Pizà’s notes for the program

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Literes’s “Los Elementos” in the New Yorker

We announced last week that the New York City Opera will soon give the NYC premiere of Spanish composer Antonio Literes’s opera Los Elementos, in an original production for which our director Antoni Pizà served as an adviser, in addition to writing program notes. The May 8th issue of The New Yorker has some interesting coverage of the opera, in “The Intriguing Return of Baroque Opera.”

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Free “Redes” Screening and Concert Thursday

As we previously announced, the Americas Society is holding the NY premiere screening of the lost Mexican film Redes (1937), May 4th at 7 pm. It is free to the public, but you must register, as space is limited.

The screening will include two special treats: first, the Foundation for Iberian Music’s resident Perspectives Ensemble will perform two works by Revueltas (who composed the Redes score); and second, a panel discussion with Joseph Horowitz (PostClassical Ensemble, executive director) and Angel Gil-Ordóñez (whom readers should know and love from his work directing both Perspectives Ensemble and the PostClassical Ensemble), moderated by Carlos Gutierrez of Cinema Tropical.

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CFP: “En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época” (Murcia, Spain)

The University of Murcia is hosting a conference October 18-20, 2017, entitled “En ocasión de María del Carmen: Enrique Granados y su época.” The Foundation for Iberian Music is delighted to participate in this conference; our own Antoni Pizà is a member of the organizing committee.

Please click here to view the full CFP. (The CFP will soon be available in English.) Proposals will be accepted until September 15.

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Zapateados Conference Video

We are very happy to video of almost the entire Zapateados conference at UC Riverside (April, 2017) available online. The videos are on our YouTube channel (IberianMusic), which you can watch via the handy embedded playlist.

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Angel Gil-Ordóñez in The New Yorker

Angel Gil-Ordóñez, musical director and conductor of Perspectives Ensemble, orchestra in residence at the Foundation for Iberian Music, was recently reviewed in The New Yorker for his work with PostClassical Ensemble. Alex Ross reviewed the inaugural Shift Festival of American orchestras in the April 17th (2017) issue of the magazine and gave favorable mention to Gil-Ordóñez.

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Baroque Spanish Opera In NYC

The New York City Opera, which has made a successful comeback since closing in 2013, will soon present the second item in its Opéra en Español series: Antonio de Literes y Carrión’s Los Elementos. Los Elementos is an allegorical drama about the four elements, written in 1713 for the court of Phillip V. This performance will be the opera’s NY premiere. It is directed and choreographed by Richard Stafford and conducted by Pacien Mazzagatti.

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