Past Events Archive of the Foundation for Iberian Music

2000-2008

21 December, 2008 Sephardic Music Festival: Sephardic Scholar Series

Presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music in collaboration with the American Sephardi Federation and Yeshiva University Museum
Program curator: Samuel R. Thomas
Elie Massias Flamenco-Ladino & Victor Esses Tarab Ensemble @ the Center for Jewish History 15 West 16th Street, NYC
Sunday, December 21, 2008, 2 to 5pm
General Admission: $15/ $12 for ASF & YUMuseum members and students Ticket includes both performances, panel discussion with the artists, entrance to Yeshiva University Museum and viewing the current ASF exhibit, Traces of Sepharad.
Tickets @ www.smarttix.com; or 212.868.4444.
For more info: 212.294.8350 x2 or visit: www.americansephardifederation.org | www.sephardicmusicfestival.com

Co-sponsors: The Institute for Sephardic Studies, Jewish Awareness Through Music (JATM) and Shemspeed.
*We acknowledge the generous support of the New York Council for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

20 November, 2008: Román Alís’s Piano Music.

Elebash Recital Hall ,  365 Fifth Ave ( @34th St ) @ 7:00pm.  Free.

Presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music with the generous sponsorship of:  UNHCR/ACNUR,  Royal Society of Spain, Mr. Hutton Wilkinson & Mrs. Ruth Wilkinson, and Nicoletta Colombo.  For FREE invitations please call 212 817 1819 or Sponsorship Director by email: lauranegro2000@yahoo.es.  Please visit http://www.newyorksocialdiary.com/node/2537?nid=4898

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15 November, 2008: Mateo Flecha’s Ensaladas.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a one-day immersion session in one of the most unique musical genres of the Renaissance. The seminar will involve a combination of lecture and group discussion illustrated by selected listening examples, as well as practical involvement with facsimiles, new editions, performance practice issues, recordings, etc.

Like the popular quotlibet, the ensaladas of Mateo Flecha (1481-1553) are compositions that frequently use the device of quotation. In his ensaladas, Flecha interweaves his own melodies and those of others in a continuous musical flow in which homophonic passages alternate with more imitative writing. The quotations – in Castilian, Catalan and Latin – barely stand out in the whole because of his very unusual style, between learned and popular, probably an echo of the musical taste of some aristocratic circles of Spanish society of the first half of the 16th century. One of the best is La viuda, an autobiographical ensalada whose text names a series of individuals with whom Flecha may have been connected: it contains eleven different quotations, at least four of which involve musical material. Què farem is one of the rare Renaissance villancicos with a text in Catalan. The pieces are subdivided into sections – from seven to 12 – that alternate homophonic and imitative passages, providing the text with music of a descriptive character that requires frequent changes of rhythm. They vary in length from 215 to 400 bars in modern transcription. [extracted from New Grove]

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12 September, 2008: Anna Cazurra’s Hesperia for piano.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents the 2007 Composer’s Commission.  This work will be performed a special the concert dedicated to the music of Spain at Instituto Cervantes, 211-215 East 49th Street.  The series was broadcast on  WQXR, The Classical Station of The New York Times.

8 May, 2008: Medieval Percussion Instruments in Spain and Italy:  A Little Festival.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a festival and symposium.

Music by Ensemble Sendebar, papers by Susan Weiss, Ichiro Fujinaga, and Mauricio Molina.  More information click here. Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 1:00pm.  No reservations required.

28 April, 2008: The Valencian Baroque Villancico.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a lecture by professor José Luis Palacios, Universitat Jaume I, Castelló, Spain.  Room 3992 @ 5:30pm.  Free No reservations required.

31 March, 2008: Carlos Surinach and The Creation of Modern Dance in New York.

Elebash Recital Hall , The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 6:30pm. Free — No reservations required.

“My music, even the most serious pieces, all suggest, in some way, dance.” – Carlos Suriñach, February 1987

” Finally, a homage to Carlos Surinach.” —Alicia de Larrocha {click for her full statement}

Carlos Suriñach and the Creation of Modern Dance in New York will explore the composer’s unique contribution to the world of dance from the 1950s through the 1980s. A roundtable discussion exploring the many aspects of Suriñach’s musical personality will be followed by a recital featuring the concert version ofEmbattled Garden, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its premiere. Born in Barcelona, Spain on March 4, 1915, Carlos Suriñach came to the U.S. in 1951, making his home for many years in New York City. Well-known in Europe as a conductor, pianist and composer of opera, he is best remembered for his compositions for dance written after his immigration to the United States. Martha Graham, Alvin Ailey, Doris Humphrey, Robert Joffrey, John Butler, Pearl Lang, Francisco Moncion and Antonio are among the choreographers who commissioned Suriñach. Countless others, including Paul Taylor, Norman Morrice, Garth Fagan, and Doug Varone have created dances to Suriñach’s music. As Suriñach himself once said, “Dance is in my blood.” His death in 1997 came as a shock to all who knew him.

Panel Discussion

Ninotchka Devorah Bennahum, dance historian and author, Antonia Mercé “La Argentina”: Flamenco and the Spanish Avant Garde Stuart Hodes, veteran Martha Graham dancer and teacher, choreographer and writer Carmen de Lavallade, dancer, choreographer, actor Antoni Pizà, Foundation for Iberian Music, The City University of New York Aaron Sherber, Music Director and Conductor, The Martha Graham Company  Candice Agree of 96.3FM WQXR, the classical station of The New York Times, will moderate the panel.

Panel discussion to be followed by Concert

PROGRAM
Trois Chansons et Danses Espagnoles:  No. 3 Adagio–Allegro tranquillo for piano
Flamenco Cyclothymia for violin & piano
Adam Kent, piano & Airi Yoshioka, violin

Ritmo Jondo
Embattled Garden (conducted by Paul Hostetter)
Perspectives Ensemble
Sato Moughalian, musical director

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29 January,  2008: Oscar Esplá and the Guitar.

A lecture-recital by Jan de Kloe including works by Esplá and other Spanish and Latin American composers.  Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Ave ( @34th St ) @ 7:00pm.  No reservations required.To make a living during war years, the Spanish composer Oscar Esplá (1886-1976) was a music critic and he used his vast knowledge of the repertoire and music history to document his articles, some of which contain references to the guitar. In Spain he was in contact with the major players of his days and this lecture goes through the contacts and correspondence with guitarists such as Andrés Segovia and José de Azpiazu who played and edited transcriptions.   During the troublesome period of the Spanish Civil War and the Second World War, Esplá lived in Belgium.  The lecture is illustrated musically.Jan de Kloe was born in The Netherlands and lives in Belgium. He studied guitar at the Conservatoires of Brussels with Nicolas Alfonso and Liege with Gonzales Mohino and did master classes with Julian Bream and Turibio Santos.  He performed in Europe and the USA. He wrote two books about Oscar Esplá which cover the years this Spanish composer lived in Belgium (1936-1949) and articles on the same subject which appeared in musicological journals in Belgium and Spain.  Please visit www.dekloe.beProgram:
Oscar Esplá (1886-1976)
-Three levantinas (2, 5 and 8 from Melodías y temas
de danza para piano,
1931)
-Antaño (impresiones musicales para piano)

Joaquín Montero (c1740-c1815)
-Sonata in D (adagio, allegro)

Vicente Sojo (1887-1974)
-Five pieces from Venezuela – Cantico, Aguinaldo,
Canción, Aire venezolano,
Galerón

Agustín Barrios (1885-1944)
-Vals No. 3
-Chôro da Saudade
-Gavota
-Una limosnita por el amor de Dios

25 & 31 January, 2008Tolstoy’s Last Days.

A theatrical concert by the Ensemble for the Romantic Century, hosted by the Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, featuring the music of Rachmaninov interwoven with excerpts from the diaries and letters of Tolstoy and his wife. For details, seehttp://www.romanticcentury.org/concert2.html. Tickets $45; free to CUNY students and faculty. Call 1 212 288 8020 for reservations.  Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY. The concert is at 7:30. There is a pre-concert lecture at 6:30.

17 January, 2008: Of Foxes and Hedgehogs: Music and the Worldview of Tolstoy’s Fictions.

A seminar with Valentina Izmirlieva, Associate Professor of Slavic Literatures and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Columbia University, and James Melo, musicologist for the Ensemble for the Romantic Century and Senior Editor at RILM. The seminar lays the groundwork for the upcoming theatrical concert, Tolstoy’s Last Days (see 25 and 31 January 2008). CUNY Graduate Center, Skylight Room, 365 Fifth Avenue, 9th Floor, New York, NY. Tickets are $10 at the door. $10 (free for series subscribers, patrons, and CUNY students, faculty, and staff).

2007

4 December, 2007: Sepharad: New Approaches to a Musical Identity.

Presented by the Foundation for Iberian Music

Building upon last year’s success, the Sephardic Scholarship Series will host two scholars and two bands together for a performance-based forum on Sephardic music today. At the forefront of this renaissance in Sephardic arts is the Third Annual Sephardic Music Festival. In conjunction with this festival, the Sephardic Scholarship Series provides an opportunity to explore aspects of Sephardic musical culture.  Performances by Smadar and Asefa will be followed by an audience-interactive panel discussion with the artists and with ethnomusicologists versed in the field of Sephardic Jewish music. The primary focus of discussion will center on the role of modernity in Sephardic music, including how these artists negotiate preservation and innovation.Curated by Samuel R Thomas Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Ave ( @34th St ) @ 6:30pm.  No reservations required. $10 dollars suggested donation.  For more information visit http://www.asefamusic.comhttp://www.myspace.com/asefahttp://www.jatm.org

12 November, 2007: Iberian Instrumental Traditions:  The Vihuela and Baroque Guitar.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a lecture-recital exploring he instrumental traditions of Spain. Iberian Instrumental Traditions: The Guitar. Period-instrument specialist Manuel Minguillón investigates the Spanish repertoire of plucked-instruments including the vihuela, arch-lute and the Baroque guitar with works by Amat, Guerau, Sanz, and others. A panel discussion moderated by Antoni Pizà, Director of the Foundation for Iberian Music, will follow the concert.  The Skylight Room, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St. @ 3pm, FREE – No reservations required.

31 October, 2007: Iberian Instrumental Traditions:  The Sacred Piano.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a lecture-recital exploring the instrumental traditions of Spain with Alberto Urroz. Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St). No reservations required. FREE

1 October, 2007: Iberian Instrumental Traditions:  The Piano.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a lecture-recital exploring the instrumental traditions of Spain with Adam Kent.  Segal Theater,  365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 3:00pm. No reservations required.

30 July, 2007: Sancho.

Antoni Pizà talks about Sancho’s Music on the Barcelona station CatMúsica.

30 April, 2007:  California Mission Music: A Concert and a Round Table.

@ 7:00pm FREE; No reservations required | Recital Hall|The Graduate center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016 | Tel. 212-8171819

3 May, 2007: The Catalan piano trio.

A concert, a seminar, and symposium including works by Granados, Cassadó, Gerhard, Malats, Serra, Montsalvatge, Alís, Soler, Balada, Brotons etc. The program will include our Composers’ Commissions 2006:  Premiere of Román Alis’s Piano Trio, a composition commissioned by the Foundation for Iberian Music and featuring the Damocles Trio.  A public discussion with the composer, the performers, and musicologist Antoni Pizà will follow the performance.  365 Fifth Ave ( @34th St ).  No reservations required.  FREE

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14 February, 2007: Composers’ discoveries: The Songs of Antoni Parera Fons.

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a voice and piano recital entirely dedicated to the vocal music of Antoni Parera Fons, with Maia Planas, soprano, and Sergi Cuenca, piano. Introduced by Antoni Pizà, Director of the Foundation for Iberian Music, and Candice Agree, weekend evening host of WQXR, the New York Times classical radio station. Antoni Parera Fons’s songs have been performed by José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, and Maria del Mar Bonet. He also wrote the music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.  @ 7:00pm FREE; No reservations required | Proshansky Auditorium|The Graduate center, 365 Fifth Avenue, New York NY 10016 | Tel. 212-8171819

2006

The Foundation for Iberian Music sponsored the translation into Spanish Granados in Fact and Fiction by John W. Milton.

The Foundation for Iberian Music cooperated with World Dance New York in the production of a DVD for teaching flamenco in schools.

Iván Iglesias was a Visiting Scholar.  His research centered on Jazz in post-Fracoist Spain.

5 December, 2006: The Llibre vermell of Montserrat and Early Iberian music

The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a concert, seminar, and symposium with early music ensemble Sendebarand Maricarmen Gómez Muntané, Professor of Medieval Music at the Universitat Autòtona de Barcelona, Anne Stone, Assistant Professor of Music, Queens College and The Graduate Center; Susan Boynton, Assistant Professor of Music, Columbia University; Mauricio Molina, founder and music director, Sendebar; Enric Bou, Professor of Literature, Brown University; and Antoni Pizà, Foundation for Iberian music.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music and the Institut Ramon Llull.  Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Ave (@ 34th St ) @ 7pm. No reservations required.  FREE.
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13 November, 2006: Sherban Lupu in Recital.

Sponsored by the Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation. Elebash Recital Hall,365 Fifth Ave (@ 34th St ) @ 7pm. No reservations required.  FREE.

6 October, 2006:  Brazilian Piano Trios.

A concert by the Damocles Trio introducing and celebrating the piano trios by Heitor Villa-Lobos and Oscar Lorenzo Fernândez’s Trio Brasileiro. Co-sponsored by the Center for Latin-American, Caribbean, and Latino Studies and the Foundation for Iberian Music.  Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 7pm.  No reservations required.  FREE

17 March, 2006: VIVA REGONDI!

Music by Giulio Regondi for the English Concertina and Guitar, presented by The Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments and featuring concertinists Allan Atlas, Douglas Rogers, and Wim Wakker, and guitarist Alexander Dunn,  with Elizabeth Bell, soprano, and Jin-Ok Lee, piano. Elebash Recital Hall, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (34th Street and Fifth Avenue), 7:30 pm. Tickets $20 ($12 with CUNY ID or Senior Citizen ID). For tickets and information, call Office of Continuing Education at (212) 817-8215 or continuinged@gc.cuny.edu

2 March, 2006:  Schoenberg in Barcelona.

Like Paris and Berlin, interwar Barcelona (c.1920-1936) was a cauldron of international modernist creativity: Schoenberg composed Moses und Aron, Webern conducted the Pau Casals Workers’ Orchestra, and Alban Berg’s Violin Concerto was premiered.  This powerful momentum shaped a generation of composers (Robert Gerhard, Joaquim Homs, and Josep Soler, among others) and inspired the work of a generation of visual artists and literary minds (Antoni Tàpies, Joan Brossa, J.E. Cirlot, and other members of the “Dau al Set” group).
The program includes: Arnold Schoenberg (1874-1951)
Drei Klavierstücke, Op. 11
1. Mässig; 2. Sehr langsam; 3. Bewegt

Robert Gerhard (1896-1970)
Dos Apunts / Two Sketches for piano

Arnold Schoenberg
Klavierstück, Op. 33b

Joaquim Homs (1906-2003) in celebration of his centennial
Tres invenciones sobre un acorde
Set peces / Seven Pieces
Díptic II: 1. El vent no té repòs; 2. Plany
Impromptu No. 6 for piano trio

Robert Gerhard
“The Cave of Montesinos,” from Don Quixote
Three Impromptus: I. Giochevole
A Panel discussion moderated by Antoni Pizà with Walter Frisch, Adam Kent, and members of the Damocles will follow the performance.  Sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, Segal Theater, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 7pm.  No reservations required.  FREE.

2 February, 2006:  Ernesto Halffter Centennial.

A piano recital surveying his piano music featuring Adam Kent.  A public discussion moderated by musicologist Antoni Pizà will follow the performance.  Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 7pm.  No reservations required.  FREE.

23 January, 2006:  Biography on the Periphery: Writing about Manual de Falla

A lecture by Carol A. Hess, Associate Professor, Bowling Green State University (Ohio), author of Manuel de Falla and Modernism in Spain, 1898-1936 and Sacred Passions: The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla, among other books.  Room 3102.06, The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 5pm.  No reservations required.  FREE.

2005

1-2 December, 2005:  Romania • Enescu • Europe

A conference and Festival Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Death of George Enescu, co-organized by the Romanian Cultural Institute of New York and co-sponsored by the Mannes College of Music. Call for papers.
16 November, 2005:  Composers’ Commissions 2005:  Piano works by Josep Prohens.  The Foundation for Iberian Music presents pianist Maxim Anikushin appearing in a concert that will include a performance of the Beethoven’s “Emperor” Piano Concerto (No. 5) with The Orchestra Celebrate! under the direction of Laurine Celeste Fox and Beethoven’s Piano Sonata 0pus 111. The concert will also include two piano works commissioned by the Foundation for Iberian Music Dreams/Somnis and Freqüències by Josep Prohens. A public discussion with the composer moderated by musicologist Antoni Pizà will follow the performance.  365 Fifth Ave (@34th St) @ 7pm. FREE
25 October, 2005 :  Granados in Fact and Fiction, a concert, panel discussion, and presentation of two recently published books on the life and work ofEnrique Granados (1867-1916):  The Fallen Nightingale, a novel by John W. Milton (Edina, MN:   Swan Books / Beaver Pond Press, Inc., 2004) and Enrique Granados:  Poet of the Piano by Walter Aaron Clark (New York:  Oxford University Press, 2005).  Panelists include authors Walter Aaron Clark, musicologist, John W. Milton, writer, Douglas Riva, pianist, and Antoni Pizà, musicologist.  Sponsored by the Consultate General of Spain and the Foundation for Iberian Music 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St., Proshansky Auditorium @ 7:00pm, FREE.
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4 May, 2005: Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presents a series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha. Session VI:  Out of Catalonia:  Diaspora and Exile in the Music of Gerhard, Balada, and Surinach with pianist Adam Kent.  Foundation for Iberian Music, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St.   Free @ 7:00pm.
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18 April, 2005: Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presentsa series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha. Session V:  Granados’s Goyescas, with pianist Benita Meshulam.  This event will take place at 12::30am @ Shepard Hall Auditorium, The City College, CUNY (138th St & Convent Avenue), trains 1 & 9 @ 135th St or A, B, C, D @ 145th St.
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11 April, 2005: Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presentsa series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha. Session IV:  Albeniz’s Iberia, Book III & IV, with pianist Pedro Carboné, program notes by Joseph Horowitz.  Foundation for Iberian Music, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St.   Free @ 7:00pm.
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16-19 March, 2005: Music’s Intellectual History: Founders, Followers, and Fads.

The first conference of RILM (Répertoire International de Littérature Musicale). In early 2004, RILM published the volume Speaking of Music: Music Conferences from 1835 to 1966 which provides a fascinating window on the intellectual history of music scholarship. The volume guides readers through papers on music presented at some 500 international conferences, bringing to light the trends and ideas that characterized musicological and ethnomusicological inquiry from the heyday of Romanticism through the dawn of Modernism to the multicultural and multidisciplinary movements of the mid-20th century. This volume, chronicling 130 years of music scholarship’s intellectual history, will provide a starting point for the conference, which aims to assess changing attitudes and viewpoints in writings on music from antiquity to the present day. For more information, click here.

17 March, 2005:  Concert and panel discussion.  Anais and Her Family:  The Story of the Nin Family, a Lineage of Writers, Musicians, and Painters

Suzanne Nalbantian, Adam Kent, and Antoni Pizà.  The subject of a feature film, several documentaries, and many critical studies, Anaïs Nin (París 1903 –  Los Angeles 1977) is well known for the outspoken sexuality of her writings, especially her legendary Diary.  Perhaps less known, though equally deserving of public attention, are the other members of her family:  her brother, the eminent composer and pianist Joaquín Nin-Culmell ( Berlin 1908 – Berkeley 2004) and their father, the musicologist, composer, and pianist Joaquín Nin Castellanos (Havana 1879-1949).  Also of interest are the members of the previous generation:  the combative Joaquín Nin y Tudó (ca. 19th Century), who wrote with passion against bullfights and the role of women in family life, and the painter José Nin y Tudó (1840-1908), who specialized in funerary portraits.  In all, an remarkable dinasty of writers, musicians, and painters.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music & Instituto Cervantes NY.  Proshansky Auditorium, 8:30pm, Free.  The Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave. (@ 34th St.)  This event is part of the conference Music’s Intellectual History: Founders, Followers, and Fads.

21 March, 2005 : Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presents a series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha.  Session III:  Albeniz’s Iberia, Book I & II, with pianist Pedro Carboné; program notes by Joseph Horowitz. Foundation for Iberian Music, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St.   Free @ 7:00pm.
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9 March, 2005 : Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presents a series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha. Session II:  Montsalvatge’s Antillean Modernism with Benita Meshulam. Foundation for Iberian Music, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St.   Free @ 7:00pm.
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16 February, 2005: Piano Conversations: The Catalan Piano Tradition

The Mompou Chair at the Foundation for Iberian Music presents a series of lecture-recitals sponsored by the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona, organized and moderated by Antoni Pizà, with artist-in-residence Adam Kent; honorary artistic advisor Alicia de Larrocha.  Session I:  Frederic Mompou, the Voice of Catalonia. Foundation for Iberian Music, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34thSt.   Free @ 7:00pm.
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10 February, 2005: Book presentation and concert.  Sacred Passions:  The Life and Music of Manuel de Falla by Carol A. Hess

Published by Oxford University Press.  Piano recital by Adam Kent.  Panel discussion with Carol Hess, Adam Kent, and Antoni Pizà.  Instituto Cervantes, 211 E 49th St., NY.  Information at (212) 308 7720.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music & Instituto Cervantes, @ 7:00pm.

26 January, 2005:  Roots and Innovation in Flamenco

The Foundation for Iberian Music and Dance Films Association’s 33rd annual Dance On Camera Festival present two documentary films on opposing trends in the art of flamenco.  RAP AND THE CROSS (USA) is a film about the Corraleras Sevillanas enjoyed each year by non-professionals in Lebrija; BAILAORES (Italy) explores the efforts of four dancers trying to break the boundaries of flamenco dance; and MADRUGADA (USA) interprets a sunrise in the California desert through flamenco dance.  A panel discussion with the film makers and moderated by Antoni Pizà will follow.  CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St.  Proshanksy Auditorium @ 7:00pm

2004

13 December, 2004: Zyklon.

An opera by Peter King and Julian Barry. Alan Johnson, musical director. Concert version. The horrifying story of Fritz Haber, Nobel Prize winner and inventor of chemical weapons. Co-sponsored by The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and The Center for Jewish Studies . Free, but pre-registration is required; call 1-212-817-8215 to reserve your seat. 6:00 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), New York, NY.

10 December, 2004: Siren Songs.

Mary Nessinger, voice;  Marilyn Nonken, piano. Ensemble 21 presents two of New York’s finest interpreters of new music, mezzosoprano Mary Nessinger and pianist Marilyn Nonken, in an evening that explores the music of two young American composers and revisits a 20th-century classic. Co-sponsored by Ensemble 21 and The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation. Tickets $15 ($10 for students). 8:00 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), New York, NY.

17-19 November, 2004: A Century of Composing in America: 1820-1920

Sponsored by Music in Gotham. The conference will begin Wednesday afternoon, 17 November at the Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue @ 34th St. There will be two concerts of chamber music composed in the United States, one on Wednesday evening and one to conclude the conference on Friday evening at the Recital Hall. Click here for the complete program.

14 November, 2004 Challenges and Trends in Hispanic Music Today:  Nationalism, Multi-Nationalism, And Internationalism

A panel discussion with Salvador Brotons, Tania León, Paquito D’Rivera, Damocles Trio members Adam Kent, Airi Yoshioka, Sibylle Johner, and Antoni Pizà, in conjunction with the Damocles Trio concert on November 21 at Merkin Concert Hall.  Performances of Salvador Brotons’s Flute Sonata and Tania León’s Parajota Delaté with Salvador Brotons, flute, and the Damocles Trio.   At the Foundation for Iberian Music, Segal Theater CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St, @ 3:00pm.  This event is underwritten by a generous grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte as part of the “Música por doquier” Festival.  For more information, visit www.musicapordoquier.org and www.damoclestrio.com

4-6 November, 2004: Don Quixote:  The First 400 Years

The Foundation for Iberian Music is proud to participate in the international conference at Hofstra University (Long Island, NY) November 4-6 2004.  The conference will include numerous performances and lectures on musical topics including “Don Quixote’s Musical settings:  An Overview of The First 400 Years” by Antoni Pizà.  For more information visit www.hofstra.edu.

12, 19, 26 October & 2 November, 2004 :  Workshop: Flamenco: The Art and the Life.

Flamenco, the monumental and emblematic art of southern Spain, enjoys immense international popularity.  But is the essence of the art being compromised in a bid for commercial success, and can flamenco survive the fusion movement that attempts to incorporate jazz and other styles into this singular art?  This course will analyze flamenco song and guitar through rare, unpublished films and recordings of its greatest traditional interpreters as well as noted younger artists who are radically changing the music.  It will survey the history of the art, its social context, its regional styles, its characteristic rhythmics and structures, and key forms ranging from the Deep Song loved by García Lorca and Falla to the lighter styles.  Various approaches to flamenco guitar will be illustrated, and dance will be viewed in its traditional context as an important but non-primary aspect of the art.
BROOK ZERN, Director of Flamenco Center USA and Flamenco Editor of Guitar Review, has spent years in Spain documenting and studying this music.  He has written, spoken and taught extensively about the art, and has played a key role in preserving the rare documentary films and recordings that will be used in this course.  Brook Zern will be introduced by Antoni Pizà.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music, 4 Tuesdays, October 5, 12, 19, 26; from 6:00-8:30pm

1 November2004Via Toledo by Night (1918)

By Raffaele Viviani (1888-1950), Neapolitan playwright, actor, singer, director, composer. A stage reading with music and an American premiere for a Neapolitan master of the stage. In this one-act musical play, the night life on Via Toledo, one of the major thoroughfares of Naples, comes alive with song, comic duets, choral action, jokes, and lazzi as those struggling to make a living — street vendors, bakers, cabdrivers – intermingle with vagabonds, petty gangsters, pimps, prostitutes, the police, and the wealthy bon vivants. Viviani’s bitter yet comic vision of the lives of the Neapolitan poor caught the attention of Maxim Gorky and Vladimir Ivanovich Nemirovitch-Danchenko. His clear social criticism led to censorship by Mussolini’s Fascist regime. Viviani wrote over 65 musical plays, many of which are performed today in Italy. This is the first to be presented in the United States. Jane House, director; Martin Hennessey, musical director; Allen Atlas, concertina; Beau Bothwell, double bass. The reading will be followed by discussion and a reception. Producer: Jane House Productions. Co-sponsors: Istituto Italiano di Cultura of New York, and The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, Martin E. Segal Theatre, Continuing Education and Public Programs, CUNY Graduate Center. FREE. 6:15 p.m., Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), New York, NY.

1 November, 2004: Latin jazz piano master class  by Alon Yavnai.

Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  Event introduced by Antoni Pizà.   This event will take place at 11:00am @ Shepard Hall Auditorium, The City College, CUNY (138th St & Convent Avenue), trains 1 & 9 @ 135th St or A, B, C, D @ 145th St.

18 October, 2004 :  Cuban Jazz workshop and concert.

Oriente López, pianist.  Event introduced by Antoni Pizà.  Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  This event will take place at 11:00am @ Shepard Hall Auditorium, The City College, CUNY (138th St & Convent Avenue), trains 1 & 9 @ 135th St or A, B, C, D @ 145th St.

18 October, 2004 :  Duende: Two-piano music from Spain.

Elena Martín & José Melitón, duo pianists.  Works by Infante, Albéniz, Granados, Soler, and Falla.  Event introduced by Antoni Pizà.  Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  This event will take place at 1:00am @ Shepard Hall Auditorium, The City College, CUNY (138th St & Convent Avenue), trains 1 & 9 @ 135th St or A, B, C, D @ 145th St.

4 October, 2004 :  The Complete Piano Music of Manuel de Falla

a CD presentation and concert by  Benita Meshulam. Program includes transcriptions from La Vida BreveEl Sombrero de Tres Picos, and the complete original piano music.  Event introduced by Antoni Pizà.  Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  This event will take place at 11:00am @ Shepard Hall Auditorium, The City College, CUNY (138th St & Convent Avenue), trains 1 & 9 @ 135th St or A, B, C, D @ 145th St.
10 September, 2004 :  The complete piano trios of Joaquín Turina performed by Damocles Trio celebrating the release of their recording on Claves Records. Pre-concert discussion with pianist Adam Kent, violinist Airi Yoshioka, and cellist Sibylle Johner of the Damocles Trio, and Antoni Pizà.  At the Foundation for Iberian Music, Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave @ 34th St, @ 7:30pm.  This event is underwritten by a generous grant from the Spanish Ministerio de Educación, Cultura, y Deporte as part of the “Música por doquier” Festival.  For more information, visit www.musicapordoquier.org and www.damoclestrio.com

Anaïs and her Family

a one-day symposium dedicated to the Nin family, whose members include writer Anaïs, composer Joaquín Nin-Culmell; composer Joaquín Nin Castellanos; writer Joaquín Nin Tudó; and painter José Nin Tudó.  The symposium will include a piano recital by Adam Kent;  a panel discussion with Mr. Kent, Antoni Pizà, and Deirdre Bair, among other scholars; and a screening of films on the family.   Dates will be announced.  Organized and sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music. POSTPONED

Spring semester 2004:  Multicultural Spain:  Studies in the Music of Catalonia, Andalusia and other Iberian Regions

The Ph.D.–D.M.A. Program in Music at the CUNY Gradute Center will offer a new doctoral seminar in music history and ethnomusicology.  Taught by professor Peter  Manuel and Antoni Pizà,  will present  a survey of the popular and art music traditions of Spain, with special attention to flamenco, zarzuela, opera, Latin-American-influenced genres, and the vihuela, guitar and keyboard repertoires, as well as themes such as nationalism, exoticism, and the role of Spain in the European musical imagination. Coverage will include major composers such as Albéniz, lesser-known ones such as Guerau and Literes, and important scholars and their contribution to the construction of a national musical identity.  The course is co-sponsored the Foundation for Iberian Music through its Càtedra Mompou / Mompou Chair, which is supported by a grant from the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona.   For more information visithttp://web.gc.cuny.edu/Music/classes/index.html and http://www.llull.com.
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29 April, 2004 :  The Foundation for Iberian Music and the Instituto Cervantes have established an agreement by which all concerts presented by this Spanish cultural institution will be free for CUNY students.

The first concert includes a selection of Catalan medieval works from the Llibre Vermell de  Montserrat as well as songs by several Catalan troubadours. This evening is organized in cooperation with the doctoral seminar taught by professor Peter  Manuel and Antoni Pizà, Multicultural Spain:  Studies in the Music of Catalonia, Andalusia and other Iberian Regions.  This seminar is sponsored by  the Foundation’s Càtedra Mompou / Mompou Chair held during the Spring 2004 by Antoni Pizà.  It is dedicated to the study and dissemination of Catalan music and is supported by a grant from the Institut Ramon Llull of Barcelona.   All concerts are presented at the Instituto Cervantes at Amster Yard in New York located at 211-215 East 49th St.  For more information call 212 – 308 7720 or email cenny@cervantes.es. Thursday April 29, 2004 @ 6:00pm.
26 March, 2004 The Incredible Concertina II: From village greens and Shakespeare songs to Victorian salons and the modern concert hall. CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 7:00 p.m.. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed InstrumentsClick here for more details.

19 March, 2004 Emily Dickinson: This is my Letter to the World

Performed by the Helding/Blyth Duo, with special guest, actress Karen Lordi. CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 7:00 p.m..Tickets: $15 ($7.50 for students). To order tickets, please call 1-212-817-8215.  Sponsored by The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation and Continuing Education and Public Programs of The CUNY Graduate Center, and Dickinson College. Click here for more details.

28 February, 2004:, 8:00 PM  “Celebrating Don Quixote”

The Brooklyn Philharmonic and IberArtists New York presenta musical homage to literary masterwork Don Quixote de la Mancha on the occasion of its 400th anniversary.  The centerpiece of this concert is a late masterpiece of Manuel de Falla:  an exquisite chamber opera– a puppet show within a puppet show–based on a scene from Don Quixote set in medieval Spain.   For more information call the Brooklyn Academy of Music 718-636-4100.  The Foundation for Iberian Music and Iberartists have collaborated on many occasions including the concert series “Homage to Joaquín Turina” (1999) and “Music and Architecture in Twentieth-Century Spain” (2003).  The program notes include an essay by Antoni Pizà.  A post-concert discussion will follow the concert.
25 February, 2004: “Manuel de Falla’s Concerto and Master Peter’s Puppet Show:  Two Unique Neoclassical Works From The 1920’s.”  A lecture by Yvan Nommick, Director of the Manuel de Falla Archive in Granada (Archivo Manuel de Falla).  Professor Nommick will be introduced by Antoni Pizà.  Organized and sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  See also related event on February 28.

2003

10 December, 2003:  Sylvia Torán in Concert:  Iberian Piano Music.

Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center.  365 Fifth Ave & 34th St.   Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music. @ 7:00pm. Free.

10, 17, 24 November, 2003Music of Three Cultures:  Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Medieval Spain.

For several centuries, Andalusia was an exceptional example of the dialogue between different religions, cultures, and civilizations of the period. Explore through recordings, films, and live performances the Christian, Sephardim, and Al-Andalus musical traditions that originated as a result of the encounter of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Spain during the Middle Ages.  6:00pm-8:20pm.  Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music.  Click here for details.

6-8 November, 2003: Music in Art: Music Iconography as a Source for Music History.

The ninth conference of the Research Center for Music Iconography, co-sponsored by the Department of Musical Instruments of The Metropolitan Museum of Art.  For details about the conference and a call for papers, click here.

6 November, 2003 : Iberian piano music and its influences.

Maurizio Annunziatta, piano. Works by Alberto Williams, Enrique Granados, Isaac Albéniz, Manuel Falla, Anna Cazurra, and Mauricio Annunziata.

10 October, 2003: Paquito D’Rivera & Friends:  Music & Literature in the Spanish Caribbean.

Latin Jazz legend presents Tina Casanova’s writings through a conversation with the author and a performance including Paquito D’Rivera, soprano Brenda Feliciano, and pianist Alon Yavnai. Recital Hall.  CUNY Graduate Center.  365 Fifth Ave. & 34th St., @ 7:00pm.  In Spanish & English.  Organized by the Foundation for Iberian Music. Free

22 June-28 September, 2003Salvador Dali: Dream of Venus

An Exhibition at the Queens Museum of Art in cooperation with the Foundation for Iberian Music. Click here for details.

2 June-21July, 2003: Latin Popular Music

An intensive course offered at The City College of CUNY, in cooperation with the Foundation for Iberian Music.

8, 15, 22, 29 April, 2003: “The Great Spanish Opera Singers.”

A series of talks considering Spain and its many outstanding opera singers, and including guided listening to many lesser-known recordings, screening of unfamiliar musical films, and guest appearances by current Metropolitan Opera artists. Tuesday nights in April from 6:15 to 8:15 p.m. Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music. CUNY Graduate Center,  365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street).Click here for details and registration.
21 April, 2003: Paquito de D’Rivera, Latin jazz legend, in performance and reading from his recent autobiography, Mi vida saxual (Seix Barral, 2000). In Spanish. CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 7:00 p.m. Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Musicand the Instituto Cervantes of New York. Admission is free. Click here for details.

4 April, 2003: Free Reeds of Asia and Rare Chinese Instruments

Presented by Wang-Zheng Ting and Christopher Adler, featuring music from China. CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street).  Lecture at 3:00; reception at 4:00; concert at 7:00. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments; co-sponsored by Music from China.

3 February, 2003: The Popular Songs of García Lorca

Carmen Serrano, opera singer, and Antonio López, pianist. The links between flamenco and classical music will be explored.  CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 7:30 pm.  Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music. Admission is free.

2002

5, 10, and 11 December, 2002: The series MUSIC & ARCHITECTURE IN 20TH CENTURY SPAIN

Occasioned by the exhibit “Antoni Gaudí: Una visión poliédrica” opening at the CUNY Graduate Center on 12 December 2002.  Sponsored by Spain’s Ministry of Education and Culture, through the Dept. of International Cultural Cooperation and Communication, in collaboration with IberArtists-New York, the Foundation for Iberian Music of CUNY’s Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation, the King Juan Carlos I Center of NYU, and the Instituto Cervantes. Click here for further details.  All events will be followed by a reception.

Click here for audio interview of Antoni Pizà on WNYC’s Soundcheck

5 December 2002: The New Generation.

An intimate evening of contemporary Spanish chamber music performed by the Perspectives Ensemble, including 3 world premieres and a panel discussion with two young Spanish architects. CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 7:00 pm. No tickets required

10 December 2002: Arquitectura y Música: Una poética del espacio.

A public conversation between composer Mauricio Sotelo and architect Fernando Ochoa. King Juan Carlos I Center of NYU, 53 Washington Sqare South, 6:00 pm. No tickets required.


11 December 2002: Barcelona Modernista: The music of Roberto Gerhard (1896-1970) and Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002).

A rare opportunity to sample representative works of Spain’s most important modernist composers of the late twentieth century. Miller Theater, Columbia University, Broadway & 116th St, 8:00 pm. Pre-concert talk hosted by Joseph Horowitz at 7:00 pm.


2 December, 2002: Concert by New York Philharmonic musicians presenting a chamber program typical of 19th-century New York City, interspersed with readings from the diaries of George Templeton Strong by actor Robert Ian Mackenzie.

Pre-concert lectures. CUNY Graduate Center, Proshansky Auditorium, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street).  Sponsored by Music in Gotham and the New York Philharmonic.

4 November, 2002: Science and Music: The Science, History, and Music of the Concertina.

part of a semester-long series entitled Science and the Arts.CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 6:00 pm.  Admission is free. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments.

10 October, 2002: Jan De Kloe will present his book Oscar Esplá in Belgium (Columbus, OH: Editions Orphée, 2001).

The presentation will include performances by the pianist Pedro Carboné.  CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), Room 3491, 7:00 pm. Admission is free. Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music.

9 October, 2002: A tribute to Xavier Montsalvatge (1912-2002).

A lecture recital by Mac Maclure.  CUNY Graduate Center, Elebash Recital Hall, 365 Fifth Avenue (@ 34th Street), 6:30 pm.  Admission is free. Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian Music.

17 July, 2002: A Lecture-Recital by Annette Espada, cello.  Santiago Namnun Puigbó, piano.

Two cello sonatas:  Frederic Chopin and Cesar Frank.Auditorium, Rm95, The City College.

18-19 April, 2002: Importing Culture: European Music and Musicians in New York City, 1840-1890

Thursday and Friday April 18 and 19, 2002, at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Conference participants will give presentations on various aspects of the music scene in the city as it expressed New York’s reliance on current and past European and English repertories. Sessions will be devoted to opera, to the New York reception of Berlioz, Liszt, and Schumann, to the various immigrant bandmasters whose ensembles gave concerts around the city, to the German musical theater and singing societies, and visiting virtuosi. A concert on Thursday evening will feature music written in the United States by local and foreign composers, or performed in the city by visiting and resident artists.

12 April, 2002: The Incredible Concertina.

A concert in honor of Charles Wheatstone; a bicentennial celebration. 7:00 pm, Elebash Recital Hall. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments.

11 March, 2002: The Piano Music of Romà Alís

A lecture-recital by Albert Díaz and the composer. Elebash Recital Hall, March 11, 2002 at 5:30 pm, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York City. Sponsored by the Foundation for Iberian MusicSee program images.

20 February, 2002: Julián Menéndez Rediscovered.

A lecture-recital by renowned Basque clarinetist Oskar Espina-Ruiz, accompanied by pianist Noriko Nagasawa. Foundation for Iberian Music Lecture-Recital Series, no. 2.  February 20, 2002 at 6:30 pm, Proshansky Auditorium, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York City.

2001

12 November, 2001: The Academia Marshall at 100: The Catalan Piano Tradition from Granados to Larrocha.

A tribute to the incomparable Alicia de Larrocha and a lecture-recital by Adam Kent. Foundation for Iberian Music Lecture-Recital Series, no. 1. November 12, 2001 at 6:30 pm, Elebash Recital Hall, CUNY Graduate Center, 365 Fifth Ave, New York City.

8 May, 2001: The Barry S. Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation: A Celebration in Five Acts.

Each act celebrates a  project at the Brook Center. Participating performers and scholars included Joan Morris, William Bolcom, Daniel Heartz, Claire Brook, Allan Atlas, Dale Monson, Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Zdravko Blazekovic, Jan -Piet Kniff, and Adrienne Fried Block. A reception in the Dining Commons followed the event.

23 March, 2001: The Accordion as an Icon of Italian American Culture.

A one-day symposium and concert. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments, and co-sponsored by the Joseph D. Calandra Institute for Italian American Studies.

21 & 23 February, 2001: A RILM and Brook Center open house.

Attended by participants of the Music Library Association annual conference.

2000

March, 2000 : Tango-Bandeneon-Piazzola conference.

Featuring an all-day conference on the music of Astor Piazzolla, workshops by pianist Pablo Ziegler, and a concert by Ziegler’s Quintet for New Tango. Sponsored by the Center for the Study of Free-Reed Instruments.