Antoni Parera Fons: A Songwriter’s Journey

19 November, 2009


(Listen to Andreu Riera perform the 2008 Composer’s Commission “Mentum”)

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The Foundation for Iberian Music presents a concert entirely dedicated to the music of Antoni Parera Fons.


Thursday, November 19, 2009 – 1pm
Elebash Recital Hall
The Graduate Center
365 Fifth Ave & 34th St
Free, No Reservation Required

Introductory remarks by Candice Agree of WQXR, the classical music station of the New York Times


Lamento de Jueves Santo en Cuenca ( Holy Thursday Lament in Cuenca)
for solo violin, work commissioned by the 2006 Sacred Music Festival of Cuenca (Spain)
Joan Plana Nadal, Violin

Correnties (Currents)
for narrator, soprano, violin and piano
Guillem Frontera, narrator; Isabel Rey, soprano; Andreu Riera, piano; Joan Plana Nadal, violin

Songs for Loli
for soprano and piano on lyrics by Isabel Rey
Isabel Rey, soprano; Antoni Parera Fons, piano

for solo piano
Foundation for Iberian Music Composers’ Commission 2008
Andreu Riera, piano

Composer, pianist, arranger, and producer ANTONI PARERA FONS was born in Mallorca in 1943 and studied piano and composition in Barcelona. His songs have been performed by acclaimed singers including José Carreras, Montserrat Caballé, Alfredo Kraus, José Van Dam, Jaime Aragall, current Met’s baritone Juan Pons, and many others. In 1992 he wrote the music for the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games. More recently, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (Barcelona Symphony and Catalonia National Orchestra) premiered a large ambitious orchestral work, Nocturn per a un capvespre blau (Nocturne for a blue evening). As an arranger, he has participated in many notable events including the CD Christmas in Vienna with Diana Ross and The Three Tenors. As a producer, his recording of the opera El gato con botas (Puss in boots) by Xavier Montsalvatge was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004. He has won numerous awards, gold and platinum discs as well as various national and international recognitions.

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