We celebrate the legacy of the legendary cellist Pablo Casals and his musical connections to Boston and Puerto Rico. In October 1901 Casals began performing Bach’s solo cello suites in public, the catalyst for their popularity with audiences today. On November 26, 1901 Casals made his Boston debut at the Colonial Theatre as part of his first U.S. tour with soprano Emma Nevada.
Celebrating the tradition of mass cello choir performances at Puerto Rico’s beloved Casals Festivals, an orchestra of 56 cellists – drawn from students and faculty at Berklee, Boston Conservatory, Boston University, Longy School of Music, New England Conservatory, and 14 professional organizations – share the stage for the first time in the magnificent Virginia Wimberley Theatre at the Boston Center for the Arts in the South End.
The program includes Spanish Sardanas by Pablo Casals and Puerto Rican folksong arrangements by Aristides Rivas, accompanied by Jorge and Gabriel Arce on percussion.
Lluis Claret, solo cello
Eugene Friesen and Aristides Rivas, conductors
Jorge and Gabriel Arce, bombas