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.
A powerhouse roster of nine prominent cellists performs music from Pablo Casals’ 1901 Boston debut recital, works from the Casals Festivals, and the Boston premiere of Casals’ Cinco Obras for cello and piano.
The concert features Casals’ godson and New England Conservatory string chair Lluís Claret, Boston Symphony Orchestra Principal cellist Blaise Déjardin, and cellists Mike Block, Eugene Friesen, Yeesun Kim, Robert Mayes, Aristides Rivas, Rhonda Rider, and Nicholas Tzavaras, with pianist Pei-Shan Lee.
A pre-concert talk features Casals scholar Pedro Reina-Pérez, Lluís Claret, and Brian and Rosi Amador. Tickets are $5, with proceeds to benefit the Massachusetts United for Puerto Rico Fund.
Featured cello soloists:
With special guest cellists:
This program will feature selections from Casals’ 1901 Boston debut, notable selections from the Puerto Rico festivals established in 1957, and other works.
Fauré - Élégie (cello ensemble)
Bach - Cello Suite no. 3 in C major
Mendelssohn-Bartholdy - Song without Words in D major, Op. 109 (posthumous)
Beethoven - Seven Variations in E flat major on “Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen”
Saint-Saëns - Allegro Appassionato
Block - original song tbd
Casals - Cinco Obras para violonchelo y piano BOSTON PREMIERE
Casals - “Sant Martí del Canigó” Sardana (cello ensemble)
“This tribute to Pablo Casals has for me many meanings. First of all, as a cellist I think that Casals is not only my godfather, but the godfather of all of us since he developed a new approach to the instrument and a very personal and unusual way to make music through it. Every cellist should be proud to honor Pablo Casals, and performing his music will bring the event at an even higher level. ”Lluís Claret Cellist
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