Cello Recital: Nine All-Star Soloists

Celebrate the legacy of the great Pablo Casals
Union Church

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.

This performance is not included in the Celebrity Series subscription.

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:

·       Mike Block

·       Lluís Claret

·       Blaise Déjardin

·       Yeesun Kim

·       Robert Mayes

·       Aristides Rivas 

With special guest cellists: 

·       Eugene Friesen

·       Rhonda Rider

·       Nicholas Tzavaras

Featuring pianist:

     ·      Pei-Shan Lee 


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

A Boston Tribute to Pablo Casals is generously supported by an anonymous donor. Additional support for this project is provided by Nancy & Richard Lubin.

Thank you to our supporters!

Celebrity Series of Boston is grateful to our 2019-20 Season Sponsors Amy & Joshua Boger, and to the many individual donors whose generosity supports Neighborhood Arts. Celebrity Series is also grateful to the following corporations, foundations, and government agencies for their support in the 2019-20 season: 

Stephanie L. Brown Foundation

Susanne Marcus Collins Foundation

Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation

Stifler Family Foundation 



    National Endowment for the Arts  Outside the Box             

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