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Casals Festival

Early June
This event is a two-week music festival held in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to celebrate the memory of Pablo Casals (1876-1973), the world-renowned Spanish-born cellist and conductor. An outspoken opponent of Fascism and the regime of Francisco Franco, he was forced to leave Spain and moved to France in 1936. Twenty years later he moved to Puerto Rico, the birthplace of his mother. There he initiated this music festival.
Through the years internationally known artists, among them Rudolf Serkin, AndrÉs Segovia, Arthur Rubenstein, Isaac Stern, and Yehudi Menuhin ( see also Menuhin Festival), have appeared at the festival. Programs offer a variety of composers, from Bach to Bartók.
CONTACTS:
Puerto Rico Tourism Company
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New York, NY 10103
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gotopuertorico.com
SOURCES:
GdUSFest-1984, p. 220
MusFestAmer-1990, p. 156
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Recent performances have included the Chicago premier of "Der Kaiser Von Atlantis" and "The Tales of Hoffmann" (in the controversial Ratner version) for the Chicago Opera Theater; Massenet's "Werther" for the Klangbogen Festival of Vienna, as well as the Basque National Opera of Bilbao; "Dead Man Walking" for Cincinnati; "The Damnation of Faust" for Chicago's Grant Park Festival, and the Pablo Casals Festival of San Juan; the Opera Gala for the Festival of the Aegean in Athens and Syros; "Faust" for Trieste; "The Barber of Seville" for Charlotte and Buenos Aires; "The Magic Flute" for Bozman; "Fidelio" for Cedar Rapids; and the national tour of Teatro Lirico d'Europa's production of Puccini's "Tosca," in the role of the corrupt Commissioner of Police, the despicable "Baron Scarpia."
He was also principal horn in the New Orleans Symphony (1949-1954), principal horn of the Casals Festival Orchestra in Puerto Rico, and principal horn of the Orchestre de Paris (1977-1985).
Having met in August 2009 during the Pablo Casals Festival in Prades, Johannes Fleischmann (violin) and Philippe Raskin (piano) are both young virtuosos when it comes to their chosen genre.
Notably, he performed at the Musikverein-Brahmssaal in Vienna, the Metropolitan Opera, the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico, and the New York Philharmonic.
While pointing out that musical influences on the island were limited, he tells of singing in the chorus for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Casals Festival and briefly meeting cellist Pablo Casals.
Eugene Symphony conductor Giancarlo Guerrero recently was asked to step in as a last-minute replacement conductor at the Casals Festival in San Juan, Puerto Rico.
Barrows (1913-1974), a distinguished performer and teacher who held posts with the Minneapolis Symphony, the Army Air Forces Band, the New York City Opera, the New York City Ballet, and the Casals Festival Orchestra, as well as teaching positions at Yale University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
In addition to symphony concerts and the prestigious Casals Festival, the center hosts operas, ballets, plays and popular music concerts.
This summer, she is scheduled to perform at the Casals Festival in Puerto Rico.
His love of teaching took him to the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music, then directed by the legendary Pablo Casals; he also played principal horn in the Puerto Rico Symphony and was a member of the Casals Festival Orchestra alongside the young trumpeter who would later become his conductor in Seattle, Gerard Schwarz.
A most important cultural institution which would shape Puerto Rican musical life in the second half of the twentieth century is treated in the chapter's second section, "The Puerto Rico Casals Festival: Views and Controversies." Since its establishment in 1957, the Casals Festival became the moving force that would also contribute to the creation of the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra (1958) and the Puerto Rico Conservatory of Music (1959).