Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 59

MARCH 2016 / NY, USA

New York

Music.  New York,  24/03/2016

Love & Death in New York: pianist José Menor performs music by Enrique Granados

The acclaimed Catalan pianist José Menor, a "beguiling mix of finesse and fire" (The Daily Telegraph, UK), performs Love & Death in New York, a recital featuring piano music by Enrique Granados on the 100th anniversary of the composer's death.

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Cinema.  UMass, Harvard,  23/02/2016

Catalan cinema at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Harvard

Spanish cinema started in Catalonia with two important schools: the realistic school led by Fructuós Gelabert; and the fantastic trend represented by Segundo de Chomón. After the silence forced upon Catalan cinema during Franco's dictatorship in the 40's and 50's, it started to regain an important role in the film industry with the Barcelona School in the mid 60's. Presently Catalan Cinema enjoys a strong recognition thanks to the works of well-known Catalan directors such as Bigas Luna, Ventura Pons and Isabel Coixet, among others. 

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Music.  USA,  26/02/2016

Jordi Savall, upcoming concerts in the US in 2016

Jordi Savall i Bernadet (born 1941, in Igualada, Catalonia, Spain) is a Spanish-Catalan viol player and composer. He is one of the major figures in the field of early music since the 1970s, largely responsible for bringing the viol (viola da gamba) back to life on the stage. His repertory ranges from Medieval to Renaissance and Baroque music.

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Music.  New York,  08/03/2016

Catalan composer Benet Casablancas' upcoming premieres in New York

Benet Casablancas (1956 Sabadell, Catalonia, Spain) is widely regarded as one of the leading Spanish composers of his generation. His music, firmly rooted in the great modernist tradition, is notable for its great individuality, structural complexity and extraordinary richness of textural detail. 

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Music.  New York, Washington, Albuquerque,  10/03/2016

A Granados celebration: from Barcelona with passion. Enrique Granados (1867-1916)

Enric (Enrique) Granados (1867-1916) spent the final months of his life in New York. His visit to the United States included some of the most important artistic triumphs of his life—the World Premiere of his opera, GOYESCAS, at the Metropolitan Opera, solo and chamber music recitals with cellist Pau Casals, recordings for the Duo-Art Reproducing Piano, the premiere of his symphonic poem, DANTE, by the Chicago Symphony, and a recital at the White House.

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Music.  New York,  11/03/2016

Access Contemporary Music presents Sound of Silent Film: Gaudi

The Sound of Silent Film Festival features newly composed scores performed live to modern silent films. Beginning in Chicago in 2005 it has since played to sold out audiences in Austin, TX and at Anthology Film Archives in Manhattan. This year the Festival brings the event to Symphony Space featuring their most popular film ever: Gaudí, a spellbinding tour through the life and works of Barcelona architect and visionary Antonio Gaudi. Gaudí is a masterpiece of filmmaking by famed Japanese director Hiroshi Teshigahara. It will be screened in silence with a new musical score by four acclaimed composers performed live. Gaudi comes to New York for one night only.

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Music.  NY,  11/03/2016

Lluís Capdevila launches his first CD, DIASPORA

Lluís Capdevila's debut album DIASPORA (2016 release) features his original compositions and the talents of Petros Klampanis (bass) and Luca Santaniello (drums).

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Literature.  New York,  18/03/2016

Mario Santana of the University of Chicago, visiting professor at the Mercè Rodoreda Chair, Graduate Center-CUNY

Mario Santana is Associate Professor of Spanish at the University of Chicago, where he teaches contemporary Spanish and Catalan literature and film, and coordinates the Catalan Studies Program in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures.

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Literature.  USA,  11/02/2016

Pere Gimferrer’s delirious novella Fortuny, published in English by David R. Godine, Publisher

In Fortuny, Gimferrer, one of Spain’s most acclaimed living writers (the late Roberto Bolaño called him “a great poet . . [who] knows everything”), has crafted a sparkling, impressionistic tale centered on a real historical figure, Belle Époque renaissance man Mariano Fortuny. 

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Language.  US and Canada,  01/03/2016

Catalan Language Certificates 2016

You can now enroll for Catalan language exams at six universities in the US and Canada and receive a formal qualification for your level. The Catalan language certificates awarded by the Institut Ramon Llull correspond to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Register online from March 1 to April 25, 2016.

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