Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 65


New York

Performing Arts.  Washington DC,  08/09/2016

“Cervantes: The Last Quixote” by Catalan playwright Jordi Casanovas, world premiere in Washington DC

Cervantes has died in the street and a drunk insists that the man who killed him is the renowned poet Lope de Vega. This same man recounts the secrets Cervantes shared with him, revealing the most tempestuous periods in the great writer’s life and the furious creativity of his final years.

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Music.  Canada,  11/09/2016

Marina Rossell canta Moustaki

Marina Rossell is one of the greatest legends of Catalan song. In her 40 year career, she created more than 20 albums demonstrating her unmatched talent. Having traveled across much of Europe, the US and Latin America, Marina Rossell will tour Canada for the first time (Montreal, Toronto and Quebec City). 

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Music.  New York,  18/09/2016

José Menor performs in New York

Fresh from his 'impassioned and eloquent performance' (New York Classical Review) at Carnegie Hall in March 2016, pre-eminent Catalan virtuoso pianist José Menor continues his worldwide tour performing ‘Goyescas’, to mark the centenary of the great Catalan composer, Enrique Granados (1867-1916).

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Thought and Science.  New York,  20/09/2016

Historian and publisher Josep Maria Muñoz, in residence at NYU KJCC

From 2010 on, a large, democratic, inclusive movement in favor of the independence of Catalonia has gained a previously unseen (and unforeseen) strength. Josep Maria Muñoz, 2016/17 King Juan Carlos I Chair of Spanish Culture and Civilization, will discuss the current Spanish crisis and a shift in Catalonia’s and Spain’s history.

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Montreal commemorates ANY LLULL, the Centennial of Ramon Llull

The Llull Year international program includes a travelling exhibition and over 50 activities, including concerts, poetry readings and academic and literary events all over Europe, America and North Africa.

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Music.  Boston,  23/09/2016

Calixto Bieito’s Carmen

The long-awaited U.S. opera debut of Calixto Bieito in a co-production with Boston Lyric Opera and San Francisco Opera.

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Thought and Science.  Stanford University,  27/09/2016

Salvador Cardús, Visiting Professor at Stanford University

Salvador Cardús i Ros, Professor of Political Sciences and Sociology at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), has been invited as Ginebre Serra Visiting Professor in Catalan Studies at Stanford University during the Fall semester 2016-17.

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Literature.  USA,  25/07/2016

Two Catalan translators win The 2016 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant

The Translation Fund, now celebrating its thirteenth year, received a large number of applications this year—171 total—spanning a wide array of languages of origin, genres, and eras. From this vast field of applicants, the Fund’s Advisory Board has selected fourteen projects, spanning 9 different languages, including two translation projects from the Catalan.

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Literature.  Canada,  01/09/2016

Black Bread, by Emili Teixidor, published for the first time in English by Biblioasis

After his father is arrested for dissent, Andrés moves from Barcelona to his grandparents' cottage in the mountains of Catalonia. As he transitions to the pastoral life of his ancestors, he's awakened to the beauty of their history—and the injustice of Franco's occupation. Upon news of his father's death in prison, anger spurs action, and Andrés' life is changed forever.

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Literature.  USA,  13/09/2016

Blood Crime by Sebastià Alzamora, forthcoming in English!

It is 1936, and Barcelona burns as the Spanish Civil War takes over. The city is a bloodbath. Yet in all this death, the murders of a Marist monk and a young boy, drained of their blood, are strange enough to catch a police inspector’s attention. His quest for justice is complicated by the politics, dangers, and espionage of daily life in a war zone.

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