Institut Ramon Llull/ Newsletter # 95

APRIL 2019 / NY, USA

New York

Music.  USA,  28/03/2019

Barcelona Clarinet Players, two concerts in the US!

Innovation, fusion, interdisciplinary nature or pedagogy are some of the concepts that best describe the creative line of the Barcelona Clarinet Players.

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Music.  New York,  02/04/2019

Marc Migó offers a concert of Catalan music at the Juilliard School of Music

Composer and pianist Marc Migó is studying for his Master’s Degree in Composition at the Juilliard School of Music in New York. The concert will showcase music by Catalan composers such as Joan Manén, Jordi Cervelló, Isaac Albéniz, Marc Migó, Narcís Bonet, and Salvador Brotons.

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Literature.  Chicago,  23/04/2019

Sant Jordi Day in Chicago: Francesc Parcerisas, "Still Life with Children"

In celebration of the unique and book-loving Catalan holiday, 57th Street Books are thrilled to host  Francesc Parcerisas on Still Life With Children: Selected Poems of Francesc Parcerisas translated from the Catalan by Cyrus Cassells and published by Stephen F. Austin State University Press. A Q&A and book signing will follow the discussion. Presented in partnership with the Joan Coromines Chair of Catalan Studies, the UChicago Department of Romance Languages and literatures and Institut Ramon Llull.

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Language.  31/05/2019

Catalan Language Certificates

The Institut Ramon Llull organizes the exams to assess and certify knowledge of Catalan as a Foreign Language (CFL) outside of Catalan-speaking areas.

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17th International Colloquium of the North American Catalan Society 

The North American Catalan Society or NACS is a professional association that joins researchers, students and people in general, especially in the United States and Canada, that show or have interest in any aspect of culture from the Catalan Countries and the Catalan language (literature, linguistics, arts, history and philosophy, amongst others). It was founded in 1978, during the First Colloquium of Catalan Studies in North America, that took place at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, and that was promoted by Josep Roca i Pons. The NACS is devoted to fostering studies about the Catalan language and its culture in the academic areas of North America.

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Cinema.  New York,  28/04/2019

Karelia: International with Monument, North American premiere at Art of the Real 2019

The Film Society of Lincoln Center announces the sixth edition of Art of the Real, an essential showcase for the most vital and innovative voices in nonfiction and hybrid filmmaking, April 18-28. The 2019 lineup features a vibrant slate of new works by internationally acclaimed filmmakers and impressive, award-winning debuts from around the world. Highlights of the festival include the North American premiere of Karelia: International with Monument, returning Art of the Real filmmaker Andrés Duque’s exploration of the mysterious forests on the Finnish-Russian border where shamanic magic and historical trauma intermingle.

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Performing.  Chicago,  28/04/2019

Yan Duyvendak and Roger Bernat present Please, Continue (Hamlet) at the MCA Chicago

Please, Continue (Hamlet), written and directed by Yan Duyvendak with Roger Bernat, is framed as a homicide trial in which a Chicago cast performs in the roles of Gertrude, Ophelia, and Hamlet. The starring roles of each performance, however, are those of the court officials: roles played by actual members of the judiciary including prosecutors, trial judges, and public defenders, who endeavor in earnest to succeed in the trial and convince a jury of audience members of Hamlet’s guilt or innocence.

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Visual Arts.  New York,  30/06/2019

Hudson Yards unveils new contemporary art by Jaume Plensa

In the lobby of 30 Hudson Yards–the 90-story, Kohn Pedersen Fox-designed commercial and retail tower that has the distinction of being NYC’s second-tallest office building–Catalan artist Jaume Plensa created “Voices.” Known for his works that play on space and volume, Plensa’s work consists of 11 variously sized steel orbs, his largest suspended piece to date. Weighing between 400 and 5,000 pounds, the sandblasted steel spheres appear to float above the monumental space, sparking a dialogue on a sense of global unity and appreciation for different languages and cultures.

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Literature.  Art Omi,  30/11/2019

Núria Perpinyà and Irene Solà, Catalan writers in residence at Art Omi in 2019

Since its founding in 1992, Art Omi Writers (previously known as Ledig House) has hosted hundreds of authors and translators, representing more than fifty countries. The colony's strong international emphasis reflects the spirit of cultural exchange that is part of Ledig's enduring legacy.

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Literature.  31/05/2019

The Catalan Poems by Pere Gimferrer

This April Cercanet Poetry will be publishing the first book-length publication of Pere Gimferrer’s poetry in English, The Catalan Poems, as translated by Adrian Nathan West. 'Gimferrer lives in and for poetry... His virtuosity shows he is capable of renewal and change without repudiating himself. Few authors can manage such breadth and depth.' -- Juan Goytisolo

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