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Festival: Casals Festival Puerto Rico

Biography

March 3 – 16, 2019

The Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, founded by the famous cellist, conductor, and composer Pablo Casals, brings annually to San Juan the most outstanding musical talent in the world. Casals moved to Puerto Rico in the 1950s and by 1957 he had founded the prestigious music event that bears his name. Maestro Casals led the Festival, sharing his music with the world, until his death in 1973. For the past 63 years, the Casals Festival has brought to Puerto Rico many international artists, originally attracted by the aura and charisma of the Maestro and then by the prestige and international reputation the Festival rapidly acquired.

This year we welcome violist extraordinaire Jordi Savall, one of the foremost figures in the world of early and baroque music, with his ensemble Le Concert des Nations, in music from the film Tous les matins du monde.

We also proudly present the prestigious Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra conducted by Christian Zacharias, who also performs as a pianist during the program.

One of the few professional string trios in existence today, the internationally recognized Díaz Trio will perform an all-Beethoven program.

The dance-theater production Hij@s de la Bernarda, inspired by Federico García Lorca’s House of Bernarda Alba, is followed by Manuel de Falla’s La vida breve with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra, the San Juan Philharmonic Choral, a group of young singers, and flamenco dancer Jeanne d’Arc Casas.

Making his debut at the Casals Festival is the youngest of our guests, the French pianist Rémi Geniet, performing, among others, Beethoven’s Appassionata.

Playing the Pablo Casals 1733 Goffriller cello, Israeli cellist Amit Peled will be accompanied by the highly-regarded pianist Noreen Polera.

The Puerto Rico Symphony will close the Festival with one of the most significant symphonies in European Romantic music: Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 3.

For full information, visit the official Puerto Rico Casals Festival Website.

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