Festival Casals de Puerto Rico 2007 - Remaining Dates

The beautiful curves of the violinThis is a quick update on the Festival Casals de Puerto Rico schedule for 2007. There are five more shows remaining before the grand finale on March 3rd. The finale will feature Roberto Sierra’s Missa Latina (“Pro Pax”). In a review from the debut performance of the piece, ionarts Classical Music, Art, Literature—the good stuff had this to say:

A work based on the Latin Mass as Mr. Sierra remembers it from childhood, a plea for peace (hence “Pro Pax”), it is also a showcase for Sierra’s Hispanic background, “which,” he is quoted in the notes by Richard Freed, “comes across through the fabric of my musical language.” That might just be a bit of an understatement, as it turned out. It’s a Catholic work alright, set to the text of the traditional Latin Mass with the Kyrie (Hello, Carmina Burana!), Gloria, Credo (ever-lasting), Sanctus, and Agnus Dei as well as an Introitus and Offertorium (wild and smashing), but it has more than a shade of Caribbean or South American flair to it; it carries that heritage most prominently on its sleeve.
While paying to hear mass sung, might not be such a good deal, it does sound like it could be very inspiring. In my opinion, I believe that the organizers behind this year's festival have done an extremely good job building the schedule and filling it in the spirit of Pablo Casals himself with world class musicians. A great tribute to the maestro indeed.
  • Sunday, February 18 , 2007
    Drama Hall
    4:00 pm

    PARIS PIANO TRIO
    Régis Pasquier, violín/violin
    Roland Pidoux, violonchelo/cello
    Jean-Claude Pennetier, piano/piano
    Música de cámara/Chamber music

    Program

    J. Francaix - String trio
    P. I. Tchaikovsky -Piano trio in A minor, Op. 50
    G. Fauré - Piano quartet no. 1 in C minor, Op. 15

  • Wednesday, February 21, 2007
    Drama Hall
    8:00 pm


    PIOTR ANDERSZEWSKI, pianist

    Program

    Bach selection or Beethoven Bagatelles TBD

    Intermission

    L. v. Beethoven -Diabelli Variations

  • Saturday, February 24, 2007
    Festival Hall
    8:00 pm

    Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
    Giancarlo Guerreo, Guest Conductor
    Vladimir Feltsman, pianist

    Program

    M. Mussorgsky - Khovantchina Overture
    D. Shostakovich - Piano concerto no. 1 in C minor, Op. 35
    S. Prokofiev - Piano concerto no. 1 in D-flat Major

    Intermission

    R. Strauss - Ein Heldenleben, Op. 40

  • Sunday, February 25, 2007
    Drama Hall
    4:00 pm

    Nina Kotova – cellist
    Fabio Bidini, pianist

    Program

    S. Prokofiev - Sonata for cello and piano in C major, Op. 19

    Intermission

    S. Rachmaninoff - Sonata for cello and piano in G minor, Op. 19

  • Friday, March 2 , 2007
    Drama Hall
    8:00 pm

    Julia Fischer, violinist
    Milana Chernyavska, pianist

    Program

    F. Schubert -Sonatine no. 2 in A minor for violin and piano, D. 385
    C. Debussy -Sonata for violin and piano in G minor.

    Intermission

    J. S. Bach - Sonata no. 2 in A minor for solo violin, BWV 1003
    F. Mendelssohn - Sonata for violin and piano in F major

  • Saturday, March 3 , 2007
    Festival Hall
    8:00 pm

    Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra
    Andreas Delfs, Guest Conductor
    Heidi Grant Murphy, soprano
    Daniel Webster, baritone
    San Juan Philharmonic Chorale
    Carmen Acevedo, Chorus Director

    Program

    R. Sierra -Latin Mass Pro Pax
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