Remembering Pablo Casals:
His musical legacy and his commitment to humankind
On 13 October 2020, there will be a celebration of the centenary of the debut concert of the Orchestra Pau Casals at the Palau de la Música Catalana concert hall. Pablo Casals was the driving force behind the creation of this orchestra in 1919, one of the most fruitful undertakings of his artistic and professional life, as he himself acknowledged.
The effort and excellence of the orchestra’s work were such that it developed into an outstanding symphonic ensemble that was soon recognised internationally and which attracted the finest conductors and soloists of the day to Barcelona, a city now positioned at the forefront of quality music and open to contemporary composers. Sadly, the Spanish Civil War and the effects of the dictatorship put an end to this venture.
The Pablo Casals Foundation will be celebrating this centenary with activities and initiatives over the course of 2020 and 2021 with musicians and musical institutions from around the world, all taking part in a process led by a Committee of Honour consisting of internationally renowned figures.
In addition, thanks to a special partnership agreement, L’Auditori de Barcelona-OBC and the Pablo Casals Foundation will mount a programme of concerts, exhibitions, gatherings and other activities. The Centenary will also have the support of ”la Caixa” Banking Foundation and other public and private organisations.
Concerts and activities
To celebrate the Orchestra Pau Casals Centenary, a programme of concerts, activities, talks, an exhibition and publications will be scheduled in 2020 and 2021. These initiatives will take place in Spain and abroad with the participation and support of symphonic orchestras, conductors, soloists and musical ensembles around the world that are joining in with the centenary commemorations.
Celebrations around the world
Committee of Honour of international standing
The Orchestra Pau Casals Centenary Committee of Honour consists of internationally renowned conductors and musicians who support this celebration, notably Sir Simon Rattle, Zubin Mehta, Antoni Ros Marbà, Josep Pons, Kazushi Ono, Michael Tilson Thomas, Christoph Eschenbach, Murray Perahia, Pinchas Zukerman, Itzhak Perlman, Iván Fischer, Jordi Savall, Heinz Holliger, Hannu Lintu, Leon Fleisher and Jaime Laredo. These musicians and conductors are also supporting the celebrations in concerts and activities to mark the centenary.
Members of the Committee of Honour
Do you want to join in the celebration of the Orchestra Pau Casals Centenary?
The goal is to make the Orchestra Pau Casals Centenary a worldwide celebration in tribute to Casals and to ensure that this commemoration helps to spread through music the ideals that he tirelessly defended his whole life: democracy, justice and freedom. In light of the fact that these values are under threat in many parts of the world today, we invite every symphony orchestra, conductor and musician to join us by devoting to the Orchestra Pau Casals one of the concerts or programmes they have planned for the 2020-2021 season. Orchestras can also suggest other commemorative activities.
To formally join the celebrations, you can contact us, thereby ensuring that the various initiatives are internationally publicised through the Pablo Casals Foundation media. Signing up in this way is free of charge and voluntary and may be done by institutions and individuals. It is important to notify the Pablo Casals Foundation that you have signed up so that we can promote every event, concert and expression of support around the world and thereby achieve a greater global impact. If you have any queries or require further clarification, please do not hesitate to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org/+34 93 319 20 21
Pau Casals’ passion for conducting had always been present, but his solo career did not allow him to develop in all its dimensions.