Damocles Trio Performs for the Foundation for Iberian Music
In the fall of 2001, The Foundation for Iberian Music at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York was established by Dr. Antoni Pizà, who has provided the following mission statement: "The Foundation for Iberian Music is a cultural and educational initiative intended to promote and disseminate the classical and popular traditions of Iberian music, including those rooted in Mediterranean, Latin American, and Caribbean cultures." The Foundation achieves its goals through a variety of interdisciplinary programs aimed at both academic and general audiences and is also committed to the publication and archiving of pertinent scholarly materials. On November 12, 2001 the Foundation presented its inaugural event in Elebash Recital Hall of the CUNY Graduate Center, honoring the incomparable Spanish pianist Alicia de Larrocha for her life-long commitment to the music of Spain. Damocles Trio pianist Adam Kent presented a lecture/performance entitled The Academia Marshall at 100: the Catalan Piano Tradition from Granados to Larrocha, and the Damocles Trio was on hand to perform the first two movements of Granados's Piano Trio, Op. 50.
Barbara Dobbs Mackenzie, Director of the Barry Brook Center for Music Research and Documentation at the CUNY Graduate Center, provided opening remarks about the value of Dr. Pizà's endeavor, and Dr. Pizà himself followed with a brief discussion of Miss de Larrocha's contributions before introducing the Spanish consul, D. Emilio Cassinello. Sr. Cassinello made his own comments about Alicia de Larrocha's artistry and concluded by presenting the pianist with a plaque, naming her an Honorary Member of the Foundation. Adam Kent's lecture followed, in which he discussed the legacy of Enrique Granados, the founding of the Academia Granados in Barcelona in 1901, and the inheritance of the school first by Granados's disciple Frank Marshall, and ultimately by Marshall's finest pupil, Alicia de Larrocha. Adam reminisced about his own introduction to Spanish music through the concerts of Alicia de Larrocha and recalled the fanatical devotion which once led him to make and display huge banners at the diminutive pianist's New York recitals. In addition to the performance by the Damocles Trio, the presentation was illustrated by an historical recording of Granados as well as excerpts from the composer's Escenas románticas and Goyescas and a rarely heard work by Frank Marshall, played by Adam Kent.
The event was well attended by a diverse audience, including many academics, graduate and undergraduate CUNY students, music lovers, and a sizable Spanish and Latin-American contingent. The Damocles Trio thanks Dr. Pizà for his visionary devotion to this music, the Spanish Consulate for their support, and Mme. Assunta Carballeira for her key role in organizing the event.