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The Exhibition “PAU CASALS AND THE EXILE” Opens in Puerto Rico

24/02/2009

The Exhibition “PAU CASALS AND THE EXILE” Opens in Puerto Rico The travelling exhibition “Pau Casals and the Exile” was presented on the past 24th February at the Exhibition Hall of the Collection of the Arts at the José M. Lázaro Library of the University of Puerto Rico (UPR) - Rio Piedras Campus. The exhibition may be visited until 15th May.

The opening ceremony was attended by the president of the UPR, Antonio García Padilla; the chancellor of the UPR, Gladys Escalona; the director of the Ramon Llull Institute, Josep Bargalló; the director of the Casa Amèrica, Antoni Traveria; the vice-president of the Pau Casals Foundation, Marta Casals Istomin; the director of the Pau Casals Foundation, Pepa Domingo, and the curator of the Pau Casals Museum and of the exhibition, Núria Ballester.

The Maestro’s widow, Marta Casals, recalled the Puerto Rican origins of Casals’ mother and insisted on his message: “He believed in peace, democracy and freedom”. Likewise, Ms. Casals affirmed that the exhibition shows the Puerto Ricans the harshness of the Catalan exile and added that “for Casals, arriving on the Island represented a second happiness; he devoted himself to musical education and from here he spread his message of peace”.

The authorities of the University of Puerto Rico emphasized the importance of holding this exhibition because of the influence which Casals had on many generations of the Island.

The exhibition is set within the programme “The Catalan Imprint in the Caribbean”, a project promoted by the Casa Amèrica and the Ramon Llull Institute. The director of the Ramon Llull Institute, Josep Bargalló, underlined the great interest of the project “to discover things which one did not know or of which one was not aware, with respect to the mutual influences between Catalonia and the Caribbean. For his part, Antoni Travería, director of the Casa Amèrica Catalunya, pointed out that “the Catalan Imprint in the Caribbean is a very ambitious programme of activities aimed to enhance the common legacy and the shared history among the regions of the Caribbean and Catalonia”.

The opening of the exhibition was the first of the events of the Casals Festival of Puerto Rico, and it featured the participation of the cellist Lluís Claret, who interpreted The Song of the Birds.




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