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Festival Casals 2021

The premier cultural event in Puerto Rico and the largest classical music festival of the Caribbean

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Every year, the most prominent classical musicians of the world flock to San Juan to take part in the Casals Festival, held in the memory of Pablo Casals. A Spanish and Puerto Rican cellist, composer, and conductor founded this festival in 1956 to give a boost to the island's cultural life and classical music scene. Casals Festival is held annually at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in the barrio of Santurce of San Juan.

Over its history, Casals Festival was attended by a number of prominent conductors and musicians, such as Mstislav Rostropovich, Krzysztof Penderecki, Leonard Bernstein, Zubin Mehta, Eugene Ormandy, Yehudi Menuhin, Jorge Mester, Odón Alonso, Elías López Sobá, Justino Diaz and Maximiano Valdés.

Casals Festival attracts musicians from all over the world, in particular, the most outstanding cellists. It also features The Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra and the San Juan Philharmonic Choral. To learn more about Pablo Casals and his connection to Puerto Rico, you can also visit Museo de Casals in the Old San Juan that is open year-round.

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