25 January 2011

Cello Politics

Pablo Casals performs at White House Dinner for Governor and
Mrs. Munoz-Marin of Puerto Rico, November 13, 1961.
Cecil Stoughton/The White House (Public Domain).

This morning npr ran this report on the concert that Pablo Casals gave at the Kennedy White House in 1961. It focused on the intersection of politics and art. Casals, an exile from his native Spain, refused to play in any country that officially recognized the Fascist government. What is it about cellists and politics?

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