Bomba! Plena! Danza! From Africa to Spain, join Bassoon Fellow Francisco Joubert Bernard to discover Puerto Rico´s most popular folkloric music styles their origins and race connotations. Emphasis will be placed on how race and social status shaped these genres. In addition, throughout the lecture, myths, such as where salsa originally comes from or where the reguetón rhythym came from, will be debunked.
Fellow-driven projects are made possible with the support from the Maxine Stuart Frankel Foundation and the American Orchestras' Futures Fund, a program of the League of American Orchestras made possible by funding from the Ann & Gordon Getty Foundation.
Originally from Puerto Rico, Francisco J. Joubert Bernard is a second-year Bassoon Fellow at the New World Symphony and recent graduate from the Yale School of Music. He believes in the incorporation of new technologies and skills with the mature acoustical and refined music of the past. In his journey as a classical bassoonist he has won two prizes in the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico soloist competition, as well as recorded professionally for labels such as Naxos Records. In other musical areas, he has been co-producer, as well as recording engineer, for many projects including the release of music on platforms such as Spotify.
Mr. Bernard completed his bachelor of music degree at the Conservatorio de Música de Puerto Rico, where he studied with Principal Bassoonist of the Puerto Rico Symphony, Adam Havrilla, and recently achieved his master of music degree from Yale University’s School of Music, under the tutelage of Frank Morelli.
As part of his professional orchestral playing, Mr. Bernard has been an active substitute-bassoonist for the Puerto Rico Symphony since 2013, playing in music festivals such as the Pablo Casals festival, and in performances with Joshua Bell, among others. In addition, he has been part of many summer music festivals such as the Sarasota Summer Music Fest, and, as part of the Zafra Quintett Ensemble, the Collegium Musicum in Germany, Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival, as well as the Sewanee Music Festival.
As a first-year Fellow at the New World Symphony, he looks forward to the fusion and innovation of classical music with other genres or with new mediums as for the reach of new audiences.