Pablo Casals at the White House

On January 15, 1904, the stunningly beautiful music of famed cellist Pablo Casals (1876 –1973) graced the White House, as the talented musician played for President Theodore Roosevelt and invited guests.   Casals was born in Spain, to a Spanish father and Puerto Rican mother.  By the age of 21, Casals was considered a master cellist.  He fled Franco’s fascist regime, and settled in Puerto Rico.  In 1957, he founded the annual Festival Casals in Puerto Rico and assisted in establishing the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra