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Happy Birthday Peter Bloch
Peter Bloch would have been 89 years old today but unfortunately he passed away on July 31, 2008. Peter Bloch will always be a great friend and mentor to me. I visited his grave this past Sunday and placed flowers there for him and said a prayer. It is more then two years since Peter Bloch passed away but he is always in my heart and I see his picture everyday in my studio.
Peter Bloch was born in Frankfurt am Main (Germany) on October 19, 1921 and he grew up in Germany. He would later live in England, Switzerland and Belgium before he came to the United States in 1949. He became a United States citizen in 1955. Peter Bloch studied Hispanic history and culture since his youth. On his mother's side (Else Bloch Israel) Peter descends from Spanish Jews; and the Israel's, his mother's family, always have been aware and proud of their Spanish ancestry.
Peter Bloch was a writer, historian, art and music critic, musicologist, author of numerous books including "la-le-lo-lai, Puerto Rican music and its performers and Painting and Sculpture of the Puerto Ricans. Peter Bloch was the founder-President of the Association for Puerto Rican -Hispanic Culture. He created the first Puerto Rican Library and Museum in North America. And was the pioneer of Puerto Rican art exhibitions in New York.
For his untiring action on behalf of Puerto Rican culture in New York he received in 1964 the Key to the Capital City of San Juan Bautista de Puerto Rico from its Mayor, The Honorable Felisa Rincon de Gautier. And in 1969 the Chief of the Spanish State made Peter Bloch a Knight of the Order of Isabel la Catolica.
Peter Bloch was the United States Representative of Academic Society "Arts, Sciences, Lettres" of Paris. Peter lectured at Universities in Madrid, Venezuela and throughout North & South America. Peter Bloch was a writer for Poesia Magazine and a judge for the ACE Awards.
For more Info on Peter Bloch please see link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Rafael_Bloch
The new President of the Association for Puerto Rican-Hispanic Culture, Carmen D. Lucca continues Peter Bloch's work and keeps his legacy alive. If you would like more information on Peter Bloch or the Association for Puerto Rican -Hispanic Culture please e-mail Carmen D. Lucca at email@example.com.
If you would like to visit Peter Bloch's grave the location is Beth El Cemetery in Westwood, New Jersey. Block # 3 Line #14 Grave #16.
This Years Concert at the Museum of the city of New York is dedicated to Peter Bloch. The Association for Puerto Rican Hispanic Culture, Inc. presents its annual concert of Puerto Rican music at the Museum of the City of New York on Sunday, November 7, 2010 at 2:00 PM. This year's concert will re-create the ambiance of the very romantically smooth bolero with Julito Cuevas and his trio Los Platinos. Guitarist Julio Rosaly & Carmen D. Lucca will interpret Sylvia Rexach's torch songs. The concert is dedicated to Peter Bloch (1921-2008) who founded APRHC, INC in 1965 and authored several books on Puerto Rican culture. Admission: Free/or a very small voluntary donation to the Museum. The APRHC does not charge admission Info: 718 367 0780 firstname.lastname@example.org
I will be attending and I do hope to meet with some old friends as well as make some new friends at this event. I hope to see you there. Cuban American Artist Jose Acosta