I am delighted to announce the dates of a unique concert celebrating the classical guitar. When asked by the legendary clarinet virtuoso David Shifrinto curate a concert featuring my current guitar students at the Yale School of Music, I decided to present a program that featured the instrument in a variety of settings, and encompassed a broad span of music, from 1546 to a piece written just two months ago. This is my second experience curating such an event and it's been a great joy to put it all together.
The concert includes eight short pieces by YSM composers both past and present, trios of Bach and Hindemith (a former YSM professor), two ground-breaking works by Mudarra (performed on an extraordinary vihuela from Yale's Collection of Musical Instruments), and three songs for voice and guitar from Schubert's Die schöne Müllerin. The program also features the world premiere of my arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's Clarinet Sonata, which I’ll be performing with a brilliant YSM string quartet.
We are all thrilled to have a special guest of honor -- the world-renowned virtuoso and YSM graduate, Rene Izquierdo. Rene will premiere a gorgeous new work by James Moore in addition to performing four of his own stunning arrangements of Scarlatti sonatas.
The concert concludes with Professor Thomas Duffy conducting Terry Riley's exciting and exotic Y Bolanzero, scored for four classical guitars, steel string guitar, and two electric basses.
Our first concert is on Thursday, March 28 at 4:30 PM in Sprague Memorial Hall at the Yale School of Music; it can be streamed at music.yale.edu/live. We will also perform this program at Weill Recital Hall in NYC on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 PM.
I hope to see any of you that can join us for this celebration of our beloved instrument!
As always, peace, love and guitars!