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Oberlin's Guest Guitar Series '16-17

Oberlin's Guest Guitar Series '16-17

At Oberlin this coming year, there will be no fewer than ten professional guitar performances. We have a sterling guest series, plus I will play five times (details at end). Each guest artist will play a concert and teach a master class for the guitar majors. All guest artist performances will take place in Kulas Recital Hall and are FREE. In order of appearance, here they are:

Thibaux Garcia (French 2015 GFA Concert Artist Competition Winner)   9/21/16

Paul O'Dette (Renowned American lutanist)   10/7/16

Matt Palmer (Acclaimed American virtuoso)   11/5/16

SoloDuo (Unequalled Italian Guitar Duo)   2/16/17

René Izquierdo (Extraordinary Cuban Artist), and his duo partner, the award-winning Belorussian,  Elina Chekan   3/4/17

In addition, I will be on stage at Oberlin five times this year in different contexts. First, in the performance of Oberlin's new composition professor, Jesse Jones' Sonata for flute and guitar, with Alexa Still (9/11/16). Second, in a performance of Sebastien Currier's Broken Consort, with the Contemporary Music Ensemble (CME), led by Oberlin's legendary Tim Weiss (12/8/16). Next, I'll accompany voice faculty member, tenor Salvatore Champagne in a performance of the Britten Songs From the Chinese and Seiber's Four French Folk Songs (second semester, date TBA). Fourth, I'll give a full chamber music recital with faculty colleagues, Kendra Colton, soprano, Alexa Still, flute and Richard Hawkins, clarinet, in a program featuring works by Jones, Schubert and Rebay (3/5/17). Finally, I'll play on another CME Concert, in a performance of an important work by another colleague on the composition faculty, Stephen Hartke, Sons of Noah, scored for soprano, four flutes, four bassoons and four guitars. I'll pull together three guitar students from the studio to join me in this one (May, 2017, date not yet announced). 

This is a LOT of guitar music. In addition, of course, there will be the usual Guitar Ensemble concerts, required student degree recitals, non-required student recitals, the Stroud Competition Semifinals and Finals, the Fall Studio Recital, and maybe more.... We learn from doing. And from watching and listening.

Thibaut Garcia at Oberlin

Thibaut Garcia at Oberlin

Oberlin's Plucked Instrument Collection

Oberlin's Plucked Instrument Collection