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Benjamin Verdery at Oberlin

Benjamin Verdery at Oberlin

 Back row: Caeli Massey, Stephen Fazio, Benjamin Verdery, Rebecca Klein, Collin Sterne, Craig Slagh, Aidan Wiley Lippke, Julia Humphrey, Archie Velasquez. Front row: Brian King, Stephen Aron, Mohit Dubey.

Back row: Caeli Massey, Stephen Fazio, Benjamin Verdery, Rebecca Klein, Collin Sterne, Craig Slagh, Aidan Wiley Lippke, Julia Humphrey, Archie Velasquez. Front row: Brian King, Stephen Aron, Mohit Dubey.

Benjamin Verdery has been my guest at Oberlin (and at the University of Akron) numerous times over the years. He is perhaps my most frequent repeat guest. We met as students (both playing at a master class Manuel Barrueco gave in Connecticut in 1978), and have been in close touch ever since. I love his irrepressible enthusiasm for music, his intense creative spark, his colorful approach to playing the guitar, his unique programming choices and his joyful embrace of all that we do. He is a favorite with the students, as his classes are engaging and informative, both. In short, it will not be his last visit!

His concert was terrific, featuring his own music, works written for him, classical 20th century pieces and original arrangements of classical music. Here are some shots from his visit. His program is at the end of the post.

 Ben describes his next piece.

Ben describes his next piece.

 Ben waxes rhapsodic.

Ben waxes rhapsodic.

 Digging in.

Digging in.

 Ok, that was cool.

Ok, that was cool.

 A moment of poetry.

A moment of poetry.

 And, well, that shot is self-explanatory.

And, well, that shot is self-explanatory.

 Freshman, Craig Slagh played a variations set by Giuliani.

Freshman, Craig Slagh played a variations set by Giuliani.

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 Senior, Brian King played the Passacaglia from Rodrigo's Three Spanish Pieces

Senior, Brian King played the Passacaglia from Rodrigo's Three Spanish Pieces

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 Senior, Rebecca Klein played a Chaconne by Francesco Guerau on the Baroque guitar.

Senior, Rebecca Klein played a Chaconne by Francesco Guerau on the Baroque guitar.

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 Senior, Stephen Fazio played a variations set by Luigi Legnani.

Senior, Stephen Fazio played a variations set by Luigi Legnani.

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 Finally, Sophomore Aidan Wiley Lippke played Barrios' La Catedral.

Finally, Sophomore Aidan Wiley Lippke played Barrios' La Catedral.

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 At our customary after-hours hang, the Feve. Left-to-right: Philip Lutz '15 (visiting), Stephen Aron, Aidan Wiley Lippke, Mohit Dubey, Craig Slagh, Benjamin Verdery, Brian King and Stephen Fazio.

At our customary after-hours hang, the Feve. Left-to-right: Philip Lutz '15 (visiting), Stephen Aron, Aidan Wiley Lippke, Mohit Dubey, Craig Slagh, Benjamin Verdery, Brian King and Stephen Fazio.

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Luthier Mike Tracz Visits Oberlin Studio

Luthier Mike Tracz Visits Oberlin Studio

Jorge Caballero at Oberlin

Jorge Caballero at Oberlin

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