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René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan, guitars, perform at Yale Extravaganza Feb. 22

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

The Yale School of Music’s Guitar Extravaganza presents a concert by the classical guitar duo of René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan on Saturday, February 22nd at 5:30 pm. The performance takes place in Morse Recital Hall, located in Sprague Hall at 470 College Street.

Both performers are graduates of the Yale School of Music who now teach at the University of Wisconsin. Belarus-born Elina Chekan combines active performance and a teaching career, appearing as a soloist and chamber musician throughout the United States and abroad. Argentinean composer Jorge Morel dedicated his composition “Campañas” to her. René Izquierdo is a winner of the JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, and the Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition, among others.

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Published February 17, 2014
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Guitar Extravaganza celebrates tradition and innovation Feb. 22

David Tanenbaum

David Tanenbaum

Guitar Extravaganza 2014: Tradition and Innovation will take place Saturday, February 22, 2014. This is the eighth Yale Guitar Extravaganza, an event presented every 2–3 years that offers a daylong immersion in all things guitar. This season’s events features concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and more.

Concert artists include David Tanenbaum, René Izquierdo, Elina Chekan, and Van Stiefel, all of whom are alumni of the Yale School of Music. Panel discussions and workshops cover topics from education to composition, from early guitars to the electric guitar. Benjamin Verdery, the head of guitar at YSM, is the director of the Guitar Extravaganza.

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan

David Tanenbaum will perform a concert of American music at 8 pm. He will be joined by four YSM string players in 100 Greatest Dance Hits by faculty composer Aaron Jay Kernis. The duo of René Izquierdo and Elina Chekan will give a joint concert at 5:30 pm. Van Stiefel will play music for electric guitar at 2 pm. MORE

Published December 23, 2013
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