Guitarists from across the United States came to the Yale School of Music for the Guitar Extravaganza VI, which took place on March 7, 2009. Under the artistic direction of Benjamin Verdery, the daylong event covered topics from baroque to electric. Among the performers and presenters were several Yale alumni, including Eliot Fisk '76BA, '77MM, who gave a special benefit recital; Seth Josel '94DMA, who performed in a double-bill with guitarist and composer Gyan Riley; Jerald Harscher '90MM, who offered a workshop on body mapping; and Kevin Vigil '90MM, who led his student guitar ensemble in concert and then teamed up with Kim Perlak '01MM for a lecture on the guitar's role in education.
Other guest artists included David Madsen, who led the Hartt School Guitar Ensemble, and Jerry Willard, who performed on two period guitars and offered a master class, as well as faculty composers Ingram Marshall, Martin Bresnick, and Jack Vees, who participated in a panel discussion on composing for the guitar. Hundreds of people came to attend the workshops, lectures, master classes, and concerts offered throughout the day.
Photos by Vincent Oneppo and Dana Astmann.