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U.S. premiere of Verdery’s Give, dedicated to Ted Kennedy, featured in May 5 Guitar Chamber Music concert

The Yale School of Music will present a concert of Guitar Chamber Music on Wednesday, May 5, 2010 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall. The concert will showcase graduate performers in music for multiple guitars as well as guitar with other instruments. Benjamin Verdery, the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, is the artistic director of the concert.

The program will feature the U.S. premiere of Give, a work by Verdery written for eight guitars and dedicated to the late Senator Ted Kennedy. Verdery composed Give for Thomas Offermann and the guitar ensemble of the Hochschule for Music and Theatre (HMT) in Rostock, Germany, where it was premiered last October. The piece develops material from his previous composition Peace, Love, and Guitars, which was written for classical guitarist John Williams and jazz guitarist John Etheridge. Also on the concert is Castelnuovo-Tedesco’s Quintet for guitar and string quartet, as well as music by Mauro Giuliani and Stephen Goss.

Admission to the concert is free. For more information, visit the Yale School of Music website,, or call 203 432-4158.

About Benjamin Verdery

Distinguished as “an American original, an American master” by Guitar Review Magazine, guitarist and composer Benjamin Verdery has enjoyed an innovative and eclectic musical career. Since his 1980 New York debut with his wife, flutist Rie Schmidt, Benjamin has performed throughout Europe, Asia, and North America and has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Leo Kottke, Hermann Prey, and John Williams. He has released over 15 albums, the most recent – Branches (Mushkatweek) – featuring arrangements of works by Bach, Mozart, Strauss, and Hendrix, and the traditional Amazing Grace. A prolific composer, he has had many works performed and published, most recently Now and Ever for David Russell and Peace, Love and Guitars for John Williams and John Etheridge. Verdery is the artistic director of Art of the Guitar at the 92nd Street Y (NYC), conducts an annual master class week on the Island of Maui (Hawaii), and is an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has been the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music since 1985.