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“If you arrange it, they will listen”: a talk by Benjamin Verdery

July 1, 2010
New York City Classical Guitar Society presents the talk on July 1 at 7 pm

Our monthly event for July will be feature Benjamin Verdery in a talk entitled “If You Arrange It, They Will Listen!” Ben has arranged music from Mozart to Hendrix for the guitar, and in this talk he will share his approach to arranging. The presentation will be followed by open playing time for members, so bring your guitar and play, or just come and listen. This is a great opportunity to gain experience performing, try out a new piece in front of an audience, or just share music with others in a supportive environment.

NYCCGS Member Events are free and open to all members and first-time guests.

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.

For videos of Benjamin Verdery, click here.

“If You Arrange It, They Will Listen!” – a talk on arranging for guitar by Benjamin Verdery
Thursday, July 1, 2010, at 7:00 PM
Manhattan Theatre Club Creative Center (8th Floor)
311 West 43rd St. between Eighth and Ninth Avenues (map )
New York City