News > Concerts + Events
Back to News Browse
Concerts + Events

Benjamin Verdery and other Yale guitarists play guitar music by Yale composers, including five world premieres

A free preview of Carnegie Hall concert the following night, the program features solo, guitar ensemble, and chamber works by Yale School of Music composers

The Yale School of Music presents Yale Guitar Music Today on Monday, November 8 at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall in Sprague Hall (470 College Street). The concert, directed by classical guitar virtuoso Benjamin Verdery, will feature music by Yale-affiliated composers. World premieres by Ezra Laderman, David Lang, Jack Vees, Kathryn Alexander, and Samuel Adams will be performed alongside music by Martin Bresnick, Ingram Marshall, and Benjamin Verdery. In addition to music for solo classical guitar, there will be pieces for varied duos – alto flute and guitar, two electric guitars – and ensembles: guitar quartet, guitar octet, and guitar with string quartet.

According to Benjamin Verdery, "In many respects I believe that now is the golden age of the guitar, and this program will reflect the diversity and the universality of the instrument. The audience will hear the unique voice of each composer and how inventively they write for guitar. The concert, quite simply, will be a guitar event like none I have heard."

Verdery himself will perform, as will graduate students who have come from around the world to study at the Yale School of Music. Students of Verdery include Ian O'Sullivan '11MM, Max Zuckerman '11MM, Steffen Besser '12MM, Trevor Babb '12MM, Graham Banfield '12MM, Arash Noori '12MM, Alan Pawlowicz '12MM, and Hermelindo Ruiz '12MM.

The concert is a special preview of a Yale in New York concert on Tuesday, November 9, in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall. David Shifrin is the artistic director of Yale in New York, and Benjamin Verdery is the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music.

Admission to the preview concert is free. For more information, visit or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.

About the Director

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. Benjamin has released over 15 albums, his most recent - Branches (Mushkatweek) – featuring arrangements of works by Bach, Mozart, Strauss, and Hendrix, and the traditional Amazing Grace. Many of Verdery's compositions have been performed and published over the years, most recently, Now and Ever for David Russell, and Peace, Love and Guitars for John Williams and John Etheridge. Benjamin Verdery is the artistic director of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza and Art of the Guitar at the 92nd Street Y (New York), 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, Inc. Since 1985, he has been the chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music.