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Guitar Extravaganza celebrates tradition and innovation Feb. 22

David TanenbaumGuitar 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

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.

René Izquierdo and Benjamin Verdery will both give master classes. Other highlights of the day include two panel discussions, the first on teaching the guitar in high schools (11:45 am in Sprague Hall, Room 305). The second discussion centers around the interpretation contemporary music for the guitar (4 pm, Sudler Recital Hall) with panelists Aaron Jay Kernis, Paul Kerekes, Jack Vees, and Van Steifel.

Van Stiefel

The day begins with a concert by young guitarists, including the Hartt School Guitar Ensemble, at 10 am in Morse Recital Hall.

Workshops reflect the focus on the old and new:  Van Stiefel will give a workshop on composing for electric guitar, and Grant Herreid will lead a hands-on exploration of baroque and other early instruments at the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments. The Collection will be open 12–5 pm for attendees to visit.

Full-day passes, concert passes, and single tickets go on sale January 8.