The Yale School of Music presents the semiannual Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 7, 2014. The program, which features a variety of chamber ensembles that all incorporate classical guitar, takes place at 8 pm in Morse Recital Hall.
The performers are graduate students in the Yale School of Music; the guitarists are students of Benjamin Verdery. The program includes music from familiar composers such as Bach and Brahms as well as some less familiar to audiences. There will be guitar duets by Brahms and Paulo Bellinati; duos for guitar and bassoon by Schumann and Astor Piazzolla; and a piece for flute and guitar by Miroslav Tadich. A trio of flute, guitar, and violin will play a piece by Bach.
Admission to the performance is free, and no tickets are required. Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). For more information, visit music.yale.edu or contact the Yale School of Music concert office at 203 432-4158.
About the Director
Benjamin Verdery enjoys an innovative and eclectic musical career. As a performer, he has given concerts around the world, with repeat appearances at the International Guitar Festival (Singapore), Festival International de Agosto (Caracas), Schubert Festival (Bad Urach, Germany), the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, and the Metropolitan Opera (New York City). Verdery’s own compositions are published by Doberman-Yppan, and have been performed by such artists as John Williams, Sergio and Odair Assad, David Russell, and the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet. He has received commissions from the New York State Council on the Arts and Pensacola College. Verdery has appeared with such diverse artists as Hermann Prey, John Williams, Paco Peña, Leo Kottke, Andy Summers, and Jessye Norman.
Verdery has released over 15 albums; his latest include Happy Here (2011), with William Coulter; First You Build A Cloud (2007), a collaboration with Andy Summers of The Police; and the solo album Branches (2007). His recording Start Now (Mushkatweek) won the 2005 Classical Recording Foundation Award. Benjamin Verdery is artistic director of 92nd Street Y’s Art of the Guitar series and an honorary board member of the Suzuki Association of the Americas. He has been teaching guitar at the Yale School of Music since 1985 and is artistic director of the Yale Guitar Extravaganza, which was last held on February 22, 2014. Each summer Benjamin holds his Annual International Master Class on the Island of Maui (Hawaii). FACULTY PROFILE