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Guitar Chamber Music concert May 6 pairs guitar with winds and strings

Benjamin Verdery

The Yale School of Music presents its semiannual Guitar Chamber Music concert on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. The program, which features a variety of chamber ensembles that all incorporate classical guitar, takes place at 7:30 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 by composers from Giuliani and de Falla to contemporary voices such as Sergio Assad and Joan Tower.

Mauro Giuliani's Grand Duo Concertant opens the program, performed by flutist Joanna Wu and guitarist An Tran. Next are two more contemporary pieces: Sergio Assad's Circulo Mágico, performed by violinist Marie Oka and guitarist Ray Zhou, and Joan Tower's Snow Dreams, featuring flutist Victor Wang and guitarist John Kossler.

After intermission, violinist Ye Hyung Chang and guitarist Solomon Silber will perform René Eespere's Respectus. The duo of Luke Stence, double bass, and Lilit Mardiyan, guitar, will play Herbert Baumann's Introduction and Allegro. Violinist Ryan Truby and guitarist Ian Tuski will play Manuel de Falla's Suite Populaire Espagnole.

The duo of Andrew Robson, flute, and Hernán Martínez, guitar, will play the Allegretto Grazioso from Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Sonatina for Flute and Guitar, and Benjamin Verdery's piece Seattle.

Admission to the performance is free, and no tickets are required. The event will also stream live on the School of Music's website. WATCH LIVE

Morse Recital Hall is located in Sprague Hall (470 College Street, New Haven). For more information, visit 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