YSM Concert Experience

Guitar Extravaganza

Join us for the tenth Yale Guitar Extravaganza featuring internationally celebrated artist David Russell on Saturday, February 15

This event offers a daylong immersion in all things guitar and includes concerts, workshops, demonstrations, and more.

“Mr. Russell made his mastery evident without ever deviating from an approach that places musical values above mere display.” –The New York Times

Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist David Russell is renowned for his superb musicianship and inspired artistry, having earned praise from audiences and critics alike. In recognition of his exceptional talent and sterling international reputation, he was named a Fellow of The Royal Academy of Music in London in 1997.



9:30–11 a.m. | Performance: Visiting Student Guitar Ensembles | Details

11:15–12 p.m. | Q&A with David Russell | Tickets

12:15–1 p.m. | Discussion: Life After Music School | Tickets
YSM guitar alumni discuss their professional journeys 

1:15-1:30 p.m. | Pre-concert talk: The Kithara Project

1:30–2:30 p.m. | Performances: Party of One & The Great Necks Trio | Tickets

2:45–3:45 p.m. | Master Class with Benjamin Verdery | Tickets

4-4:45 p.m. | Presentation: Why the Music of Jimi Hendrix Matters to Me | Tickets
Benjamin Verdery on how the music of Jimi Hendrix has influenced his own playing and writing

5 p.m. | Performances: Duo Noire & JIJI (Jiyeon Kim) | Tickets

7:30 p.m. | David Russell, Featured Artist | Tickets

artistic director
Benjamin Verdery

Benjamin Verdery

Associate Professor Adjunct of Guitar, Yale School of Music

Event Details

Tickets + All Day Passes

buy passes

All day passes
$45  Adult standard
$36  Adult group rate
$24  Student

3-concert passes
$35  Adult standard
$28  Adult group rate

1:30 p.m. & 5 p.m. concerts
$15  Adult standard
$12  Adult group rate
$8    Student

7:30 p.m. concert
$25  Adult standard
$20  Adult group rate
$14   Student

Other events
$5    Adult standard
Free for students


contact us

If you are interested in having a vendor display at the Guitar Extravaganza, email us or call 203 432-4158.


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Presented with the generous support of the D'Addario Foundation.