About the performers for the Guitar Extravaganza


Since they first met in 2000, Matteo Mela and Lorenzo Micheli have shared a number of ideas, musical projects, and travels all over the world. In 2003 they formed a duo that has already performed throughout Europe, Asia and North America, and has been acclaimed everywhere – from New York’s Carnegie Hall to Vienna’s Konzerthaus – as one of the best ensembles ever heard. About one of their performances, The Washington Post wrote: “Extraordinarily sensitive, with effortless command and an almost unbearable delicacy of touch, the duo’s playing was nothing less than rapturous – profound and unforgettable musicianship of the highest order.”

In addition to classic, romantic and modern repertoire, Matteo and Lorenzo – joined by lutenist Massimo Lonardi – enjoy exploring the early literature for baroque guitar and theorbo. Together, Matteo and Lorenzo have recorded François de Fossa’s Three Quartets, op. 19 (Stradivarius), a CD of 17th century Italian music for baroque guitar, archlute and theorbo (La Suave Melodia, Stradivarius), Solaria, an anthology of 20th century masterpieces for two guitars (Pomegranate), the Duos Concertants by Antoine De Lhoyer (Naxos), a collection of chamber works by Mauro Giuliani (Amadeus), and a collection of 19th century pieces for two guitars (Noesis, Pomegranate), as well as a dozen solo recordings on the labels Naxos, Brilliant Records, Kookaburra, Mel Bay, and Stradivarius.

» SoloDuo will perform at 8 pm on March 24.

Zaira Meneses & Kim Perlak

Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences on three continents. Recent achievements include a special prize from Italy’s prestigious Academia Chigiana and the recording of several solo CDs available at her website. She has also aroused considerable interest through postings of live performances on Youtube. Zaira Meneses was born in Xalapa, Mexico. From an early age she showed great talent for music, studying both classical guitar and voice. She traveled widely, performing as well with the famed Orquesta de Guitarras. At the age of 17 and as the youngest contestant, she won first prize in an important national concerto competition. This success led to performances of Joaquin Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Madrigal for two guitars throughout Mexico. MORE

Published February 24, 2012
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Guitar Extravaganza announces lectures + panel discussions

Jeffrey McFadden

This year’s Yale Guitar Extravaganza, The Guitar: Today and Tomorrow, is pleased to announce its lineup of guest speakers. (Concert performers for this year’s Extravaganza are listed here.)

The Seventh Yale Guitar Extravaganza will take place Saturday, March 24, 2012. A full schedule is available here.

The day’s first panel discussion will address The Future of Classical Guitar Pedagogy. The panelists will be Scott Cmiel, Daniel Corr, Jeffrey McFadden, Kim Perlak, and Kevin Vigil, moderated by Benjamin Verdery. This panel discussion will take place at 12:30 pm in Sudler Recital Hall (located in WL Harkness Hall, adjacent to Sprague Hall).

Master luthier Garrett Lee, in conjunction with Benjamin Verdery, will lead a lecture/demonstration on What to look for in a classical guitar. Held in the Yale Collection of Musical Instruments (15 Hillhouse Avenue), this talk begins at 4:15 pm.

Jeffrey McFadden will give a lecture on Fretboard Harmony, based on his book Fretboard Harmony: Common Practice Harmony on the Guitar (Productions Musicales d’Oz, 2010). His talk will begin at 4:45 pm in Sudler Recital Hall.

About the Lecturers & Panelists MORE

Published February 8, 2012
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Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric


Featured recital by acclaimed guitarist Eliot Fisk

The Yale School of Music presents the Guitar Extravaganza VI on Saturday, March 7 in Sprague Memorial Hall and Leigh Hall. Under the artistic direction of Benjamin Verdery, renowned guitarist and longstanding chair of the guitar department at the Yale School of Music, the Extravaganza brings together guitarists for a day of concerts, workshops, lectures, exhibits, master classes, and a panel discussion. In keeping with the theme, From Baroque to Electric, the event will cover topics from the Baroque to the electric, from composing to body mapping, and will include guitars from period instruments to electric guitars. Performances will feature both students and established artists.

Highlights include Jerry Willard performing on guitars from the Baroque and Classical periods, as well as giving a master class on repertoire for those instruments. Kim Perlak and Kevin Vigil will speak on the guitar’s role in education. A panel discussion will feature composers from Yale’s esteemed faculty, moderated by Benjamin Verdery. The renowned young guitarists Seth Josel and Gyan Riley will pair up for a 5:30 pm performance. Capping off the extravaganza is an 8 pm benefit appearance by one of the world’s most eminent guitarists, Yale graduate and former faculty member Eliot Fisk.

Registration for the day’s events is $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York. Groups of six or more receive a 20% discount. Concert passes, valid for the 5:30 pm and 8:00 pm concerts, are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the CCGS and NYCGS.

guitar_logoCheck out the complete schedule for the Guitar Extravaganza, along with biographies of presenters and performers. This event is supported by the D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts.


Yale School of Music presents
Yale Guitar Extravaganza VI: From Baroque to Electric
Date: March 7, 2009
Venue: Sprague Hall, 470 College Street, and Leigh Hall, 435 College Street
Tickets: Registration (includes admission to all events) $40, $30 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York, 20% discount for groups of six or more.
Concert passes (for admission to the concerts at 5:30 pm and 8 pm) are $15, $12 for groups of six or more, $10 for students and members of the Classical Guitar Societies of Connecticut and New York.
Phone/web: 203 432-4158 • music.yale.edu • music.yale.edu/events

Published February 27, 2009
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