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  • 2016-2017 Noteworthy

    Andrew York in Concert<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Saturday, February 11, 2017</font>

    Andrew York is one of today’s best loved composers for classical guitar and a performer of international stature. His compositions blend the styles of ancient eras with modern musical directions, creating music that is at once vital, multi-leveled and accessible. Andrew received a GRAMMY as a member of the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet during his sixteen years with the cutting-edge ensemble. York’s compositions have been featured on GRAMMY-winning recordings by Jason Vieaux (CD “Play”, featuring Andrew’s iconic composition “Sunburst”, 2015) and Sharon Isbin (CD “Journey to the New World” featuring “Andecy”, 2010). In 2006 Andrew recorded and performed with the Atlanta Symphony for the opera “Ainadamar” by Osvaldo Golijov. The recording of Ainadamar  (Deutsche Gramophone) won two GRAMMY awards. Andrew has released CDs on Sony-U.S., Sony-Japan, King Records (Japan), Telarc, GSP and Delos labels, as well as [...]

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    Derek Gripper<br><font style=&quote;font-size: 0.65em&quote;>Friday, November 4, 2016</font>

    “It's hard to imagine a more impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music on classical guitar.” —Afropop Worldwide South African musician Derek Gripper conjures anew a centuries-old musical heritage, interpreting kora (21 string harp) compositions for solo classical guitar. He has created a repertoire of arrangements of African music, based on transcriptions of works by Toumani Diabaté, Ali Farka Touré, and others. Other influences on Mr. Gripper include the multiple layers in the music of Oliver Messiaen, the African-influenced structures of Steve Reich, and guitar arrangements of the music of Johann Sebastian Bach. $28 general public; $26 senior citizens, Wesleyan faculty/staff/alumni; $12 students

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