The Cameron University Department of Art, Music and Theatre Arts will present renowned classical guitarist David Burgess performing “The Music of Brazil” on Friday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. in the Cameron University Theater. The concert is made possible by Cameron University Lectures and Concerts and CU’s Masonic Lectures and Concerts fund and is open to the public at no charge.
The program will include music by some of the finest Brazilian guitarists of all time, including Garoto, a guitarist highly esteemed by both Duke Ellington and Art Tatum who performed throughout the world with Carmen Miranda. Also featured will be works by Raphael Rabello, who recorded with virtually every major Brazilian artist of his time, and Yamandu Costa, recognized as today’s finest Brazilian guitarist. The program will also include Spanish flamenco pieces by Jose Gallardo del Rey and Cuban works by Ernesto Lecuona.
Praised by critics for his polished technique and flamboyant style, Burgess has performed throughout North and South America, Europe and the Far East. Over the past 10 years, during numerous trips to Brazil, he has rediscovered guitar music from Brazil’s past as well as finding many progressive contemporary Brazilian works.
Burgess began studying guitar at the Estudio de Arte Guitarrístico in Mexico City with the renowned Argentine guitarist Manuel López Ramos. He received a Bachelor of Arts in music at the University of Washington and later earned a Diploma di Merito while on full scholarship at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy. He studied with the great Spanish maestro Andrés Segovia from 1984 through 1987. First prize winner in the Andrés Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City, he has also won top honors in the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar ‘81 Competition in Toronto and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich.
February 27, 2017