Internationally acclaimed guitarist Paul Galbraith will perform in recital at St. Bonaventure University’s Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in the second concert of the new Friends of Good Music season.
The program will include works by Isaac Albeniz, Enrique Granados, Franz Josef Haydn and Manuel Ponce.
Born in Scotland, Galbraith won the silver medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition at the age of 17 with playing that virtuoso classical guitarist Andrés Segovia called “magnificent.” The award helped launch an international career including engagements with some of the finest orchestras around the world.
Recent and forthcoming North American recitals include performances at New York City’s Lincoln Center and in Boston; Washington, D.C.; Los Angeles; San Diego; Atlanta; St. Louis; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Portland; Seattle; Miami; Baltimore; Buffalo; Milwaukee; and San Juan, Puerto Rico. International tour stops include the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Italy, Hungary, Poland, Israel and Turkey.
Galbraith was invited by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation to perform a special “Tribute to Glenn Gould” concert on the 25th anniversary of the great pianist’s death. The performance at Glenn Gould Studios in Toronto was broadcast across Canada.
Galbraith has been featured twice on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered” and numerous times on “Performance Today.” His recording of the complete Bach violin sonatas and partitas was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Album. It reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s classical charts.
Galbraith’s unique playing position was first revealed at the Edinburgh Festival in 1989. His guitar is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. The instrument has two extra strings, one high, one low. Both the guitar’s extraordinary design and Galbraith’s playing are considered groundbreaking developments in the history of the instrument, increasing its range to an unprecedented extent.
Subscription tickets for the remaining Friends of Good Music season are still available. A basic subscription is $99 ($81 for senior citizens) and includes one ticket to each of six concerts. Extended subscriptions, including a seventh concert, are $109 ($89 for seniors).
Tickets for single performances are $20 at full price, $16 for senior citizens and St. Bonaventure staff, and $5 for students.
For subscriptions, single tickets and information, call The Quick Center at (716) 375-2494.
For each Friends of Good Music performance, The Quick Center will open its galleries one hour before the performance and keep them open throughout the intermission. Regular gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
Museum admission is free and open to the public year round. For more information, visit www.sbu.edu/quickcenter.
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