Thursday, April 13, 2017

Classical guitar innovator Paul Galbraith to give free concert

The Grossmont College World Arts and Culture Committee is sponsoring a free concert 7 p.m. Monday, April 24, at the college's recital hall (Bldg. 26, Room 220), featuring an innovator of the classical guitar, Paul Galbraith, on a customized Brahms eight-string guitar.

The instrument is supported by a metal endpin, similar to that of a cello, which rests on a wooden resonance box. Both the guitar’s design and the Grammy nominee and Billboard Top 10 artist’s playing style are considered groundbreaking, garnering acclaim from leading music publications and reviewers. 

Galbraith will be performing the music of Bach and Mozart, along with the preludes of Russian composer Alexander Scriabin. A master class will also be held at 8 p.m., Sunday, April 23, in the college’s Hyde Art Gallery, where three student guitarists, coached by Galbraith, will perform. Both events are free and open to the public.

The eight-string Brahms guitar.

Seating is limited so RSVPs are requested to

At the age of 17, Galbraith won the Silver Medal at the Segovia International Guitar Competition. AndrĂ©s Segovia called his playing “magnificent,” and the award helped launch an international career performing with leading orchestras throughout Europe and the United States, as well as Canada, Greece, Norway, Hungary, Brazil, China, India and Iceland. 

Galbraith’s recording of the complete Bach violin sonatas was nominated for a Grammy award in the category of Best Solo Instrumental Album and reached the top 10 in Billboard’s classical charts. The two-CD set was also chosen as one of the two best CDs of 1998 by Gramophone Magazine, which called it “a landmark in the history of guitar recordings.” 

Grossmont College is at 8800 Grossmont College Drive. For more information about Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu

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