The Triangle Guitar Society is excited to present an outstandingly gifted and unique classical guitarist –
$22 Gen. Admission $16 TGS Members
An extraordinary performer, composer and teacher, Verdery will present a program ranging from J. S. Bach to Jimi Hendrix.
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described as “an American Master”, has been appointed Artistic
Director of « Guitar » at
Verdery: A truly astonishing performer
Benjamin Verdery has performed all over the world. He has recorded and performed with such diverse artists as Frederic Hand, Leo Kottke, Paco Peña, and John Williams. He has had several composers write music for him, including Daniel Asia, John Anthony Lennon, Ingram Marshall, Anthony Newman, Roberto Sierra, Van Stiefel and Jack Vees.
His recordings include: Bach: Transcriptions for Guitar (GRI); The Mask (New World Records) performing Castelnuovo-Tedesco's Romancero Gitano, Op. 152 for chorus and guitar; Reverie: French Music for Flute and Guitar (Schmidt/Verdery Duo, Sony Classical); John Williams Plays Vivaldi (Sony Classical) performing Vivaldi’s Concerto in G Major for Two Mandolins; Some Towns and Cities (Sony Classical), Ride the Wind Horse: American Guitar Music (Sony Classical) and The Enchanted Dawn (Schmidt/Verdery Duo, GRI). Ben just released the recording Start Now for Mushkatweek Records. Brotherhood of the Grape with Andy Summers is soon to be released.
Verdery: A prolific composer
Benjamin’s Scenes from
Verdery: A master teacher
Since 1985, Mr. Verdery has been the chair of the guitar department
at the Yale University School of Music. Benjamin Verdery is in great
demand as an instructor, teaching classes at the Paco Peña Centro
Mr. Verdery will conduct a masterclass
at Duke's Biddle Music
3:00 to 6:00pm. Call 490-1920 for more details.
Here’s what other’s say about Verdery’s teaching ability
This was a great day led by a master teacher, patient,
sensitive, musical, funny and wise. CLASSICAL
Here’s what other’s say about Verdery’s musical artistry
Mr. Verdery seemed to have all the talent and skill to put him in the first rank of today's guitarists. THE NEW YORK TIMES
This is unquestionably the finest playing of Bach I have ever heard on six strings. If it's the only recording you buy this year, you shouldn't regret it; if it isn't, it should be one of them, no matter how few they may be. GUITAR MAGAZINE (Bach Guitar Transcriptions)
I never realized that Bach could
sound so good; this was the best performance of Bach I have ever
Enthusiasm, heart and great
musicianship, we are all the richer for the artist currently known
as Ben Verdery.
CLASSICAL GUITAR -
Here is a musician who knows what
he wants and where he wants to go, and has the fiery technique to
get him there. This kind of music making is exhilarating.
Appropriately, his program looked
like this: Prince and Jimi Hendrix - next to Bach and Janacek, next
to his own compositions.
Benjamin Verdery is
without a doubt a great guitarist possessing an astonishing