ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The player Classical Guitar magazine called “A master guitarist with true star quality” will headline next weekend’s New Mexico Classical Guitar Festival at the University of New Mexico.
The Chilean guitarist Carlos Perez is “one of the best guitarists in the world,” festival organizer Paul Nielsen said. Perez will perform a salute to the Paraguayan composer and guitarist Agustín Barrios (1885-1944), along with music by Bach in the University of New Mexico’s Keller Hall at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The British guitar duo Eden Stell will follow on Saturday with a mixture of Baroque music, including works by both Couperin and Rameau, as well as Sergio Assad and Johannes Moller.
Comprised of Mark Eden and Christopher Stell, the pair are widely regarded as one of the world’s leading guitar ensembles.
On Sunday, Keller Hall will resonate with the strings of 30 guitars playing “Bow Chaser,” a commissioned work by composer Carlos Rafael Rivera.
“We asked him to write us a piece,” Nielsen said. “We wanted it in four parts; we wanted it about three minutes long. It’s a very lively piece. It has Spanish influences to it.
“Guitar orchestras are becoming more popular,” Nielsen continued. “People sign up to be in workshops and rehearse this for four days to be part of the orchestra.”