It is with great pride that the Boston GuitarFest family and I welcome you to a "British Invasion” a.k.a. BOSTON GUITARFEST 2013, June 19thto 23rd, part VIII of our ongoing exploration of the past, present, and future of our noble instrument, its repertoire, and the greater cultural legacy that nourishes it.
I hope you will be able to join us in Boston between June 19thto 23rd for concerts, competitions, masterclasses, and much more. Registration is open, and we hope to see you either as a participant, competitor, or as an audience member at one of our many wonderful concerts. Head over toBostonGuitarFest.orgfor more information on all of our events and registration options.
This year we celebrate the birthday years of three great Albion musicians: John Dowland, "whose touch upon the lute doth ravish human sense” (Shakespeare); Benjamin Britten, composer of the iconic work "Nocturnal after John Dowland, Op. 70”; and the exalted guitarist and lutenist Julian Bream, who will turn 80 a few days after our festival ends and to whom we dedicate Boston GuitarFest VIII.
I am thrilled to welcome back Oscar Ghiglia, Elena Papandreou, Richard Savino, Joaquín Clerch, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and, for the ﬁrst time, the eminent lutenist Nigel North. This stellar cast will be joined by a whole orchestra of wonderful young artists, who will give us an unforgettable Emerging Artists Concert (punctuated by theatrical Shakespeare scenes) curated by Zaira Meneses on June 22.
We are profoundly grateful to the administrations of two great Boston institutions, my own New England Conservatory (presided over by our own British born president, Tony Woodcock) and Northeastern University, where music department chair Anthony de Ritis has been an indefatigable and loyal supporter of GuitarFest almost since its inception.
-Eliot Fisk, Artistic Director of Boston GuitarFest