Student guitarists performed classical compositions at the Music Department’s Guitar Night on Sunday.
Guitar Night is an annual event for the University of Rhode Island’s Guitar Ensembles, a group of advanced student guitar players who are part of the Chamber Music Ensembles program.
This year’s Guitar Night event took place on Sunday evening in the Fine Arts Center’s concert hall at 7:30 p.m. The event was free and open to the public.
Directed by the Music Department’s faculty member John Dennewitz, the event featured the students of the URI Guitar Studio. The four student performers played both together and separately, using acoustic guitars to play primarily classical guitar music.
The first set of the evening featured “What if I Never Speed” and “Lullaby,” both by English classical composer John Dowland, followed by William Byrd’s “Pavan, The Earl Of Salisbury.” These songs were performed by Ceili Connors, Thomas Hug, Andre Marcelin and Connor Ragas.
Next, Hug performed “Study in A Minor, Opus 31 No. 2” and “Andante,” both by Spanish guitarist and composer Fernando Sor. Then Marcelin took the stage and played Â Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Minuet in G Major” and “Prelude in D Minor.”
He was followed by Ragas, who performed “Prelude No. 4 in E Minor” and “Prelude No. 5 in D Major,” both by Heitor Villa-Lobos, a Brazilian composer known for his instrumental compositions.
After that, Connors played Fernando Sor’s “Study in D Major, Opus 44 No. 4” and “Allegretto Moderato,” and Isaac Albeniz’s “Asturias,” a piece that was originally published in the nineteenth century for the piano, but is now a well-known guitar piece.
The final songs of the evening were performed by all four students. They played Georg Philipp Telemann’s “Minuet” and “Gavotte,” and also “El Condor Pasa,” a traditional Peruvian song, originally from the 1913 play of the same name, that was arranged by Matthew Cochran.
The URI music department is scheduled to hold many other music events this semester, including concerts, workshops and recitals. Their next event is Convocation, at 12:30 p.m. on Oct. 30.