Troubadour: Two Faces of
the Classical Guitar

Fri., Nov. 17, 2017, 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 18, 2017, 8 p.m.
Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 2:30 p.m.

Renowned for her extraordinary virtuosity and lyricism, Sharon Isbin’s versatility is on display in this program of contrasts: the jazz idioms of the American Brubeck alongside the lush romanticism of the Spaniard Rodrigo.

Music Program

Copland | Billy the Kid Suite
Chris Brubeck | Affinity: Concerto for Guitar and Orchestra
Rodrigo |
Concierto de Aranjuez
Falla | The Three-Cornered Hat


John DeMain, Conductor
Sharon Isbin, Guitar

About Sharon Isbin

Acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique, and versatility, multiple Grammy Award-winner Sharon Isbin has been hailed as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time.” She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and the Munich, Toronto, and Madrid international competitions. She has appeared as soloist with over 170 orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, National Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, London Symphony, Orchestre National de France, Tokyo Symphony, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and Zurich Chamber Orchestra. Her festival appearances include Mostly Mozart, Aspen, Ravinia, Montreux, Prague, and Budapest International Festivals, among many others both nationally and abroad.
She has served as artistic director/soloist of festivals she created for Carnegie Hall, the Ordway Music Theatre (St. Paul), New York’s 92nd Street Y, and the acclaimed national radio series Guitarjam. A frequent guest on NPR’s All Things Considered and Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion, she has been profiled on television throughout the world, including CBS Sunday Morning and A&E, and was featured as soloist on the Grammy nominated soundtrack of Martin Scorsese’s Academy Award-winning film, The Departed.
“Isbin’s ability to make her guitar sing raises her into the ranks of the world’s greatest masters of the guitar.” —Toronto Star

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Prelude Discussion

Enjoy a 30-minute talk by music experts starting one hour before each concert in Overture Hall. Free to ticketholders.
November speaker: Michael Allsen


Major funding
provided by

Elaine and
Nicholas Mischler

Additional funding
provided by

Scott and
Janet Cabot

John DeLamater
and Janet Hyde

Steven Weber

Wisconsin Arts Board funding comes with funds from the State of Wisconsin and the National Endowment for the Arts.


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