Benjamin Verdery, guitar with the St. Lawrence String Quartet - 92Y, New York

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Benjamin Verdery, guitar with the St. Lawrence String Quartet

Hear 92Y Art of the Guitar series artistic director, Benjamin Verdery, in a fascinating program ranging from audience favorites by Bach and Boccherini to brand new works.

The dynamic, high-energy St. Lawrence String Quartet joins Verdery for a world premiere by Bryce Dessner (known to many as a guitarist with The National), whose music NPR praised as “gorgeous and full -hearted.” Also on the program: Villa-Lobos’s hauntingly beautiful Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5, and NYC premieres of works by Verdery himself and Seymour Bernstein – recently the subject of Ethan Hawke’s loving documentary film, Seymour: An Introduction.

  • Villa-Lobos, Bachianas Brasileiras No. 5 (arr. for solo guitar by Roland Dyens)
  • Seymour Bernstein, Searching for a Chorale (New York premiere)
  • Bach, Prélude, from Cello Suite No. 6 in D Major, BWV 1012
  • Bach, Sonatina, from Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV 106
  • Bach, Allegro, from Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro in E-flat Major, BWV 998
  • Bryce Dessner, Quintet for High Strings (world premiere; 92Y co-commission)
  • Benjamin Verdery, Tread Softly For You Tread On My Dreams (New York premiere)
  • Ingram Marshall, Soe-pa
  • Boccherini, Guitar Quintet in D major, G.448, “Fandango”


Join us for a free pre-concert talk one hour before every performance with your ticket, led by Benjamin Verdery, Art of the Guitar artistic director and chair of the Guitar Department of the Yale School of Music.

A Note from the Artist

By Benjamin Verdery

This recital is a first for me, in that I am partially sharing the concert with the marvelous St. Lawrence String Quartet …

Notes on the Program

By Benjamin Verdery

Benjamin Verdery

2017 was an exciting year, beginning with the world premiere of Searching for a Chorale, a gorgeous piece written for me by one of my dearest mentors, Seymour Bernstein …

St. Lawrence String Quartet

“Modern” ... “dramatic“ ... “superb” ... “wickedly attentive” ... “with a hint of rock 'n roll energy“ — these are just a few of the ways critics describe the musical phenomenon that is the St. Lawrence String Quartet …