Berta Rojas, guitar - 92Y, New York

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Berta Rojas, guitar

Berta Rojas

Music of Spain, Mexico, Cuba, and her native Paraguay comprise this electrifying 92Y debut by guitarist Berta Rojas, a “guitarist without peer” (The Jazz Times), who is the “definitive interpreter of Barrios” (Classical Guitar Magazine).

We begin with Ponce’s Sonata Meridional, a work written at the insistence of Segovia, wherein jaunty Spanish folk-music influences are given a neo-classical cast. Next, a piece by Leo Brouwer based on three African myths demonstrates Brouwer’s mastery of spicy Afro-Cuban rhythms and touching expressivity. Then, selections from Villa-Lobos’ Études, touchstones for any guitarist, precede two works by Agustín Barrios: his wistful Dream in a Forest and the mighty La Catedral.

  • Ponce, Sonatina Meridional
  • Leo Brouwer, The Black Decameron
  • Villa-Lobos, from 12 Études
  • Barrios, Un Sueño en la Floresta
  • Barrios, La Catedral


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.