David Russell, guitar - 92Y, New York

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David Russell, guitar

The Bolton Memorial Concert
David Russell, guitar

David Russell, one of the greatest exponents of new compositions for the guitar, returns to 92Y in a program that traces the development of the instrument’s repertoire. Beginning with the Introduction and Polonaise of noted French guitarist Napoléon Coste, he moves to two of his own transcriptions of preludes on well-known German chorale tunes by Johann Sebastian Bach. The first half concludes with a survey of works by Paraguayan virtuoso Agustín Barrios. After intermission, Russell gives the world premiere of Phyllis’s Portrait and performs Sandy’s Portrait, both written by master guitarist Sérgio Assad in memory of their mutual friends, Phyllis and Sandy Bolton. A selection of beloved gems in the Spanish style by Enrique Granados and Isaac Albéniz rounds out the program.

“A talent of extraordinary dimension.”

The New York Times
  • Coste, Introduction and Polonaise
  • Bach, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645
  • Bach, Jesu bleibet meine Freude, BWV 147
  • Barrios, Caazapá
  • Barrios, Un Sueño en la Floresta
  • Barrios, Selections from Waltzes, Op. 8
  • Sergio Assad, Phyllis’s Portrait (world premiere)
  • Sergio Assad, Sandy’s Portrait
  • Granados, Selections from Danzas Españolas
  • Albéniz, Selections from Suite Española No. 1, Op.47


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.