Classical Guitar Showstoppers With Sharon Isbin Headed to Lincoln Center

Classical guitarist Sharon Isbin. (J. Henry Fair)



July 4, 2019 Updated: July 4, 2019

Classical composer Luigi Boccherini was an Italian cellist, but he’s also known for a number of guitar quintets, including one that features the famous Spanish dance “Fandango” movement.

“Audiences go nuts, because there is a pacing to the movement that is so skillful and builds in such a way, with moments of relaxation and release … there’s an excitement about it, by the time it gets to the end people just leap to their feet because they’ve had this journey that is at once exotic, Spanish, and just really exciting,” said the eminent classical guitarist Sharon Isbin, who can’t imagine getting tired of this well-worn piece.… READ MORE...

Can Music Shape Your Soul?

A detail from “Song of the Angels,” 1881, by William Adolphe Bouguereau. (Public Domain)


April 9, 2019 Updated: April 9, 2019

Music expresses the quintessence of life and its events. It is precisely this universality that gives music the high worth that it has as a panacea for our woes.

Recently, while in New York, I hailed a cab. The entire vehicle was pulsating with a Jay-Z track. The thumping was so loud that my heart started to feel like a beatbox. When the fillings in my teeth felt as though they were becoming dislodged, I begged to be let out.… READ MORE...