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”