Guitarist John Johns presents ‘Music for Guitar and Strings,’ Sept. 11

Signature Series: John Johns, guitar

with Carolyn Huebl, violin, Kathryn Plummer, viola, and Felix Wang, cello

Thursday, September 11
8 p.m., Ingram Hall

Guitarist Johns presents a colorful program of music by composers from Italy, Spain, Argentina, Brazil and Austria. Huebl, Plummer and Wang join Johns on Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Guitar” Quartet in D, a little-known work that’s actually an arrangement of the Haydn String Quartet in E, Op. 2, No. 2 for lute and string trio. It is unknown who made the arrangement, but it was possibly Haydn himself at the request of a patron. Johns opens the program with the ever-popular Concerto in D for Guitar and Strings by Antonio Vivaldi, also originally for lute, followed by a set of solo pieces for guitar by Fernando Sor, and three South American pieces composed by Jose Luis Merlin, Dilermando Reis and Joao Guimaraes.

Presented with gratitude to Judy and Steve Turner and to The Jenny and Jerry Howell Fund for Guitar for their generous support of the Blair School.