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MN Guitar Society presents Raphaella Smits
April 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm| $10 - $25
Raphaella Smits plays worldwide on eight-string guitars and historical instruments. Recognized as ‘an uncommonly musical guitarist’ (Tim Page, New York Times), she always commits to the soul of the music. Her solo recitals as well as her performances with distinguished colleagues always meet enthusiastic audiences and press. She has made 20 recordings, many of them listed as indispensable to refined music lovers. Raphaella Smits is internationally praised as an inspiring teacher for both guitar and chamber music. In addition to her chair at the Lemmens Institute in Belgium, she regularly gives master classes in West and East Europe, in North and South America and in Japan. Raphaella studied classical music at the Royal Conservatories of Antwerp and Brussels. She also went to José Tomàs to perfect her playing at the “Catedra Andrès Segovia” in Spain. In 1986 she was the first woman to win the first prize of the “XX Certamen Internacional de Guitarra Francisco Tarrega”, the famous international guitar competition in Benicasim, Spain. Chairmen Andrès Segovia and Narciso Yepes, both expressed their admiration for Raphaella’s musicality and put prophetic confidence in her future achievements.
Hear works by:
Manuel María Ponce (1882-1948)
Silvius Leopold Weiss (1686–1750)
Mauro Giuliani (1781–1829)
Federico Mompou (1893-1987)
Ariel Ramirez (1921–2010)
Agustín Barrios Mangoré (1885–1944)