Dordt College News

Brazilian guitar music Nov. 8 at B.J. Haan

October 31, 2006


From the Tango to the Bossa Nova, guitarist David Burgess will present Brazilian guitar music on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Dordt College’s B.J. Haan Auditorium. This performance is free, sponsored by the Dordt College Music Department.

Praised by critics for a flamboyant style and polished technique, Burgess has performed throughout North and South America, the Far East, and just completed a European concert tour. He has recorded for CBS Masterworks, Musical Heritage Society, Tritone and Athena Records.

Burgess has won top honors in international guitar competitions has performed as a soloist with many prominent orchestras throughout the U.S. Over the past 10 years, Burgess has traveled extensively in Brazil to rediscover classic guitar music and search out progressive contemporary Brazilian work.

Burgess’ program will include music by some of the finest Brazilian composers of all time: Ernesto Nazareth (1863-1934), who transformed the tango into a fascinating style of Brazilian ragtime; João Pernambuco (1883-1947), who never completed elementary school, could not read or write, but composed some of the best loved Brazilian music from the 1920s-’30s; Pixinguinha (1898-1973), the legendary band leader who performed throughout Brazil for more than 50 years; Radamés Gnattali (1906-1988), who brilliantly combined classical, jazz and popular styles in his compositions; and Luiz Bonfá (b.1922) and Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994), the two best known composers of Bossa Nova.

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