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2013 New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes 

Americas Society

July 9, 2013


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The New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes returns to Music of the Americas for the 2013 edition of the opening faculty concert. The Seminar offers classical guitar students the opportunity to join the world's top performers, pedagogues, and competition winners for a week of concerts, master classes, rehearsals, and workshops. 

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Guitar Music of the Americas 

Manuel M. Ponce (1882- 1948)


Leo Brouwer (b. 1939)

I.  Fandangos y Boleros          
II. Sarabanda de Scriabin
III. La Toccata de Pasquini

Zaira Meneses, guitar

Alberto Dominguez Borrás (1911-1975)


Ruben Fuentes (b. 1926)                    

La Bikina                

Enric Madriguera  (1902-1973               


George Gershwin  (1898-1937)            

I Got Rhythm*

Alfredo Vianna “Pixinguinha” (1898-1976)


Antonio Carlos Jobim (1927-1994)           

One Note Samba*                       
Carlos Barbosa-Lima, guitar
* Arrangements by Carlos Barbosa-Lima

Carlos Barbosa-Lima plays guitars built by American Luthier Richard Prenkert (California - USA).
Carlos Barbosa-Lima uses Savarez strings exclusively.

Marcel Khalife (born 1950)

Danse No. 1               
Danse No. 5           
Danse No. 3

Rafael Landestoy (born 1925)


Francisco Roldán, guitar
Carlo Valte, oud
Rex Benincasa, percussion

Zaira Meneses is among the most exciting performers on the international classical guitar circuit. Her musicality and charisma have delighted audiences the world over in a wide variety of programs ranging from solo recitals to chamber music to highly acclaimed performances with orchestra. Recent achievements include a special prize from Italy's Accademia Chigiana and the recording of several solo CDs. She has also generated considerable interest through videos of live performances on YouTube. Zaira Meneses was born in Xalapa, Mexico, and started studying and performing music at an early age. She traveled widely, performing with the famed Orquesta de Guitarras founded by Alfonso Moreno. At the age of 17 she won first prize in a national concerto competition in Paracho, which led to performances of Joaquin Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez and Concierto Madrigal for two guitars throughout Mexico. Since moving to the United States in 2001, Meneses has built a stellar reputation for her warm sound, limpid technique and superb musicality performing in many of the great concert halls of the world including Boston's Jordan Hall; New York City's YMHA and Alice Tully Hall; and Salzburg's Wiener Saal. She has also collaborated with eminent pianists such as Jon Kimura Parker and Virginia Eskin, with whom she often appears in lecture recital format. Meneses has served as artist in residence at universities throughout the United States and recently began a long term association with Syracuse University. Zaira Meneses lives in Boston and is director of community outreach and student affairs for the international festival Boston Guitar Fest, and artistic director of the new cross-disciplinary cultural initiative “Guitar and Friends” for which she was awarded a special grant by the Albert Augustine Foundation. In both of these positions, she continues to enliven the cultural life of Boston through outreach activities in schools, churches, museums, and hospitals while maintaining a busy touring schedule in the Americas and Europe.

Born in 1944 in São Paulo, Carlos Barbosa-Lima began studying the guitar at the age of seven and made his concert debut five years later in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. He began his recording career while still in his teens, continuing to appear regularly in concert and on Brazilian television. Since his American debut in 1967, Barbosa-Lima has enjoyed a global concert career marked by numerous distinguished recordings, performing with many of the world’s great orchestras and prestigious music festivals. The breadth of his repertoire and his unique ability to integrate diverse musical styles are strong features of his work. From Scarlatti and Debussy to Gershwin, Jobim, and Brubeck, Barbosa-Lima has delivered inspired, satisfying performances that have catapulted him onto the world stage. Although his approach to music is classical, his playing combines the classical, Brazilian, popular, and jazz styles. He explains: “Perhaps it was because of my own development in Brazil, where we do not have this airtight division between classical and popular [that] I always felt a great affinity for the popular style treated in a classical way.” The ease with which Barbosa-Lima moves from one style of music to another enables him to do incredible transcriptions for the guitar. He has transcribed compositions by Scarlatti, Bach, Handel, and even Joplin and has successfully arranged works by Gershwin, Sondheim, Cole Porter, and many Brazilian composers. He has recorded 11 CDs for Concord Jazz, and has co-authored numerous books with John Griggs.

Colombian guitarist Francisco Roldán has performed in Argentina, Colombia, Lithuania, Paraguay, Russia, and Spain, and throughout the United States at venues such as Merkin Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Weill Recital Hall, CAMI Hall, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Harmony Hall in Maryland, the Philadelphia Guitar Society, the New Jersey Chamber Music Society, the Puffin Gallery, the Colombian Consulates in New York and in Boston, the Smithsonian Library in Washington, D.C., Round Top Music Festival, the Spanish Institute, Gracie Mansion, and various universities and libraries. He gave a solo New York debut recital at the Weill Recital Hall in 1993 and returned to the hall in 2000 under the auspices of the Aranjuez Guitar Strings Series. He accompanied acclaimed flamenco dancer Pilar Rioja at the Repertorio Español theatre in New York for 8 seasons. In 1999, he was invited to perform Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez with the Celebrate! orchestra under the direction of Laurine Fox. His first CD of solo music, titled Latin Guitar (in which he interprets the music of Barrios, Lauro, and which contains the World Premiere recording of the Dominican composer Rafael Landestoy's complete works for guitar), was released in 2003. In 2005, he released his second CD titled Almost All Bach in which he interprets the music of Bach and Scarlatti. In 2010 he released 2 recordings: Interweaving, with soprano Gretchen Farrar, and ZigZag Quartet, with his ensemble. This summer he will appear at the Dominican Republic Guitar Festival and at the New York Guitar Seminar. Roldán received a Master's Degree in Performance from the Mannes College of Music, and subsequently studied with Manuel Barrueco, Sharon Isbin, David Russell, and Paul O’Dette. He is currently on the faculty of the Mannes College of Music Extension and Preparatory Divisions, New Jersey City University and Lehman College, CUNY.

Carlo Valte is active as a soloist and ensemble player. Past performances include solo performances at the United Nations and ensemble performances at Alice Tully Hall and Weill Recital Hall. He is also a co-founder of the Six Hands Guitar Trio, which has performed extensively around Mexico and northeastern United States. He is currently on the faculties of Queensborough Community College and Mannes College of Music. His classical guitar studies began with Michael Dadap. He later went on to receive his Bachelor of Science and Master of Music degrees at the Mannes College of Music where he was a scholarship student of Frederic Hand. Valte's interest in research and interpretation of early and Middle Eastern music led him to study with Simon Shaheen.

Rex Benincasa has been a freelance drummer and world music percussion specialist in New York since 1978. Along with hundreds of television and radio soundtracks and commercial recordings, he has performed with the New Music Consort, Apollo's Fire, Ensemble Caprice, Alba Consort, Flamenco Latino, Carlota Santana Spanish Dance, Andrea Delconte Danza España, Zorongo Flamenco Dance, Pilar Rioja, the Grammy Orchestra, Amanecer Flamenco Progresivo, the Sacramento Ballet, Ballet Austin, the Washington Ballet, and the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. He has recorded CDs and movie soundtracks for Karen Mason, Andrea Marcovici, Craig Rubano, Jamie deRoy, Stephanie Pope, Foday Musa Suso, Douglas Cuomo, Philip Glass, Sesame Street, NFL Films, the Sons of Sepharad, the Ivory Consort, and the Gerard Edery Ensemble, amog others. Benincasa’s most recent Broadway appearances have been with Fosse, The Full Monty, Man Of LaMancha, Never Gonna Dance, Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hairspray, The Color Purple, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Shrek, In The Heights, and Billy Elliot.