Classical guitarist plays at Cabrini

By Staff Writer
November 19, 2004

Cabrini College’s fine arts department was proud to welcome David Burgess, world-renowned classical guitarist, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2004. Burgess enchanted Cabrini students and neighbors alike with 16 stunning works of classic Brazilian music, composed by five of Brazil’s most renowned guitarists.

Burgess has studied music at the Estudio de Arte Guitarristico in Mexico City, at the Accademia Musicale Chigiana in Siena, Italy, and at the University of Washington. Burgess has had the pleasure of studying with such great talents as Manuel Lopez Ramos, Oscar Ghiglia, and Andres Segovia.

Burgess has won musical awards from organizations across the globe, including the Andres Segovia Fellowship Competition in New York City, the Ponce International Competition in Mexico City, the Guitar ’81 Competition in Toronto, and the 31st International Music Competition in Munich. Even though Burgess is kept very busy receiving awards, he still finds time for concert tours.

Recently, Burgess completed concert circuits in both Europe and in the United States, making his American stops in New York, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Seattle, Houston, and Nashville.

Burgess’s concert at Cabrini was a real treat, since most people aren’t familiar with “classical guitar.” This type of music is arguably the most difficult to play, and is certainly more complex than most mainstream guitar sounds today. If you are a fan of guitar, or music in general, classical guitar is definitely a genre worth checking out.

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