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American Chamber Ensemble Presents Spanish Masterworks

American Chamber Ensemble

Hofstra University’s Department of Music presents the critically-acclaimed American Chamber Ensemble’s Spring Spanish Music Masterworks concert on Sunday, April 19, at 3 p.m. at The Helene Fortunoff Theater, Monroe Lecture Center, California Avenue, South Campus. Guest artist is Cuban guitarist Rene Izquierdo.

Featuring pianist Blanche Abram, clarinetist Naomi Drucker and pianist Marilyn Lehman, with violinist Eriko Sato and cellist Chris Finckel, the concert will include Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez for guitar and piano; Piazzolla’s Milonga del Angel for piano, clarinet and cello and his History of Tango for guitar and cello; Danzon for piano, clarinet and cello by Paquito D’Rivera; Suite Espagnole for guitar and cello by de Falla; and Carlos Surinach’s Quartet for violin, viola, cello and piano.

Tickets are $20, $15 for senior citizens (over 65) and matriculated non-Hofstra students with ID. Members of the Hofstra community may receive up to two free tickets upon presentation of a current HofstraCard. . For tickets call the Hofstra Box Office at 516-463-6644 Monday-Friday, 11 a.m.-3:45 p.m. or purchase online at Hofstratickets.com. If available, tickets will also be sold at the door by cash or check only, starting 90 minutes prior to show time.

Guitarist Rene Izquierdo
Guitarist Rene Izquierdo

Rene Izquierdo, a native of Cuba, graduated from the Guillermo Tomas, Amadeo Roldan Conservatory and Superior Institute of Art in Havana. In the US, he earned a Master of Music and an Artist Diploma from the Yale University School of Music, where he studied with Benjamin Verdery.

Mr. Izquierdo is a recipient of numerous awards. He is a winner of JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Competition in 2004, Extremadura International Guitar Competition, Schadt String competition, Stotsenberg International Guitar Competition among others. He is currently a professor of classical guitar at the Wisconsin State University in Milwaukee and an active solo performer and chamber musician.

The American Chamber Ensemble, a professional group in residence at Hofstra, explores the great chamber music literature for clarinet and piano in combination with strings, woodwinds and voice and presents performances featuring world-class artists. ACE consists of the finest freelance musicians in the New York area and has been cited by critics for their superb presentations of chamber masterworks.

This concert has been made possible with support from The D’Addario Foundation, Inc.

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