The USM School of Music is pleased to host Lily Afshar as part of the Warren Memorial Visiting Artist Series. USM students will perform for a critical review by Ms. Afshar at a master class on 5-7 p.m. Monday, March 5. Afshar will then perform well-known classical guitar solos by Tarrega, Barrios, Reis, Bach, Brouwer, Granados and Albeniz, along with a collection of Persian and Azerbaijani Ballads arranged by Afshar in a concert the following evening, Monday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m.
The master class is free, with no tickets required. Concert tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for seniors, USM employees and alumni, and $5 for students.
Acclaimed as “one of the world’s foremost classical guitarists” according to Public Radio International, Lily’s unique life story finds expression in her art, blending excellent formal training in the United States and Europe with the rich cultural heritage of Persia to bring audiences an extraordinary musical experience.
A native of Iran, Lily’s music is infused with a unique blend of technical precision and passionate musicality that help to tell her life story. From her early life in Tehran being a daughter from a family with ancient roots in the northern region of Azerbaijan, to becoming the first woman in the world to be awarded the degree of Doctor of Music in guitar performance, Lily’s passion for the instrument shows up in a fresh approach to the standard classical guitar repertoire, as well as music that is new and different.
Lily is a tenured professor and head of the guitar program at the University of Memphis Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music. She has arranged, published and recorded music for the guitar and regularly conducts guitar master classes in conjunction with her touring and during summers in Iran.
Purchase tickets online at the Music Box Office, www.usm.maine.edu/music/boxoffice, by phone at (207) 780-5555, or at the door.
Sponsored by the Warren Memorial Foundation
Those needing special accommodations to participate fully in this program, contact Lori Arsenault, (207) 780-5142, firstname.lastname@example.org. Hearing impaired: call USM’s telex / TDD number (207) 780-5646.