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Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo to Perform at 17th New York Guitar Seminar

Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo to Perform at 17th New York Guitar Seminar

The celebratEd Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo will perform at the 17th New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes on Tuesday, June 27. The Duo will be joined by Rene Izquierdo and Duo Cantabile in a concert and conversation honoring Cuban guitarist and Maestro Elías Barreiro.

The program includes works by Leo Brouwer, Manuel M. Ponce, Máximo Diego Pujol, Ignacio Cervantes and José Antonio "Ñico" Rojas. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm at Americas Society, 680 Park Avenue, New York.

The New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, in partnership with the Americas Society, takes place June 26 to July 1. Tickets are $25.00 Adult, $15.00 Students/Seniors and must be purchased directly from the Americas Society.

The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo's phenomenal musicianship places them solidly at the top of their field. Their innovative programming, matchless technique and ensemble precision, combined with their commitment to expanding the repertoire for guitar duo, make them a chamber ensemble of world renown.

Newman and Oltman's concert tours have taken them to world cultural capitals and premiere venues across five continents, the Caribbean, and South Pacific. In addition to their international engagements, they have performed at Carnegie Hall, aboard the Queen Elizabeth II, Caramoor and the Grand Canyon. The Duo has demonstrated extraordinary stylistic breadth in their collaborations with such diverse artists as composer/conductor Marvin Hamlisch and the Pittsburgh Symphony, mezzo-soprano Frederica von Stade, fiddler Eileen Ivers, pianist Clarice Assad, violinist Tim Fain, and the ETHEL, Calder, and Turtle Island string quartets.

Highlights of recent and upcoming performances include the world premiere of Concierto Buenos Aires composed for the Duo by Nuevo Tango Master Daniel Binelli with l'Orchestre de l'Opéra de Reims in France. Following on the success of the concerto's French debut, the Duo "charmed the Ferguson audience with phenomenal musicianship" (Gazette Journal) when they performed it with the Virginia Symphony. This season they performed and led master classes in Stuttgarter, Germany and at the William Paterson University Guitarfest 2016. Last season's international travels included a performance and lecture at the VI Academic Guitar Symposium in Brazil. Newman & Oltman returned to several Italian venues, which included a performance and master class at the Estate Musicale Frentana/Lanciano International Guitar Seminar where they will continue to serve as co-artistic directors through 2017.

Through their groundbreaking new music commissioning program, Newman & Oltman have built a unique repertoire of works for two guitars by composers such as Paul Moravec, Augusta Read Thomas, Lowell liebermann, Dušan Bogdanovic, Arthur Kampela and Roberto Sierra. Fanfare Magazine hailed the Duo's latest CD, Music from Raritan River as "top notch" and "a winner all around." The recording features a collection of world premieres commissioned by the Duo over the past decade. Their artistry has also been captured on nearly a dozen other acclaimed recordings and has been recognized by grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, Chamber Music America and ASCAP.

In addition to founding and serving as artistic directors of the New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes, Michael Newman and Laura Oltman have served as ensemble-in-residence at Mannes College of Music since 1987. They are also founders and artistic directors of the Raritan River Music Festival which will mark its 28th season this year.

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Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Cuban Tribute - New York Guitar Seminar at Mannes and Americas Society

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 - 7:00 PM

Americas Society

680 Park Ave., New York

Tickets: $25.00 Adult, $15.00 Students/Seniors

Tickets must be purchased directly from the Americas Society

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