A one-of-a-kind musical journey with the sounds of guitar, guiding you from the pristine churches of Venice, Italy, to the colorful streets of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Spanish-born performer and composer, Virginia Luque will lead us through sensual compositions of the Baroque period, to the contemporary Flamenco musical traditions of southern Spain, with her superlative guitar performance.


  • THE TURNING POINT: popular music from the streets of San Paulo, Brazil and the red district of Buenos Aires, Argentina take center stage at the world’s most prominent music halls. In the middle of the 20th century, Argentinian Tango, Spanish Flamenco and Brazilian Samba became important new parts of the mainstream of classical music all over the world.The popularity of guitar played an important role in this new trend.
  • Antonio Vivaldi, in addition to writing Concerto for Guitar featured on this program, composed over 500 solo concertos for a wide range of instruments, including violin, cello, viola, mandolin, bassoon, recorder, flute, piccolo, and lute. He is the most famous and most prolific composer of instrumental concertos in the history of music.
  • Spanish composer, Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909), author of Gran Jota featured on this program is known as “the father of classical guitar” and considered, next to Andrés Segovia, one of the greatest classical guitarists of all time.
  • Guest artist, Virginia Luque is not only a classical guitar virtuoso, but also an accomplished conductor and composer. The program includes a number of her own works written in the Flamenco style, originating form Virginia’s native country of Spain.