Seattle Classic Guitar Society | Michael Kudirka
Concert with Seattle Classic Guitar Society
Saturday, February 15, 2020
2:00 – 3:00 pm
Hailed by the Los Angeles Times as “the excellent guitarist in Henze’s unsettled score” and by Classical Guitar Magazine as “a leading proponent of new directions in classical guitar music,” Michael Kudirka is among the most committed, daring, and diversely talented of the current generation of virtuoso guitarists. An avid and long-time advocate of cutting-edge new music, Kudirka has maintained a close collaboration with Los Angeles-based composer Jeffrey Holmes since 2002, and a retrospective album of Holmes’s microtonal guitar works titled May the Bridges I Burn Light My Way has been released by MicroFest Records (USA) in 2019. In the same year Kudirka also released the world-premiere recording of Bryan Johanson’s epic album-length composition 13 Ways of Looking at 12 Strings with Eric Benzant-Feldra on Les Productions d’OZ (Canada).
Kudirka travels around the globe as a recitalist and chamber musician, and has performed at many notable venues, including: the Shanghai Conservatory of Music, Darmstadt Ferienkurse für Neue Musik, EUROMicroFest, Le Chappelle Historique du Bon Pasteur, Covent Garden, Conservatorio de Las Rosas, Palace of Fine Arts, Walt Disney Concert Hall, Zipper Recital Hall, and REDCAT. November 2017 saw the completion of his third production run of Thomas Adès's The Exterminating Angel at The Metropolitan Opera of New York following performances at the Salzburger Festspiele (Austria) and The Royal Opera House (UK). Kudirka worked personally with Adès on the composer’s first-ever music written for guitar, and a DVD of The Met's Fall 2017 production will be released by Deutsche Grammophon.
About Seattle Classic Guitar Society
The mission of the Seattle Classic Guitar Society is to promote the art of the classical guitar in the greater Seattle area by building and sustaining a diverse community of students, performers and listeners through concerts, master classes, performance opportunities, gatherings and outreach.
The Seattle Classic Guitar Society was founded in 1958. The Society is a local, unendowed, member-based, 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art of the classical guitar in the Puget Sound, Pacific Northwest, Washington area. The SCGS presents a variety of musical events featuring world class artists, masterclasses, and local member open mics.
Tickets to this program are free of charge, and our seating capacity is limited. Free tickets, limit 2 per person, may be reserved in advance, up to two days before the program. The reserved tickets may be picked up on the day of the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. There is no late seating, so please arrive at least 15 minutes early. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program!
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On the day of the program, pre-registered and standby tickets may be picked up beginning one hour before the program at the desk in the foyer outside the auditorium. All unclaimed tickets (regardless of reservations) will be released to standby 10 minutes before the program.