Maracaípe by Sergio Assad has been nominated for a Latin GRAMMY as the Best Classical Contemporary Composition. The work was written for and dedicated to the Beijing Guitar Duo (GPD candidates Meng Su and Yameng Wang), recorded on their CD with the same name, and released on Tonar Music. The 11th Annual Latin GRAMMY Awards will be on Nov. 11 and broadcast live on the Univision Network from 8:00 pm.
Two alumni featured in this year’s JoAnn Falletta International Guitar Concerto Competition in Buffalo, N.Y. Ben Beirs (BM ’06, MM ’07, GPD ’09) and Mark Edwards (MM ’09, Guitar) were two of nine semi-finalists in the competition. The two guitarists also performed outreach concerts at several local schools and hospitals in Buffalo.
Freshman Gonzalo Arias Contreras, a guitarist studying with Manuel Barrueco, took part in a concert reading of Speak Truth to Power: Voices from Beyond the Dark, a play by Ariel Dorfman, at the Public Theater in New York City, May 3rd.
Robert Grande, a guitar minor studying with Serap Gray, received second prize in the college division of the Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society’s Student Guitar Competition. A sophomore at The Johns Hopkins University’s Whiting School of Engineering, Grande is majoring in mechanical engineering.