Renowned guitarist set for Baton Rouge church _lowres

Sharon Isbin

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO BY J. HENRY FAIR

Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra’s opening night of the Lamar Chamber Series will feature Grammy Award-winning classical guitarist Sharon Isbin in the concert “Sharon Isbin: Baroque and Beyond.”

The show will be staged at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at First Presbyterian Church of Baton Rouge, 763 North Blvd. Tickets are $25, $23 for seniors and $12.50 for children. For tickets or information, call (225) 383-0500, ext. 100, or visit brso.org. Isbin also will perform at Grace Episcopal Church in St. Francisville at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 20.

Isbin, who is making her Baton Rouge debut, will trace the musical lineage of the guitar in her program.

Isbin has been acclaimed for her extraordinary lyricism, technique and versatility. She is the winner of Guitar Player magazine’s “Best Classical Guitarist” award, and Munich, Toronto and Madrid international competitions.

Isbin has appeared as a soloist with more than 170 orchestras and has given sold-out performances in the world’s finest halls, including the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, Boston’s Symphony Hall, London’s Barbican and Wigmore Halls, Amsterdam’s Concertgebouw, Paris’ Châtelet, Vienna’s Musikverein, Munich’s Herkulessaal and Madrid’s Teatro Real.

Isbin also is a frequent guest on NPR’s “All Things Considered” and Garrison Keillor’s “A Prairie Home Companion.”

She has commissioned and premiered more concerti than any other guitarist, and her “American Landscapes” with works written for her by Corigliano, Schwantner and Foss is the first-ever recording of American guitar concerti.