The UW Guitar Ensemble presents Guitarra Española, featuring works by Rodrigo and Sor, Boccherini, and others. Special guest singers Maggie Boeckman and Yoojeong Cho join students of Michael Partington for songs by Joaquín Rodrigo and Fernando Sor. Plus: Boccherini's famous Fandango arranged for guitar quartet, trios by Granados and Rodriguez, duos by Albeniz, and the US premiere of Recuerdos del Camino, a new work for two guitars by Argentinian composer Jorge Morel.
Michael Partington is one of the most engaging of the new generation of concert players. Praised by Classical Guitar Magazine for his "lyricism, intensity and clear technical command," this award-winning British guitarist has performed internationally as a soloist and with ensembles to unanimous critical praise. Audiences are put at ease by his charming stage manner and captivated by his musical interpretations. His innate rhythmic understanding and sense for tonal colour combine to form some of the most memorable phrasing to be heard on the guitar.
An advocate of new music, he has commissioned and premiered works by Stephen Goss, Bryan Johanson, Toshio Hosokawa, Angelo Gilardino, Tom Baker, Kevin Callahan and others. He is a frequent performer and teacher at festivals, including the Guitar Foundation of America Festival, Llantilio Crossenny Festival, Portland Guitar Festival, Northwest Guitar Festival, Shenandoah Valley Bach Festival, Cascadia Festival and Chelan Bach Fest. Partington has also performed with Orchestra Seattle, Seattle Chamber Players, Seattle Creative Orchestra, Wenatchee Valley Symphony, Rainier Symphony, Portland State University Orchestra, Seattle Symphony Chorale, Seattle Choral Company, and flutist Paul Taub in the duo Dinamici.
He has released five solo CDs for Rosewood Recording and can also be heard on the Cadenza Music and Present Sounds labels.