Opening Concert: Julian Bream Tribute
Saturday, February 20, 2021
4:00 pm EST
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The 2021 Miami International GuitART Festival presents a tribute concert for the legendary guitarist Julian Bream (1933-2020) who was a towering figure in the history of guitar and pioneered new music for guitar by commissioning and collaborating with major composers of the 20th century. He died on August 14, 2020. This tribute concert features some of the works written for and premiered by Julian Bream.

The program includes current and past performances of the MIGF artists. Each piece will be introduced with comments by the renowned composer and scholar Stephen Goss who was a friend of Julian Bream:

El polifemo de oro by Reginald Smith Brindle 1956, performed by Federico Bonacossa
Drei Tentos by Hans Werner Henze 1958, performed by Celso Cano
Nocturnal by Benjamin Britten 1963, performed by Marcin Dylla
Bagatelles Nos. 1-3 by William Walton 1972, performed by Susana Frade
Concierto Elegiaco by Leo Brouwer 1986, performed by Eren Süalp and FIU Symphony Orchestra conducted by Javier Jose Mendoza

Julian Bream, December 1986. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)