Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Event Slides Per Node

  • A color promotional photo of Sharon Isbin.
  • A color photo of Stanley Jordan wearing purple stonewash outfit.
  • A color photo of Romero Lubambo holding guitar.

Guitar Passions
Sharon Isbin
Stanley Jordan
Romero Lubambo

7:30 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

Three superb guitarists perform an evening of Latin, jazz, and Brazilian music. Three-time Grammy Award winner and classical virtuoso Sharon Isbin, named by Boston magazine as “the pre-eminent guitarist of our time,” teams with innovative American jazzman Stanley Jordan and Brazilian jazz master Romero Lubambo. The concert, inspired by the popular 2011 album Sharon Isbin & Friends: Guitar Passions, features a mix of acoustic and electric guitars. “It’s really thrilling to see people from different genres come together and create an entirely new voice, and a new concept, and a new style of playing,” Isbin says. The director of guitar studies at The Juilliard School, Isbin has recorded more than twenty-five albums of music ranging from Baroque and Spanish/Latin to crossover and jazz-fusion. A writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution calls the Minneapolis native “the Monet of the classical guitar … a master colorist.” Jordan, who takes listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected, has enjoyed critical and commercial success for almost three decades. The Princeton University graduate, often described as a musical chameleon, performs bold reinventions of classical masterpieces, soulful explorations of pop-rock hits, blazing straight-ahead jazz, and ultramodern improvisations. Lubambo, who left Rio de Janeiro for the United States in 1985, utilizes the styles and rhythms of his native Brazil, plus a fluency in American jazz traditions, to forge a distinctive style. The Guitar Passions concert features works by composers such as Joaquin Rodrigo, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Isaac Albéniz, Gentil Montaña, Quique Sinesi, Ariel Ramírez, and Alfredo Vianna.

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Secondary Events on Each Event

Artistic Viewpoints

6:30 pm Friday, January 31, 2014

Eisenhower Auditorium

Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring Isbin, Lubambo, and company tour manager Marya Glur, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before the performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity, so seating is available on a first-arrival basis.