International Guest Guitarist Concert Series

2008-2009 NEGS Concert Schedule

Saturday November 15, 2008, 8:00 pm
Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo

Newman & Oltman Guitar DuoFrom Distant Lands

Hailed by THE NEW YORK TIMES as “Fresh, Hot and Headed for Fame,” The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo continues to fulfill that promise with thirty years of international touring, twelve critically-acclaimed recordings, and development of a new repertory for the ensemble.

Recognized as one of America’s foremost instrumental ensembles, the duo’s concert tours have taken them to forty-nine states, to Asia, Europe, South America, Africa, Canada, the Caribbean, and the South Pacific, featuring performances at such venues as Carnegie Hall, Ambassador Auditorium, the Caramoor, Grand Canyon, Iserlohn, and Bermuda Festivals, Tahiti’s Musée Gauguin, aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, with the Pittsburgh Symphony Pops, Princeton and Yale Universities, and at the world’s cultural capitals, including Rome, Seoul, Oslo, Lima, London, and Cape Town.

The artistry of Michael Newman and Laura Oltman has been featured in the national media, including PEOPLE MAGAZINE, National Public Radio, THE CLASSICAL GUITAR, The Larry King Show, BBC Radio 3, and THE NEW YORK TIMES.
Newman & Oltman’s CDs for MusicMasters, Musical Heritage, and Sheffield Lab Audiophile have garnered such praise as: “a revelation to hear”–THE WASHINGTON POST; “Critics Choice”–BILLBOARD; “a triumph on all accounts”–SOUNDBOARD; “the pair's Vulcan-mind-meld delivery is downright astonishing”–GUITAR PLAYER; “doubtless the greatest guitar record yet made”–THE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS.

Ensemble-in-Residence at New York’s Mannes College of Music for 20 years, and recipients of numerous grants and awards including those from the National Endowment for the Arts and Chamber Music America, Newman and Oltman are acclaimed as innovators in the chamber music field.

Laura Oltman graduated with honors from Florida State University and teaches at Princeton University. She studied with Bruce Holzman, Oscar Ghiglia, Luisa Sanchez de Fuentes, and Andrés Segovia. Michael Newman is a graduate of The Mannes College of Music and serves on the faculty there. His teachers were Thomas Anthony, Alberto Valdes Blain, and Oscar Ghiglia.

Works by: Albeniz, Machado, Moravec, Vamos, Avers.

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Fresh, Hot and Headed for Fame.”
   - The New York Times

Tickets are $15 - Call 203-878-6647 or visit for reservations

Saturday, March 14, 2009, 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 15 - Masterclass 2:00 pm

Raúl and Daniel Olmos - Mexican father and son classical guitar duo

Mexican classical guitarist Raúl Olmos

Music of Mexico and Latin America

The most important classical guitarist from Mexico, Raúl Olmos has been in the international guitar scene performing in major festivals throughout the world. He has promoted the Mexican guitar repertoire continuously, with his virtuoso performances and commissions of new works by Mexican composers.

Works by the famous Mexican composer Manuel Ponce, as well as Latin American classics by Cardoso, Venezuelan Lauro, Tango en Skai by Roland Dyens, Mexican Gerardo Tamez and others. Daniel Olmos will present Five Bagatelles, the famous guitar work of British composer William Walton.

Tickets are $15 - Call 203-878-6647 or visit for reservations

Saturday, April 18, 2009, 8:00 pm
Sunday, April 19, Masterclass

J. Francisco Ortiz - Spanish classical guitarist

Garcia's GuitarJ. Francisco Ortiz

Born in Paris to Spanish parents from Andalucia, Francisco Ortiz has been a musical ambassador recording and performing the music from his roots in near Linares, the birthplace of legendary Andres Segovia. In fact, Ortiz studied with Segovia and performs regularly with other guitar greats such as Argentine Jorge Cardoso in more than 30 countries around the world. In his NEGS program he will present music inspired by Federico Garcia Lorca’s guitar poetry and flamenco origins.

Saturday, May 9, 2009, 8:00 pm
Yale School of Music

NEGS/MFAC Fundraising Event

Yale UniversityThe bright and talented students of the Guitar Department at Yale School of Music will perform an exciting and unusual variety of solo and ensemble works. Renowned guitarist and department chair Benjamin Verdery will direct the concert. Perfect occasion to hear the professional guitarists of the future, right before they launch their careers.

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