Rene Izquierdo plays Cuban
August 17, 2021
Hosted by Kevin Collins
Join classical guitarist Rene Izquierdo and Kevin Collins on a journey through the world of the classical guitar. At an early age, Rene escaped Cuba and went on to chair the guitar department at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. Traveling the world, spreading the message of freedom, one note at a time. Rene recently released a new cd of the music of his homeland called Cuba en al Alma (Baros Records), or "Cuba in the Soul". Rene says, "I wanted to play pieces away from the beaten path, ones that showed a different and more intimate side of Cuban music." Join us as we sample the flavors and textures of the classical guitar as played by Rene Izquierdo and his wife guitarist Elina Chekan, with a guest appearance by Millet Padrón, on Classical Guitar Around the World with Kevin Collins.
Classical Guitar Around the World
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Classical Guitar Around the World features great music and fascinating interviews with many of the world's leading guitar performers and composers.
Classical Guitar Around the World is an unabashedly enthusiastic and fast-paced romp through the classical repertoire of the world's most popular instrument, ranging from Medieval through present day, as well as exploring guitar-related music of other cultures.
Join Kevin Collins and friends on their travels around the world of the classical guitar, sharing adventures and sounds of the guitar.
Known as “The American Segovia,” Classical Guitarist Kevin Collins has traveled the world with his guitar, and shares his love of the guitar and its music. Called “warm and entertaining” by New York Times critic John Canaday, Kevin plays music from many countries and traditions. In Classical Guitar Around the World, you will meet Kevin’s friends and hear tales of their travels with the guitar.
Kevin Collins comes from a musical family. His mother played piano and he started learning the classical guitar at a very early age from his father. By the time he was a teen, Kevin was playing professionally and went on to study classical guitar at the Hartt School in West Hartford, Connecticut, the oldest in the U.S., with the founder of the Guitar Department Richard Provost. After college, he continued his studies at the Aspen Music School with Maestro Oscar Ghiglia and played for the International Design Conference at Aspen. Kevin made his debut in Rodrigo’s Concierto de Aranjuez with the Austin Symphony, and, in New York, he played at the Rainbow Room, as well as concerts in Europe and South America, and across the U.S.
Kevin is a former guitar faculty member at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He founded the Amherst Red Barn Music School, where literally thousands of people have come to share the joy of music.