Saturday, April 19, 2014 Afro-Cuban Maestro Leo Brouwer directs '13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27'

Leo Brouwer (b. 1939) is an Afro-Cuban classical guitarist, composer and conductor who is featured at

Havana, Cuba, Apr 18.- Havana will host the 13th edition of the International Guitar Festival and Contest on April 21-27, under the direction of maestro Leo Brouwer.

Young interpreters of Europe and Latin America will take part in the competitive stage, to be held at the Jose Marti Memorial, while a series of attractive concerts and recitals will also be part of the Festival, which will be inaugurated on Sunday, 8:30 p.m., at the Covarrubias Hall, with a gala that includes the Savarez duo, Rosa Matos, violinist Anolan Gonzalez and the Sonantas Habaneras Orchestra, conducted by Jesus Ortega, the Granma newspaper reported on Thursday.
Starting from Monday, at the same Hall and always in the evenings, there will be presentations by guest artists; the first one by Cubans Marco Tamayo and Jorge Luis Zamora; and the second one, on Tuesday, by U.S. player Hopkinson Smith, specialized in Spanish music for vihuela (early form of guitar) and baroque guitar, French Renaissance lute, Italian music of the early 17 th century and the so called high German baroque. On Wednesday, Uruguayan Alvaro Pierri, with rich discography and a pedagogical work in Europe and the United States, will meet again with the Cuban public.

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