Old Westbury Gardens Presents ‘Two Romantic Guitars’

The acclaimed Anderson/Fader guitar duo will perform an outdoor concert at Old Westbury Gardens. (Contributed photo)

Limited tickets available for Aug. 22 outdoor concert

Old Westbury Gardens will present a concert, “Two Romantic Guitars,” featuring the Anderson/Fader guitar duo. William Anderson and Oren Fader will perform works by Granados, Haydn, Dowland, and others. The performance, part of Old Westbury Garden’s Poetica Musica series, will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m., on the lawn in front of the Barn at Orchard Hill.

“We are very pleased to announce this performance featuring two incredibly talented musicians,” said Nancy Costopulos, president and CEO of Old Westbury Gardens. “Our concert series has always been a favorite among visitors, and while we’ve had to adjust our events this year, we’re happy to offer one evening of incredible music in a way that we’re able to still enforce social distancing.”

Audience members are welcome to picnic at the concert location or elsewhere on the 200-plus acres of formal gardens and woodlands. The lawn area for the audience will be marked for social distancing among households and all New York State safety protocols will be enforced—face covering required where social distancing is not practical and for restroom use. The rain date will be Sunday, Aug. 23, at 6:30 p.m.

The artists will perform the Spanish Dances by Enrique Granados, Duos for two lutes by John Dowland, the Grand Duo by Joseph Haydn, and more.

For the past 20 years, the Anderson/Fader Guitar Duo has been heard in concerts, festivals, and master classes throughout the U.S., Latin America, and Europe, both as a duo and as members of the award-winning Cygnus Ensemble. Guitar Review magazine noted that “Anderson and Fader are expert chamber musicians with a perfect sense of timing, virtuosity and a sensitivity to nuance.”

Reviewing the Duo’s premiere performance of a commissioned work by Milton Babbitt, the New York Times reported that “His melodies leap freely around the fretboard, and his rhythms are complex and perilous. Yet Mr. Anderson and Mr. Fader played the work from memory and gave an impressive account of it.”

Now based in New York City, the duo has performed with many presenters and organizations, most notably with James Levine and the Metropolitan Opera Chamber Players at Zankel Hall and was in residence at the Library of Congress in the winter of 2012. Ongoing residencies include the CUNY Graduate Center and Sarah Lawrence College.

Poetica Musica is a New York-based consortium that has served for many years as Artists-in-Residence at Old Westbury Gardens. Members of Poetica Musica have served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music, Lehmann College, SUNY Buffalo, Brooklyn College, Juilliard, the Belgrade Academy of Music, New York University, the Prague Music Performance Institute, the College of New Rochelle, the University of Alabama and SUNY Fredonia.

The concert is supported in part by the IBM Matching Grant Program and the Irene Levoy Foundation.

Tickets are $20 and advance purchase is required, with limited tickets available. To learn more or purchase tickets, visit www.oldwestburygardens.org.

—Submitted by Old Westbury Gardens

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