Misael Barraza-Dias
Misael Barraza-Dias

Concert-goers are in for a special treat when classical guitarist Misael Barraza-Dias performs Tuesday (Nov. 26) at 11:30 a.m. Having just won the 11th Annual Beeston Guitar Competition sponsored by the Bolton Guitar Studies program at the UA, Barraza-Dias has also won numerous other prizes this year including the Sholin Guitar Competition at UA, the Montreal International Competition and the Indiana University International Guitar Competition.

Born in 1990 in Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, he began his guitar studies when he was 11 years old and has been studying both Spanish and Flamenco guitar ever since.

At the Universidad de Sonora and with the support of the local government he was given the opportunity to study Flamenco guitar in Spain, placing third in the Ill Concuros Internacional de Guitara Flamenco Niño Ricardo. Misael is now completing his classical guitar studies with Prof. Thomas Patterson, director of the Bolton Guitar Studies Program.

At Tuesday’s recital, Misael will perform Spanish works, often with a Flamenco flavor, primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries. He will begin with “Sonata Giocosa” by Joaquin Rodrigo, one of the most prominent Spanish composers for the guitar, best known for his “Concerto de Aranjuez.” Misael will also play the “Rondo No. 2 in A minor” by Dioniso Aguado, who was inspired by the romantic quality of Beethoven’s sonatas.

In a departure from Spanish composers, Misael will perform a transcribed work for the keyboard (k.239) by the Italian composer, Dominico Scarlatti, who spent most of his life in Spain. The program will conclude with a set of “Variations on a theme (Fernado Sor Op.15”) by the Spanish composer Miguel Llobet. These variations are some of the most challenging pieces in classical guitar literature.

With the support of the Bolton Guitar Studies Program and the Tucson Guitar Society Misael was one of only 15 guitarists accepted for a highly prestigious master’s program in Alicante, Spain in January 2014. He will study there under such famous performers as Manuel Barrueco, David Russell, and Paul Odette.

Submitted by Richard Miya, Acadmy Village Volunteer

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