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Master guitarists to play concerts around Maui

By Staff | Jun 29, 2017

The lineup for the Makawao concert includes (from left) Ben Verdery, Martha Masters, Jeff Peterson and Ian O’Sullivan.

Renowned guitarist Benjamin Verdery is returning to Maui for his annual series of guitar events, with a week of concerts and classes July 3-12.

Verdery chairs the Guitar Department at the Yale School of Music and has been holding guitar classes in the summer on Maui since 1998. This will be the 18th year he has held the class.

Over 150 guitarists have attended the class over the years, coming from across the United States and all over the world, many of them returning several times.

This year’s class includes as guest teacher the celebrated guitarist Martha Masters. Masters teaches at California State, Fullerton, is a past winner of the prestigious Guitar Foundation of America Competition and currently serves as president of the Guitar Foundation of America.

Free public concerts are slated around Maui.

On Monday, July 3, at 7 p.m. at Makawao Union Church, 1445 Baldwin Avenue, the Maui Guitar Extravaganza is a special concert to open the week, featuring Verdery, Masters, Jeff Peterson and Ian O’Sullivan. The suggested donation is $10, with proceeds to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Maui, Makawao Clubhouse.

On Friday, July 7, at 3 p.m. at the University of Hawaii Maui College ‘Ike Le’a Lecture Theatre, Oahu-based guitarists O’Sullivan, Aaron Cardenas and Stephan Kane will be joined by Tyler Rhodes and Roberto & Ernesto Granados in a free concert.

On Sunday, July 9, at 2 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 8992 Kula Highway, advanced class participants Liz Faure, Cardenas, Roberto Granados, Rhodes and Satchel Henneman will perform a free concert of music by Bach, Dyens, Rodrigo, Berio and others.

On Monday, July 10, at 7 p.m. at Lahaina Jodo Mission, 12 Ala Moana St., class participants will perform a free concert featuring solo performances and pieces for guitar orchestra.

On Tuesday, July 11, at 7 p.m. at Keawala’i Congregational Church at 5300 Makena Road, class participants will perform a free concert featuring solo performances and pieces for guitar orchestra.

For more information, visit benverderymauiclass.com or contact John Olson at verderyclass@gmail.com.