The Six-String Session
6 November 2021
One of Canada’s preeminent classical guitarists, Emma Rush is known for her innovative programming, powerful stage presence, and virtuosic technique. She has played all over the world, including in China, Mexico, Sweden, and Germany. She performs regularly as Azuline Duo with flutist Sara Traficante. Rush recently appeared in the McMichael Gallery’s Group of Seven Guitar Project documentary alongside such notable guitarists as Bruce Cockburn, Jesse Cook, and Don Ross. She may be best known to you as the founder of Guitar Hamilton, a highly acclaimed concert series, bringing stars of classical guitar from all over the world to the Hammer. She also currently co-directs the Collegiate Peaks Guitar Retreat in Colorado, and co-directs Guitarfest West in Calgary.
Rush is passionate about bringing classical music to unusual spaces, and unusual music to classical spaces. Her concerts feature rarely heard historical works, little-known gems of the Latin American guitar repertoire, folkloric music from around the world, and, always, music by female composers. Wake the Sigh is one of Rush’s recent projects. Recorded and released in 2020, it showcases music written for guitar in the 19th century by women. In this significant contribution to the guitar library, works by seven largely unknown composers are brought to light. All but three of the tracks were previously unrecorded.
Rush has been a guest lecturer and artist-in-residence throughout North America. Tonight she will speak to us about the history of the guitar and some of its most iconic artists.
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