Gui­tar hero: David Starobin

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David Starobin is among the most re­spected of gui­tar vir­tu­osos in both solo and cham­ber reper­toire, and his teach­ing stu­dios at the Man­hat­tan School of Mu­sic and the Cur­tis In­sti­tute in Philadel­phia (where he co-founded the gui­tar pro­gram) are go-to places for the up-and-com­ing gen­er­a­tion. Talk about a legacy: More than 350 con­tem­po­rary com­po­si­tions are ded­i­cated to him. The list of com­posers from whom he has ex­tracted gui­tar pieces runs the gamut from Wil­liam An­der­son and Theodore An­to­niou to Charles Wuori­nen and Ye­hudi Wyner. (He still needs to fo­cus on X, Y, and Z.) He loves ear­lier mu­sic too, and his solo recital for Santa Fe Cham­ber Mu­sic Fes­ti­val this week is ded­i­cated en­tirely to sonatas and stand-alone move­ments com­posed in the early 19th cen­tury by Wen­zel (a.k.a. Wen­zes­laus) Matiegka, Fer­nando Sor, Mauro Gi­u­liani, and Francesco Molino. This is a free con­cert (in honor of In­dian Mar­ket), be­gin­ning at 6 p.m. on Fri­day, Aug. 21, at St. Fran­cis Au­di­to­rium (New Mex­ico Mu­seum of Art, 107 W. Palace Ave.). Given the hus­tle-bus­tle of the mo­ment, lis­ten­ers are in­vited to come and go as they please — in be­tween pieces, of course. — J.M.K.

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